AIHA Guideline Foundation
Principles of Good Practice

For the Occupational Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) Profession

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Purpose and Objectives

Principles of Good Practice establish recommended levels of risk management practice and performance based on professional norms, guidelines, standards, regulations, and practices.

The PGP process is an enhancement to worker protection beyond the minimum regulatory and statutory requirements addressing worker health. The PGP outlines a set of practices with supporting documentation that a practitioner can reference to better protect worker health. The PGP will also help drive familiarity with various tools and guidance documents available for use.

The PGP allows for professional judgment and flexibility. There may be other means by which equivalent worker and community risk protection can be delivered. Under certain circumstances, alternate approaches may be more efficient and effective than those in the PGP.

The PGP project will have value that will vary depending upon a practitioner's needs, career stage and level of expertise. For students, it is a set of practices for which they will need to develop skills in order to implement. For early career professionals PGP may look more like a "quick start guide" to putting practices in place. For mid-career, it may serve as a continuous practice improvement guide, and for more experienced professionals it may serve as a refresher, benchmarking, or mentoring guide. The PGP also have value as a communication tool to help convey to an organization's senior management what experts have defined as important practices to safeguard the health of workers and their communities.

    The PGP advisory group addresses such matters as:

    • Driving the overall effort to build out a Principles of Good Practice summary of risk-critical practices using the AIHA GF Framework for Documenting Principles of Good Practice found in Appendix A of the Principles of Good Practice document.
    • Engaging subject matter experts from AIHA volunteer groups (and other sources) to provide input.
    • Identifying partnership opportunities for engaging appropriate expert input from groups beyond AIHA (e.g., ACGIH, NIOSH, BGC, IOHA).
    • Updating and maintaining the Principles of Good Practice document.

Composition of the Advisory Group

The advisory group is comprised of 8 to 10 AIHA members with a range of expertise and experience with IH/OH risk management programs and practices. Members from staff and additional partner organizations may be added as appropriate.

Each member serves for up to a three-year term. Terms are staggered so that as members rotate off, they are replaced with new members. The Advisory Group also has an AIHA Board Liaison appointed by the AIHA President; this individual does not serve as Chair or Vice-Chair of the Advisory Group.

The AIHA GF President selects a Vice-Chair from among those committee members entering their second year of service. The Vice-Chair becomes the Chair in his/her third year of service. Terms commence and end at AIHA Connect.

Roles and Responsibilities

To learn more about the roles and responsibilities of the advisory group, please see the AIHA Principles of Good Practice Advisory Group Charter document.


For more information, please contact Michele Twilley, DrPH, CIH (Staff Liaison).