AIHA Fellow Elected as President of the International Occupational Hygiene Association
Falls Church, Va., November 02, 2020—The International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) board of directors has elected as president Thomas P. Fuller, ScD, CIH, CSP, MSPH, MBA, FAIHA. IOHA is the umbrella organization for 36 industrial and occupational hygiene organizations around the world.
Dr. Fuller, a professor in the ABET-accredited occupational safety and health program at Illinois State University, is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and Certified Safety Professional with over 39 years of experience. At IOHA, he currently chairs the Education Committee, represents IOHA to the board of the Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA), and leads an IOHA task force entrusted with creating a Spanish-language occupational hygiene certification exam. As a member of Workplace Health Without Borders (WHWB), Fuller has taught OHTA courses in Botswana, South Africa, and Eswatini.
An AIHA Fellow as of this year, Fuller is also one of AIHA’s most accomplished members. At present, he is chair of the Emerging Economies Microgrants Subcommittee, a division of the AIHA International Affairs Committee (IAC), and he is the former chair of the greater IAC itself. He also serves as AIHA’s representative to the board of IOHA.
Dr. Fuller’s commitment to OEHS education is underscored further by his current role as co-chair of a planning committee on education, elearning, and qualifications sessions for the upcoming 2022 Vision Zero Summit, which will be hosted by the Global Vision Zero Business Council and the Institute of Global Safety Promotion. He was also recently a member of the Task Group on Promoting Decent Work and Productive Employment through Higher Education for the International Labor Organization Global Coalition for Safety and Health at Work.
For his upcoming term of office, Fuller identified several priority areas which will inform IOHA’s objectives under his leadership. These include coordinating educational initiatives with other professional and philanthropic organizations, boosting public recognition of the occupational hygiene profession, improving the IOHA website as a source of organizational news and information, and expanding IOHA’s guidance to universities on occupational health-related programs.
Fuller will be IOHA’s president until October 2021 and will then serve as IOHA’s past president for another twelve-month period ending in 2022.
Created in 1987, IOHA currently has 36 member organizations that represent more than 20,000 occupational hygienists worldwide. IOHA’s mission is to enhance the international network of occupational hygiene associations that promotes, develops, and improves occupational hygiene worldwide, providing a safe and healthy working environment for all.
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 www.aiha.org.