Leading Health Organizations call on OSHA and CDC to Issue Guidance on Preventing Occupational ...
Falls Church (VA), Feb. 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AIHA and eight other leading scientific organizations have endorsed recommendations for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and other federal agencies to create specific guidelines for workers and communities related to the aerosol transmission of the virus SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease COVID-19.
The recommendations respond to the federal agencies’ delay in acknowledging the capability for the SARS-CoV-2 virus to infect people via the inhalation of virus-laden aerosols—that is, small airborne droplets—and issue appropriate guidance. As of October 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the CDC had yet to alter protection guidelines for workers and communities to address SARS-CoV-2 aerosol transmission.
“As businesses open and workers across many industries return to work, the time is now for our federal agencies to establish complete guidelines addressing worker safety,” said AIHA CEO Lawrence D. Sloan, CAE.
The Joint Consensus Statement, endorsed by AIHA and the other organizations, summarizes what occupational health professionals and scientists currently know about airborne SARS-CoV-2 transmission and outlines recommendations that call for regulation, research, and funding towards airborne transmission prevention practices. These recommendations include:
AIHA, the association for scientists and professionals committed to preserving and ensuring occupational and environmental health and safety, endorsed these recommendations with the following scientific societies:
- American Association of Occupational Health Nurses
- Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare
- American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists
- American Public Health Association-Occupational Health and Safety Section
- International Safety Center
- National Association of Occupational Health Professionals
- Organization for Safety Asepsis and Prevention
- Workplace Health Without Borders
AIHA is the association for scientists and professionals committed to preserving and ensuring occupational and environmental health and safety in the workplace and community. Founded in 1939, we support our members with our expertise, networks, comprehensive education programs, and other products and services that help them maintain the highest professional and competency standards. More than half of AIHA’s nearly 8,500 members are Certified Industrial Hygienists and many hold other professional designations. AIHA serves as a resource for those employed across the public and private sectors as well as to the communities in which they work. For more information, please visit www.aiha.org.
AIHA’s Back to Work Safely guidelines, designed for small to mid-size businesses in 27 sectors, provide recommendations on PPE; engineering controls such as ventilation, enhanced filtration, and physical barriers; enhanced cleaning and disinfection; worker personal hygiene; and physical distancing. All these guidelines are available for free in both English and Spanish. In addition to the BTWS guidelines, AIHA has free, detailed resources on engineering controls, such as:
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