FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Release No. SPR-14-0414-01CONTACT:
Nicole Racadag, AIHA Communications
Lynn O’Donnell, ABIH Executive Director
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (April 14, 2014) — Professional recognition remains a significant concern for both the American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) and the American Board of Industrial Hygiene® (ABIH). It’s becoming increasingly important for the industrial hygiene (IH) profession to ensure that laws and regulations reference professional titles such as Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP), which indicate that a person has been certified by a nationally recognized and accredited organization.
“Industrial hygienists understandably want to know how many U.S. state laws and regulations mention their professional titles, so ABIH and AIHA made it a point to find out,” said ABIH Executive Director Lynn O’Donnell.
In 2013, ABIH worked with a firm specializing in government relations to review all existing state laws and regulations and identify relevant IH terms, including CIH, industrial hygiene, and others. This project updated information gathered by a similar project in 2006.
The 2013 initiative found 48 states with regulations or rules that contained at least one reference to one of the terms identified for the project. In those states, 224 state regulations and 106 statutes contained references to the IH profession. Together, almost 350 different statutes and regulations mentioned the IH profession.
According to AIHA Government Affairs Director Aaron K. Trippler, the most encouraging result was the number of times the CIH designation was referenced.
“The CIH [designation] appeared165 times in state statutes and 155 times in state regulations and rules. IH professionals should feel very pleased with this result,” said Trippler, who serves as AIHA’s chief liaison with Congress and federal agencies.
According to Trippler, the two organizations will continue working together to make sure that the IH profession is referenced in regulations and statutes wherever possible.
“Between states’ statutes and regulations, the IH profession is referenced more than 1,600 times. Our hope is that when this project is updated in the next couple of years, the results will show an even larger increase in the number of regulations and statutes that mention this profession,” added Trippler.
The project findings are available on the ABIH website, where searchable PDF documents for each state include links to relevant laws and regulations so that users can more easily locate the full regulatory text. Click on the name of a state to view the statutes and regulations that mention industrial hygiene terms of interest in that state.
For a brief summary of the results, download the two-page PDF available from the government affairs section of the AIHA website.
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. AIHA will celebrate 75 years of protecting worker health and serving the industrial hygiene community at AIHce 2014, the premier event for IH and OEHS professionals.
Since 1960, ABIH, a not-for-profit corporation, has been the world’s largest, premier organization for certifying professionals in the practice of industrial hygiene. ABIH is responsible for ensuring high-quality certification including education, experience, examination, certification maintenance, and ethics enforcement. Currently, more than 6700 people are certified to use the CIH designation.