Channel Descriptions

AIHA University Body of Knowledge/Framework

Description: Framework documents consist of complete sets of concepts, terms, and activities that make up a specific professional domain as defined by an academic or professional body. This format is useful for sharing knowledge in a particular area and how an individual is expected to master it to be considered or certified as a practitioner.

Target Audience: OEHS audience

Right for Me? Choose this format if you are looking to create content that outlines the knowledge, skills, and abilities an individual should possess and demonstrate to work successfully in a particular field or industry.

Format Outline:

  • Lists the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to work in a particular field or industry
  • Serves as the first step in the development of a registry, certificate, or training program
  • Includes references in APA style to support content
Book

Description: A book distributes academic research or professional developmental information.

Target Audience: OEHS audience

Right for Me? Choose this format if you are looking to create content in greater depth than what is possible through a fact sheet, guidance document, or white paper, including specific knowledge and methodologies.

Format Outline:

  • Page count depends on content and format—will your book be used as a guideline, field manual, college textbook, or some other specific purpose?
  • Can be released as a downloadable PDF or as a physical, hardcover copy
  • Includes references in APA style to support content
Fact Sheet

Description: Fact sheets present data in a format that emphasizes key points concisely, usually using bullet points, headings, or tables. Fact sheets often contain technical data, lists, statistics, educational material, or how-to advice. On occasion, they may summarize a longer document. Fact sheets can also be presented visually as infographics.

Target Audience: OEHS or public audience

Right for Me? Choose this format if you are writing on a particular topic to inform a specific audience with high-level knowledge of that topic.

Format Outline:

  • Three pages or less
  • Should be visually appealing, comprised of tables, charts, graphs, and bullet lists of supporting facts
  • Summary of most important information; should be brief and concise
  • Cite sources or attributions in APA style and include links to further information
Guidance Document

Description: Guidance documents suggest best practices and provide non-binding advice that follows a prescribed procedure or process. Guidance documents should be viewed only as recommendations unless specific regulatory requirements are cited.

Target Audience: OEHS or public audience

Right for Me? Guidance documents represent the current thinking of AIHA and its members on a particular subject. Choose this format if you want to document the way activities should be performed to facilitate consistent conformance.

Format Outline:

  • Provides broad advice for following a procedure or process
  • Includes a brief statement of purpose to clarify the reason for the document's creation, which also refers to any directly related document such as a policy or regulation the document supports
  • Includes no mandatory statements—these belong in a policy, procedure, or standard document
  • Sometimes may be best structured as FAQs or bulleted lists
  • May provide more extensive guidance or advice for best practices
  • Includes references in APA style to support content
  • May include infographics
Position Statement

Description: Position statements are short statements that reflect the association's stand on a particular viewpoint or issue related to occupational and environmental health and safety. A position statement may be included in the executive summary of a white paper.

Target Audience: OEHS or public audience

Right for Me? Choose this format if you feel the association should take an official position on an issue related to a mission-critical topic.

Format Outline:

  • Two pages or less
  • States the official position of AIHA
  • Includes a rationale in support of the position
  • Requires the approval of the AIHA Board of Directors
White Paper

Description: White papers are persuasive, in-depth reports or essays that include executive summaries, are supported by scientific research, and are written to educate the target audience on an issue or explain and promote a particular methodology. White papers are meant to help readers understand an issue, solve a problem, or make a decision.

Target Audience: OEHS or public audience

Right for Me? A white paper is a research report or guide that helps solve a problem. Choose this format if you intend to educate readers by bringing to light a new or different perspective.

Format Outline:

  • Includes an executive summary that outlines the white paper's main points, including any recommendations and crucial data that supports them
  • Should be visually appealing, with features like diagrams, charts, graphs, examples, case studies, infographics, and tables
  • Includes reference list in APA style to support content