August 3, 2020

Occupational Health and Safety Professionals Develop Guidelines for Reopening Higher Ed Institutions

August 3, 2020

Katie Heraty, Account Director, CS-Effect

What: Many higher education institutes (IHEs), such as colleges and universities, are planning on reopening campuses and welcoming back the physical return of large numbers of students, faculty, and staff. There is a lot of concern about how to do this safely. As a result, AIHA (American Industrial Hygiene Association) has developed industry-specific guidelines for colleges and universities entitled Reopening: Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education. The purpose of this guide is to provide clear and actionable guidance towards the safe reopening and operation of IHEs through prevention, early detection, and control of COVID-19.

Who: AIHA’s CEO, Lawrence Sloan, CAE is available to comment on the college and university reopening guidance, including the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilation, and cleaning/disinfection in response to COVID-19. Please let me know if you have a fit for the IHE reopening guidance news in a future article or would like to set-up an interview with and OHS expert.

Background: The AIHA Back-to-Work Safely initiative is the most recent addition to a public relations campaign to clarify misinformation on PPE ventilation and disinfection and to educate employers and consumers about the hazards associated with re-entry into the workplace. The guidelines and other resources are available to download on a new website – Additionally, COVID 19 resources on PPE and reentry into the workplace hazards can be found on AIHA's website.

About AIHA: AIHA is a professional association for occupational health and safety scientists who are committed to preserving and ensuring health and safety in the workplace and community. Founded in 1939, we support our members with our expertise, network, comprehensive education programs and other products and services that help them 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. For more information, please visit