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October 10, 2002
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999

Collaboration on Injury and Illness Prevention Programs, Including Ergonomics

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) have established an Alliance to use their collective expertise to help prevent injuries and illnesses in the American workplace while sharing best practices and technical knowledge in many areas, including in the field of ergonomics, announced OSHA Administrator John L. Henshaw today.

"OSHA and the AIHA have always enjoyed a fruitful, close working relationship," said Henshaw. "This Alliance will bring us even closer in an important partnership to help reduce ergonomic hazards in the workplace, as well as to expand our already close cooperation in the field of occupational safety and health."

Under the terms of this Alliance, OSHA and the AIHA will work together to provide AIHA members with information and guidance to help reduce and prevent employee exposure to ergonomic hazards, and to reach out to association members with specifics on developing, implementing and improving ergonomic programs.

The Alliance provides avenues for both organizations to work together on outreach and communication projects, including the development and dis