MEDIA ALERT- AIHA Releases Association Priorities for 2018

What: The AIHA Board of Directors recently approved a slate of public policy priorities, and the establishment of a permanent government relations working group. AIHA President, Deborah Nelson, PhD, CIH, discussed these priorities in her President's Message in the November 2017 issue of the Synergist.

Who: The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) was founded in 1939. It is the premier association of occupational and environmental health and safety professionals. AIHA's 8,500 members play a crucial role on the front line of worker health and safety every day. Members represent a cross-section of industry, private business, labor, government and academia. More information is available at

Why: New public policy priorities for 2018 fall under the following topics: hazards (such as beryllium, silica, and first responder exposure to opioids), assessments (including hazard banding, sensors, and teen workplace safety), and profession (IH Professional Pathways and title protection). The Board has also approved the "graduation" of the Government Relations Beta Group to a more formal structure, the ACTIONS (AIHA Coalition of Technical Influencers On New Solutions)  Committee. All 300-plus members of the Beta Group will be given the opportunity to join the ACTIONS Committee. ACTIONS will work with AIHA's other volunteer groups to implement our public policy goals and propose new goals and activities, and to help develop specific language for legislation and regulations at the federal, state, and local levels.

Where: The letter can be found here:

Contact: For additional information, please contact Mark Ames, AIHA's Director of Government Relations, at​ or 703-846-0730.