"I Am IH" Call for Entries

Everyone has a story. We want to hear yours!

AIHA is working on a short documentary highlighting the people behind the industrial hygiene profession, starring YOU! But in order to make it happen, we need some great stories to tell. And we know that everyone has at least one to share.

Share yours with​ us!

Both AIHA members and non-members are invited to participate; the only requirement is that you are an industrial or occupational hygiene professional. Whether you’re just starting out or have been a leader in the industry for several decades, we want to hear what you have to say.

Did you save a life? Do you work in a cool, unique place? Are you a genius with analysis? Did you secretly save the world from a supervillain (or a super-virus)? Is there a unique challenge you face at your job? Do you visit interesting locales? Is your job super-rare, highly specialized, or intrinsic to your company’s operation? Are you motivated by something great? Did you create something innovative that has had an effect on worker safety?

Tell us all ab​out it!

Those stories we select will be included in the documentary. You’ll get to share your story, your workspace, and everything about what you do on camera. You’ll be one of the stars of our show! This means that AIHA will visit your workplace (video camera in tow!), follow you around, and interview you for the project.

We’re also working out some possible rewards for those we select, which we’ll inform the selected parties about at a later time.

Deadline for submissions: Midnight EST, December 31, 2016.


  • All entries should be submitted using the online form below.
  • This call for entries is open to all industrial and occupational hygiene professionals in the United States, regardless of membership in AIHA.
  • If you answer using a video submission, be sure you also answer the questions provided in the submission form. Be creative! Note: The images or video files you submit will not necessarily be used in the final documentary.
  • All entries submitted by the submission deadline will be considered. Our committee consisting of IH professionals and AIHA staff will select a number of entries appropriate to the project and contact the finalists in January 2017 with further instructions and scheduling information.
  • Please note if your entry is selected, you (or the person nominated) will be responsible for all clearances with his/her employer for this project. This means the finalist will need to make appropriate arrangements for location visits, employer permissions and permits (if any), and other items required for having a professional video recorder on site. Time on-site is estimated to be no more than one workday; scheduling will be arranged between AIHA and the selectee.
  • If the employer is unable to provide access due to sensitive content, material, or safety reasons, a reasonable compromise will be considered.
  • The subject of the video will be asked to sign a photo and video release waiver upon being notified of his/her selection allowing AIHA to use the film or image of the person who has signed the form for commercial and non-commercial purposes.
  • What if you have a story from the past with a prior employer or position? We want to hear those too! We can find ways to make these stories work, too, and we don’t want to limit what you have to share.

Tips for submissions

  • Be inspiring! Think of one or two things that would be of interest or inspiration to a public audience. This isn’t just a video for your peers; our focus is on how the profession is exciting and rewarding in order to drive up public awareness. Consider that your audience has limited knowledge about what an IH does for his/her job, or is unaware of how important it is in the role of worker safety.
  • Be simple! Break down complexity and share your story as simply as you can. We can discuss details at a later time with our selected entries. Don’t be wordy; say enough to get the gist of your story across and make us take notice!
  • Be creative! This goes especially for those submitting a video entry, but can apply to those entering via text. Your creativity may be the spark needed to take our documentary from good to great!
  • Be inclusive! Can’t think of a good story about yourself? Well, what about a coworker – do they have a story to tell? You can nominate him/her instead – or why not submit both of you or your team! There’s no limit of entries; we’ll consider every one submitted.​​​​​​​​​​



All video submissions will become the property of AIHA . AIHA reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at the time of the documentary shooting, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. AIHA may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced or by AIHA, including but not limited to: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, websites, etc.

To ensure the privacy of individuals and children, images will not be identified using full names or personal identifying information without written approval from the photographed subject, parent or legal guardian

A person on the site of the video recording who does not wish to have their image recorded for distribution should make their wishes known to the photographer, and/or AIHA representative present, and/or contact AIHA at 3141 Fairview Park Drive, Suite 777, Falls Church, VA 22042, in writing of his/her intentions and include a photograph. AIHA will use the photo for identification purposes and will hold it in confidence.

Any person or organization, except AIHA, may not use, copy, alter or modify AIHA photographs, graphics, videography or other, similar reproductions or recordings without the advance written permission of an authorized designee from AIHA.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!​