April 17, 2008
ISSA is joining with the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and other organizations to increase public awareness of the importance of workplace safety and health during the May 4-May 10 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The 2008 NAOSH week will kick off on Monday, May 4 with events at the Department of Labor and U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C., as well as other events throughout the country.
The theme of the 2008 NAOSH week is “Safety is Good Business,” and participants hope to carry the message that safety in the workplace is not only good business, but can help save lives. In 2006, more than 5,700 people died as a result of injuries and illnesses suffered on the job.
“ISSA is proud to once again be an active supporter of the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week,” stated John Garfinkel, ISSA Executive Director. “The health and safety of workers in the cleaning industry remains of paramount importance and the association will continue to work with NAOSH, OSHA and other organizations to do whatever it takes to reduce the incidence of workplace injuries and illnesses in our industry.”
Supporting NAOSH week is the latest example of how ISSA and OSHA can 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.
Numerous resources are available in conjunction with NAOSH 2008. A “Safety on the Job” promotional poster, featuring the artwork of various talented children, as well as other complimentary workplace health and safety resource materials are available from the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) at http://www.asse.org/newsroom/naosh08/index.php (contact: Pam Glinka, ASSE, at firstname.lastname@example.org).
As mentioned, ISSA’s support of NAOSH 2008 is just another way that the association is working with OSHA and other groups to promote workplace health and safety. Of greatest significance, is ISSA’s formal alliance with OSHA to enhance the safety and health of workers throughout the cleaning industry. Through the alliance, ISSA and OSHA will work together to communicate to the cleaning industry ways they can improve the safety and health of their employees and otherwise protect them from workplace hazards.
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 & Health Portal, located at www.issa.com/osha, offers six topic pages focusing on: Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens; Cleaning Chemicals in the Workplace (Hazard Communication); Injury & Illness Recordkeeping; Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); Slips, Trips, and Falls in the Workplace; and the newest addition, a page dedicated to Small Business Resources.
Each page provides detailed information on regulatory compliance obligations, plus tips and resources for creating and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for employees in that area. Additionally, there are direct links to various compliance resources such as regulatory summaries, white papers, sample programs and plans, frequently asked question documents, 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.
About ISSA: As the worldwide cleaning industry association, ISSA has a membership that includes more than 5,800 distributor, manufacturer, building service contractor, and in-house service provider members. The association has offices in Lincolnwood, IL; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Monterrey, Mexico; Shanghai, China; and Singapore. For more information, visit www.issa.com.