About AIHA And Healthier Workplaces

Healthier Workplaces is an evergreen resource center to help employers, employees, and general consumers alike learn how to protect themselves from the ongoing health and safety risks they face—including ways to avoid disease and airborne illness, as well how to prepare for and respond to natural disasters and health risks like mold.

Healthier Workplaces extends the Back to Work Safely program, which was launched by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) in 2020 to help businesses navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is AIHA?

The American Industrial Hygiene Association has served those who work in occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) since 1939. AIHA’s mission is to empower those who apply scientific knowledge to protect all workers from occupational hazards, and the association has more than 8,000 members. You can learn more about AIHA and become a member at www.aiha.org.

How Did AIHA Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic?

In February 2020, AIHA created its Coronavirus outbreak resource center—using grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—to provide resources and interesting information for OEHS professionals and workers across industries. AIHA staff updated the resource center throughout the early years of the pandemic with the latest public health resources for industrial hygienists, occupational safety and health scientists, public health officials, and others working to support front-line workers and personnel fighting the pandemic.

What Was Back to Work Safely?

As communities began to reopen and resume in-person business during the COVID-19 pandemic, AIHA saw a clear and urgent need to help small businesses understand how to protect the health of their employees and customers. AIHA created Back to Work Safely guidelines for 27 industries and work environments, answering common questions about disinfection protocols, ways to enable social distancing, and recommended personal protective equipment.

The Back to Work Safely guidance documents have been downloaded more than 4 million times and featured in and on leading new outlets including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and USA Today.

How Does Back to Work Safely Relate to Healthier Workplaces?

Healthier Workplaces includes two resources centers: resources by workplace, and consumer health and safety resources.

The resources by the workplace provide employees and employers with specific guidance based on their working environment, including updated Back to Work Safely guidance documents and third-party resources.

The consumer health and safety resources explain how you can prepare for and handle crises and ongoing health risks that might affect you, your family, and your community, including best practices for addressing natural disasters, wildfires, and mold.

AIHA will update this website with more resources and topics as we find new ways to overcome the health and safety risks of everyday life.

AIHA In The News

Learn more about AIHA and its public awareness campaigns through the below news articles and stories:

Commit to C.A.R.E.

NSC, Others Join AIHA’s Commit to C.A.R.E. (EHS Daily Advisor)

Workplace Health Scientists Urge Employers: Regardless of Supreme Court Ruling on Vax Mandates Employers and Employees Can Take Critical Steps to Reduce the Risk of COVID-19 in the Workplace

The Role of the Industrial Hygienist in a Pandemic: A roadmap for COVID-19 and beyond (NIOSH Science Blog)

Workplace Health Scientists Urge Employers To Reduce Risk of COVID (EHS Today)

AIHA Calls on Health Organizations to Endorse New Public Education Initiative Aimed at Preparing Buildings against the Spread of COVID-19 and Other Airborne Diseases (Industrial Hygiene in the Workplace)

Back to Work Safely

Implementing Updated COVID-19 Guidelines for Getting Back to Work Safely (Construction Safety Magazine)

COVID-19 Q&A: As businesses reopen amid coronavirus, what are workers' rights? (USA Today)

Safety Advice on Commuting to the Office—And Reducing Your Risks Once You’re There (Wall Street Journal)

Is It Safe to Go Back to the Office? (AARP)

AIHA Issues Latest Science-Based COVID-19 Back to Work Safely Guidelines (EHS Today)

Re-Opening: How to Digitize COVID-19 Compliance (Medium)

How safe is it to go back to the office? (Irish Times)

I Had My First Hair Appointment Post-Quarantine—Here’s What It Was Like (Reader's Digest)