Goals and Objectives

Assemble, evaluate, and disseminate to occupational and environmental health professionals information on bio-hazardous agents in the 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 sessions, and 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.

Current Projects

  • Updating of AIHA Biosafety Manual Publication
  • Updating Self Study Course on Biological Monitoring in accordance with the revised manual.
  • Revision of AIHA Guideline 3-2004 Assessment, Remediation and Post-Remediation Verification of Mold in Buildings.


H. Kenneth Dillon Memorial Award

This award is presented by the AIHA Biosafety and Environmental Microbiology Committee to honor the memory of Dr. Ken Dillon, a former AIHA Fellow, and the principal instructor for several years of the popular PDC, Prevention, Determination, and Remediation of Biological Contamination in Indoor Environments. The award is given to the recipient of the best student poster on biosafety or microbiology at AIHce EXP.


  • Outstanding Volunteer Group: ( 2019, 2018, 2014, 2013, 2010, 2009)
  • Volunteer Group Star Award Shining: (2018)

Qualifications to Join

Members must be an AIHA member in good standing. If you are interested in learning more about membership, please visit https://www.aiha.org/membership.

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