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AIHA and ASSE Announce Memorandum of Understanding

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FALLS CHURCH, VA -- The American Industrial Hygiene Association and the American Society of Safety Engineers represent the world's foremost professionals in occupational and environmental health and safety, and have pledged to work together on all matters of mutual interest to reach their common goals.

The two organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding this week that details several areas of collaboration.

"In order for us to ensure protection for workers, it is imperative that all organizations with shared interests work together. We must pool our resources - people, power, knowledge, and skills - to present a united front against threats to worker health and safety and to promote the field of industrial hygiene," said AIHA President, Deborah Imel Nelson, PhD, CIH. "I am proud to stand with our friends at ASSE and announce our new partnership."

"When organizations with common objectives team up, the results are far more impactful than working independently," said ASSE President Jim Smith, MS, CSP. "AIHA is a natural partner for ASSE, and we're looking forward to all that we can accomplish together in creating safer and healthier workplaces in every industry." The two organizations will focus on the following topics in their new cooperative agreement:

• Working together on issues of mutual interest before both federal and relevant state legislative and regulatory entities.
• Publishing new technical publications;
• Collaborating on the development of new standards;
• Promoting and providing exposure for women in safety and industrial hygiene;
• Participating in events with the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability;
• Advocating for national occupational safety and health research;
• Building upon existing collaboration between AIHA local sections and ASSE local chapters.

AIHA and ASSE agree that for the organizations to succeed and make positive contributions to worker health and safety, regular communication between the two organizations and their members is necessary. The organizations plan to build on current collaborative efforts, ensuring that their members and the general public have positive views of the new partnership.

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