Hazard Prevention and Engineering Controls



To provide a forum to advance the use of engineering principles for the prevention and control of health hazards and to address emerging issues in support of AIHA interests. 

Goals and Objectives


Goal: Assemble, evaluate, and disseminate industrial hygiene information regarding engineering aspects.  

Objective #1: Provide education, training, and reference materials on engineering control technologies.  


  • Monitor engineering committee-sponsored PDCs and arrange for the introduction of new PDCs.

  • Solicit papers; organize sessions; and provide session arrangers, chairs, and monitors for the AIHce.

  • Revise AIHA publications.

  • Develop new reference materials for AIHA publications. 

Objective #2: Coordinate and communicate engineering control and technology information and issues.  


  • Act as a technical resource by researching issues and recommending positions to the AIHA Board.

  • Coordinate with other industries, government agencies, professional associations, trade associations, labor groups, academia, and others to share information and discuss engineering issues.

  • Communicate and coordinate with other AIHA committees that may be affected by engineering committee initiatives.

  • Maintain expertise to provide guidance on the application of engineering controls in the workplace.

  • Meet at the AIHce and other times as appropriate to discuss committee initiatives.  

Objective #3: Promote and recognize achievement in engineering aspects of industrial hygiene.  


  • Review the JOEH for engineering aspects papers and select the AIHA Engineering Committee Best Paper Award.

  • During the AIHce, review and select the AIHA Engineering Committee Best Poster Award.

  • Develop and distribute a fact sheet on engineering aspects of industrial hygiene targeted to engineering (chemical, environmental, mechanical, and industrial) students and graduates.    


Engineering Controls Library Project


The Engineering Control/Prevention through Design Library is online collection of links to existing engineering control and design resources for various risk areas.  Links may highlight tools, research, case studies, and other information that promotes successful development of engineering controls and prevention through design concepts.  Anyone may submit a recommended link to the Engineering Committee for consideration.




Every year, members of the Engineering Committee present three awards that recognize excellence in the development, verification, and/or application of engineering principles to the mitigation of stressors in the occupational environment:  

  • Best Engineering Paper: The awardees are selected by a committee of peers from papers published in The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (previously the American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal and the Applied Occupational and Environmental Health Journal) during the calendar year (January–December) preceding the conference.

  • Best Engineering Poster: The awardees are selected by a committee of peers from the technical posters presented in the AIH Conference and expo. 

  • Best Graduate Poster: This award recognizes the work of graduate students in the field of engineering. The awardees are selected by members of the committee among the posters presented in the student section.


NEW! Low-Resource Contaiminant Controls:
Student Development Challenge!

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Hazard Prevention and Engineering Controls Committee (HPECC), and Workplace Health Without Borders (WHWB) are co-sponsoring a workplace contaminant controls development challenge directed to students to promote worker health and safety in developing countries. A $500 first place prize will be awarded to the most innovative and feasible solution. Submissions are due by December 1, 2017. Student eligibility and more details are available in the attached flyer. Please direct questions to Dr. James Couch.