The AIHA volunteer community is the lifeblood of the Association and the first line of defense in achieving our mission and vision. Our volunteers work hand-in-hand to support the:

  • facilitation of networking and information exchange among members
  • development of products, services, and activities for educational purposes
  • development of guidelines and standards for good practice
  • development of statements to contribute to public policy debates
  • collaboration with other allied organizations

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.

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The International Affairs Committee’s Emerging Economy Projects Fund has been established to increase understanding and build capacity for occupational hygiene in developing economies around the world.

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Technical Committees

ACTIONS Committee

Information

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Questions? If you'd like to join the ACTIONS Committee or receive additional information on it, please contact Mark Ames, AIHA’s Director of Government Relations via email​ or (703) 846-0730.​​​​​​​​​​​​

Aerosol Technology Committee

Mission

The committee provides a forum for exchanging ideas and information about aerosols as they impact the workplace, the community, the public, the environment, and to participate in the development and analysis of related technological and regulatory issues.

Goals/Vision

The committee assembles, evaluates, and disseminates to occupational and environmental health professionals information relevant to sampling, analysis and characterization of aerosols. Specific annual objectives and performance measures are developed by the members of the committee.

  • Emerging Issues
    Discuss, track, act upon, and report emerging occupational and environmental health issues related to aerosol science and technology.
  • Education and Training
    Provide education and training on aerosol technology and issues.
  • Legislation, Regulations and Standards
    Identify, evaluate, and comment on existing, new, and proposed rules that affect occupational aerosol exposure and technology. Monitor and report on relevant activities by rule-making organizations.
  • Committee Membership
    Grow and maintain an active and diverse membership that actively engages in research and practice related to aerosols.
  • Sustain Meeting Activities
    Solicit papers, organize sessions, provide session arrangers, chairs and monitors for AIHce. Solicit or develop new PDC's as well as keep existing PDC's up to date.

Recognition

David L. Swift Memorial Award

The committee confers this award to honor the memory of Dr. Swift, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, for his outstanding contributions to aerosol and industrial hygiene research. The outstanding paper is selected from among all papers related to aerosol research published during the previous calendar year in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH). The papers are rated for their:

  • Development of an aerosol sampler or sensor,
  • Evaluation of an aerosol sampler or sensor or an aerosol sampling method,
  • Use of an aerosol or aerosol sampling device to test a piece of equipment, and/or
  • Characterization of an aerosol in a workplace.

Past Swift Award Winners:

  • Publication Year 2013: Eric J. Esswein, Michael Breitenstein, John Snawder, Max Kiefer, and W. Karl Sieber, Occupational Exposures to Respirable Crystalline Silica During Hydraulic Fracturing, J Occup Environ Hyg 10:347-356 (2013)
  • Publication Year 2012: William G. Lindsley, William P. King , Robert E. Thewlis , Jeffrey S. Reynolds , Kedar Panday , Gang Cao and Jonathan V. Szalajda, Dispersion and Exposure to a Cough-Generated Aerosol in a Simulated Medical Examination Room, J Occup Environ Hyg 9:681-690 (2012)
  • Publication Year 2011: Pengfei Gao, Peter Jaques, Ta-Chih Hsiao, Angie Sheperd, Benjamin Eimer Mengshi Yang, Adam Miller, Bhupender Gupta, and Ronald Shaffer, Evaluation of Nano- and Submicron Particle Penetration through Ten Nonwoven Fabrics Using a Wind-Driven Approach, J Occup Environ Hyg 8:13-22 (2011)
  • Publication Year 2010: Seung Won Kim and Peter C. Raynor. Experimental Evaluation of Oil Mists Using a Semivolatile Aerosol Dichotomous Sampler. J Occup Environ Hyg 7:203-215 (2010).
  • Publication Year 2009: Peters TM, Elzey S, Johnson R, Park H, Grassian VH, Maher T, O'Shaughnessy P: Airborne Monitoring to Distinguish Engineered Nanomaterials from Incidental Particles for Environmental Health and Safety. J Occup Environ Hyg. 6(2):73-81 (2009).
  • Publication Year 2008: Eninger R, Honda T, Reponen T, McKay R, Grinshpun S: What Does Respirator Certification Tell Us About Filtration of Ultrafine Particles? J Occup Environ Hyg. 5:286-296 (2008).
  • Publication Year 2007: Sheehan M, Hands D: Metalworking Fluid Mist – Strategies to Reduce Exposure: A Comparison of New and Old Transmission Case Transfer Lines. J Occup Environ Hyg. 4(4):288-300 (2007).
  • Publication Year 2006: Verma DK, Shaw DS, Shaw ML, Julian JA, McCollin S-A, des Tombe K: An Evaluation of Analytical Methods, Air Sampling Techniques, and Airborne Occupational Exposure of Metalworking Fluids. J Occup Environ Hyg. 3(2):53-66 (2006).
  • Publication Year 2005: Quinn MM, Smith TJ, Schneider T, Eisen EA, Wegman DH: Determinants of Airborne Fiber Size in the Glass Fiber Production Industry. J Occup Environ Hyg. 2(1):19-28 (2005).
  • Publication Year 2004: Kuhlbusch TAJ, Neumann S, Fissan H: Number Size Distribution, Mass Concentration, and Particle Composition of PM1, PM2.5, and PM10 in Bag Filling Areas of Carbon Black Production. J Occup Environ Hyg. 1(10):660-671 (2004).
  • Publication Year 2003: Stefaniak AB, Hoover MD, Dickerson RM, Peterson EJ, Day GA, Breysse PN, Kent MS, Scripsick RC: Surface Area of Respirable Beryllium Metal, Oxide, and Copper Alloy Aerosols and Implications for Assessment of Exposure Risk of Chronic Beryllium Disease. AIHA J. 64:297-305 (2003).
  • Publication Year 2002: O'Shaughnessy P, Slagley J: Photometer Response Determination Based on Aerosol Physical Characteristics. AIHA J. 63(5):578-85 (2002).
  • Publication Year 2001: McCawley MA, Kent MS, Berakis MT: Ultrafine Beryllium Number Concentration as a Possible Metric for Chronic Beryllium Disease Risk. Appl Occup Environ Hyg. 16(5):631-638 (2001).
  • Publication Year 2000: Aizenberg V, Grinshpun SA, Willeke K, Smith JP, Baron PA: Performance Characteristics of the Button Personal Inhalable Aerosol Sampler. AIHA J. 61(3): 398-404 (2000).
  • Publication Year 1999: Chen, C.C., Lai, C.Y., Shih, T.S. and Hwang, J.S. (1999) Laboratory performance comparison of respirable samplers. American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal, 60, 601-611.
  • Publication Year 1998: Xiong JQ, Fang C, and Cohen BS. A portable vapor/particle sampler. AIHA J. 58 (9): 614-621 (1998)
  • Publication Year 1997: Gao P, Dillon HK, and Farthing WE. Development and evaluation of an inhalable bioaerosol manifold sampler. AIHA J. 58(3): 196-206 (1997)

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Biological Monitoring Committee

Mission

The committee provides a forum for advancing the use of biological monitoring to evaluate exposure.

Goals/Objectives

  • Assemble, evaluate, and disseminate to occupational and environmental health professionals information relevant to the uses of biological media to evaluate exposures.

  • Promote the detection, quantification, evaluation, and monitoring of occupational exposures to chemical, biological, and physical agents through analysis of biological media such as blood, urine, breath, hair, sweat, nails, feces, and sputum.

  • Actively participate in identifying and responding to biological monitoring issues.

  • Identify, evaluate, and comment on legislation, regulations, and guidelines involving human biological monitoring.

Biological Monitoring: A Practical Field Manual

The Biological Monitoring Committee prepared Biological Monitoring: A Practical Field Manual as a guide and reference for entry level industrial hygienists and occupational health specialists. The committee tried to address many of the major issues according to the perspective of the industrial hygienist with as little technical content as possible at a level also appropriate for students studying for bachelor or science degrees.This guide, along with the most current methods for specific biological monitoring protocols and more theoretical texts, will enable the practicing professional to further excel in the conduct of good science in the field.

Biological Monitoring Committee Awards

  • AIHce 2014 Best Student Poster: "Improving exposure assessment methods by measuring breathing rates of farm workers. " KN Navarro, B Simmons, A Bradman, JR Balmes. Dept Env Hlth Sci, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley.50 University Hall #736, Berkeley CA
  • AIHce 2013 Best Student Poster: "Lead and Mercury in Human Placenta and in Maternal and Cord Blood in the Republic of Korea." Yelim Park, Yeonhee Chu, Youngeun Choi. Dept. of Environmental Health Science, SoonchunHyang University, the Republic of Korea.
  • AIHce 2012 Best Student Poster: "Determination of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon levels in German tunnel workers exposed to diesel exhaust." F Boachie, G Talaska, MB Genter, P Succop, Dept Env Health ( Kettering Laboratory), University of Cincinnati.
  • AIHce 2010 Best Student Poster: "Environmental and Biological Monitoring of Traffic-related Exposures to Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in Trujillo, Peru." Gideon St. Helen, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Biosafety and Environmental Microbiology Committee

Mission

The committee provides a forum for disseminating and exchanging ideas and information about hazardous microbiological agents and their byproducts to health professionals and to the community.

Goals and Objectives

Assemble, evaluate, and disseminate to occupational and environmental health professionals information on bio-hazardous agents in industry and the built environment to facilitate the recognition, evaluation, and control of their risks. A bio-hazardous agent is one of biological origin that has the capacity to produce deleterious effects upon humans, and includes organisms, toxins, and allergens.

  • Discuss and act upon biosafety and environmentally linked microbiological issues.

  • Solicit papers, organize session, provide session arrangers, chairs, and monitors for AIHce.

  • Communicate plans and activities to other AIHA committees that may be affected or concerned. Provide liaison support and technical assistance to other professional committees.

  • Provide education and training on Biosafety and Environmental Microbiology issues.

  • Actively participate in identifying and responding to biosafety and environmental microbiology issues.

  • Identify and report on hazardous microbiological agents and the occupations and environments in which they occur.

  • Identify and provide guidance in evaluation and control techniques used for biological agents.

  • Prepare publications concerning approaches for risk assessment, evaluation and control of biological agents.

  • Identify, evaluate, and comment on proposed legislation, regulations, and standards affecting biological agents.

Recognition

Ken Dillon Award

The Ken Dillon Award is presented annually by AIHA’s Biosafety and Environmental Microbiology Committee in honor and memory of Dr. Ken Dillon, a former member of the committee, an AIHA fellow, and the principal instructor for several years of the top ten PDC “Prevention, Determination, and Remediation of Biological Contamination in Indoor Environments”.

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Communication and Training Methods Committee

Mission

The committee provides a forum for discussion and recommendations on methods for education, training, and communicating with employees, employers, and the community about occupational and environmental health risks and allied topics. To identify relevant issues on which position statements can be developed from AIHA Government Affairs actions.

Goals and Objectives

Provide information relevant to methods and techniques of risk training and communication.

  • Discuss and make recommendations or take required action on training and risk communication issues within AIHA.
  • Provide education and training on issues and effective methods of training and risk communication.
  • Identify and respond to occupational and environmental health training needs and risk communication issues.
  • Identify, evaluate, and comment on training and communication methods proposed in legislation, regulations, and standards.
  • Identify "hot topic" issues on which AIHA position statements need to be developed.
  • Promote employee awareness of safe and healthy work practices through use of effective training and risk communication techniques.

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Computer Applications Committee

Mission

The committee provides a forum for advancing the use of computer applications by occupational and environmental health professionals.

Goals and Objectives

  • Achieve and maintain an active membership encompassing a broad range of industries, education, certifications and experience reflective of health and safety practice in computer applications and systems issues.

  • Discuss and act upon computer applications and information systems issues. Establish and maintain a formal relationship with AIHA and other Committees active in computer applications development.

  • Provide education and training on computer applications and information systems issues by development of PDC’s and other outreach opportunities.

  • Achieve and maintain excellence in committee operations through judicious use of volunteer resources, active engagement with all related AIHA volunteer groups and staff, and formalized mentoring and development of members.

  • Recognized model for operational excellence, driven by a diverse group of dedicated and energized professionals encompassing the broad demographics of health and safety activities in computer applications.

  • Actively engages in advocacy and works to influence the direction of computer applications and information systems issues for health and safety research and education.

  • Committed to outreach with future professionals, the existing AIHA membership, and the general public.

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Confined Spaces Committee

Mission

The committee promotes the continuous improvement of health and safety in confined spaces by creating opportunities to learn more about this topic.

Goals and Objectives

  • Through training, publications, open exchanges, and social interaction, the committee shares information, ideas and resources on confined space hazards, related industrial hygiene issues, safe work practices and injury prevention.

  • Assigns specific members to track and report on identified issues.

  • Responds to AIHA Board requests to address specific issues.

  • Sponsors or develops short courses and seminars, and develops training for use of equipment and procedures, inspection, and writing entry permits.

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Construction Committee

Mission

The committee creates and promotes knowledge to protect the health and safety of workers in the construction sector.

Goals and Objectives

The elimination of occupational illness and injury in the construction industry through advocacy, education and the promotion of the industrial hygiene practices.

  • Provide a recognized source of science-based information to the construction industry and is committed to outreach with emerging professionals, existing AIHA membership and the public.

  • Develop and disseminate industrial hygiene and related content focusing on hazards within construction.

  • Support partnerships with government, industry, workers and academia to further industrial hygiene practice within construction and influence the direction of construction health and safety research and education.

  • Maintain and develop liaisons with other AIHA committees to develop content and tools that will benefit the construction industry.

  • Provide education and outreach to local sections and educational facilities to further the industrial hygiene profession and competencies.

Recognition

Rochelle Crew Memorial Award

The Rochelle Crew Memorial Award is presented in honor and memory of Rochelle Crew, a former member of the committee and instructor of construction safety PDC's.


CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Environmental Issues Committee

Mission

The committee assembles, evaluates and disseminates to occupational and environmental professionals, information and training on protecting community health and the environment, on developing environmental management systems and on complying with environmental regulations.

Goals and Objectives

  • Achieve and maintain an active membership encompassing a broad range of industries, education, certifications and experience reflective of environmental protection and compliance.

  • Establish and maintain relationships with like-minded professionals, committees, and organizations.

  • Initiate and sustain activities to encourage new and existing environmental, health, and safety professionals to develop skills, expertise, and interest at the nexus of environmental issues and public health.

  • Achieve and maintain excellence in committee operations through judicious use of volunteer resources, active engagement with all related AIHA volunteer groups and staff, and formalized mentoring and development of members.

Recognition

Rachel Carson Award

The Rachel Carson Award is presented to those EH&S persons who have achieved outstanding success and distinction in their EH&S business, profession or life’s work.

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Ergonomics Committee

Mission

The committee provides a forum to advance the use of ergonomic principles in the practice of industrial hygiene and to exchange and disseminate to health professionals and the community ideas and information about ergonomics and human factors.

Goals and Objectives

Develop, assemble, evaluate, and disseminate relevant information to occupational and environmental health professionals on man’s physiological and psychological capabilities to perform work.

  • Discuss and act upon ergonomics issues.

  • Provide education and training on ergonomics.

  • Actively participate in identifying and responding to human factors issues.

  • Encourage industrial hygienists to identify and address ergonomics problems.

  • Identify, evaluate, and comment on proposed legislation, regulations, and standards affecting ergonomics.

  • Provides a forum to network with peers and technical experts while contributing to the advancement of ergonomics.

  • Participates in the development of standards and guidelines by organizations such as OSHA, NIOSH, ANSI, ISO, and ANA; develops and recommends positions to the AIHA Board.

  • Initiate and sustain activities to encourage health and safety professionals to develop skills in the identification and prevention of ergonomic problems.

  • Dedicated to providing education and training on ergonomics and works to influence the direction of ergonomics research and education.


CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Exposure and Control Banding Committee

Mission

The committee supports and promotes the application of banding strategies for the simplified assessment of occupational risk, selection of solutions and controls, and reduction of work-related health, safety, and environmental risks globally.

Goals and Objectives

Supports the AIHA, professional organizations, national institutions, and work site health and safety representatives by summarizing and advancing an extensive body of practical knowledge and professional experience on the control and management of chemical exposures and other occupational and environmental health and safety risks.

  • Enhance knowledge and communication through hosting occupational exposure and control banding sessions at conferences, workshops, webinars, and local section meetings.

  • Promote and develop exposure and control banding methodologies and strategies through collaboration with organizations and institutions nationally and internationally.

  • Implement exposure and control banding as a fundamental skill set within university curriculum, continuing education platforms so that it becomes a basis of knowledge for future certification, and a cornerstone of scientific publications.

  • Establish innovation through the formal development of content and tools that seamlessly integrate into workplaces to reduce occupational risks.

  • Simplify exposure and control banding methods to promote use outside of the IH profession to target small and medium size enterprises and economically developing countries.


CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Exposure Assessment Strategies Committee

Mission

The committee provides leadership in the field of exposure assessment and strategies for environmental health, safety, and industrial hygiene professionals.

Goals and Objectives

  • Develops and offers exposure assessment tool, exposure assessment training, and scientific roundtables and other forums for presentation of exposure assessment studies.

  • Development of PDC (professional development course) that provides video and technical information then works with participants to apply these practical tools and strategies through a series of real-life exposure scenario workshops.

Project Teams

  • Bayesian User Group
  • Data Quality Objectives
  • Dermal Exposure
  • Mathematical Modeling of Exposures
  • Product Exposure Assessment
  • Professional Judgment in Exposure Assessment
  • 5 Year-Strategic Planning

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Hazard Prevention and Engineering Controls Committee

Mission

The committee provides a forum to advance the use of engineering principles for the prevention and control of health hazards and to address emerging issues in support of AIHA interests.

Goals and Objectives

  1. Assemble, evaluate, and disseminate industrial hygiene information regarding engineering aspects.

  2. Provide education, training, and reference materials on engineering control technologies.

  3. Coordinate and communicate engineering control and technology information and issues.

  4. Promote and recognize achievement in engineering aspects of industrial hygiene.

Engineering Controls Library Project

The Engineering Control/Prevention through Design Library is online collection of links to existing engineering control and design resources for various risk areas. Links may highlight tools, research, case studies, and other information that promotes successful development of engineering controls and prevention through design concepts. Anyone may submit a recommended link to the Engineering Committee for consideration.

Recognition

Every year, members of the Engineering Committee present three awards that recognize excellence in the development, verification, and/or application of engineering principles to the mitigation of stressors in the occupational environment:

  • Best Engineering Paper: The awardees are selected by a committee of peers from papers published in The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (previously the American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal and the Applied Occupational and Environmental Health Journal) during the calendar year (January–December) preceding the conference.
  • Best Engineering Poster: The awardees are selected by a committee of peers from the technical posters presented in the AIH Conference and expo.
  • Best Graduate Poster: This award recognizes the work of graduate students in the field of engineering. The awardees are selected by members of the committee among the posters presented in the student section.


CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Indoor Environmental Quality Committee

Mission

The committee provides a forum for exchanging ideas and information about indoor environmental quality and to participate in the development and analysis of related technological and regulatory issues.

Goals and Objectives

  • Assemble, evaluate, and disseminate to occupational and environmental health professionals information relevant to environmental quality in occupied indoor locations, including nonoccupational uses.

  • Actively participate in identifying and responding to indoor air quality issues.

  • Advocates for improved IEQ through appropriate regulatory and consensus voluntary standards.

  • Advocates for the application of science, technology and evidence-based approaches to improving the indoor environments for workers and the community at large.

  • Sharing scientific information through peer review and publication, and using it to influence decision makers about important and emerging issues impacting the environment.

Project Teams

  • Conference
  • E-cigarettes
  • Emerging IEQ Issues
  • International Affairs
  • Legionella
  • PCBs in the Built Environment
  • Publications
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Training

Recognition

Lila Albin Award

The Lila Albin Award is presented to the Best Indoor Environmental Quality Paper.

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

International Affairs Committee

Mission

The committee promotes the advancement of the practice of occupational hygiene around the world by being a focal point of contact with international organizations on professional development, technical, and educational issues.

Goals and Objectives

  • Build industrial hygiene capacity in areas of the world where it is lacking.

  • Serve as a resource for organizations, groups, and individuals outside the United States requesting assistance from AIHA on organizational, professional, or technical matters.

  • Support groups and individuals who provide industrial hygiene training, resource material and equipment in areas where they are needed.

  • Increase international awareness of industrial hygiene and the importance of preventing occupational disease.
  • Promote public awareness of occupational health and the industrial hygiene profession.

  • Promote awareness of occupational health and industrial hygiene among institutions and agencies that provide related services in developing countries, e.g. NGOs, government and public health agencies, educational institutions, labor unions, employer organizations.

  • Enhance co-operation among international occupational hygiene organizations and build understanding of international issues.

  • Encourage co-operation among international occupational hygiene organizations and support the development of professional industrial hygiene associations in developing countries.

  • Encourage discussion and knowledge exchange among occupational health professionals on topics relating to the preservation of occupational health and safety throughout the world.

  • Support application of industrial hygiene expertise to identify and control occupational health hazards throughout the world.

  • Support efforts by industrial hygienists to offer their expertise and services in countries where it is needed.

  • Support and advocate for policies, standards, and initiatives to prevent exposure to occupational hazards in all countries.

Articles

Inter-Governmental Occupational Safety and Health Organizations and Regulating Bodies

Non-Government Professional Organizations

Ambassador Package

  1. Ambassador Application Form
  2. Ambassador Activity Report Form
  3. Model Memorandum of Understanding Between AIHA and a Foreign Allied Organization


CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Ionizing Radiation Committee

Mission

The committee provides a forum for exchanging ideas and information about the impact of ionizing radiation on the workplace and the community and to participate in the development and analysis of related technological and regulatory issues related to ionizing radiation.

Goals and Objectives

  • Achieve and maintain an active membership encompassing a broad range of industries that use radiation and radioactive materials as a key part of their business.

  • Establish and maintain a formal relationship with targeted standard setting for both the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), research, and federal and state regulatory agencies active in the technical areas of radiation safety and health physics.

  • Initiate and sustain activities to encourage new and existing health and safety professionals and radiation safety officers to develop skills, expertise, and interest in hazards and emerging issues associated with the use of radioactive materials and radiation generating machines.

  • Achieve and maintain excellence in committee operations through judicious use of volunteer resources, active engagement with all related AIHA volunteer groups and staff along with formalized mentoring and development of members.

  • Provides opportunity to advance the knowledge base of fellow industrial hygienists, many of whom are requested to serve as radiation safety officers at their respective companies. Committee members meet each year at AIHce and other professional conferences, as well as maintain contact through teleconferences during the year.

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Laboratory Health and Safety Committee

Mission

The committee provides a forum on the practice of industrial hygiene and safety in the laboratory as well as associated research and support service settings and to participate in the development and analysis of related technological and regulatory issues.

Goals and Objectives

  • Assemble, evaluate, and disseminate to professional industrial hygienists, occupational, and environmental health professionals information relevant to academic, research and development, medical, and diagnostic facilities, collectively referred to as laboratories.

  • Develop and provide information resources to aid in prevention, identification, and control of potential exposures to chemical, biological, ergonomic, ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, and physical hazards in laboratories.

  • Identify, evaluate, and comment on proposed legislation, regulations, standards, and prudent industrial hygiene practices affecting laboratories.

  • Identify and establish liaisons with other AIHA committees and other professional organizations addressing industrial hygiene related issues in laboratories.

Resources

Lab Health & Safety Organizations

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Legal Issues Committee

Mission

The committee provides a forum for exchanging ideas and information about legal issues impacting the practice of industrial hygiene.

Goals and Objectives

Assemble, evaluate, and disseminate to occupational and environmental health professionals information relevant to occupational health laws, legal decisions, and other industrial hygiene legal issues.

  • Improve the level of awareness regarding legal issues and decisions that impact the practice of industrial hygiene.

  • Provide education and training on legal issues.

  • Actively participate in identifying and responding to occupational health laws and related legal issues.

  • Identify, evaluate, and comment on legal decisions that impact the practice of industrial hygiene.

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Leadership and Management Committee

Mission

The committee promotes the health and safety of all workers, the public, and the environment through the development of core leadership competencies of OEHS professionals.

Goals and Objectives

  • Promote Leadership and Management Principles
    Shape and promote leadership and management principles that empower OEHS professionals and advance our profession.
  • Develop Leadership Competencies
    Develop leadership competencies in OEHS management and technical professionals.
  • Outreach
    Sponsor, create and support high-quality conference technical sessions and professional development courses (PDCs).
  • Operational Excellence
    Achieve and maintain excellence in committee operations through judicious use of volunteer resources, active engagement with all related AIHA volunteer groups and staff, and formalized mentoring and development of members.

Recognition

Birkner Leadership Award

The Birkner Leadership Award is presented to an individual exemplifying extraordinaire leadership and management.

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Noise Committee

Mission

The committee provides health professionals, industry, and the community a forum for disseminating and exchanging ideas and information about the effects of exposure to noise and vibration. Advocates for policies and programs that will prevent hearing loss such as government regulations and their enforcement, voluntary standards, and campaigns to increase public support for hearing loss prevention.

Goals and Objectives

Develop the AIHA Noise Committee as the preeminent source of information and strategies to reduce occupational noise and vibration induced illnesses and injuries.

  • Discuss and Act

    Discuss and act upon noise, vibration, and hearing conservation issues.

  • Outreach
    Provide education and training on noise, vibration, and hearing conservation issues.
  • Involvement
    Identify, evaluate, and comment on proposed legislation, regulations, standards, and guidelines affecting noise, vibration, and hearing conservation issues.

Learn About the Noise Committee

Awards

Outstanding Noise Lecture

Resources

Educational

Governmental & Professional Organizations

Additional Information

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Non-Ionizing Radiation Committee

Mission

The committee provides a forum for exchanging ideas and information about non-ionizing radiation and to participate in the development and analysis of technological and regulatory issues.

Goals and Objectives

  • Assemble, evaluate and disseminate to occupational and environmental health professionals information relevant to the biological effects of non-ionizing radiation.

  • Discuss and act on non-ionizing radiation issues.

  • Provide education and training on non-ionizing radiation.

  • Actively participate in identifying and responding to non-ionizing radiation issues.

  • Identify, evaluate and comment on proposed legislation, regulations and standards affecting non-ionizing radiation.

Recognition

John A. Leonowich Award

The John A. Leonowich Award recognizes the achievements made by current students in advancing both theirs and the profession’s understanding of non-ionizing radiation.

Links

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

IEEE Standards Association

Health Physics Society

Ask the Experts (FAQs)

Resources

Nonionizing Quick Reference Sheets:

Other Documents:

Links

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

CM Points

  • e Sheet
  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Committee

Mission

The committee provides a forum in occupational and environmental epidemiology to exchange information and innovative ideas, and the expertise to identify and assess health hazards in the workplace, environment and reduce the risks of injury and disease.

Goals and Objectives

OEHS professionals will recognize their role and valuable contribution in the planning and conduct of quality occupational and environmental epidemiologic studies as well as the collection, integration, and analysis of exposure data and development of exposure reconstruction tools for use in epidemiology.

  • Membership Diversity
    Achieve and maintain a broad spectrum of expertise in the membership including professionals in risk assessment, exposure assessment, toxicology, occupational medicine, engineering controls and regulatory affairs - disciplines that are integral to conducting robust epidemiologic studies that result in the awareness and prevention of occupational injuries and diseases.

  • Advocacy and Influence
    Establish and maintain formal relationships with other committees that are integral to exposure reconstruction and epidemiologic research such as exposure assessment and toxicology. Emphasize the critical need for, and role of, robust exposure reconstruction methods and applications for epidemiologic pursuits.

  • Outreach
    Initiate and sustain activities such as professional development courses, articles in the Synergist, white papers, book chapters in flagship industrial hygiene textbooks, and sponsorship of platform and poster sessions to gain recognition and encourage new and existing health and safety professionals to develop skills, expertise, and interest in occupational and environmental epidemiology.

  • Operational Excellence
    The committee is a recognized source of science-based information and is committed to outreach with future professionals, the existing AIHA membership, and the general public.

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Protective Clothing and Equipment Committee

Mission

The committee assembles, evaluates and disseminates information relevant to preventing harmful body contact with chemical, physical or biological agents to occupational and environmental health and safety professionals. To provide OEHS professionals guidance and support in the proper selection, use and maintenance of personal protective equipment.

Goals and Objectives

The committee identifies and pursues numerous projects with specific goals in order to achieve our vision. These goals drive projects to ensure successful completion. Specific annual objectives and performance measures are developed by committee members at AIHce each year.

  • Membership Diversity
    Achieve and maintain an active membership encompassing a broad range of industry, academia, and government representatives.

  • Advocacy and Influence
    Establish and maintain a formal relationship with targeted standard setting, research, and regulatory agencies interested in the design, certification, and proper use of protective clothing and equipment.

  • Outreach
    Initiate and sustain activities to encourage new and existing OEHS professionals to develop skills, expertise, and interest in current and emerging issues related to protective clothing and equipment.
  • Operational Excellence
    Achieve and maintain excellence in committee operations through judicious use of volunteer resources, active engagement with all related AIHA volunteer groups and staff, and formalized mentoring and development of members.

The committee is actively engaged in advocacy within the association and within the broad boundaries of the OEHS community and works to influence the direction of research and education related to protective clothing. The committee is a recognized source of science-based information and is committed to outreach with future professionals, the existing AIHA membership, and the general public.

Useful Links

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Real-Time Detection Systems Committee

Mission

The committee provides effective leadership in the field of Real Time Detection Systems by maintaining knowledge of past and present tools and methods related to the field. Our members actively share their expertise with each other and industry stakeholders, driving improved technology, to provide workers and the public with the best possible protection.

Goals and Objectives

  • Promote Excellence
    Provide up-to-date technical resources related to gas and vapor detection systems.
  • Primary Member Resource
    Provide professional development courses (PDCs), technical sessions, publications, website and workshops related to real-time detection systems (RTDS).

  • Consensus Builders
    Develop joint poster sessions with other AIHA committees such as Sampling & Lab Analysis Committee, roundtable and technical sessions with Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Committee and Exposure Assessment & Strategies Committee.

  • Public Policy Advocacy
    Provide input and support to AIHA position statements.

  • Sound Data for Sound Decisions
    Develop and update publications, PDCs and projects with the Policy, Standards & Guidelines Committee; disseminate technical GVDS information to environmental health and safety professionals.

  • Book Development on Real-Time Detection Instrumentation and Methods
    Important Instrumentation and Methods for Field Detection.

  • Equipment Specification Sheet Standardization
    Develop a market driven standardized spec sheet for real-time equipment.

  • The Real-Time Detection Registry
    4-Gas Meter/PID Operators recognizes individuals who have the minimum education, training and experience of a competent 4-Gas Meter and PID operator and who regularly demonstrate their competency in the use of the instrument and application of the meter's readings.

Standardized Equipment Specification Sheet Program

The Standardized Equipment Specification Sheet (SESS) program is designed to be a common language with which the manufacturer and end user can effectively communicate, thereby allowing the end user to better understand the capabilities and limitations of the instruments. This manual describes the programmatic approach to developing an AIHA Standardized Equipment Specification Sheet. It describes the definitions for the specifications to be included, the methods for determining the specification parameters (when available), and a template for the specification sheet. The SESS was developed by a consensus-based subcommittee, including stakeholders representing equipment manufacturers, military, government, academia, emergency response, and commercial end users.

http://www.aiharegistries.org/...

Standardized Equipment Specification Sheet Program

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Respiratory Protection Committee

Mission

The committee provides a forum for exchanging ideas and information on controlling exposure to toxic and irritating substances and oxygen-deficient atmospheres through the use of respiratory protection to prevent occupational disease and injury.

Goals and Objectives

  • Membership Diversity
    Achieve and maintain an active membership encompassing a broad range of expertise in respiratory protection, representing manufacturers, users, regulators, and investigators.

  • Advocacy and Influence
    Establish and maintain a formal relationship with targeted standard-setting, research, and regulatory organizations, including NIOSH, OSHA, MSHA, ANSI, ASTM, NFPA, ISO, and ISRP. Monitor and report on rule-making activities. Participate in guideline development. Develop positions for the AIHA Board. Participate in national and international consensus standards for respiratory protection.

  • Outreach
    Initiate and sustain activities to encourage new and existing health and safety professionals to develop skills, expertise, and interest in respiratory protection. Provide guidance to respirator users who lack direct access to industrial hygiene training by publishing fact sheets, brochures, and other outreach communications appropriately targeted to a specific audience.

  • Operational Excellence

    Evaluate, and disseminate information on respiratory protection devices and on the management of respiratory protection programs.

    Track and report on identified respiratory protection issues. Respond to AIHA Board requests, and publish needed information. Solicit papers & organize sessions for AIHce. Review recommendations and practices. Present PDCs and continuing education courses.

    Identify and respond to respiratory protection device and management issues. Review and comment on proposed legislation, regulations. Participate in consensus standards.

Topics

Links

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Risk Committee

Mission

The committee supports and promotes the application of human health risk assessment to better understand and control the hazards found within workplace and environmental settings.

Goals and Objectives

  • Promote the advancement of risk assessment within the field of industrial hygiene to better understand and control the hazards found within workplace and environmental settings.

  • Organize and develop state-of-the-art presentations, symposiums, and continuing education courses on the application of risk assessment within the workplace.

  • Develop collaborations with other AIHA committees and external organizations to promote the use of the principles of risk assessment to evaluate the risks of exposures to chemical, biological and physical agents.

White Paper: Electronic Cigarettes in the Indoor Environment (January 2019)

Global Chemical Regulatory Shifts: Are We Leading, Following or Remaining the Same?

AIHce 2011 Roundtable

The Future of Occupational Exposure Limits

AIHA White Paper on Risk Assessment and Risk Management

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Safety Committee

Mission

The committee supports AIHA’s goal to protect worker health by providing a forum for health, safety, and environmental professionals to exchange information and engage in programs in all areas of safety including, but not limited to, engineering, management, and administration.

Goals and Objectives

The AIHA Safety Committee strives to raise the level of understanding among AIHA members on occupational safety issues by supporting conference session development; identifying professional development courses (PDCs) needs/topics; developing, presenting and/or assuring the quality of safety-related PDCs; providing technical safety expertise in the development of Association responses to various legislative affairs issues; and working with outside organizations to share resources and foster communication on shared subjects of interest.

  • Membership Diversity

    Achieve and maintain an active membership encompassing a broad range of industries, education, certifications and experience reflective of health and safety practice.

  • Advocacy and Influence

    Establish and maintain a formal relationship with targeted standard setting, research, and regulatory agencies.

  • Outreach

    Initiate and sustain activities to encourage new and existing health and safety professionals to develop skills, expertise, and interest in safety and associated emerging issues.

  • Operational Excellence
    Achieve and maintain excellence in committee operations through judicious use of volunteer resources, active engagement with all related AIHA volunteer groups and staff, and formalized mentoring and development of members. The committee is a recognized model for operational excellence within AIHA, driven by a diverse group of dedicated and energized professionals encompassing the broad demographics of health and safety activities. The committee is actively engaged in advocacy within the Association and within the broad boundaries of the EHS profession, and works to influence the direction of safety research and education. The committee is a recognized source of science-based information and is committed to outreach with future professionals, the existing AIHA membership, and the general public.

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Sampling and Laboratory Analysis Committee

Mission

The committee provides a forum for exchanging ideas and information about sampling and analysis of chemicals as they impact the workplace and the community, and to participate in the development and analysis of related technological and regulatory issues.

Goals and Objectives

The committee assembles, evaluates, and disseminates information relating to industrial hygiene sample collection and analysis. Annual objectives and performance measures are developed by Committee members at each year’s AIHce annual meeting.

  • Membership Diversity
    Achieve and maintain an active membership encompassing a broad range of industries, education, certifications and experience reflective of best practices in IH sampling and laboratory analysis.
  • Advocacy and Influence
    Establish and maintain a formal relationship with targeted standard setting, research, and regulatory agencies active in IH sampling and analysis. Monitor and report on sampling and analytical methods being developed by rule-making organizations for use in regulatory proposals. Identify, evaluate, and comment on related proposed legislation, regulations, and standards. Review and comment on the sampling and analytical sections of AIHA publications.
  • Outreach
    Initiate and sustain activities to encourage new and existing health and safety professionals to develop skills, expertise, and interest in sampling and laboratory analysis. Sponsor or develop short courses and seminars. Develop and promote the Methods Exchange Network where laboratory professionals and researchers may share methods. Solicit papers, organize sessions, PDCs, and round-table discussions for the AIHce. Develop and provide position statements to the AIHA Board as needed or requested. Publish JOEH and Synergist articles to promote awareness of committee activities.
  • Operational Excellence
    Achieve and maintain excellence in committee operations through judicious use of volunteer resources, active engagement with all related AIHA volunteer groups and staff, and formalized mentoring and development of members professionals, the existing AIHA membership, and the general public.

Topics

WEEL

  • Accredited Lab WEEL Analysis

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Social Concerns Committee

Mission

The committee seeks to provide a forum for identifying, discussing, and sharing with the AIHA community on a variety of social issues related to occupational and environmental health. Social issues may include a broad range of topics such as economically disadvantaged populations and socially vulnerable and under-represented populations, environmental justice, workplace discrimination, and lagging enforcement of occupational health policy and regulation. It is through increased dialog within our IH community that these issues will be brought to the forefront, creating an opportunity for allocation of resources and promulgation of regulations to protect these populations.

Goals and Objectives

The committee strives to encourage and highlight work within the industrial hygiene community that advances the health of all workplaces, with emphasis on protection of vulnerable populations.

  • Identify current industrial hygiene issues affecting vulnerable populations to create a greater understanding of societal factors and how these factors can influence exposures in the workplace and our communities.
  • Raise the level of awareness on relevant social issues among occupational and environmental health professionals.

Recognition

Upton Sinclair Memorial Lecture

The Upton Sinclair Memorial Lecture for an Outstanding Occupational Safety and Health News Story of The Year highlights the importance of media in occupational safety and health, to show AIHA members what is beyond their plants and companies, to involve the public in the cause of occupational safety and health, and to recognize good investigative reporting.

Links

AIHce Sessions Sponsored by the Social Concerns Committee (1977-present)

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Stewardship and Sustainability Committee

Mission

The committee provides a bridge between AIHA members, and businesses; workers; government; and the community, to meet the health, safety, and environmental needs of present generations without compromising the needs of future generations. Through education, and the development of training, communication, and resource tools, the committee enables the AIHA membership to utilize sustainability and stewardship models to balance the financial, social, and environmental objectives of the organization.

Stewardship is typically defined in the context of products. It is defined by the Product Stewardship Society (an AIHA affiliate) as “responsibly managing the health, safety, and environmental aspects of raw materials, intermediate, and consumer products throughout their life cycle and across the value chain in order to prevent or minimize negative impacts and maximize value.”


Sustainability in the broadest sense means the ability to endure. In 1987, the World Commission on Environment and Development (Brundtland Commission) published a report that introduced the term sustainable development, defined as "development which meets the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Translated for the industrial hygiene profession, sustainability is about minimizing the impact of operations on human health and the environment in order to help protect the workforce, the public, and the planet.

Goals and Objectives

  • Assemble, evaluate, and disseminate to occupational and environmental professionals’ information relevant to product stewardship and sustainability.

  • Provide education and training on product stewardship and sustainability.

  • Provide resources that enable and promote advancement of responsible product stewardship and sustainability.

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Toxicology Committee

Mission

The committee provides a forum on current and emerging toxicology issues relevant to industrial hygiene, and to provide information, interpretation and education with respect to these issues.

Goals and Objectives

  • Assemble, evaluate, and disseminate to occupational and environmental health professional’s information relevant to evaluation and interpretation of toxicology data.

  • Discuss and act on toxicology issues.

  • Provide education and training on toxicology issues.

  • Identify and respond to toxicology issues.

  • Identify, evaluate, and comment on the toxicological aspects of proposed legislation, regulations, and standards.

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Working Groups

Healthcare Working Group

Mission

The working groups creates a forum for health care EH&S professionals to discuss issues of concern, share best practices, and promote positive change. To achieve our mission, the HCWG is composed of seven project teams. The project teams were developed around common issues affecting health and safety professionals in healthcare.

Goals and Objectives

  • Creates a forum for healthcare EH&S professionals to discuss issues of concern, share best practices, and promote positive change.

  • Provides education and training on healthcare occupational safety and health issues.

  • Publishes guidelines and white papers related to hot topics, such as airborne infectious diseases, waterborne pathogens and selection and use of disinfectants.

  • Identifies, evaluates, and comments on proposed legislation, regulations and standards affecting healthcare health and safety.

  • Responds to AIHA Board requests to address specific issues.

The Healthcare Working Group is composed of project teams, which are developed around common issues affecting occupational health and safety professionals in healthcare. There are currently four project teams.

  • Hazardous Drugs
  • Infection Prevention
  • Hazard Evaluation and Control Techniques
  • Home Health

Links

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

Though encouraged, AIHA membership is not required to join this committee. Non-members should come from an allied organization and be actively working on a collaborative project that benefits both organizations and their members. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Incident Preparedness and Response Working Group

Mission

The working group provides support to industrial hygienists and other safety and health professionals who may find themselves in an emergency response position so that they may function in a safe and effective manner.

Goals and Objectives

  • To prepare and support the industrial hygiene community by providing guidance, information, educational opportunities, and tools for all phases of an incident.
  • To play a significant role in protecting the lives of our nation’s response personnel, its support staff, and the surrounding community before, during, and after an incident occurs.

Emergency Response Documents

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

Though encouraged, AIHA membership is not required to join this committee. Non-members should come from an allied organization and be actively working on a collaborative project that benefits both organizations and their members. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Mining Working Group

Mission

The working group facilitates a global community for industrial hygiene and occupational health professionals and other stakeholders committed to optimizing the health and safety of miners wherever they may work through collaboration, communication, consensus building, combating complacency and challenging the status quo. The MWG will work to identify gaps in and share knowledge, develop meaningful and informative education materials and mechanisms, seek consensus on best practice, and foster constructive collaborations around the globe to improve miner health and welfare.

Goals and Objectives

  • Provide a community for mining health professionals to share and obtain practical and ‘leading-edge’ knowledge.
  • Advocate for improved standards of occupational health protection in mining.

  • Develop and disseminate best practice information for industrial hygienists and safety professionals in mining.

  • Provide a forum for mining professionals to network and become more involved in the mission.

  • Promote the professional development of mining industrial hygienists and allied professionals through educational courses, informal mentoring, publications, newsletters, etc.

  • Promote access to and exchange of industrial hygiene and occupational health data.

  • Identify and promote mining-related industrial hygiene research.

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

Though encouraged, AIHA membership is not required to join this committee. Non-members should come from an allied organization and be actively working on a collaborative project that benefits both organizations and their members. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Nanotechnology Working Group

Mission

To further global safety and health through the life cycle of nanotechnology associated with development of advanced materials and manufacturing by providing AIHA members and technical committee representatives with opportunities to identify, organize, and conduct information sharing, educational activities, and community outreach.

Goals and Objectives

  • AIHce planning (educational sessions, professional development courses, NTWG brochure, student poster judges).

  • Communications and outreach (e.g. fact sheet development, Synergist articles, Good Nano Guide support, education outreach to other AIHA committees and local sections, presenting at various conferences and symposiums outside of AIHA, and fostering input to the development of national and international standards).

  • NTWG strategies (e.g. long-term strategic planning, future AIHce offerings, leadership development).

Recent Published Articles

Resources

Introductory / Overview

Sustainable Product / Design / Development

Regulation and other governance approaches

Safety Data Sheets/Labels/Hazard Communication for Nanomaterials and Nanoproducts

Product (Life Cycle) Exposure and Risk Assessment

Nanoproduct Liability

NEWSLETTERS

Nanotechnology EHS Links

Fact Sheets

Recent Published Articles

NTWG Brochure

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

Though encouraged, AIHA membership is not required to join this committee. Non-members should come from an allied organization and be actively working on a collaborative project that benefits both organizations and their members. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Oil and Gas Working Group

Mission

To create a forum to share relevant scientific information, support research and advocate for positive change.

Goals and Objectives

The scope of the OGWG is occupational health and safety and petroleum product stewardship relating to the exploration, production, refining of crude oil and the distribution and use of petroleum products.

  • Advocate for worker and community health & safety while maintaining high productivity.

  • Coordinate and facilitate research on exposure sampling methodology and characterization techniques.

  • Facilitate an understanding of occupational health issues among all industry stakeholders, regulatory agencies and general public.

  • Support professional development of industrial hygienists.

  • Promote the value of the industrial hygiene profession.

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

Though encouraged, AIHA membership is not required to join this committee. Non-members should come from an allied organization and be actively working on a collaborative project that benefits both organizations and their members. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Opioids Working Group

Mission

To provide a forum in support of worker safety that addresses the impact of the opioid crisis in the workplace and among emergency responders. To share information among Working Group members and participate in the development of materials and initiatives to carry out the mission.

Goals and Objectives

  • Develop, share, evaluate, and disseminate materials to professional industrial hygienists, occupational and environmental health professionals, workplace and community leaders, and responder groups. In the responder community this includes but is not limited to law enforcement, fire, healthcare professionals, forensic laboratory personnel, and EMS. This information is directly related to enhancement of safety efforts among opioid responders. Additional materials will focus on assisting workplace leaders in preventing and responding to opioid use and misuse in their industries.
  • Maintain and update a resource list with hyperlinks to opioids’ articles and websites relevant to protection of emergency responders and opioid workplace issues. Some existing topic areas include personal protective equipment, existing opioid response guides, physical/chemical information on opioids, and opioid workplace opioid concerns.
  • Maintain and form new subgroups with different agendas to satisfy our indicated objectives.

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

Though encouraged, AIHA membership is not required to join this committee. Non-members should come from an allied organization and be actively working on a collaborative project that benefits both organizations and their members. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Special Interest Groups

Academic SIG

Mission

The Academic SIG is primarily to facilitate communication among faculty of industrial hygiene programs and to enhance the ability to serve the profession in such areas as industrial hygiene curriculum development, trainee-ship support, program accreditation, and research.

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a SIG-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this SIG. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Minority SIG

Mission

MSIG is a change agent looking at issues that effect minorities, under-served populations and underprivileged people. You don’t have to be a minority to join, just have a interest in the common cause of seeing equality in EHS. MSIG is reflective of the diversity within the workforce, the world and AIHA. Become a part of professionals engaging in dialogue to develop strategies and execute a plan to resolve minority group issues and concerns around the world. We are planning some exciting initiatives around scholarships, networking, collaborations, and special events.

Goals and Objectives


The AIHA Minority SIG addresses issues and concerns within the industrial hygiene and environmental health profession that uniquely affect individuals classified as minorities within the United States population, as well as those that affect disadvantaged and low income workers and other members of the community.

  • Provide a forum for discussion among AIHA members of the health, safety and environmental issues that uniquely affect minorities,disadvantaged, and low income workers and members of the community.

  • Increase and facilitate communication among AIHA minority member and provide a means by AIHA minority members can respond to events of common interest.

  • Increase awareness of the industrial hygiene and environmental health profession among minorities.

  • Assist and support minorities aspiring to enter the industrial hygiene and environmental health profession.

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a SIG-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this SIG. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Fellows SIG

Mission

The Fellow SIG was formed to provide a forum for dialogue within the Fellows community to help determine ways in which this group of distinguished members can best serve the association and profession. The Fellow designation was established to recognize AIHA members who have been full members in good standing for 15 years of continuous membership and have made recognized contributions to industrial hygiene or related disciplines, either through research, leadership, publications, education or service to AIHA. The Fellow designation is limited to no more than five percent of the membership. These individuals have been nominated by a local section, committee, special interest group or other formal AIHA entity for their recognized achievement in the field of industrial hygiene. Individuals are approved as Fellows by the AIHA Board of Directors after recommendation by the Awards Committee.

Only those who hold the Fellows designation may join this SIG.

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this SIG. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Professional Development Committees

Career and Employment Services Committee

Mission

The committee assists the membership of AIHA in identifying employment/career opportunities and provides forums to the membership to enhance interviewing, job search, and career transition skills.

Goals and Objectives

The committee assembles and disseminates job opportunities to the membership and clients to enhance the future of industrial hygiene and presents annual CareerAdvantage Development Fair at AIHce.

  • Membership Diversity
    The committee is a diverse group of AIHA members with representation from consulting, government, industry and academia.
  • Advocacy and Influence
    A valuable resource in connecting job seekers to careers in the industrial hygiene and occupational and environmental health and safety profession. The committee assists AIHA members in identifying employment and career opportunities through CareerAdvantage, the reliable online job board to make your connection.
  • Outreach
    The committee works jointly with the Student and Early Career Professionals Committee to attract others to careers in the occupational and environmental health and safety profession.
  • Operational Excellence
    The committee uses the latest tools and resources to help industrial hygiene and occupational and environmental health and safety professionals find and maintain positions in the industry. Through their efforts, members receive career transition counseling, career transition counseling, personal mock interviewing, resume critiquing and improvement, free résumé postings, access to job listings, networking opportunities and informative seminars and workshops.

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Joint Industrial Hygiene Ethics Education Committee (JIHEEC)

Mission

The committee is an educational resource to the industrial hygiene profession whose mission is to promote an awareness and understanding of the enforceable code of ethics published by the ABIH as well as the ACGIH, AIH and AIHA’s member ethical principles. It includes representatives from AIHA, ABIH and ACGIH. The committee is not an enforcement group or resolution board however, the group serves the membership by bringing to its attention ethical dilemmas facing the industrial hygienist and can also serve as a sounding board for challenges facing the professional.

Requesting a Presentation

If you would like to request a presentation by a member of the Joint Industrial Hygiene Ethics Education Committee, contact the current chair (link roster) or a member in your area. Forty-five minutes to one- hour presentations can be made at local section meetings. Special arrangements can also be made for longer presentations that fulfill the new ABIH continuing education ethics requirement.


ABIH Ethical Code

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Mentoring and Professional Development Committee

Mission

The committee engages, motivates, and empowers IH professionals through mentorship opportunities, and to encourage the members of the industrial hygiene community to nurture the growth and development of industrial hygiene professionals.

Goals and Objectives

  • Provide mentors to scholarship applicants, students, early and mid-career professionals, or others looking for career advice or assistance with building their professional network.

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Student and Early Career Professionals Committee

Mission

To support student and early career professional retainment in the field of Industrial Hygiene and increase involvement in AIHA, by providing tools and opportunities to be engaged and grow professionally.

Goals and Objectives

  • Communications, resources and tools.
  • Outreach collaboration.
  • Social media training.
  • CIH Prep mentorship.

Recognition

Golden Seed Award

The Golden Seed award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to industrial hygiene, above and beyond their typical job responsibilities. This can include contributions in the area of student development, mentoring, or early career guidance. Nominees must have demonstrated a commitment to promoting the profession of industrial hygiene, advancing the profession among students and early career professionals, and/or providing guidance and mentorship to students or early career professionals. Nominees must also be members of AIHA.

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Women in IH (WIH)

Mission

Provide a platform for professional women to support career development, promote leadership skills, and to share information relevant to women working in industrial hygiene.

Goals and Objectives

To become an established resource for professional career development and leadership skills relevant to women working in industrial hygiene.​

  • Communications
    Disseminate information, news, and timely content to the WIH Community and promote the community within and outside AIHA. The Communications Subcommittee has achieved and is actively maintaining an active social media presence establishing and universally accessible resource for leadership and mentoring throught the use of Catalyst, Facebook, and Instagram (#WomeninIH).
  • Leadership and Advocacy
    Increase deliberate development of leadership skills, and recognition of women in industrial hygiene using existing award systems; creating new opportunities; and supporting women in the workplace.
  • Outreach
    Initiate and sustain activities to develop partnerships; create connections and promote the allied health professions through advertisement in educational venues; regional networking and mentoring.
  • Operational Excellence
    Dedicated to the support of women in industrial hygiene and related occupations. The committee is actively engaged in advocacy within the association and within associated committees like the American Society of Safety Professional’s Women in Safety Excellence and works to influence the growth of women in leadership. The Committee is a source of leadership-based information and is committed to outreach with future professionals, the existing AIHA membership, and the general public.

CM Points

  • Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year.
  • Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year.**
  • Corresponding members do not qualify for points.

**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.

AIHA Membership

AIHA membership is required to join this committee. To check the status of your membership, please contact the AIHA Member and Customer Relations Team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by dialing (703) 849-8888.

Internal Operations Committees

Conference Program Committee

Mi​ssion &​​ Purpose

The Conference Program Committee (CPC) is responsible for reviewing and selecting the education sessions for the annual American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce).

The CPC is representative of the AIHA membership and the AIHce audience and brings the subject matter expertise and the perspective of the conference attendee to the deliberations over which session proposals to choose.

The CPC is responsible for ensuring the highest quality content and speakers. Their input is critical to building a dynamic education program and they help ensure that AIHce provides OEHS professionals with the scientific and practical information they need to help them enhance the health and well-being of workers and the community.

Visit the Committee's web page to learn more.

Questions? Contact, Kathryn Christoe, Program Manager, Education at kchristoe@aiha.org or +1.703.846.0753.

Content Portfolio Advisory Group

Mission

The Content Portfolio Advisory Group (CPAG) provides input and advice to the AIHA board and staff regarding the association’s body of content on industrial hygiene and occupational and environmental health and safety. Content may include documents, articles, white papers, fact sheets, professional development courses (PDCs), conference programs, etc.

Visit the Committee's web page to learn more.

Questions? Contact, Stacy Calhoun, Senior Project Manager, Scientific and Technical Initiatives at scalhoun@aiha.org or dial (703) 846-0797.

Continuing Education Committee

Mission

To ensure the highest possible quality for AIHA training programs and educational opportunities for professionals in occupational and environmental health.

The CEC's goal is to provide the membership with a planned system of high-quality continuing education instruction, designed and delivered to enhance attainment and retention of technical competence by occupational and environmental health professionals.

Visit the Committee's web page to learn more.

Questions? Contact, Erin Breece, Program Director, Education at ebreece@aiha.org or dial (703) 846-0749.

Finance Committee

Composition

The Finance Committee shall be comprised of not less than three full or fellow members in addition to the president-elect, vice president, treasurer-elect (if elected) and the treasurer, who shall serve as chair.

Duties

The Finance Committee shall perform the following duties:

  • Review and submit an annual proposed budget to the AIHA Board of Directors.
  • Monitor fiscal performance of the association against its current budget.
  • Review financial statements with the staff and independent certified public accountants of the association.
  • Recommend guidelines for investment of funds of the association.
  • Review other association fiscal matters for recommendation to the AIHA Board of Directors.
Publications Committee

The Publications Committee is dedicated to acquiring and providing publications of quality and professional relevance in cooperation with the AIHA Board of Directors, staff, other committees, and members.

Advisory Group / Task Force

Cannabis Industry Health and Safety Task Force

Questions? If you'd like to join the Cannabis Industry Health and Safety Task Force or receive additional information on it, please contact Mark Ames, AIHA’s Director of Government Relations via email​ or (703) 846-0730.​​​​​​​​​​​​

International Advisory Group

The International Advisory Group (IAG) provides input and advice to the AIHA board and staff regarding priorities for the association’s international strategy.

Questions? Contact, Larry Sloan.

Technology Initiatives Strategic Advisory Group

The Technology Initiatives Strategic Advisory Group (TI-SAG) provides input and advice to the AIHA board and staff regarding development of smartphone apps and other advanced web platforms, as well as recommendations on new education and resources pertaining to topics such as Big Data and AI/machine learning.

Questions? Contact, Larry Sloan.

Teen Workplace Health and Safety Task Force

Questions? If you'd like to join the Teen Workplace Health and Safety Task Force or receive additional information on it, please contact Mark Ames, AIHA’s Director of Government Relations via email​ or (703) 846-0730.​​​​​​​​​​​​