AIHA Issues IH Professional Pathway eGuide
For Immediate Release
Release No. SPR 19 00214
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (Feb. 14, 2019) The American Industrial Hygiene Association issued today its first IH Professional Pathway eGuide (PDF), which provides industrial hygienists and occupational hygienists with recommendations on how to advance their careers. The eGuide highlights educational resources appropriate by career stage, offers a summary of allied professionals with whom the IH/OH professional may work and encourages and supports the attainment of credentials such as certifications and registrations.
"As a university professor, I know how important it is for students to be able to envision a career path before they commit to a degree program. The new IH Professional Pathway eGuide will serve as a central piece of this road map," says Dr. Steven Lacey, CIH, AIHA member and part of the team that authored the eGuide.
The AIHA IH Professional Pathway eGuide is a valuable tool for all professionals at any stage within the IH/OH career path — be it a college student pursuing a technical course of study but who has not yet decided on a specific vocation or a more established professional contemplating a career change. The eGuide offers practical suggestions on how IH/OH professionals can advance their careers, with advice aligned with three different "tracks": technical, management and leadership.
The eGuide highlights the five stages of an IH career: student/intern, early-career professional, professional, senior professional and emeritus professional. IH/OH professionals will find recommendations on the required skills development for career advancement — from student through early to senior career professional to emeritus — along with suggested AIHA education courses that can help with such skills development.
"What I appreciate most about this document is the equal emphasis on management and leadership. IHs who have only technical skills are really only doing half the job — without communication, planning, and mentoring skills, their impact will likely be limited," adds Dr. Lacey.
The AIHA IH Professional Pathway eGuide is made possible by countless AIHA member volunteers, including the Women in IH Committee, who built on the initial inspiration of the original Career Stages Task Force. It is a new addition to the list of IH Professional Pathways Program resources, which include the following:
- Career Advantage: a reliable online job board that connects IH and occupational and environmental health and safety job seekers with employers across all industries
- AIHA Education: cutting-edge information and training for current and aspiring IH/OH professionals
- Core Competencies for the Practice of Industrial/Occupational Hygiene: a document that identifies the 17 core competencies necessary in the IH profession
- AIHA Mentoring Program: a way to provide AIHA student members and early- to mid-career professionals with mentors to assist them in their career development and to provide them with professional guidance.
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. For more information, please visit www.aiha.org.