Health Organizations Petition Safety Agencies to Issue Occupational COVID-19 Guidance

Health Organizations Petition Safety Agencies to Issue Occupational COVID-19 Guidance

The American Industrial Hygiene Association joined with eight other organizations to call on OSHA and the CDC to create coronavirus guidelines.

The American Industrial Hygiene Association has endorsed recommendations for several federal safety agencies to create specific guidelines relating to COVID-19 for workers.

The AIHA is calling for the creation of these guidelines along with eight other scientific organizations with a document called the Joint Consensus Statement. OSHA, the CDC and NIOSH are among the agencies that the AIHA names in reference to the absence of coronavirus guidelines. The agency notes that the CDC and World Health Organization have not adapted their coronavirus protection guidelines for workers since October 2020.

“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 Lawrence D. Sloan, AIHA CEO.

The Joint Consensus Statement summarizes the information that is already known by occupational health professionals about COVID-19. The document lays out calls for research, regulation and funding for prevention tactics in the workplace.

One of the statement’s demands is that OSHA issue a temporary emergency standard for COVID-19—a popular sentiment among safety professionals. The statement also reflects the desire for federal funding for state, local and professional workplace safety programs and increased research funding for NIOSH.

About the Author

Nikki Johnson-Bolden is an Associate Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • EHS Management Software Buyer's Guide

    Download this buyer's guide to make more informed decisions as you're looking for an EHS management software system for your organization.

  • Steps to Conduct a JSA

    We've put together a comprehensive step-by-step guide to help you perform a job safety analysis (JSA), which includes a pre-built, JSA checklist and template, steps of a JSA, list of potential job hazards, and an overview of hazard control hierarchy.

  • Levels of a Risk Matrix

    Risk matrices come in many different shapes and sizes. Understanding the components of a risk matrix will allow you and your organization to manage risk effectively.

  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Industry Safe
Bulwark FR Quiz

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - March 2021

    March 2021

    Featuring:

    • EMPLOYEE TESTING
      The Impact of COVID-19 on Drug Testing
    • PROTECTIVE APPAREL
      Preparing for Unpredictable Spring Weather
    • FALL PROTECTION
      Building a Comprehensive Floor Safety Strategy
    • GAS DETECTION
      Gas Hazards and the COVID-19 Vaccine
    View This Issue