Take Charge of Your IH Career: Road Map to Success Webinar Recording

Event Type: Webinars, AIHA Webinars

Earn 1 Contact Hour

Member $99 | Nonmember $125 | Student $25

Optimize your IH career for success with this webinar sponsored by the AIHA Mentoring and Professional Development Committee.

Get tips on how to plan your IH career as we review how to develop a skills inventory of both technical and “soft” skills based on the recently updated AIHA Core Competencies publication. Soft skills (or power skills as they are sometimes called) are just as important to your career success as technical competencies.

We’ll discuss the importance of becoming certified, what resources are available, how a mentor can contribute to career planning, and how to use the AIHA IH Professional Pathway® program as a guide. Examine real-life applications of these tools within the IH field, from early-stage students to emeritus professionals in IH and those interested in allied professions where a background in IH is a good foundation.

Gain a deeper understanding of the necessary IH skills and tools you’ll need to map out a successful career.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Define what core competencies, both technical and “soft” skills, are required for a successful IH career.
  • Recognize the importance of a mentor to help guide your career.
  • Apply available tools to develop your personal road map to success including professional certification in industrial hygiene.
  • Discover ways you can continue to contribute to the profession as you enter the later stages of your career.


Barbara J. Dawson, CIH, FAIHA, CSP is a Past President of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and a Past Chair of the Board for Global EHS Credentialing® (BGC®). She is an Occupational Health Competency Leader with the DuPont Company where she has worked for almost 29 years. Prior to her current assignment, Barbara was the Safety, Health, and Environmental Resource for DuPont Chemical Solutions Enterprise, the chemical business of DuPont. Barbara spent her first 10 years at DuPont as the Industrial Hygiene Programs Manager at the DuPont Chambers Works site where she also served as Laboratory Director of an AIHA-accredited lab. Prior to DuPont, Barbara worked as an Industrial Hygienist for SmithKline Beckman Corporation, a pharmaceutical company based at the time in Philadelphia, and at the Rohm and Haas Company in their corporate industrial hygiene group.

Barbara has a master of science degree in Environmental Health (Industrial Hygiene) from Temple University and a bachelor of science degree in biology from Muhlenberg College. She is certified in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene (CIH) by the Board for Global EHS Credentialing® (BGC®). Barbara is a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). Barbara is currently President-Elect of the Yuma Pacific Southwest AIHA Section, served two terms as President of the Delaware Section of the AIHA, and previously was President of the Delaware Valley Section (now the Philadelphia Section). She is also certified in the comprehensive practice of safety (CSP) by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals and completed a term as President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers.

Tim Paz, CIH is a past Board Director of the Board for Global EHS Credentialing® (BGC®). He has over twenty years’ industrial hygiene experience in various industry sectors such as environmental remediation, aerospace, healthcare, medical research, and most recently, federal government facilities management. Tim is currently serving as a Senior Industrial Hygienist at the Architect of the Capitol in Washington, DC.

Tim has a master of science degree in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Central Missouri and a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from Southern Illinois University. He is certified in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene (CIH) by the Board for Global EHS Credentialing® (BGC®). Tim previously served as the President of the St. Louis Local Section of AIHA and is currently serving as the Chair of the AIHA Mentoring and Professional Development Committee. Tim was recently elected to the Executive Advisory Committee for the newly formed Northern Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to assist businesses with understanding the responsibility for the health and safety of their employees and to encourage students within the community to pursue STEM careers. He was also elected to the National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives (NAHFE)’s Board as National Secretary in July 2018. ​

Questions? Contact [email protected].