ISSA announced it will join the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Alliance Program participants in raising awareness of workplace safety during the annual North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 1-7, 2011, and Occupational Safety and Health Professional (OSHP) Day, May 4, 2011.
Currently, 12 people die per day from on-the-job injuries in North America. This is in addition to the many injuries and illnesses reported as work-related as well as those that go unreported.
ISSA leverages its formal alliance with OSHA to help its members prevent injuries and illnesses as part of this worldwide effort to reduce workplace risk in all industries. NAOSH Week is one avenue used to educate members on workplace best practices in an effort to save lives and prevent work injuries and illnesses. 

“NAOSH week is another tool we use to educate people on the positive benefits of protecting people, property, and the environment and sharing best practices among our members and their employees all in an effort to continue to enhance workplace safety worldwide,” says ISSA Facility Service Programs Director Dan Wagner, who also is head of ISSA’s Cleaning Industry Management Standard program. “It not only helps us keep our workers safe and contributes positively to a business’ bottom line, but also makes sure there are smiles at the end of the day when that worker returns home safe and sound to their family.”

Other ways in which ISSA works to increase the workplace safety among its members includes the ISSA Safety & Health Portal, 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 <> , 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.

100 Year Anniversary
The NAOSH 2011 theme is Celebrating a Century of Safety. This is not only the 100th anniversary of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the sponsor of NAOSH Week, but also the 100th anniversary of one of the most horrific workplace disasters in U.S. history. On March 25, 1911, 146 women and men died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in the Asch building in New York City. The lack of fire protection plans, safe and available escape routes and precautionary mechanisms such as fire sprinklers contributed to the results of this terrible incident.

Soon after that historic tragedy, a wave of new worker protection rules and regulations were established, and some say it was the beginning of the modern safety movement. Since that time ASSE and its occupational safety, health and environmental professional members continue to work in all industries and in their communities to make sure another Triangle Factory-type tragedy never occurs again.

NAOSH kick-off events and educational programs are scheduled in Washington, D.C., May 1 and May 2, with ASSE members, federal and state officials, winners of the 9th annual ASSE kids Safety-on-the-Job poster contest for kids aged 5-14, and more, held at the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Capitol, the National Zoo and the National Gallery of Art. The events will feature panel discussions on the history of safety, preventing distracted driving, and recognizing the young winners of the poster contest.

Salute Your Safety & Health Professional
May 4, 2011, is OSHP Day, please take this opportunity to recognize the great job your organization's occupational safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) professional or team is doing to keep your organization safe.

ASSE will recognize these outstanding people and teams on its Web site and in a variety of materials in an effort to promote the work occupational safety, health, and environmental professionals are doing every day to prevent injuries and illnesses and the difference they are making in everyone's lives. ASSE will be recognizing these SH&E folks in your organization on May 4, 2011.

To salute your safety and health professional, click here to download a form.