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


  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.


  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.


  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. 


  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.  


Inter-Governmental Occupational Safety and Health Organizations and Regulating Bodies

Non-Governmental Professional organizations  

Global Occupational Health and Safety Events


Date ​Event​
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 from IAC


Osny F. Camargo

Laurence Svirchev

Tom Fuller


Maharshi Mehta


Mark A. Katchen, CIH 

Marco J. Pedone, CIH, CSP, OHST, CET 

Jim Rasmuson 

Jas Singh 

Juan Rodriguez Garcia 

William S. (Bill) Carter, CIH, PhD


Muhammad Akram, PhD, CHMM


Samantha Connell


Tuan Nguyen CIH, CSP, ARM


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