Lincolnwood, Il— ISSAis joining with thousands of people and businesses worldwide, along with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), representing more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members, the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Alliance Program participants, in raising awareness of the importance of being safe at work during the annual North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week this May 2-8 and Occupational Safety and Health Professional (OSHP) Day May 5.
The NAOSH 2010 theme is “Mission NAOSH 2010: Safe Workplaces.” In addition to activities scheduled worldwide, NAOSH week events and educational programs are scheduled for Washington, D.C., May 2 and 3, along with a roadway safety event May 5 in Portland, OR, with ASSE members and state officials. The NAOSH kick-off events in D.C. will be held at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the U.S. Capitol, the Smithsonian, and the Washington National Zoo. The events will feature panel discussions on new industry workplace safety and health efforts as well as recognizing the winners of the 8th annual ASSE kids’ ‘safety-on-the-job’ international poster contest for children aged 5-14. Attending the events will be ASSE members and their families, federal and state officials, and officials from ASSE, CSSE, and OSHA and OSHA’s Alliance Program participants.
“NAOSH week is another tool we use to educate people on the positive benefits of protecting people, property and the environment and sharing best practices among our members and their employees all in an effort to continue to enhance workplace safety worldwide,” ISSA Director of Environmental Services Bill Balek said today.
While millions of people go to work each day and leave there injury and illness free, due in part to the efforts of occupational safety, health and environmental professionals, still close to 6,000 people in the U.S. die each year from on-the-job injuries and 4.4 million more suffer illnesses. Throughout the year we continue to provide services and information that will reduce that number. NAOSH helps ISSA reach millions of people and tens of thousands of businesses on the importance and long-term benefits of workplace safety and also provide them with key resource information.
Past NAOSH Week events have included fleet safety classes, ergonomic awareness events, a workplace-oriented one-day free preparedness Web Expo, update on mining safety programs, a laser safety seminar, roadway work zone safety programs, corporate workplace safety and health days, teen worker safety programs, city and state work safety fairs, symposiums on a variety of topics, projects to assist charities, personal protective equipment (PPE) fashion shows, and much more. For a listing of activities from last year along with photos please visit www.asse.org/naosh09.
“Today’s economic downturn is tough for everyone and some businesses believe they can save funds by cutting back in safety; that’s not a good move from a business perspective,” ASSE President C. Christopher Patton, CSP, said. “Businesses have spent about US$170 billion a year on costs associated with occupational injuries and health care, and about $1 billion every week on injured employees and their medical providers – costs that take away from company profits, research and growth-- costs that continue to go up as cuts in safety are being made. Indirect tangible costs of injuries may be as much as 20 times the direct costs, including costs from accident investigation, low employee morale, retraining workers and repairs and production delays while the intangible costs of losing a loved one, a friend, and a co-worker go beyond a price tag.”
Supporting NAOSH Week also exemplifies how ISSA and OSHA work together to increase an understanding of the benefits of investing in occupational safety and health; raise awareness of the role and contribution of safety-and-health practitioners; and reduce workplace injuries and illnesses by encouraging the implementation of new workplace-safety and health initiatives. SSA and OSHA have enjoyed a formal alliance since August 2005.
In conjunction with the alliance, ISSA has created a one-of-a-kind Web network dedicated exclusively to the protection of the health and safety of workers in the cleaning industry. The ISSA Safety and Health Portal, located at www.issa.com/osha <http://www.issa.com/osha> , offers nine topic pages focusing on: Bloodborne Pathogens; Cleaning Chemicals in the Workplace (Hazard Communication); Injury & Illness Recordkeeping; OSHA Assistance for Cleaning Industry; Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); Slips, Trips, and Falls in the Workplace; and the latest additions dedicated to Small Business Resources, Spanish Resources, and Warehouse Safety.
Each page provides detailed information on regulatory-compliance obligations, plus tips and resources for creating and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for employees. Additionally, there are direct links to various compliance resources, such as regulatory summaries, white papers, sample programs and plans, frequently asked questions, and checklists.
By working side by side with OSHA, ISSA believes it is uniquely positioned to provide crucial safety information to employers in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.
Addendum, OSHA Alliance Participants Supporting NAOSH Week include: Airline Group – which includesAmerican Airlines, Air Transport Association of America, Inc., Continental Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Midwest Airlines, US Airways, and United Airlines; American Biological Safety Association (ABSA); American Foundry Society (AFS); American Heart Association (AHA); American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA); American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA); American Red Cross; American Supply Association (ASA); Association for High Technology Distribution (AHTD); Association of Occupational Health Professionals (AOHP); Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN); Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association (CSDA); Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR); Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance; Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. (IEC); Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association (ILMA); ISSA: The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association; Lamar Advertising Co.; Laser Institute of America (LIA); National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA); National Maritime Safety Association (NMSA); National Safety
Council (NSC); National Telecommunications Safety Panel (NTSP); PLANET: Professional Landcare Network; Precision Metalforming Association (PMA); Process Safety Alliance –which includes the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) and the Chlorine Institute, Inc. (CI); The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance -- which includes the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), Laborers'' International Union of North America (LIUNA), LIUNA Training and Education Fund, the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH);Safe Tank Alliance which includes API, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the Steel Tank Institute (STI); Scaffold Industry Association, Inc. (SIA); Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute (SWR); Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA); Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC); and URS Corp.
ISSA membership includes more than 5,500 distributor, manufacturer, manufacturer representative, building service contractor, in-house service provider, and associated service members. ISSA offers the popular Web site ISSA.com, educational products, industry standards, periodicals, and legislative and regulatory services that specifically focus on the professional cleaning industry.
The association is headquartered in Lincolnwood, IL, USA, with regional offices in Amsterdam, Netherlands; Leicestershire, United Kingdom; Monterrey, Mexico; and Shanghai, China. For more information, visit www.issa.com.
Contact: Tracy Weber, Tracy@issa.com
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