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!
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Special Interest Groups (SIG)
Professional Development Committees
Advisory Groups and Other Project Teams
Academic Advisory Group
AIHA prides itself on representing the industrial hygiene / occupational and environmental health and safety (IH/OEHS) academic community – the lifeblood of preparing students for what is hopefully a rewarding and prosperous career. In early 2020, the Academic Advisory Group was formed to recommend strategies that will strengthen the IH/OEHS academic community and, ultimately, the profession.
The Academic Advisory Group maintains the following strategic priorities:
- 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 is conducted and the research funds that are brought in are considered.
- Addressing 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/OEHS programs.
- Evaluating how current curricula can be improved upon to retain more IH/OEHS 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).
- Identifying new “next-generation” educational content targeted at undergraduates, thereby helping institutions better prepare students for more specialized careers.
- Working through NIOSH, ABET, and others, strengthening current standards for outcome-based syllabi.
For more information, please contact Larry Sloan.
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.
Want to download a free copy of a framework? Click here.
- The Role of the OEHS Professional in Emergency Preparedness and Planning Framework
- SDS and Label Authoring Framework
- Susceptible Worker Protection Framework
- OEA Framework
- Respiratory Protection Framework
For more information, please contact Stacy Calhoun.
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.
Defining the Science Advisory Group
In late 2020, the Defining the Science Advisory Group was formed to develop and maintain an AIHA national industrial hygiene/occupational and environmental health and safety (IH/OEHS) research agenda. This research would then be conducted under the auspices of the AIHA Guideline Foundation, a separate 501c3 organization tasked with overseeing such activities.
On a foundational level, the state of the profession rests upon cutting edge research, training, and ultimately practice – all elements of a self-improving system. Simplistically, the members of the system are practitioners and academics who inform each other on practice gaps/research needs and research results/practice improvements. AIHA lacks a defined process for how we might address, promote, and further research ideas identified through suggestions from the membership and allied stakeholders and accelerate the incorporation of the results of that research into mainstream practice.
Local Sections Advisory Group (LSAG)
The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Local Sections Advisory Group (LSAG) purpose is to promote the continued growth, well‐being, and operating efficiencies of AIHA Local Sections (LS) and AIHA Student Local Sections (SLS). The LSAG serves as a liaison between AIHA National, the AIHA Board of Directors (BoD), and our local section network, thereby serving as a conduit to strengthen the partnership as all three represent the same brand.
- Identify, evaluate, and distribute relevant information for use by LS and SLS from AIHA National and other pertinent sources.
- Expand and communicate programs of mutual interest to the LS and the SLS.
- Identify and present LS and SLS interests to AIHA National.
- Increase respective memberships in LS, SLS, and AIHA National.
- Serve the public and employees in protection from health hazards.
- Maintain a high level of awareness and involvement in advocacy issues that affect the practice of industrial hygiene/occupational health. Promote the formation of state government relations organizations, and share pertinent information with LS and SLS.
- Facilitate collective action in developing positions on proposals that may originate from either LS, SLS, and/or AIHA National.
- Provide a forum for public relations and other training for LS and SLS officers.
- In conjunction with AIHA National, help develop and lead community outreach programs for use by LS and SLS to advance awareness of the profession in their respective regions.
- Promote the formation and maintenance of SLS in conjunction with the Student Local Section Council (SLSC). Work through university faculty advisors to encourage membership in SLS as well as AIHA National.
- Help LS and SLS officers continually improve operations. Develop best practice guidelines on operating procedures and performance standards. Establish metrics to determine the effectiveness of LS and SLS.
- Implement an exchange of effective practices in member recruitment and retention, as well as meeting development and speaker selection across LS and SLS.
- Provide collective responses to AIHA BoD on requests on specific issues.
- Hold an LSAG Business Meeting at AIHce each year.
- LSAG members will work in conjunction with the AIHA Board Liaison.
- LSAG members are invited to attend AIHA Board meetings that are open to the membership. No travel reimbursement or registration fees will be covered when the AIHA Board meets in conjunction with other AIHA related events.
- When there is a strategic agenda item focused specifically on Local Sections and the interaction of Local Sections with AIHA National, the Chair is invited to participate at the annual AIHA Board Strategic Meeting for this topic. AIHA shall reimburse the Chair for reasonable costs associated with attending the meeting in alignment with the AIHA Volunteer Travel Guidelines. If the Chair cannot attend, the Vice-Chair may attend in his/her place.
- When there is a strategic agenda item focused specifically on Student Local Sections, a student member of the LSAG is invited to participate. AIHA shall reimburse the student representative for reasonable costs associated with attending the meeting in alignment with the AIHA Volunteer Travel Guidelines.
- The Chair presides over the annual business meeting of the LSAG and LS officers, as well as all ongoing business of the LSAG. In the absence of the Chair, the Vice-Chair assumes the responsibilities.
- LSAG members are responsible for developing an annual action plan and designating LS and SLS members to implement it.
- Officers may submit an LSAG report to the AIHA Board via the Board Liaison, summarizing the activities of the LSAG. The report must be submitted 30 days prior to a Board meeting.
The LSAG shall consist of four members—two LS representatives and two SLSC representatives. It is imperative that all members of the LSAG feel empowered with their own voice and perspective to be shared; particularly the students as this is a committee of equals. All LSAG members must be AIHA national members or AIHA student national members in good standing. LSAG is dynamic in serving the needs of the LS and AIHA National and for that purpose, it should be able to adjust for any demands of being effective in its role. If it is deemed that more members are needed on the LSAG then the existing LSAG members can vote to expand the membership.
Terms and Tenure
The LS representatives will serve a two-year term, with the terms being staggered to assure that one is elected each year. The LS representatives will serve as the Chair and Vice-Chair. Terms will run from AIHce to AIHce each year.
The Vice-Chair is elected by votes from the LS presidents prior to/at the LSAG Business Meeting via electronic or paper ballot. The Vice-Chair advances to the Chair after the election of the Vice Chair’s successor.
The SLSC representatives will serve a one-year term from AIHce to AIHce. Student representatives may change from year-to-year based on the discretion of the SLSC (i.e., SLSC Chair and Vice-Chair or SLSC Chair and past Chair). Student Local Section Presidents will each get a vote to decide the representatives.
Roles & Responsibilities
The Vice-Chair will serve as a technical resource, monitor completion of required actions, and act as a parliamentarian/facilitator.
1An AIHA Board member is assigned by the AIHA President to serves as board liaison to the LSAG. They participate in LSAG quarterly conference calls and will attend the LSAG Business Meeting at AIHce. They are also accessible to local sections should the need arise and will be responsible for bringing up any pertinent local section issues or resolutions before the AIHA Board, as well as communicate Board decisions that may affect LS or SLS.
For more information, please contact Thursa La.
Technology Initiatives Strategic Advisory Group (TISAG)
Mission: Drive the development and implementation of reliable, effective, and user-oriented technological tools for industrial hygiene/occupational and environmental health and safety (IH/OEHS) applications.
Vision: A comprehensive array of readily available and fully utilized IH/OEHS tools that leverage and incorporate established and emerging technologies, enabling the OEHS professional to work more accurately and efficiently.
Four working groups have been formed to advance TI-SAG’s strategic framework:
- Apps – Exploration of new smart device apps to support excellence in practice.
- Media / Communications – Utilization of state-of-the-art technology to reduce barriers to connection, engagement, and interaction among AIHA members.
- IH e-tools – Enhancing awareness of existing e-tools and identification of new tools to advance the practice.
- Technology company partnerships – Leveraging the knowledge of companies in the realm of virtual digital assistants, augmented/virtual reality, and other domains that may complement the profession.
For more information, please contact Larry Sloan.
Total Exposure Health / Total Worker Health Advisory Group
- 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, training, 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 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.
For more information, please contact Alla Orlova.