March 26, 2020

Member Letter: AIHA-ABSA International Joint Statement on Coronavirus March 2020

March 26, 2020

Dear AIHA and ABSA International Members and Friends,

As leaders of AIHA and ABSA International, we would like to jointly show our appreciation for our members during this tenuous time and the critical work they do for the global community. Both professions, in most cases working jointly together, are keeping our workplaces and communities safe. ABSA International’s resources in biosafety and biosecurity, as well as AIHA’s resources in industrial hygiene, are crucial to both professions and the community at large. ABSA International and AIHA want to share our resources with each organization’s members and plan to continue collaborating to assist our members in the future.

About ABSA International

ABSA International was founded in 1984 to become a global leader for providing professional and scientific expertise in the practice of biosafety and biosecurity. ABSA’s core purpose is to promote and expand biosafety and biosecurity expertise through training, standards, publications, networking, resources, advocacy, annual biosafety/biosecurity conference, and professional credentials.

ABSA International Resources

About AIHA

Founded in 1939, AIHA is a nonprofit organization serving professionals dedicated to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, control, and confirmation of environmental stressors in or arising from the workplace that may result in injury, illness, or impairment, or affect the well-being of workers and members of the community. AIHA provides comprehensive education programs and other products and services that help its members maintain the highest professional standards. More than half of AIHA’s nearly 8,500 members are Certified Industrial Hygienists, and many hold other professional designations. AIHA serves as a resource for those employed in the industrial, consulting, academic, and government sectors.

AIHA Resources

  • Respirator Fit Testing: Find a consultant who can perform proper respirator fit-testing from our 2020 Consultants Listing.
  • The Role of the Industrial Hygienist in a Pandemic provides guidance for industrial hygienists on protecting general workers, healthcare workers, and management to protect workers in a flu pandemic. (Read a free sample with important checklists included.)
  • Incident Safety and Health Management Handbook addresses planning and execution during various disasters response operations. It provides technical information on air monitoring, respiratory protection, and personal protective equipment, and offers guidelines for an effective response to an all-hazards threat environment.
  • FREE WEBINAR RECORDING: Ventilation, surface disinfection and PPE considerations for the IP and IH. This town hall-style webinar, co-hosted by AIHA and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), will address occupational health and safety professionals’, industrial hygienists’ and infection preventionists’ questions about ventilation, surface disinfection, respirators, construction issues, occupational health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. The live webinar hit maximum capacity, but feel free to sign up to get access to the recording afterwards.


Kathleen Murphy, CIH
President, AIHA President

David Gillum, RBP (ABSA)
ABSA International