Scope of Work
The committee works in industry and academic areas on methods of sample collection and analysis for industrial hygiene purposes.
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
- Assemble, evaluate, and disseminate information relating to industrial hygiene sample collection and analysis. Annual objectives and performance measures are developed by Committee members at each year’s AIHce annual meeting.
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.
Products Produced by the Group
- Certification program for laboratory professionals.
- Introduction to IH analytical Chemistry- New second module.
- Laboratory QA manual new revised edition.
- 2020 – AIHA Soaring Star Award (for continued excellence).
- 2018 – AIHA Shining Star Award (for best-in-class committees).
- Outstanding Volunteer Group 2018-2021.
- AIHA Shining Star 2017.
- AIHA Soaring Star 2018-2019.
- ASTM committee D22, ISO TC 146.
Our members range from students to early career-long professionals with a varied mix of IH/OEHS practitioners from industry, academia, government, and consulting. Our members encompass field personnel taking samples and scientists working in the laboratory. We also have several members from industries that manufacture the IH tools needed to be successful in the field. We are a friendly and active group. We hold regular meetings throughout the year and are very active in publishing and presenting information to IH community.
Members can choose a level of involvement that fits their schedule by:
- Joining a project team.
- Publishing in the journal or synergist.
- Presenting at AIHCE either as an education session or as part of a PDC.
- Participate in monthly meetings.
- Mentorship and professional development.
- Leadership development (serving as an officer of the group, project team leader).
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.