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National Safety Stand-Down Week to Prevent Falls and Create Dialogue Takes Place this Week

The American Board of Industrial Hygiene® (ABIH®) supports endeavors to help increase worker safety and health through education and proactive efforts in all industries.

Lansing, MI – WEBWIRE

OSHA has reported that in the construction industry, falls are the leading cause of death, accounting for 39.2% of fatalities in calendar year 2017.

Earlier this year the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that the sixth annual National Safety Stand-Down event to prevent falls in construction would be held from May 6th through the 10th. OSHA describes it as a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety, with a focus on fall hazards and fall prevention.
The agency encourages employers of companies not exposed to fall hazards to use this opportunity to have a conversation with employees about the other job hazards they face, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies and goals. For employees, it can also be an opportunity to talk to management about job hazards they see and encounter.
“OSHA has reported that in the construction industry, falls are the leading cause of death, accounting for 39.2% of fatalities in calendar year 2017,” said Dirk Yamamoto, PhD, CIH® and Chair of ABIH®. “Fall protection in construction was also the number-one-cited OSHA standards violation for 2018. At ABIH® we encourage all types of companies, government agencies, and institutions to participate in National Safety Stand-Down to help prevent injuries and deaths due to falls and other occupational health and safety issues encountered by millions of workers each day.”
Dedicated to helping protect workers and communities by preventing and mitigating occupational health and safety hazards are Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIHs). This premier group of industrial hygiene professionals are trained and experienced in conducting workplace assessments, health risk analysis, and hazard communication. These and other core competencies of a CIH’s education and training are critical for establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy work environment in all types of industries.
To learn more about the American Board of Industrial Hygiene®, the Certified Industrial Hygienist® credential, or to locate a CIH® to perform industrial hygiene services, please visit, email , or call (517) 321-2638.
About the American Board of Industrial Hygiene ®
Since 1960, ABIH®, a not-for-profit corporation, has been the world’s largest organization for certifying professionals in the practice of industrial hygiene. ABIH® is the premier credentialing body responsible for ensuring high-quality certification including education, experience, examination, certification maintenance, and ethics enforcement. ABIH® also administers the Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP®) credential for established environmental practitioners and the Environmental Professional In-Training (EPI) designation for early-career practitioners. Currently, more than 7,600 people around the world hold the CIH® credential, QEP® credential, or EPI designation. 

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