Conference Program Committee

The AIHce Conference Program Committee (CPC) plays a vital role in developing a conference educational program that appeals to and meets the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s practitioners in occupational and environmental hygiene and safety (OEHS). As such, it is important that the CPC is comprised of as broad a cross-representation of OEHS professionals as possible.

CP​C Composition

The CPC is comprised of 12 professionals chosen to ensure a balanced representation from primary fields of practice in OEHS. Selections are made to include representation from areas including academia, government, military, consulting, and a range of industries. Attention is also given to representation of career stages, geographic areas, gender, and other factors to create as diverse a group of volunteers as is reasonably possible. 

Each CPC member serves a term of three years. Terms are staggered to assure that one third of the Committee members are new each year, and terms begin and end at AIHce.  A Call for Applications goes out early each year and selections are based upon the number of available seats and the representation needed to balance the existing Committee.  

Qualifica​tions

To serve on the CPC, an individual should be a current member in good standing of either AIHA or ACGIH and have served on at least one technical committee, local section, or related volunteer group in their professional society. Those interested in being considered must complete and submit an application. Any potential conflicts of interest must be disclosed, such as service on a related or similar committee or volunteer group with another OEHS organization. Selection to serve on the CPC is individual, is not assigned to an organization, and is non-transferrable.

Expectations of CPC Members

The CPC is responsible for selecting the education sessions for AIHce. They bring subject matter expertise and the perspective of the AIHce participant to the deliberations over which session proposals to choose. Their careful review of the submissions and their decision making are critical to building a dynamic conference program. 

A well-balanced, cross-representative group of volunteers is vital to the strength of the CPC and to shaping the educational content for AIHce. Toward that end, the following attributes are considered when selecting CPC representatives. 

  • Demonstration of leadership skills and ability to be thoughtful, deliberative and decisive.

  • Ability to work collaboratively in a group setting, professionally handle differences of opinion with peers, and speak with “one voice,” supporting decisions once they have been made 

  • Ability to represent the profession as whole, not just one practice area or specialty. 

  • Proven ability to think both long term and strategically as well as short-term and tactically.

  • Ability to screen submissions in a fair, consistent, defensible, and transparent manner.

  • Ability to meet deadlines in a short period of time, especially in the Fall (September-December).

  • Experience as a volunteer in AIHA and/or ACGIH; experience in other, volunteer organizations.

CPC members are expected to participate in the review and rating of session proposals during the fall and in any conference calls that may be necessary, and to attend the annual in-person committee meeting that takes place at AIHce.​