ARTICLE III -- MEMBERSHIP
- Members of the American Industrial Hygiene Association may become
members of the Section upon payment of the Section dues if they
reside in the following geographical areas: Pennsylvania:
counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Bradford,
Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton,
Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Huntington, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata,
Lawrence, Lycoming, Mifflin, Potter, Somerset, Sullivan, Tioga,
Union, Washington, and Westmoreland; Ohio: counties of
Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Jefferson, Noble, Stark, and
Tuscarawas; West Virginia: counties of Barbour, Berkeley,
Brooke, Grant, Hampshire, Hancock, Hardy, Jefferson, Marshall,
Mineral, Monongalia, Morgan, Ohio, Pendleton, Preston, Randolph,
Taylor, Tucker, Upshur, and Webster. Subject to the consent of the
Sectionís Executive Committee, any member of the American Industrial
Hygiene Association living outside of this territory may enroll in
the Section by giving written notice to the Sectionís Secretary and
the Executive Director of AIHA.
- Any person having a professional interest in industrial hygiene
and is not a member of AIHA can become an associate member of the
Section upon payment of the required dues and with the approval of
two-thirds of the Executive Committee. Associate members shall be
entitled to all of the privileges of Section membership except that
of becoming an officer. Application to become an Associate shall be
made in writing, on an application form to be specified by the
Executive Committee. The applicant shall be sponsored by a Member
or another Associate.
- Emeritus membership may be granted to former Section members who
have retired and reside within the geographical area served by the
Section, with the approval of the Executive Committee. An Emeritus
Member retains all privileges of a member of the Section, but will
not be assessed local dues.
- Student membership may be extended to full-time students
attending area colleges or universities and majoring in Industrial
Hygiene or allied professional curricula or otherwise expressing an
interest in the profession.
- Corporate memberships may be granted upon payment of the required
dues and with the approval of two-thirds of the Executive Committee.
- The Section may add additional classes of membership subject to
approval of the Board of Directors of AIHA.
ARTICLE IV -- OFFICERS
- The Section officers shall be a President, President-Elect,
Secretary and Treasurer. The President-Elect shall be elected
annually and the Secretary and Treasurer bi-annually by the Section
members. They shall serve until their successors are installed.
Only members of AIHA may be elected as officers. No person shall
serve as officer in more than one Local Section at the same time.
An officer need not reside or work in the geographic boundaries of
the Local Section.
The President-Elect shall automatically succeed the President when
they have completed their respective terms of office.
- The President and President-Elect shall serve a one-year term
unless a successor is elected and installed at a special election.
- The Secretary and Treasurer shall serve a two-year term.
- Two elective Directors shall be chosen by vote of the membership
for a term of two years. One Director shall be elected each year.
- Ballots shall be prepared and sent to the membership before
February 1 of each year. These ballots must be returned before
March 15 to be valid. The ballots shall be counted by the Treasurer
and another Teller appointed by the President. The results of the
election shall be sent to the membership before the annual business
- In the event of a vacancy in the Office of President, the
President-Elect shall fill this vacancy. Any vacancy in the Office
of President-Elect shall be filled by a special election called by
the Executive Committee. In addition to filling the Office created
by the vacancy, the officer shall serve the term for which normal
succession would have been in effect.
- Should there be a vacancy in the Office of Secretary, Treasurer
or Director, the Executive Committee may make an appointment or may
provide for a special election to fill the vacancy.
- The President shall preside at all meetings of the Section and of
the Executive Committee and shall perform such duties as may be
directed by the Executive Committee. In the Presidentís absence, the
succeeding order of officers shall preside. The President should
keep in contact with developments in the field of industrial hygiene
and guide the Section in the formulation of constructive
activities. The President shall appoint a Program Committee,
Nominating Committee and such other committees as the Executive
Committee may deem necessary for the orderly function of the Local
Section. The President shall appoint members of the committees.
All committee appointments shall be for a one-year term. The
President shall be an ex-officio member of all committees.
- The President-Elect shall perform any duties delegated by the
Executive Committee or assigned by the President and shall be
designated as the chairperson of the Program Committee. The Program
Committee will complete arrangements for speakers and for meeting
places and provide the Secretary with the program. The Secretary
will then advise the membership of the planned programs.
- The Secretary shall record and maintain the minutes of each
Section and Executive Committee meeting, maintain the Section
mailing list, maintain the Section membership list and directory,
coordinate Section mailing and correspondence, and maintain the
Section By-Laws and official records of the Section.
- The Treasurer shall be the custodian of all monies due the
Section and shall pay all authorized bills against the Section. The
disbursement of all funds for the Section shall be made upon the
authorization of the Executive Committee. The Treasurer shall
submit the accounts for audit at the last meeting of the Executive
Committee prior to the Fall Business Meeting of the Section and
shall transmit to the successor in office all funds and property of
the Section in their possession. An annual financial report shall be
submitted to the Section in such form as may be determined by the
- An officer may resign by oral tender of resignation at any
meeting of the executive committee, or by giving written notice
thereof to the executive committee. Such resignation shall take
effect at the time specified and acceptance of such resignation
shall not be necessary to make it effective.
- An officer may be removed with or without cause, at a meeting
expressly called for that purpose, by a majority vote of the
ARTICLE V -- COMMITTEES
Section 1 -
The Executive Committee shall consist of the officers of the Local
Section, immediate Past President and the two elected directors.
The executive committee shall be responsible for governance and
management of the Local Section and approval of new members. The
President shall serve as Chairman of the Executive Committee. The
presence of a majority of the Executive Committee is necessary to
constituent a quorum for a meeting. The act of a majority present
at a meeting at which a quorum exists is the act of the Executive
Committee. Each member of the Executive Committee shall be entitled
to one vote. Meetings of the Executive Committee may be called at
the discretion of the President on not less than five (5) days
- The Program Committee shall consist of not less than three (3)
members. The President-Elect shall serve as its Chairman. The
Program Committee shall present a tentative schedule of programs for
the year to the Executive Committee for its approval. On approval
of the Executive Committee, the Program Committee will implement
arrangements for the programs and provide the Secretary with the
information to be circulated to the members of the Local Section.
- The Nominating Committee shall consist of two (2) members
appointed by the President within two months following installation
of officers and the immediate Past-President who will serve as
chair. The Nominating Committee shall nominate candidates for each
elective office to be filled and shall deliver its nominations for
each office to the Secretary for circulation before February 1.
- The President shall appoint all other committee chairpersons, as
required by the By-Laws, and shall automatically become an
ex-officio member of such committees.
- Members of all appointed committees shall serve at the pleasure
of the incoming President.
ARTICLE VI -- LOCAL SECTIONS COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES
- The President and President-Elect shall serve as representatives
of the Local Section on the Local Sections Council of AIHA provided
that neither is an officer or director of AIHA, in which event, the
Executive Committee shall appoint another member as such
representative. In the event that neither the President or the
President-Elect is unable to attend the Annual Meeting or is an
officer or member of the Board of Directors of the American
Industrial Hygiene Association, the ex-officio Local Section Council
representative shall be the Secretary or Treasurer, to be appointed
by the President.
- The representatives of the Local Section shall report at the
Annual Meeting of the Local Sections Council on the activities of
the Local Section and report back to the Local Section on the
actions of the Local Sections Council.
ARTICLE VII -- MEETINGS
- Meetings shall be held at least three times per Section year, one
of which shall be the Annual Business Meeting. The time and place
of meetings, including the Business Meeting shall be established by
the Program Committee.
- Installation of the newly elected officers shall take place at
the Annual Business Meeting.
- Special meetings may be called by the President at any time, with
the approval of the Executive Committee or the presentation of a
petition to the President, signed by 20% of the members of the Local
Section in good standing.
- Members in good standing shall be notified of all meetings at
least ten (10) days in advance of the date set for the meeting.
- A quorum shall consist of 20% of the Section members in good
- Executive Committee meetings shall be held at the discretion of
the President at any time during the year, provided notice of at
least five (5) days is given.
ARTICLE VIII -- PUBLIC STATEMENTS
- Before the Section publishes or otherwise issues publicly any
statement upon a policy matter which purports to represent the
opinion of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, it must
obtain consent of the Board of Directors of the Association.
- No public statement on any matter, which purports to represent
the opinion of the Local Section, shall be issued or published,
unless that statement has been authorized by the Executive Committee
as expressing the opinion of a majority of the members of the Local
ARTICLE IX -- DUES
- Annual dues for Local Section membership become payable on the
first day of January of each year. The dues per year, currently
$15.00, shall be set by the Executive Committee and approved in
accordance with the procedure set forth in Article X.
- Members accepted for membership between January and June shall
pay dues for a full year. Members accepted for membership between
July and December shall pay dues for one-half of the year.
- Any member whose dues are unpaid on March 1 is not in good
standing and shall have no vote or other privileges of membership in
the Local Section. If the dues of any member are not paid within
one year of the due date, the membership of the member in the Local
Section shall be terminated subject to reinstatement as provided in
- Any member terminated for non-payment of dues may be reinstated
at any time before the next Annual Business Meeting of the year
following termination, by payment of dues in arrears together with
the dues for the current year.
- Student members shall pay a one-time fee of $1.00, which will
maintain their Section membership for the time during which they are
in full-time academic study programs.
- Corporate members shall pay annual dues of $150.00.
- Members who have retired from active practice and are in good
standing with the Local Section shall not be required to pay the
annual dues of $15.00.
ARTICLE X -- ELECTION BALLOTS
- Officers of the Local Section shall be elected by electronic or
postal mail ballot of the voting members of the Local Section
distributed by February 1. The ballots shall specific a deadline of
March 15 for return. The President shall promptly report the
results of the election to the Executive Director of AIHA.
- The Executive Committee, at any time, may conduct by ballot, a
referendum of the membership of the Local Section in connection with
an issue it may consider or action to be taken. Except as provided
in Article XI, a plurality of the ballots cast in an election of any
officer or in a referendum on any issue to be considered or action
to be taken shall be effective to constitute the election of a
person as an officer of the Local Section and as a decision or act
of the Local Section with respect to any issue to be considered or
any action to be taken. In the event of a tie vote in any such
ballot, the tie shall be resolved by vote of the Executive
ARTICLE XI -- AMENDMENTS
- Amendments to these By-Laws may be presented by any member in
good standing at any regular meeting of the Section or at any
special meeting called for that specific purpose. They shall be
presented in writing and shall be offered to the membership present
at that meeting on motion for consideration and circulation to the
membership. A simple majority shall be necessary to pass the
motion. Amendments accepted for future consideration and
circulation shall be sent to all members in good standing. A
two-thirds affirmative vote of the ballots returned within 30 days
shall be necessary for adoption of any amendment.
- Amendments to these By-Laws must be approved by the Board of
Directors of the American Industrial Hygiene Association before they
become effective. This is done to ensure the Section that future
changes in these By-Laws will have the same force as the original,
which was so approved.
These By-Laws repeal and supplant the revised By-Laws adopted in
1980, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1992, and 1997 and shall become
effective on September 1, 2005 in accordance with this section.