Purpose and Objectives

TEH/TWH AG was formed in 2020 to provide strategic planning support and policy oversight to the AIHA Board and staff regarding the association’s Total Exposure Health and Total Worker Health body of content to ensure focus and direction of policies and programs.

The TEH/TWH AG will:

1. Explore existing assets that have been prepared by NIOSH and their six Centers of Workplace Health to see what AIHA can leverage for the IH profession

  • Specifically across the 10 Centers of Workplace Health, ensure we have a clear understanding of existing and planned educational / training programs (these include already in place/envisioned TWH certificate programs)
  • Understand where AIHA can ‘plug in’ and provide IH-specific content that helps enhance existing/new programs
  • Leverage existing programs to better communicate to the IH profession the role we play

2. Ensuring at least one AIHA representative attends every future TWH affiliate meeting and call

  • Ensure advisory group members are all signed up to receive TWH affiliate e-newsletters and aware of upcoming meetings/calls (designate at least one advisory group rep to sit in on calls to take notes and report back to the group)

3. Being the primary point of contact with other affiliates and NIOSH’s TWH Centers to explore collaboration

  • Consider assigning one advisory group member to each of the 10 Centers to help monitor activities that support #1 above

4. Developing a strategic plan for what products or services AIHA might develop to benefit of its members and the IH/OH professional community (pending gap analysis results)

  • Develop TWH strategic plan for products and services by June 2023.

5. Develop initiatives related to the industrial hygienist’s role in TWH, including forwarding the topic of Total Exposure Health within the industrial hygiene profession and TWH initiative

  • Consider the creation of a TWH guidance document that pulls in information already created/derived from the 10 Centers’ work as well as other findings, and that will explain the connection between TEH and TWH.

[CPAG TEH vision statements: IH Professionals understand how occupational and nonoccupational exposures combine to affect health outcomes and are engaging IH skill sets in assessing all exposures and their integration for overall exposure. IH Professionals are recognized as exposure science experts that anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control all exposures that combine to impact human health. IH Professionals are seen as valued partners collaborating with other scientific communities on initiatives involving the integration of exposure data with other determinants of human health (e.g., Total Worker Health, Exposome, Total Exposure Health).]

6. Liaising with AIHA’s Content Portfolio Advisory Group (CPAG) to ensure the content priority “Total Worker Exposure” is aligned with AIHA’s THE/TWH efforts

  • Ensure that new TEH materials developed under CPAG’s jurisdiction reflect its impact on TWH

7. Serve as a nexus for other volunteer groups and project teams to discuss and advance the development of TEH/TWH products and services

TEH/TWH AG Composition

  • The group is comprised of up to eight (8) members representing a cross-section of the AIHA membership.
  • Each member should commit to serving a three-year term. Terms are staggered so that as members rotate off they are replaced with new members.
  • The group is led by a Chair (who normally serves a one-year term). S/he then serves one additional year as Past Chair.
  • A Vice-Chair is identified and selected by the group, with formal approval by the AIHA President. The Vice-Chair becomes the Chair in his/her third year of service
  • The group also has an AIHA Board Liaison appointed by the AIHA President; this individual does not serve as Chair or Vice-Chair.
  • The group also has a CPAG Liaison appointed by the CPAG Chair; this individual does not serve as Chair or Vice-Chair.
  • The group also has a NIOSH Liaison appointed by NIOSH; this individual does not serve as Chair or Vice-Chair.

TEH/TWH AG Selection Process

The process of selecting new members begins with this open call for applications for the AIHA membership. Applications are reviewed and candidates are selected by the TEH/TWH AG. Appointments are made to ensure that the group maintains as broad a diversity of representation as is reasonably possible.

This open call is to fill three (3) open seats, each serving a three-year term (2022-25).

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

  • Industry sectors (e.g., corporate, academia, consulting, government)
  • Early, mid, and late-career professionals
  • Experience/interest in TEH/TWH and its impact on the OEHS profession
  • Areas of professional practice and specialty

TEH/TWH AG Responsibilities

Members are expected to:

  • Attend in-person meetings as identified and agreed to by the members (typically one held during AIHce), as well as participate in quarterly conference calls throughout the year.
  • Conduct activities in accordance with relevant AIHA policies, procedures, and priorities
  • Represent the interests of AIHA during collaborative efforts and interactions with internal and external stakeholders.

General Time Commitment

  • Quarterly conference calls (each lasting 1 to 1.5 hours)
  • One in-person meeting (usually at AIHce)
  • Active participation on one or several project teams. Current projects include TEH/TWH Talking Points development, education at AIHce, Synergist blogs and articles, TEH/TWH resources review project (on average, a member of the group spends 3 hours per month on a project)
  • Email correspondence as needed
  • Other duties as assigned (based on identified project needs)

Accountability

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

Interested parties should apply by 11:59 PM ET Thursday, August 26, 2022.

TEH/TWH AG will review all applications and select its new members. Our goal is to notify applicants within 2 weeks of the deadline stated above. In the event we do not receive a sufficient number of applicants, this open call may be extended. Should you have any questions about this opportunity please contact AIHA’s staff Alla Orlova. Thank you for your interest.