Communicating OEHS Concepts Vision Statements
- AIHA is a champion for generating awareness and promoting the OEHS profession's value in the U.S. business sector and the broader general public. Tangential to this, AIHA leads in fostering student interest in OEHS careers to ensure a sustainable and viable pipeline of professionals.
- AIHA develops practice tools to support OEHS professionals in communicating concepts of risk assessment, analysis, and management with various audiences at all levels within a company and surrounding communities.
- AIHA educational offerings always include a take-away message on making the business case for a proposed technical solution that reflects the concepts of risk management and a positive impact on the bottom line.
- AIHA leverages best-in-class offerings to empower OEHS professionals with critical soft skills needed to communicate effectively with stakeholders.
Bodies of Work
Volunteer Committees’ Bodies of Work include White Papers, Guidance Documents, Fact Sheets, and Position Statements. Access an extensive library of resources developed by AIHA Volunteer Committees in their areas of specialty on various topics of interest.
Frameworks are written by appointed members and volunteers that worked collaboratively to develop guides, which outline the knowledge and skills a competent person should possess and be able to demonstrate in a specific topic or specialty.
- Technical Framework: The Road Map for OSH Professionals is a toolkit that outlines the knowledge and skills and serves as a guide for occupational safety and health professionals who manage health risks posed by an environmental agent.
- Technical Framework: Business Value Presentation outlines what one needs to possess and demonstrate as a business case for interventions to reduce or eliminate adverse exposures.
- Communicate Science Effectively by Using Risk Perceptions, Narrative, and Persuasion Theory explores both the science and art of conflict management, relatability, team cohesion, value setting, interpersonal communication, using narratives/stories, the affect/experiential risk system, and how our cognitive biases affect them. Examples, cases, and micro-stories will be used to illustrate how you can successfully incorporate the techniques shown.
- Power of Thought - Critical Thinking for Occupational Health and Safety Professionals teaches critical thinking skills and mental models of world-class leaders. Critical thinking is one of the most valuable skills for OEHS professionals because it empowers them to solve difficult problems while cultivating high-demand leadership abilities. In this profession, it is essential to have a framework for thinking about complex issues and problem-solving.
- Ethics in Risk Management - Complex, Prickly, Paradoxical explores a wide range of topics concerning risk management ethics while sharing experiences and real-life outcomes. Various scenarios will be addressed using the AIHA code of ethics as a framework for discussion. Anyone who assesses exposure renders opinions, provides advice, or administers training, either locally or globally, including those who work in the field, laboratories, management, or anywhere between, will benefit from this webinar. In short, ethics, decision-making, and their intersection is complex and affects all types of OEHS professionals. The recent pandemic, the economic fallout, and social ramifications highlight this.
- Introduction to Emotional Intelligence (aka Emotional Quotient) explores how to practice high emotional intelligence levels (EI). Managing professional relationships ties directly into EI, making or breaking the changes at getting a promotion, closing a deal, or achieving any business endeavor. Presented by Larry Sloan, AIHA’s CEO, and Stacey Croghan, a founding member of the Women in Industrial Hygiene committee, this webinar describes the nature of emotional intelligence and how necessary it can be moving up the organizational ladder and achieve career success.
- Communicating with Impact gives OEHS professionals valuable presentation techniques to make a case for their technical decisions and business needs, ultimately invoking their audience's desired action. This webinar answers how industrial hygienists can clearly and persuasively communicate complex information to colleagues, stakeholders, and business partners.
- Take Charge of Your Career: Roadmap to Success gives tips on planning your OEHS career by reviewing how to develop a skills inventory of technical and “soft” skills based on the recently updated AIHA Core Competencies publication. Soft skills (or power skills as they are sometimes called) are just as important to your career success as technical competencies.
- How AIHA's Content Priorities Serve the OEHS Community
- From the Archives: Readings in Risk Assessment
- From the Archives: Readings in Critical Thinking
- Three Ways to Improve Your Critical Thinking Skills
- Decision-Making in Managing Risks: Navigating the Prickly and the Paradoxical
- Preparing for the Future: AIHA's 2019 Environmental Scan
- What Every IH/OEHS Should Know about AIHA's Content Priority
- AIHA Education: Year in Review
- AIHA Newsletters help keep people on top of the latest news and updates within AIHA and the OEHS industry.
- AIHA Air Quality Webpage addresses how although most of the concern about air quality originally focused on the workplace, more people are looking for answers to health and comfort problems occurring in their own homes.
- Center for Safety and Health Sustainability recognizes and acts on the value of occupational safety, health, and well-being as part of their sustainable business practices.
- Content Portfolio Advisory Group (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. To see current initiatives, please visit the Communicating OEHS Concepts dashboard.
- Risk Committee supports and promotes human health risk assessment to better understand and control the hazards found within the workplace and environmental settings.
- Leadership and Management Committee promotes the health and safety of all workers, the public, and the environment by developing core leadership competencies of OEHS professionals.
- Communication and Training Methods Committee provides a forum for discussion and recommendations on education methods, training, and communicating with employees, employers, and the community about occupational and environmental health risks and allied topics.