The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA®) is seeking up to 5 volunteers to participate in a new project to develop a Climate Change Adaptation Body of Knowledge (BoK) framework that provides OEHS professionals with the competencies needed to deal with and address the various ramifications of climate change that affect the workplace.

Project Overview

Although this BoK is an entirely new product, this project will build upon the role of the OEHS professional in responding to natural disasters, which are further exacerbated by climate change. This BoK will complement and reference existing AIHA educational products. We anticipate liaising with NIOSH personnel on this effort, as well as seeking input from other allied organizations (including but not limited to: BOHS, American Geophysical Union, GRI and other Environmental-Social-Governance (ESG) type entities).

In this framework, we intend to reference the following Content Priorities:

  • Big Data/Sensor Technology: Real-time monitoring sensors, robotics, and resulting analytics can significantly impact the OEHS profession. Combining data from real-time detection (such as body temp, pulse, oximetry) coupled with the use of publicly available data will help position OEHS professionals to respond to and prevent climate change-related human exposures and consequent health impacts. Additionally, this project team will consider the confidentiality/security of data.
  • Communicating OEHS Concepts: This document will help the end-user understand the role of the OEHS professional and its importance in responding to climate change. Synergist articles, end-user-focused education, integration into OHS management systems are envisioned as a follow-up to the completion of this document.
  • Serving the Changing Workforce: The workforce will change due to climate change (e.g., the transition of workers from specific jobs to others, increase in gig economy workers, adverse impact on disadvantaged workers). This project will better prepare the OEHS professional to address these issues.
  • Total Exposure Health: Increased temperatures in the workplace (and resulting heat stress) is one of several impacts on worker health. Beyond heat stress, other hazards that will be addressed in the BoK include wildfire smoke (and other air quality hazards), vector-borne diseases, toxic chemical exposure, mental health, risk of accidents, and other natural disasters (e.g., earthquakes) that directly and indirectly impact total exposure health.

Commitment

This effort will consist of five stages.

  • Convene a broad coalition of volunteers to review previous and/or existing materials developed by AIHA, professional associations, multi-national companies, and other stakeholder groups;
  • Determine the project scope and roles involved in the field;
  • Determine the competencies required at each role/level;
  • Conduct a peer review of the document; and
  • Finalize document and recommend distribution of the BoK.

This project will require the participation of a diverse team of individuals who have experience in this area of expertise. This project is expected to run over the course of 8 to 12 months. Specific time commitment includes:

  • Involvement in an initial kick-off conference call;
  • Participation in follow-up conference calls/online meetings as needed;
  • As necessary, individual time spent reviewing existing materials and other content-related authoritative sources; and
  • As necessary, individual time spent to review, comment, and finalize the team’s output during the project.
  • In absolute terms, the time spent might be 3-5 days over the course of 6 - 8 months.
  • Participation will account for CM points towards your credential.

To volunteer for this team, please fill out and submit the online application by Friday, December 17, 2021.

If you cannot commit the time to participate in this content development team but are interested in participating by providing input via surveys or comment on the draft BoK, please complete the application and indicate your ability and willingness to participate as a Stakeholder on Q6 of the online application.

Should you have any questions or wish to discuss your participation further, please contact Stacy Calhoun.