Metro New York AIHA to focus on one of the 15 National AIHA Policy Agendas.

Total Worker Exposure 'Workers are exposed to many hazards, both in and outside of the workplace. These exposures, combined with activities outside of work, have complex, sometimes synergistic interactions that affect their health – including work-related illnesses and injuries. While we know that these interactions occur, at present, we do not fully understand these relationships or how, by focusing on job-related factors, worker health and well-being can be advanced, while rates of work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths are decreased. To address this knowledge gap and more fully target the root causes of workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths, AIHA will take the following actions in 2019 – 2020:

  • Urge Congress to double funding for CDC’s Total Worker Health Program®, which is administered by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
  • Support implementation of the research, practice, policy, and capacity-building recommendations contained in NIOSH’s National Occupational Research Agenda: National Total Worker Health Agenda (2016 – 2026).
  • Continue as an active member of NIOSH’s Total Worker Health Affiliate Program'. Meeting with NIOSH on TOTAL WORKER HEALTH (TWH), Chaired by our own Mark Drozdov:
What started out as: P.A.L.M.S. - PCB’s, Asbestos, Lead, Mold/ Metals, Silica https://nyc.assp.org/events/nyc-asspaihaseny-joint-meeting/ has evolved to now include other hazards and EHS issues - so today, it's: P.A.L.M.S. - PCBs/Pandemic, Asbestos, Lead/Legionella, Mold/Metals, Silica/Safety/Sustainability
  • OSHA + AIHA Metro NY Alliance Agreement next renewal to focus on 'TOTAL WORKER EXPOSURE'
  • PALMS Best Practices Guidelines
  • Significant Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Issues
  • Common Contaminants of Concern
  1. PALMS* Principals in the PALMS of your Hands: Identifying and Comparing the Permissible Exposure Levels (PEL) and Action Levels (AL) for each of the PALMS.
  2. Demonstrating the similarities and differences of these Common Contaminants of Concern.
  3. Selection of the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for each and all PALMS.
  4. Evaluating the Toxicity of each and all PALMS (most toxic and synergistic effects). State-of-the-art Exposure assessment of each and all

    (*)P.A.L.M.S. - PCBs/Pandemic, Asbestos, Lead/Legionella, Mold/Metals, Silica/Safety/Sustainability