Open Call for Emergency Response Planning (ERP) Committee Members

Purpose and Objec​tives

Emergency Response Planning Guidelines (ERPGs) are health based exposure guideline concentrations for single, short term exposures. ERPGs have been developed and are being applied worldwide for two purposes:

  1. to provide guidance in the planning for the potential exposure to the general population including emergency responders and workers in the event of an accidental release of a substance. 
  2. to provide risk information to emergency responders to help define the potential effects that could occur as a consequence of exposure to the substance which may occur during an incident.  

ERPGs can also be used to develop emergency response action plans, including mitigation steps, protective action plans, administrative controls such as inventory management and storage.  Acute emergency response plans will vary depending on factors such as population density, type of population (e.g. schools, hospitals or assisted living facilities), terrain, weather conditions, the nature of the release and legal requirements.  Legal requirements should not be included.  ERPGs (and AEGLs) are consensus guidelines not legal standards (GMR)

ERP Committee Comp​osition

The ERP committee is comprised of 10-15 members who have a background in exposure and risk assessment and/or inhalation toxicology (e.g., industrial hygienist, toxicologist, medical doctor) and are members of the AIHA. Members are expected to attend up to three face to face meetings and a few half day teleconferences each year. New members will work with those who have experience in the development of ERPG levels in the revision and updating existing documents.  Members with experience will be expected to draft at least one new document every two years following the Handbook guidelines.  The committee will also have an AIHA board liaison appointed by the AGF Board President, but this individual does not serve as Chair or Vice Chair.  The committee selects a Secretary, Vice Chair and Chair from among those committee members with at least two years of service. Typically, the Secretary will become Vice Chair and the Vice Chair becomes the Chair in a 2 year rotation.

ERP Member Se​lection Process

The process of selecting new ERP members begins with an open call for applications to the AIHA membership or by personal invitation by a current committee member. Applications are reviewed and selections made by the ERP membership with guidance from selected Board Liaison and AIHA staff. Selections are made to ensure that the committee maintains the needed expertise in exposure level monitoring and toxicology and that members will have the time to prepare and review ERPG documents and attend ERP meetings.

Committee members must be current and active members of AIHA and are selected to provide a balanced representation of 

  • Industry, corporate, academia, consulting, medical, government)
  • Early, mid and late-career professionals
  • History of involvement in the development of chemical exposure guidelines
  • Areas of professional practice and specialty

ERP Member Re​sponsibilities

  • ERP members are expected to attend in-person meetings as identified and agreed to by the ERP committee members, as well as participate in periodic conference calls throughout the year.
  • Serve as primary and secondary author in the update or novel development of ERPG documents and  values. 
  • Actively participate in all meetings and calls to develop and review ERP guideline documents.  
  • Identify substances for which it would be beneficial to have ERPGs.  The selection is based on the volume produced; the off-site transportation, the physical properties (volatility, flammability, toxicity and potential for accidental exposure or release).
  • Vote to approve or disprove changes to ERPG numbers in update documents or ERPG numbers in novel documents in a timely fashion.
  • Conduct activities in accordance with relevant AIHA policies, procedures, and priorities. 

General Time Commi​tment

  • Attend two to three 1½-day meetings and 2-3 ½-day. conference calls for ERPG documents review.
  • Invest 16+ hrs. per year to review and update one existing ERPG document (documents are reviewed on a 10-year rotation to determine if they are still current or if they need to be updated).
  • New document development: 25-40 hours.  Write one new ERPG review if candidate substances have been nominated for ERPG development by the ERP committee.
  • Service as secondary reviewer of an updated or novel ERPG document: 5 hrs.

Accountability as a Committee Member

  • Accountable to the AGF Board of Directors.
  • Accountable to the ERP committee Chair and Secretary for timely development of reviews on existing documents and new documents.

Committee Member Ad​vantage

As an industrial hygiene and environmental professional, it’s your job to provide expert advice when necessary. In an unpredictable world, offering such advice can expose you and/or your business to a high level of risk. With that said, AIHA provides general liability coverage tor all ERP Committee members. 

Individuals can submit a self-nomination for ERP membership or nominate a candidate for a role in the ERP committee by completing the application form below by Tuesday, April 30.  

Please email Larry Sloan​, AIHA’s CEO, with questions. ​

ERP Membership Application

Are you an AIHA member in good standing?
Please select your membership classification.
Why are you interested in serving on the Emergency Response Planning committee?
Can you commit to the time required?

Please submit a resume that includes information outlining the following:

  • Industry sectors currently and previously worked (corporate, academia, consulting, government)
  • History of involvement in various AIHA volunteer groups
  • Areas of professional practice and specialty
  • Knowledge and expertise in U.S., European and other International standards development.
  • Publications relative to the development of exposure guidance level documentation