Six Top Safety Priorities for the Next Two Years

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) has polled its membership on occupational health and safety priorities. See if you agree with the poll’s results.

AIHA conducts the survey (PDF) every two years. Here are the top 6 industry-related issues that the group’s members said were the most important overall priorities for the coming two years:

AIHA members also chose the most important important issues for OSHA:

Some PELs, the consensus-based limits on how long a person can be exposed to a particular substance without experiencing harmful effects, haven’t been updated since the 1960s and 1970s. Scientific evidence about exposure levels has progressed in the last 50 years, but the PELs haven’t been updated.

OSHA’s I2P2 proposal would require companies to establish and maintain their own Injury and Illness Prevention Programs. That involves identifying and controlling hazards as well as planning, implementing, evaluating and improving processes that protect employee safety and health. Some states already require companies to have similar safety management programs.

Professional recognition/title protection is an issue that has appeared on AIHA’s priorities list since 1993. AIHA is concerned with the continued influx of occupational health and safety titles awarded by non-accredited bodies.

For many years, lawmakers have introduced bills in Congress to reform OSHA, including criminal penalties, whistleblower protections, expanding covered employees and the Voluntary Protection Program. AIHA says it supports efforts to review and amend the Occupational Safety and Health Act if changes provide more protection for workers.


2 thoughts on “Six Top Safety Priorities for the Next Two Years

  1. For most safety professionals, we concur with these top priorities, however, these initiatives need to be risk based to provide business value to industry. If we cannot develope the business case to support these concepts, leadership will not provide the necessary resources and manpower needed to accomplish these goals. We need to collaborate on the financial rewards to making capital improvements and investments in the workforce and leverage these costs against production, profits, and output. The return on investment (ROI) can be calculated so that leadership can better understand the real value of health and safety to protect the workforce, public, and environment as well as drive sustainable excellence, lean best practices, six sigma, social responsibility, and risk governance. .


    1. Those are all good points Bernard, thanks for your input! Combustible dust though, is a subject that gets overlooked and people continue to get hurt or killed. We need to take a strong and hard look at why.


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