Strategic Plan

The AIHA 2011-2015 Strategic Plan


Creating knowledge to protect worker health

Vision 2020

Elimination of workplace illnesses

Core Values

  • We prevent illnesses and injuries: AIHA members strive to prevent occupational illness and injury as a fundamental principle of the 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 employees:  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, transparent and open communication, and with due consideration of each member’s limited volunteer time.


AIHA will identify and pursue specific mission oriented strategic goals and associated priorities that will drive AIHA’s structure, governance, staffing and budgeting, and will serve as the basis for all evaluations of achievement and performance. These major groupings will serve to organize AIHA’s priorities for the 2011-2015 operating years:
  • Professional Community
  • Advocacy, Influence, and Value
  • Information, Learning, and Knowledge
1. Professional Community Goal
AIHA is a growing, resilient, global, multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary community of knowledgeable professionals. An increasing number of students pursue industrial hygiene and related occupational and environmental health and safety related careers.
1.1 Expand AIHA’s professional community to retain existing members and attract membership, participation and/or interest in products and services from among allied groups (international members, students, EHS generalists, local sections, and other affiliated groups).
1.2 Define appropriate membership models and recruitment strategies.
1.3 Develop mechanisms to communicate the scope of the profession/knowledge base to members, related organizations, workers, the public, potential new AIHA members and customers, certified industrial hygienists, and students.
2. Advocacy, Influence, and Value Strategic Goal
AIHA is a leader in the development of standards, policies, legislation and regulations that improve human health exposure risk assessment and management.  We are recognized for the valuable contributions we make to protecting worker health and safety.
2.1 Actively track and respond to emerging trends and issues related to human health exposure risk assessment and management.   
2.2 Promote our sound-science-based exposure risk assessment and management agenda to legislators, policymakers, and the public media.      
2.3 Seek out appropriate collaborations with other membership and trade organizations to facilitate improved exposure risk assessment and management and worker protection, and bring a broader and more unified voice for exposure risk assessment and management professionals to stakeholders.
3. Information, Learning, and Knowledge Strategic Goal
As a repository, developer, and disseminator of knowledge, programs and services for the industrial hygiene and related occupational and environment health and safety community, AIHA provides or facilitates access to science-based information that individuals and organizations need to ensure that health and safety efforts have moved beyond corrective actions to prevention measures, with potential new health hazards being recognized, evaluated, eliminated or controlled before they are introduced into a workplace or community.
3.1 Offer accessible and cutting edge products and services that provide opportunities for increased knowledge in industrial hygiene and related fields by leveraging modern business computing and communication technologies to provide this content on-demand, anywhere, and at any time.
3.2 Collaborate with other national and international industrial hygiene organizations to develop and adopt criteria that define the core competencies needed during the different stages of an industrial hygienist’s career.
3.3 Collaborate with technical experts to increase the development of academic and training-level technical and scientific content to enhance the knowledge, skills, and capabilities of industrial hygienists world-wide.