Greetings Industrial Hygienists and Allied Health Professionals

The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA®) is seeking up to 10 subject matter experts to participate on a new project to develop a Body of Knowledge (BoK) to assist Industrial Hygienists in understanding, communicating, and applying concepts of data analytics and big data for the prevention of injury and illness.

Background & Project Overview

In 2014, AIHA began the exploration of major strategic and emerging trends that significantly impact the field of Industrial Hygiene (IH). AIHA identified the rapidly changing world of sensor technology as a significant trend and an area worthy of research and understanding. Associated with that trend was a concern raised relative to Big Data. The concerns raised included such issues as: what is big data, what do we need to know re the subject matter, what tools will we need in the future to store and analyze Big Data, how does Machine Learning (ML) play into the analysis of our current data sets, and where do we go from here?

In an effort to raise awareness, the AIHA Rocky Mountain Local Section and the ASSP Colorado Chapter hosted a two-day workshop on Big Data and Data Analytics. By the end of the workshop, there was an apparent need for a guiding document that outlines the knowledge and skills for IHs to be successful in applying data analysis methodology and tools. IHs continue to encounter challenges today, and in the future, relative to managing risk and keeping up with emerging technologies, that can be overcome with such a guide.

This effort will consist of five stages.

  • Convene a broad coalition of subject matter experts to review previous and/or existing materials developed by AIHA, professional associations, multi-national companies and other stakeholder groups.
  • Define the BoK scope, profile of the professional, and outline the IH competencies needed to understand, communicate, and apply concepts of data analytics and big data for the prevention of health and safety.
  • Agree on a draft BoK document.
  • Send draft BoK out for review to selected stakeholder groups.
  • Upload BoK document onto the AIHA website.

This project will require the participation of a diverse team of individuals who have experience in this area of expertise.


  • While this project is expected to run over the course of 6 - 8 months, your specific time commitment will be far less to include:
    • Involvement in an initial kick-off conference call;
    • Participation in a 1 ½ day face-to-face working meeting at the AIHA office in Falls Church, VA to develop a draft BoK document
    • 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 course of the project.
  • In absolute terms the time spent might be 3-5 days over the course of 6 - 8 months.
  • All expenses for the face-to-face meeting will be covered by AIHA.
  • Participation will account for CM points towards your credential.

To volunteer for this team, please fill-out and submit the online application below by Monday, February 3, 2020.

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.

Participant Application

Which certification(s) do you currently hold? Select all that apply.
Please select the ONE option that most closely aligns with your current work, position or stakeholder group you are seeking to represent.
Please list prior and current service for AIHA (e.g., Volunteer Groups, Board).
Select the ONE option that most closely aligns with your current level of experience.
Please include a brief statement of why your skills and experience would make you a valuable contributor to this project.
Please upload a list of publications, articles, and studies you may have authored on the subject of Big Data.
Please upload a copy of your CV or Resume.