Job creation must be accompanied by emphasis on safety, group says
The American Industrial Hygiene Association sent a letter to the president, urging him to direct OSHA to ensure that the jobs created by the stimulus package have adequate workplace protections.
"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," said Lindsay E. Booher, president of the association.
Booher said that thousands of American workers die from preventable deaths each year. He recommended that the administration emphasize workplace safety and health to target the more than 4.1 million occupational injuries and illnesses that are reported annually.
"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," he said. "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."
April 2, 2009
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