Goals and Objectives

  • Membership Diversity
    Achieve and maintain an active membership encompassing a broad range of expertise in respiratory protection, representing manufacturers, users, regulators, and investigators.

  • Advocacy and Influence
    Establish and maintain a formal relationship with targeted standard-setting, research, and regulatory organizations, including NIOSH, OSHA, MSHA, ANSI, ASTM, NFPA, ISO, and ISRP. Monitor and report on rule-making activities. Participate in guideline development. Develop positions for the AIHA Board. Participate in national and international consensus standards for respiratory protection.

  • Outreach
    Initiate and sustain activities to encourage new and existing health and safety professionals to develop skills, expertise, and interest in respiratory protection. Provide guidance to respirator users who lack direct access to industrial hygiene training by publishing fact sheets, brochures, and other outreach communications appropriately targeted to a specific audience.

  • Operational Excellence

    Evaluate, and disseminate information on respiratory protection devices and on the management of respiratory protection programs.

    Track and report on identified respiratory protection issues. Respond to AIHA Board requests, and publish needed information. Solicit papers & organize sessions for AIHce. Review recommendations and practices. Present PDCs and continuing education courses.

    Identify and respond to respiratory protection device and management issues. Review and comment on proposed legislation, regulations. Participate in consensus standards.




John M. White Award

John M. White was an active member of the AIHA Respiratory Protection Committee in the early 1980's and an applied-researcher in the field of respiratory protection. John or Jack as his friends called him worked at the Chalk River Nuclear facility in Ontario, Canada. He developed a comprehensive respiratory protection program for the facility and was a researcher in the area of quantitative fit testing at the same time that seminal research was being conducted at the Los Alamos National Laboratory by Ed Hyatt and Alan Hack.

Jack was a founding member of the ACGIH's Respiratory Protection Committee. This committee had become inactive by the late 1970's. He joined the AIHA's Respiratory Protection Committee in the early 1980's. He was a combination of a respirator "Guru" and a mentor to newer members. He had retired from his activities at the Chalk River Nuclear facility by then, but continued to come to our semiannual respiratory protection committee at his own expense. He participated in our various discussions and activities at a time when the Respiratory Protection committee was extremely active in sponsoring and publishing a Respiratory Protection Manual, a Respiratory Protection Monograph and the Compilation of Odor and Taste Thresholds Values Data books.