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 

Inter-Governmental Occupational Safety and Health Organizations and Regulating Bodies

 
Non-Governmental Professional organizations  

Global Occupational Health and Safety Events

 

Date of Event
Location
 
 
29-31 March, 2017
6th International Conference on the History of Occupational and Environmental Health, Gothenburg, ICOH
 
 
29-31 March, 2017
Technological Innovation and Organizational Changes: the Potential Impacts on Prevention, Nancy, France, INRS
 
 
24-27 April, 2017
Occupational Hygiene 2017, United Kingdom
 
 
19-21 June, 2017
6th International Conference on Whole Body Vibration, Gothenburg, ICOH
 
 
19 - 23 June 2017
 
23rd Symposium on Shiftwork and Working Time, Australia, ICOH
 
 
 
22-25 August 2017
 
International Scientific Conference and Workshop on Occupational Health and Safety in Formal and Informal Mining, Denmark, ICOH
 
 
 
28 - 31 August 2017
 
EPICOH 2017 Conference - Eliminating Occupational Risk: Translating Research into Action, United Kingdom, ICOH
 
 
 
29 August- 1 September, 2017
6th International Congress of the ICOH Scientific Committee on Work Organization and Psychosocial Factors, Mexico City, ICOH
 
 
3-6 September 2017
XXI World Congress on Safety and Health, Singapore, ICOH
 
 
17-20 September, 2017
Canadian Society of Safety Engineering Professional Development Conference, Halifax, ICOH
 
 
16-19 September, 2018
Canadian Society of Safety Engineering Professional Development Conference, Niagara Falls, ICOH
 
 
2-4 October 2017
10th International Symposium on Biological Monitoring in Occupational and Environmental health (ISBM -10), Naples, Italy, ICOH
 
 
 
14 - 16 November 2017
 
10th International Joint Conference on Occupational Health for Healthcare Workers: Health & wellbeing in the health care sector; addressing current threats to workers, Thailand, ICOH
 
 
 
29 April- 4 May, 2018
32nd International Congress on Occupational Health-ICOH, Dublin

 

AIHA Ambassadors

 

Brazil
Osny F. Camargo
ofcamargo@mmm.com 

 

China
William Zhu, CIH
Lead Ambassador
William_zhu@golder.com 

 

Joey Yang
Deputy Ambassador
joey.yang.ehs@gmail.com

 

France
Tom Fuller
tfulle2@ilstu.edu

 

India
Maharshi Mehta
Maharshi.mehta@issehs.com

 

Israel
Mark A. Katchen, CIH
mkatchen@phylmar.com

 

Italy
Marco J. Pedone, CIH, CSP, OHST, CET
marcopedone@yahoo.com

 

Kazakhstan
Jim Rasmuson
jim@C-IH.com

 

Malaysia
Jas Singh
Jas@jas-intl.com

 

Mexico
Juan Rodriguez Garcia
juan_rodriguez_garcia@prodigy.net.mx

 

Nepal
William S. (Bill) Carter, CIH, PhD
carter@findlay.edu 

 

Pakistan
Muhammad Akram, PhD, CHMM
Ma102@Columbia.edu

 

Switzerland
Samantha Connell
slconnell89@gmail.com

 

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. AIHA 2016 - 2018 Strategic Plan

  5. Volunteer Group Project Proposal Form​ (to be used for any funding requests)

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

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