Today's News

AIHA letter to President Obama: Jobs growth must include more health and safety professionals (1/27)

January 27, 2009
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+

On the day President Obama was inaugurated, American Industrial Hygiene Association President Lindsay E. Booher, CIH, CSP sent the following letter of support to the new White House occupant:

“On behalf of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) we commend you and offer our support for your proposal to create more than three million new jobs for American workers. With 600,000 of these jobs intended for the construction industry and another 400,000 for manufacturing, AIHA believes it is vital that the appropriate number of health and safety professionals is included in this new labor force to protect these new workers. As you move forward, we urge you to direct the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to ensure that the new jobs created by your stimulus package have adequate workplace protections for these workers.

“Each year, thousands of American workers die from preventable deaths, and 4.1 million occupational injuries and illnesses are reported. This is a public health epidemic that can be greatly improved through the creation and enforcement of effective workplace health and safety programs, and industrial hygienists are critical to that progress.

“Workplaces with an industrial hygienist or other occupational health and safety professional on staff have fewer workplace injuries and illnesses; are usually rated as better places to work; and have more satisfied, more productive employees who are more motivated to create value for the organization. This can result in decreased medical and operational costs, increased quality and productivity, and stronger financial stability.

“AIHA, and the industrial hygienists and other occupational health and safety professionals it represents, promotes and protects the health and well-being of workers, the community, and the environment. It is because of this mission that AIHA calls on you and your new Administration to protect the right of all workers and communities to a healthy and safe environment and the prevention of occupational disease and injury.

“President Obama, AIHA is sure you will do the right thing as you help America get back to work and you have our support in putting the safety and health of our workers first. Industrial hygienists add value to business, to the workplace, and to people’s lives. It is our hope that as your job creation stimulus package moves forward, your Administration and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will work with employers, employee organizations, and professional associations to ensure that worker health and safety remains a goal. AIHA stands ready to assist your Administration in any way possible.”

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to ISHN.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

STAY CONNECTED

Facebook logo Twitter YouTubeLinkedIn Google + icon

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

ASSE Safety 2014 Review

A gallery of photos from the sprawling Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, where ASSE’s annual professional development conference was held June 8-11. All photos courtesy of the American Society of Safety Engineers.

9/30/14 2:00 pm EST

Leveraging Sustainability Initiatives to Benefit Your Community and Increase Compliance

This webinar will review how General Motors' Sustainability initiatives are being leveraged to improve the community and the environment, create efficient energy programs, improve sustainability tracking, impact on processes and overall reporting and improve overall social, environmental and corporate sustainability.

ISHN Magazine

ISHN SEPTEMBER 2014 COVER

2014 September

ISHN'S September issue features a series of essay on thought leadership. Get expert advice on self-motivation, compliance and more!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

THE ISHN STORE

M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\ISHN\safetyfourth.jpg
Safety Engineering, 4th Edition

A practical, solutions-driven reference, Safety Engineering, 4th edition, has been completely revised and updated to reflect many of today’s issues in safety.

More Products

For Distributors Only - SEPTEMBER 2014

ISHN FDO SEPTEMBER 2014For Distributors Only is ISHN's niche brand standard-sized magazine supplement aimed at an audience of 2,000 U.S. distributors that sell safety products. Circulation only goes to distributors. CHECK OUT THE SEPTEMBER 2014 ISSUE OF FDO HERE

ishn infographics

2012 US workplace deathsCheck out ISHN's new Infographic page! Learn more about worker safety through these interactive images. CLICK HERE to view the page.