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.

In 2019, AIHA invested in a rigorous, multi-year research study to identify current and future industry trends. These findings were translated into an actionable content strategy for the Association. The CPAG Content Priorities Summary, released at the end of 2019, is a direct result of those findings. Read AIHA's 2020 Environmental Scan Report.

Background

CPAG was developed to help AIHA determine the key content priorities that AIHA should focus on to maximize relevancy and impact on the occupational and environmental health and safety profession. These priorities are reviewed and modified on an approximately 5-year cycle based on input from stakeholders inside and outside the Industrial Hygiene (IH) community.

Purpose

CPAG has three primary roles:

  1. Recommend Content Priorities to the Board and facilitate their implementation.
  2. Make recommendations to the Board regarding approval of publication content proposals.
  3. Review existing content and makes product lifecycle recommendations.

Additional information regarding CPAG activities can be found as follows:

AIHA: Leading the Charge to Protect Worker Health & Safety. This video recording is from the April 17th, 2020 CPAG Townhall Call which covers an overview of CPAG, content priorities, how to get involved, and a short Q&A session.

Content Channel Policy Document for Volunteer Groups. This document provides an overview of the different types of content that can be submitted through the Content Proposal Form.

Existing Content Review Tracking Sheet. This document provides information regarding the review status of existing AIHA content.

Submitting a Proposal for Content

AIHA members can participate in any current initiatives through AIHA Volunteer Groups. Volunteer Groups interested in leading, participating in, or creating one or more of the CPAG Initiatives, should contact their respective Board Liaison or Tara Laptew to discuss how that participation might be developed.

To submit a proposal for new and existing content click on this link: Content Proposal Form

To view a sample content proposal click on this link: Sample Content Proposal

Proposal Review Process for New Content Proposals:

STEP 1: The proposal is reviewed by AIHA staff, volunteer group leadership, and the volunteer group Board liaison(s) concurrently.

STEP 2: Comments are compiled, and an email is sent to members of CPAG to notify them that a proposal is ready for review.

STEP 3: CPAG members are given approximately five business days to review the initial proposal and provide preliminary feedback to the project leader. Once the project leader receives CPAG's feedback they have the opportunity to revise the current proposal to address, eliminate, or mitigate CPAG’s concerns. The project leader also has the option of modifying their proposal to incorporate CPAG's recommendations on how the proposed product can better incorporate the content priorities. Then, the modified proposal is resubmitted to CPAG for final review. CPAG has approximately five business days to score the final proposal. The possible scoring decisions are as follows:

  • An overall average score of ≥3.5 – the proposal has been approved without further discussion.
  • An overall average score of <3.5 means that the proposal is declined. However, the project leader can submit a new proposal that addresses, eliminates, or mitigates CPAG's concerns

STEP 4: For Publications EXCEPT for Position Statements that CPAG has approved are sent to the AIHA Board for review and final decision-making. Depending on the complexity of the issue, the Board may decide via a vote by electronic ballot (generally within five business days and requiring unanimous agreement) or defer discussion until its next scheduled meeting. If a Board member recuses themselves, this does not count against the unanimous agreement provision. That is, if the remaining members are all in accord, the proposal is approved.

There are two possible outcomes during this review stage:

  • The AIHA Board approves a project that CPAG has approved. If the proposal does not need funding, then the project leader and the originating volunteer group may start work. If the proposal is approved and requires funding, then the volunteer group officer will submit a funding request via the funding request form by July 1.
  • The AIHA Board disapproves a project that CPAG has approved. In this case, the project leader may submit a new proposal that addresses, eliminates, or mitigates the Board's concerns.

STEP 5: Staff communicates the final decision to the project leader, proposal sponsors such as the volunteer group chair and vice-chair, CPAG members, and any staff who provided input on the Board's decision.

STEP 6: Once the manuscript has been drafted and peer-reviewed, the AIHA Board liaison(s) must review and approve the final document prior to being published.

For New Position Statements:

STEP 1: All proposals for NEW position statements must first be preceded by the development of a corresponding white paper (which goes through the normal CPAG/Board approval process).

STEP 2: After the white paper has been developed, the position statement proposal is sent to the Board for final review and approval.

STEP 3: Once the position statement has been developed, CPAG reviews the document and recommends the final draft to the Board.

STEP 4: The final document must be reviewed and approved by the Board prior to publication.

For additional information on AIHA content development, click here.

Recognition

2021 Critics’ Choice Award

The Critic’s Choice Award honors a publication completed in 2020. The Content Portfolio Advisory Group (CPAG) evaluates all publications and selects one to recognize for their impact on the profession, originality, and quality of writing. This year’s recipient is The Role of the Industrial Hygienist in a Pandemic, 2nd edition, edited by Roger D. Lewis, PhD, CIH, FAIHA and Robert D. Strode, MS, CIH, FAIHA

Additional Resources

For more information about each content priority please visit the pages below:

Questions?

Please contact Tara Laptew, Project Manager, Technical Initiatives, +1-703-846-0786 OR Stacy Calhoun, Program Director, Technical Initiatives, +1-703-846-0797.