Scope of Work

Identifies and pursues numerous projects with specific goals in order to achieve our vision. These goals drive our projects to ensure successful completion.

Goals and Objectives

  • Membership Diversity: Achieve and maintain an active membership encompassing a broad range of industries, education, certifications and experience reflective of environmental protection and compliance.
  • Outreach: Establish and maintain relationships with like-minded professionals, committees, and organizations.
  • Advocacy and Influence: Initiate and sustain activities to encourage new and existing environmental, health, and safety professionals to develop skills, expertise, and interest at the nexus of environmental issues and public health.
  • Operational Excellence: Achieve and maintain excellence in committee operations through judicious use of volunteer resources, active engagement with all related AIHA volunteer groups and staff, and formalized mentoring and development of members.

Current Projects

EIC/USDA research in South Dakota found that wildfire smoke contained a fibrous asbestos-like material in the surrounding communities, containing Eriomite; similar to research in a Turkish village. He stated that he is working on a USDA presentation on this subject.

Products Produced by the Group

  • Virtual AIHce; presenting on 2 June at 2:20 pm, so EIC members attending can support his presentation.
  • Outside collaboration; IICRC voting membership.
  • Building coalitions an indoor environment coalition with ASHRAE and IAQEA; working a new case development guide for practitioners.
  • Working on a theory whereby wildfire smoke is now being recognized as ambient smoke; thus, providing a body of evidence going from an acute occupational exposure (i.e. firefighters) to a chronic community issue (public health).
  • Research with USDA in South Dakota found that wildfire smoke contained a fibrous asbestos-like material in the surrounding communities, containing Eriomite; similar to research in a Turkish village.

Achievements/Honors/Awards

Rachel Carson Award

The Rachel Carson Award is presented to those EH&S persons who have achieved outstanding success and distinction in their EH&S business, profession or life’s work.

Past Winners of the Rachel Carson Award

  • 2018: Gerald Markowitz, PhD and David Rosner, PhD, MSPH
  • 2017: Michael Yost
  • 2016: Joan Plisko, PhD
  • 2015: Environmental Health Coalition
  • 2013: Ecojustice Canada
  • 2012: J. Thomas Pierce, PhD, CIH, DABT
  • 2011: No award
  • 2010: Garrett Brown, CIH and the Maquiladora Health and Safety Support Network (MHSSN)
  • 2009: Alliance for Chemical Safety
  • 2008: Roy Deitchman, CIH, MS
  • 2007: James L. Unmack, CIH, CSP, PE
  • 2006: Anthony B. Diaz, ANCDF Employees TEACH Team, and Westinghouse Anniston
  • 2005: Gildardo Acosta Ruiz, MS
  • 2004: S. Katherine Hammond, PhD, CIH
  • 2003: Cathy Walker and the Canadian Auto Workers Union Health Safety and Environmental Department
  • 2002: Jonathan Crawford and Joseph Golden

Collaboration Efforts

  • Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) authorized the Consensus Body for IICRC S760 Standard for Professional Restoration of Structures and Items Damaged by Wildfire Smoke;
  • An indoor environment coalition with ASHRAE and IAQEA; working a new case development guide for practitioners;
  • Working with USDA to study wildfire smoke and its effects on surrounding communities.