Introduction and Overview
The AIHA Strategic Plan (2022-24) reflects the total enterprise, which includes our three LLCs, two foundations, local sections, and the Product Stewardship Society. The Strategic Plan includes metrics that measure success (key performance indicators, or KPIs), most of which are tracked by the AIHA Board throughout the year. KPIs can help the board and staff identify where course corrections need to be made.
The current plan was created in 2021 under the direction of a volunteer-led task force (a mix of Board members, at-large members, and staff), with expert facilitation and guidance by an outside consultant. It’s time once again to form a new task force that will work on the development of an updated plan, which will take effect in January 2025 and run through 2027.
Since the current plan was approved, there have been significant developments in the field of DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion). Our recently formed PR(IH)DE Special Interest Group (SIG), along with volunteers from Minority SIG, Women in IH Committee, and others have been reviewing input suggested by the AIHA Board in better infusing DEI in our core value statements (as well as the various plan objective and strategy statements). This work output will be further discussed and considered for inclusion in our new plan by this task force.
Currently, our Core Value statements read:
- We prevent illnesses and injuries: AIHA members strive to prevent occupational illness and injury as a fundamental principle of industrial hygiene and related occupational and environmental health and safety professions.
- We advocate and develop science-based policy and practice: AIHA members advocate for the profession and develop sound science-based public policy and practice through collaboration across scientific and technical communities to ensure that safe and healthy environments are provided for all workers and communities.
- We respect workers and communities: AIHA members respect the rights of workers and communities to have healthy and safe environments.
- We support employers and workers: AIHA members recognize and support that operational excellence is complementary to both business and industrial hygiene and related occupational and environmental health and safety goals and priorities.
- We respect our members: AIHA’s Board of Directors, volunteers, members, and staff conduct the business of the Association with respect for diversity of opinion, inclusive of all origins, transparent and open communication, and with due consideration of each member’s limited volunteer time.
Domains (and Success Statements):
- Community -- AIHA will nurture and empower a diverse and inclusive professional community and engage with allied professional organizations to work towards achieving common goals.
- Awareness -- AIHA will promote the practice of occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) by increasing awareness of the value of the profession and growing the organization and profession.
- Advancement and Dissemination of Knowledge -- AIHA will explore, develop, and disseminate cutting-edge educational, technical, and career enrichment resources to advance the OEHS profession and professionals.
- Integrity of Professional Practice -- AIHA will identify, develop, continuously improve, and promote excellence in OEHS practices.
- Advocacy -- AIHA will influence the actions of the public, government, and organizations to advance worker and community health and safety.
Purpose of the Strategic Planning Task Force
The purpose of the strategic planning task force is to craft an updated plan that reflects the latest association priorities. The plan should be sustainable, innovative, and accessible to its members, customers, and other stakeholders. The task force will be guided by our external consultant – AMC (Association Management Center), whom AIHA has worked on over the past several planning cycles.
Task Force Composition
- Four (4) members of the AIHA Board of Directors
- Four (4) members-at-large from within the Full, International, Early Career Professionals, and/or Emeritus membership categories—we encourage volunteer group members and those members with a local section affiliation to apply.
- Two (2) staff senior leadership team members
Task Force Selection Process
The process of selecting at-large members begins with an open call for applications from the AIHA membership. Applications are reviewed, and selections are made by the AIHA Board. Selections are made to ensure that the committee maintains as broad a diversity of representation as is reasonably possible.
Task Force Responsibilities
Members are expected to:
- Attend all scheduled calls.
- Conduct activities in accordance with relevant AIHA policies, procedures, and priorities.
- Specifically, members will be expected to:
- Review the current Strategic Plan and DEI recommendations for consideration and integration into the new plan.
- Possess sufficient knowledge of AIHA programs and services to apply proper judgment in suggesting amendments to the current plan.
- Validate our mission and vision statements, update our core value statements, and re-visit our high-level goal statements, objectives, and strategies.
- Provide recommendations to the AIHA Board of Directors for approval.
General Time Commitment
The task force is expected to be active Q1 through Q2 2024 and includes:
- One (1) virtual interview (approx. 30 to 45 minutes long) facilitated by AMC.
- Three (3) two-hour calls, facilitated by AMC.
- Interim email correspondence as needed.
- Accountable to the AIHA Board of Directors
- Agree to uphold and abide by the AIHA Bylaws, Conflict of Interest, and Code of Conduct policies.
Applications will be accepted until February 15, 2024, 11:59 ET.
The AIHA Board of Directors will review applications from all interested parties. We expect to have decisions made within 3 weeks of the deadline stated above. We will be in touch as soon as we have an update. Thank you in advance for your interest.