The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) will co-sponsor a special week-long observance this spring to increase public awareness of the importance of workplace safety and health.

AAFA is joining with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) to sponsor the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week from 30 April to 6 May.

The national kick-off will take place Monday, 1 May in Washington DC at the US Department of Labor, while other events will take place countrywide.

"Our industry works hard to provide safe and healthy working conditions for its workers around the world, particularly as manufacturing and assembly operations have increasingly moved offshore," said AAFA president and CEO Kevin M Burke. 

"We will continue to encourage and support these efforts and are delighted to be part of this special observance."

 "We are all working together to reduce death, injuries and illnesses in the workplace," ASSE president Jack Dobson Jr said.

"Currently more than 5,000 people die on the job each year and four million more suffer from on-the-job illnesses and injuries."