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.

Resources

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”.