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.
To learn more about the roles and responsibilities of AIHA volunteers, please see the AIHA Member Groups Policy.
CM points are awarded for IH technical or professional committee service outside of the Diplomate's organization. In general, if the work aligns with the IH Rubrics or the CIH Exam Blueprint, it can be counted as IH. BCG places no conditions on how often the committee meets, how much time is invested, or how much progress is made. For more information, click here.
- AIHA Committee Chair earns one (1) point per year
- AIHA Active committee members earn 1/2 point per year**
- AIHA Corresponding members do not qualify for points
**Active status requires that the individual is actively working on a committee-related project.
Volunteer Committees' Bodies of Work
Access an extensive library of resources developed by AIHA Volunteer Committees in their areas of specialty on various topics of interest. You will find position statements, guidance documents, white papers, fact sheets and checklists. Browse by topic area and download for FREE!
Interested in joining the volunteer community? Please click here. In most instances, AIHA membership is required to serve. To check the status of your membership, please contact the Member and Customer Relations Team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by dialing 1+ (703) 849-8888.
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Special Interest Groups (SIG)
Professional Development Committees
Advisory Group / Task Force
Academic Advisory Group
AIHA prides itself on representing the academic community – the lifeblood of preparing students for what is hopefully a rewarding and prosperous career. To this end, the AIHA Board supports the idea of creating a new Academic Advisory Group that will serve to inform and recommend strategies which strengthen the profession.
On a foundational level, the state of the IH profession rests upon cutting edge research, training, and ultimately practice – all elements of a self-improving system. Simplistically, the members of the system are AIHA – practitioners and academics. These academics should engage with AIHA, so they are in position to learn from the practitioners (who comprise the vast majority of AIHA members) about their needs. That way the academics can do the research needed and prepare their students, most of whom will become practitioners.
Specifically, it is envisioned that the Academic Advisory Group will address such matters as:
- How AIHA can better integrate itself with the NIOSH National Occupational Research Agenda (an important source of funding for research and training) and NIOSH’s strategic plan (an important source of information to establish and influence practice).
- Enhancements to the evaluation process of academics so that training high level practitioners is a valued outcome; in reality, too often only the research that’s conducted and the research funds that are brought in are considered.
- The changing nature of work, and workforce, characteristics and how the academic community can better prepare students to address these challenges. Academic researchers need to be adequately funded to pursue research aligned with these trends (e.g., practical tools and methods for assessing and managing exposure risks).
- Brainstorming ways to boost student recruitment into IH/OH programs.
- Critical evaluation of how current curricula can be improved upon to retain more IH students through graduation; this includes integrating NIOSH areas of practice and other topics “from the field” that are of value and interest to the next generation of IH professionals (e.g., defining new exposure assessment strategies).
- Reviewing academic courses to help institutions create a “pathway” towards both an academic degree as well as specific IH coursework criteria that enable one to be eligible to sit for the CIH exam (thereby easing the barrier to entry to the CIH).
- Developing new “next generation” educational content targeted at (and more appealing to) undergraduate classes.
- Generating standards for outcome-based syllabi.
Content Portfolio Advisory Group
The Content Portfolio Advisory Group (CPAG) provides input and advice to the AIHA Board of Directors and the staff regarding the association’s body of content on industrial hygiene and occupational and environmental health and safety.
CPAG helps advance AIHA’s mission and values by providing input and advice to the AIHA Board and staff regarding the content AIHA provides to members and other stakeholders. Content may include documents, articles, white papers, fact sheets, publications and more. Here you can find information on how you can contribute to the development and advocacy of AIHA content.
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.
Technology Initiatives Strategic Advisory Group
The purpose of the AIHA Technology Initiatives Strategic Advisory Group is to draft a strategic plan that outlines where AIHA should invest its resources across multiple technology initiatives to bring them into a cohesive and complementary whole for the Association as well as to move these initiatives forward. Subgroups may be created from the broader task force as necessary to help specifically address individual projects such as a new Global AIHA App for smart phones and other devices, voice-activated virtual assistant skills, and other ideas.
Total Worker Health Task Force
- Advance the principles, policies, and practices of the NIOSH Office for Total Worker Health.
- Participate in activities in support of the NIOSH Office for Total Worker Health, such as:
- Conducting joint research.
- Developing programs, interventions, and other work-products.
- Collaborating on seminars, meetings, trainings, and educational events.
- Creating and disseminating publications and other communication products.
- Cross-promote individual and joint activities.
- Meet with NIOSH at least annually to review responsibilities, current activities, and progress.
Goals and Objectives
- Exploring existing assets that have been prepared by NIOSH and their six Centers of Workplace Health to see what AIHA can leverage for the IH profession.
- Ensuring at least one AIHA representative attends every future TWH affiliate meeting and call.
- Being the primary point of contact with other affiliates and NIOSH’s TWH Centers to explore collaboration.
- Developing a strategic plan for what products or services AIHA might develop to benefit of its members and the IH/OH professional community.
- Developing vision and initiatives related to the industrial hygienist’s role in TWH, including forwarding the topic of Total Exposure Health within the industrial hygiene profession and TWH initiative.
- Liaising with AIHA’s Content Portfolio Advisory Group (CPAG) to ensure the content priority “Total Worker Exposure” is aligned with AIHA’s TWH efforts.
Leading Health Metrics Task Force
We all know that “What gets measured gets managed.” In the case of employee health all the commonly used and reported metrics rely on retrospective information. Exposure data, illness rates and the like measure negative impacts that have already occurred rather than providing anticipatory or leading information.
Many organizations have developed or use various leading metrics to assist in recognizing and controlling health hazards but there are no standardized versions that would allow broad comparison and assessment. The greatest value of OHS metrics is their use in preventing disease or injuries before they occur. Without standardization, data analysis will always be incomplete and outcomes difficult to assess. External reporting of non-standardized data has limited value or ability to improve prevention of OHS concerns.
Goals and Objectives
With that in mind the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) in collaboration with the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability (CSHS) has initiated an effort to assess existing or develop new measurement values to establish a standardized set of leading health metrics for assessment and reporting purposes.
This effort will consist of five stages:
- Convene a broad coalition of experts to review previous and/or existing materials developed by professional associations, multi-national companies and other stakeholder groups.
- Consider potential new health metrics that have not been previously employed.
- Agree on a draft set of leading health metrics based on agreed upon criteria.
- Beta test health metrics with selected stakeholder groups.
- Distribute guidance material into the marketplace.
Body of Knowledge Framework Project Teams
A Strategic Framework is a logical model that sets a strategic goal and direction, shapes the collective identity of resources working towards this goal, and provides a map to guide decision-making and problem-solving relative to the IH/OEHS profession.
A Competency Framework is a structure that sets out and defines the core knowledge and skills required by an individual for effective performance in a specific area of expertise. These competency frameworks can be linked to either an assessment-based certificate program or an online self-study course.
A Technical Framework defines the core knowledge and skills required by an individual for effective performance in a specific practice or expertise. These frameworks are widely used as a resource for individuals looking to expand or refresh their knowledge or skills or the development of a new training program within an organization.
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