Introduction and Overview

The AIHA Strategic Plan (2022 - 2024) reflects the total enterprise, which includes our three LLCs, two foundations, local sections, and the Product Stewardship Society. Although not noted in the plan document, AIHA staff sets goals and monitors progress against a set of quantitative metrics to measure success across the five domain areas. The Board reviews these metrics along with other qualitative updates throughout the year to help 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. We are now in the process of updating our plan, which will be approved by the Board later this year and cover calendar years 2025-27.

Core Values

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 next strategic plan.

Currently, our Core Value statements read:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. We respect workers and communities: AIHA members respect the rights of workers and communities to have healthy and safe environments.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.