The exchange of ideas, information, and guidance about the sampling and analysis of chemicals as they impact the workplace and the community. These can include working with methods and guidance published by OSHA, NIOSH, EPA, and other agencies. We undertake projects to participate in the development and analysis of related technological and regulatory issues.
Goals and Objectives
The committee activities seek to do the following:
- Provide a forum for exchanging information and ideas
- Develop training and guidance, in print and online, for the IH sampling and laboratory analysis communities
- Explore emerging topics and issues, such as cannabis
- Identify, evaluate and comment on proposed legislation, regulations and standards affecting sampling and laboratory analysis
- Collaborate with other AIHA committees in areas of common interest
Examples of recent projects include Development and promulgation of a chemist certification program, publishing an updated laboratory QA Manual to address the changes in ISO/IEC 17025:2017, and awarding the first SLAC Scholarship in 2020.
The committee consists of a group of roughly 60 dedicated professionals in the sampling and laboratory analysis disciplines supporting the occupational health and safety field, including:
- Certified industrial hygienists (CIHs)
- IH Laboratory technical directors, QA professionals, chemists, and more
- Members from North America and Europe
- 2018 – AIHA Shining Star Award (for best-in-class committees)
- 2019 – AIHA Soaring Star Award (for continued excellence)
Following are resources and tools that could be helpful to members of the sampling and analysis community.
- AIHA Laboratory Quality Assurance Manual: https://www.aiha.org/Lists/Products/DispForm.aspx?ID=176
- Introduction to IH Analytical Chemistry: https://www.aiha.org/education/eLearning/Pages/IHAnalyticalChemistry.aspx
- AIHA Laboratory Accreditation Programs LLC: www.aihaaccreditedlabs.org List of accredited laboratories, accreditation policies, and more
- Published industrial hygiene method links
- OSHA methods, https://www.osha.gov/dts/sltc/methods/toc.html
- NIOSH methods, https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/nmam/
- NIOSH pocket guide to chemical hazards,https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npg/
- Ambient air methods from EPA, inorganic constituents (IO methods): https://www.epa.gov/amtic/compendium-methods-determination-inorganic-compounds-ambient-air
- Ambient air methods from EPA, toxic organics (TO methods) https://www.epa.gov/amtic/compendium-methods-determination-inorganic-compounds-ambient-air
We always welcome new members and you can become as involved as your schedule allows. We generally have a conference call every quarter. You can choose your level of committee involvement, such as:
- Participating in our conference calls
- Participating on a project team
- Participating in a leadership role, starting as Secretary-Elect and advancing to Chair
- Opportunity to network and meet people who can assist you with professional questions and challenges
- Learning more about methodologies and quality assurance for sampling and analysis
- Broaden your perspective to understand issues outside of your current professional role
- Opportunity to boost your resume
- Know that you are contributing to the IH community and the protection of workers
If you would like an opportunity to bring your perspective to contribute to the industrial hygiene world of sampling and analysis, give us a try. The benefits of joining a volunteer group are many.
We also meet at AIHce each year, giving you a chance to meet several of your SLAC colleagues in person.