AIHA-NIOSH Partnership

AIHA and NIOSH formed a partnership to use collaborative efforts and expertise to advance the protection of workers, promote best practices, and encourage employers to develop and utilize occupational health and safety management systems and effective prevention strategies and technologies. Together, both organizations agreed to continue to work cooperatively and provide outreach, communication, and professional development opportunities.

Anticipate, Recognize, Evaluate, Control, and Confirm (ARECC)

In a Leadership Perspective article in the January 2011 Synergist, AIHA-NIOSH partnership participants and colleagues presented the logic for expanding the historical industrial hygiene decision-making framework to become “Anticipate, Recognize, Evaluate, Control, and Confirm.” The concept of “confirm” has always been implicit in the framework, and it is clearly implicit in the discussion and pictorials contained in the AIHA® Strategy for Assessing and Managing Occupational Exposures. The new framework makes it explicit. As noted in the article, no formal mechanism is required to make ARECC an integral part of our everyday practice.


Graphic adapted from Hoover, M.D., T. Armstrong, T. Blodgett, A.K. Fleeger, P.W. Logan, B. McArthur, and P.J. Middendorf: Confirming Our Industrial Hygiene Decision-Making Framework, The Synergist, 22(1): 10, 2011.

In addition, opportunities are being sought to increase awareness and applications of the ARECC framework.  If you can help in any way, please contact the author group via email or at (304) 285-6374.