Construction Committee

Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Assemble, evaluate and disseminate to occupational and environmental health professionals information relevant to health and safety in the construction environment.

Objective #1: Discuss and act upon safety and health issues in the construction environment.


  • Designate specific members to track and report on identified issues.

  • Respond to AIHA Board requests to address specific issues.

  • Meet annually at the AIHce.

  • Provide an information resource for AIHA members.

  • Promote the development and dissemination of construction specific manuals, handbooks, videos, and other publications.

Objective #2: Provide education and training on construction-related occupational health and safety topics.


  • Develop, maintain and modify new or existing PDC courses as necessary.

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

Goal 2: Actively participate in identifying and responding to construction occupational health issues.

Objective #1: Identify, evaluate, and comment on proposed regulations that impact the practice of industrial hygiene in the construction environment.


  • Monitor and report on relevant activities by rulemaking organizations.

  • Develop and recommend position papers to the AIHA Board.

  • Develop and maintain liaisons with construction industry trade, labor, and safety organizations


Corrosive Drywall: A Guidance Document 

The committee wrote a document focusing on assessing structures for Corrosive Drywall and overseeing corrective measures. It includes procedures and supporting information for field practitioners and is intended to help answer basic questions such as, "Does my home or building have CDW?" and "How can I restore normal air quality?" In this document, the term "remediation" is limited to the decontamination process (i.e., removal/ treatment) and will not address restoration of corrosion damage. The document was co-sponsored by the Construction Committee and the IEQ Committee.

Silica Competent Persons White Paper
"Recommended Skills And Capabilities For Silica Competent Persons White Paper" is now available through AIHA's Government Affairs by going here. 

Corrosive Drywall White Paper
As announced in an Oct. 13, 2010, press release, the white paper identifies the problems posed by corrosive drywall and the role of science in understanding the resulting safety and health issues. Sponsored by the AIHA® Biosafety and Environmental Microbiology Committee, Construction Committee, and Indoor Environmental Quality Committee.

Other Information

Rochelle Crew Memorial Award

The Rochelle Crew memorial award is given by the AIHA Construction Committee in honor and memory of Crew, a former member of the committee and instructor for several years of construction safety PDCs.

Crew was a strong proponent of training/education. The award, which is a plaque, is given to the best construction-related paper, presentation or PDC presented at the previous year’s AIHce. The purpose of the award is to commemorate Crew’s contributions to the committee as well as to support and encourage education and training in the industrial hygiene discipline.

The award is given at the annual AIHce Construction Committee meeting and is open to all papers, presentations, and PDCs. PDCs, presentations and authors who have won previously are not eligible. Nominations come from Construction Committee Members. The award itself will consist of plaques given to the authors, arranger or course instructors, or whichever is appropriate.

2013 Winner - Andre Nowosiwsky

2012 Winner - Mike Harris

2011 Winner - David DeLaRue

2010 Winner - Dru Sahai

2009 Winner - Robert C. Adams, CIH, CSP

2008 Winner - Ken Trimber

2007 Winner - Laurence R. Lee, III, CIH

2006 Winner - Curtis Childress, CSP

2005 Winner - In honor and recognition of her contributions to the AIHA Construction Committee as well as her support and encouragement of education in the industrial hygiene discipline, Anthony Cuneo and the Cuneo-Crew Family were presented with the first Rochelle, CSP Crew Memorial Award in May of 2005.