International Affairs Committee

The AIHA International Affairs Committee is dedicated to promoting the advancement of the practice of occupational hygiene around the world. The IAC accomplishes this by being a focal point of contact with international organizations on professional development, technical, and educational issues.

Goals and Objectives

 

Goal 1:  Build industrial hygiene capacity in areas of the world where it is lacking.

 

Objective #1: Serve as a resource for organizations, groups, and individuals outside the United States requesting assistance from AIHA on organizational, professional, or technical matters.

 

Objective #2: Support groups and individuals who provide industrial hygiene training, resource material and equipment in areas where they are needed.  

International Affiliate Membership

An international affiliate member is an individual who resides in, and is a citizen of, a country classified by the World Bank as a low-income, lower-middle-income or upper-middle-income economy, and who is practicing occupational and environmental health and safety.   

International affiliate members will have electronic-only access to the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene and The Synergist. They also will receive the same discounts on products and services as full members.  

For more information on this type of membership, contact your IAC staff liaison.   

Committee Activities

Activities

  1. Provide international organizations, groups, and individuals (upon request) with resources and contacts to assist in key technical issues in industrial hygiene.

  2. Provide support to the activities of the Occupational Health Training Association (OHTA).

  3. Support industrial hygiene training courses and conferences in developing countries.

  4. Support groups and individuals who provide occupational hygiene resources in the developing world.

  5. Support continuance of affiliate memberships in the AIHA to occupational health professionals in developing countries.

  6. Support IH graduate programs in developing countries.

 

Goal 2: Increase international awareness of industrial hygiene and the importance of preventing occupational disease.  

 

Objective #1: Promote public awareness of occupational health and the industrial hygiene profession.

 

Objective #2: Promote awareness of occupational health and industrial hygiene among institutions and agencies that provide related services in developing countries, e.g. NGOs, government and public health agencies, educational institutions, labour unions, employer organizations.

Activities

  1. Develop promotional materials that can be adapted and customized to local uses.

  2. Encourage delivery of occupational health awareness programs for groups and individuals responsible for providing related services in developing countries

 

Goal 3: Enhance co-operation among international occupational hygiene organizations and build understanding of international issues  

 

Objective #1: Encourage co-operation among international occupational hygiene organizations and support the development of professional industrial hygiene associations in developing countries. 

 

Objective #2: Encourage discussion and knowledge exchange among occupational health professionals on topics relating to the preservation of occupational health and safety throughout the world.

Activities

  1. Use a variety of communication vehicles, such as Facebook, AIHA Sharepoint, to share knowledge and provide a platform for discussion on international occupational health and safety topics. 

  2. Provide guidelines, resources, and support for developing local/national professional industrial hygiene associations in other parts of the world.

  3. Encourage papers for the AIHce on international themes and organize  a podium and/or roundtable session at each AIHce to encourage dialogue and international participation.  

Goal 4: Support application of industrial hygiene expertise to identify and control occupational health hazards throughout the world.  

Objective #1: Support efforts by industrial hygienists to offer their expertise and services in countries where it is needed. 

Objective #2: Support and advocate for policies, standards, and initiatives to prevent exposure to occupational hazards in all countries. 

Activities

  1. Continue the Industrial Hygiene Ambassador Program. (This program identifies IAC members who agree to serve as ambassadors to countries where they conduct industrial hygiene activities.)

  2. Make recommendations to AIHA regarding advocacy for specific international occupational health issues. 

  3. Support development of an international organization through which industrial hygienists can volunteer or make contributions to prevent occupational disease in developing countries.  

Resources 

Articles

Inter-Governmental Occupational Safety and Health Organizations and Regulating Bodies

Non-Governmental Professional organizations  

AIHA Ambassadors from IAC

 

Brazil
Osny F. Camargo

China
Laurence Svirchev

France
Tom Fuller

Ghana
Steve Gyan​

India

Maharshi Mehta

Israel

Mark A. Katchen, CIH 

Italy
Marco J. Pedone, CIH, CSP, OHST, CET 

Kazakhstan
Jim Rasmuson 

Malaysia
Jas Singh 

Mexico
Juan Rodriguez Garcia 

Nepal
William S. (Bill) Carter, CIH, PhD 

Pakistan
Muhammad Akram, PhD, CHMM​

Switzerland
Samantha Connell

Tanzania
Ramso Albert Holela 

Vietnam
Tuan Nguyen CIH, CSP, ARM
tnnguyen@scif.com

 

Ambassador Package 

  1. Ambassador Application Form

  2. International Affairs Committee Ambassador Program: Standard Operating Procedures

  3. Ambassador Activity Report Form​

  4. Model Memorandum of Understanding Between AIHA and a Foreign Allied Organization

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International Affairs Committee - Past Chair

John Henshaw
 
 
 
01/01/1996
 
01/01/1997
James Platner
 
 
 
01/01/1997
 
01/01/1998
Nick Yin
 
 
 
01/01/1998
 
01/01/1999
Hank Muranko
 
 
 
01/01/1999
 
01/01/2000
Keith Tait
01/01/2000
12/31/2000
Keith Tait
 
 
 
01/01/2001
 
12/31/2001
Paul Olson
 
 
 
06/01/1994
 
12/31/1999
Paul Olson
 
 
 
01/31/2000
 
12/31/2000
Arlene Golembiewski
 
 
 
01/01/2001
 
12/31/2001
Arlene Golembiewski
 
 
 
01/01/2002
 
12/31/2002
Andrew Cutz,
 
 
 
01/01/2002
 
12/31/2002
Andrew Cutz
 
 
 
01/01/2003
 
05/12/2003
Roy Buchan
 
 
 
01/01/2003
 
05/12/2003
Stephen Reynolds
 
 
 
05/12/2003
 
12/31/2004
Stephen Reynolds
 
 
 
01/01/2005
 
12/31/2005
Stephen Chiusano
 
 
 
01/01/2005
 
12/31/2005
Stephen Chiusano
 
 
 
01/01/2006
 
12/31/2006
Wen Chen Liu
 
 
 
01/01/2007
 
12/31/2007
Brian Daly
 
 
 
01/01/2006
 
12/31/2006
Brian Daly
 
 
 
01/01/2007
 
12/31/2007
Mark Katchen
 
 
 
01/01/2008
 
06/30/2009
Marcos Da Silva
 
 
 
06/01/2009
 
06/01/2010
Marcos Da Silva
 
 
 
06/01/2010
 
06/01/2011
Douglas Dowis
 
 
 
06/01/2011
 
07/01/2012
Marianne Levitsky
 
 
 
06/22/2012
 
06/04/2013
Richard Hirsh
 
 
 
07/02/2014
 
06/04/2015
Muhammad Akram
 
 
 
06/04/2015
 
06/03/2016
Margaret Wan
 
 
 
06/05/2016
 
06/04/2017
Kul Garg
 
 
 
06/05/2017
 
06/04/2018

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