The vision of the Leadership & Management Committee is to propel the excellence of OEHS professionals through leadership skills development. The committee prepares annual goals to achieve this vision at each year’s AIHce annual meeting.

Goals and Objectives

  • Promote Leadership and Management Principles
    Shape and promote leadership and management principles that empower OEHS professionals and advance our profession.
  • Develop Leadership Competencies
    Develop leadership competencies in OEHS management and technical professionals.
  • Outreach
    Sponsor, create and support high-quality conference technical sessions and professional development courses (PDCs).
  • 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.



Birkner Leadership Award

The Birkner Leadership award is in honor of Ruth and Larry Birkner, who were murdered in their home in Sedona, Arizona in 2004. The Birkners were well-known as leaders and promoters of professionalism within the environmental health and safety field. The award is presented to an individual exemplifying extraordinary leadership and management. Previous Birkner award winners:

  • 2019 - Paul Esposito
  • 2016 – David Downs
  • 2014 – Carl Sall
  • 2013 – Buck Cameron
  • 2012 – Alan Leibowitz
  • 2010 – Charles Redinger

To apply for the Birkner Leadership Award, please click here.