AIHA Celebrates OEHS Industry Leaders


Release No. SPR-13-0201-01

Kathryn Grandstaff, AIHA Communications
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‘Thought Leaders’ interview project kicks off this month

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (February 1, 2013) — With its 75th anniversary approaching in 2014, the American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) has launched its Thought Leaders Project to highlight the contributions of industrial hygienists who protect worker health around the world. The Thought Leaders Project captures the stories of several influential AIHA members. These stories, recorded live, offer snapshots of a profession and an association constantly adjusting to new challenges, new occupational hazards, and new technologies for protecting workers. Each story will present a different perspective on the profession’s evolution and the efforts of industry leaders to navigate the changing field of industrial hygiene.

The first Thought Leaders video, featuring Jim Thornton, CIH, CSP, is available at Thornton is the director of Health, Safety, and Environment at Northrop Grumman Newport News. He is the 2012 recipient of the Academy of Industrial Hygiene’s Henry F. Smyth, Jr. Award, which honors outstanding contributions to industrial hygiene. In the video, Thornton discusses how he got started in his career and offers advice for how young industrial hygienists can develop professionally.

The Thought Leaders Project will run through May 2014, when AIHA will celebrate the history of industrial hygiene at AIHce 2014, the premier event for occupational and environmental health and safety professionals.

​About AIHA®

Founded in 1939, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is the premier association of occupational and environmental health and safety professionals. AIHA’s 10,000 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.

​The purpose and objectives of the Academy of Industrial Hygiene (AIH) are to provide leadership in advancing the professional field of industrial hygiene, by raising the level of competence of industrial hygienists and by securing wide recognition of the need for high quality industrial hygiene practice to ensure healthful working conditions in the various occupations and industries.