Introduction and Overview

The AIHA Strategic Plan (2019-21) reflects the total enterprise, which includes our three LLCs, two foundations, local sections, and the Product Stewardship Society. The Strategic Plan includes metrics that measure success (key performance indicators, or KPIs), most of which are tracked by the AIHA Board throughout the year. KPIs can help the board and staff identify where course corrections need to be made.

The current plan was created in 2018 under the direction of a volunteer led task force (a mix of Board members, at-large members, and staff), with expert facilitation and guidance by an outside consultant. Looking ahead to the next planning cycle, the Board agreed it is time to form a new task force that will initially be tasked with reviewing and adjusting the current plan, and then working on the development of an updated plan, which will take effect in January 2022 and run through 2024.

Strategic Plan

The current AIHA Strategic Plan features clearly articulated mission and vision statements and embodies our core values. It identifies five (5) domains that reflect the breadth of the association’s programs and services. Each domain references a success statement (i.e., indicative of positive performance vis-a-vis that domain), as well as a series of strategic objectives and supporting strategies that detail underlying intent and purpose of each area.

  • Our Mission Statement: Empowering those who apply scientific knowledge to protect all workers from occupational hazards.
  • Our Vision Statement: A world where all workers are healthy and safe.

Core Values:

  • We prevent illnesses and injuries: AIHA members strive to prevent occupational illness and injury as a fundamental principle of industrial hygiene and related occupational and environmental health and safety professions.
  • We advocate and develop science-based policy and practice: AIHA members advocate for the profession and develop sound science-based public policy and practice through collaboration across scientific and technical communities to ensure that safe and healthy environments are provided for all workers and communities.
  • We respect workers and communities: AIHA members respect the rights of workers and communities to have healthy and safe environments.
  • We support employers and employees: AIHA members recognize and support that operational excellence is complementary to both business and industrial hygiene and related occupational and environmental health and safety goals and priorities.
  • We respect our members: AIHA’s Board of Directors, volunteers, members, and staff conduct the business of the association with respect for diversity of opinion, transparent and open communication, and with due consideration of each member’s limited volunteer time.

Domains (and Success Statements):

  • Community—AIHA will foster networking, communication, engagement, and interaction in our membership and among our professional communities, and work toward achieving common goals.
  • Awareness—AIHA will promote the practice of industrial hygiene to increase awareness of its value and to sustain the future of our organization and profession.
  • Advancement and Dissemination of Knowledge—AIHA will explore, develop, and deliver cutting-edge educational resources to advance the profession of industrial hygiene.
  • Integrity of IH Practice—AIHA will identify, develop, and maintain avenues to achieve excellence in standards of IH practice.
  • Advocacy­—AIHA will advance public policies that protect the profession and foster worker health and safety.

Purpose of the Strategic Planning Task Force

The purpose of the strategic planning task force is twofold:

  • To review the current plan and amend elements as warranted based on evolving circumstances which are impacting the association (this work is scheduled to be conducted in Q4 2020)
  • To craft an updated plan that reflects the latest association priorities (scheduled for Q1 through Q2 2021). The plan should be sustainable, innovative, and accessible to its members, customers and other stakeholders.

Task Force Composition

  • Four (4) members of the AIHA Board of Directors
  • Four (4) members-at-large from within the Full, International, Early Career Professionals, and/or Emeritus membership categories—we encourage volunteer group members and those members with a local section affiliation to apply
  • Two (2) staff senior leadership team members
  • CEO

Task Force Selection Process

The process of selecting at-large members begins with an open call for applications from the AIHA membership. Applications are reviewed, and selections made by the AIHA Board. Selections are made to ensure that the committee maintains as broad a diversity of representation as is reasonably possible.

Task Force Responsibilities

Members are expected to:

  • Attend all scheduled calls
  • Conduct activities in accordance with relevant AIHA policies, procedures, and priorities

Specifically, members will be expected to:

  • Review the current Strategic Plan
  • Possess sufficient knowledge of AIHA programs and services to apply proper judgement in suggesting amendments to the current plan
  • Develop our next plan (potentially working with an outside consultant):
    • Participate in a SWOT analysis that studies both internal and external factors affecting the association
    • Identify factors which drive our success as well as areas of risk governance
    • Identify strategic priorities
    • Define top-line strategic objectives and supporting strategies that support plan initiatives
    • Assist in defining KPI’s which measure success
    • Provide recommendations to the AIHA Board of Directors for approval

General Time Commitment

The task force is expected to be active from Q4 2020 through the first half of 2021.

  • Monthly conference calls (each lasting 1 to 1 ½ hours) during Q4 2020
  • Two virtual sessions conducted in Q1 and Q2 2021
  • Additional conference calls and email correspondence as needed


  • Accountable to the AIHA Board of Directors
  • Agree to uphold and abide by the AIHA Bylaws, Conflict of Interest and Code of Conduct policies


Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2020 11:59 ET.

The AIHA Board of Directors will review applications from all interested parties. We hope to have decisions made within 3 weeks of the deadline stated above. On occasion, our review may take longer due to travel, schedules, or unforeseen circumstances. If that is to happen and you have not heard from us within 1 month, please contact Larry Sloan. We will be in touch as soon as we have an update. Thank you for your patience.