NIOSH and AOHP extend partnership

Collaboration will focus on workplace safety and health of healthcare workers

Posted August 25, 2016

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Association of Occupational Health Professionals (AOHP) announced on August 23 the continuation of their collaborative partnership to protect the safety and health of healthcare workers. The two groups signed a renewed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to extend the partnership for another five years.

The MOU officially continues the collaboration between NIOSH and AOHP to promote best practices associated with workplace safety and health issues in the healthcare setting by:

  • Developing and disseminating information on healthcare worker health and safety at appropriate conferences and through print and electronic media, including the NIOSH and AOHP websites.
  • Participating at conferences, meetings, and other key events where occupational safety and health issues are addressed.
  • Advancing the effectiveness of occupational health and safety research, and promoting and facilitating the transfer of research results to practice.
  • Exploring work with the NIOSH Education and Research Centers as a resource for training and research.
  • Participating in appropriate committees of both NIOSH and AOHP.

The healthcare sector employs over 18 million workers and is one of the fastest growing sectors in the U.S. economy. Workers may face a wide range of hazards while on the job and have among the highest number of cases of nonfatal workplace injury and illness.

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