AIHA Opens Comment Period on Proposed Bylaws Changes

Published June 1, 2018

Between June 1 and July 1, AIHA is accepting comments on proposed changes to the association’s bylaws. Members are invited to submit comments to Elsa Greer.

Among the proposed changes are new definitions of membership categories. The definition of a “full” member would be broadened to include anyone who “has a business interest in or supports the industrial hygiene, occupational and environmental health and safety, or allied professions.”

Currently, the bylaws require full members to have either “a bachelor’s degree in the sciences industrial hygiene, chemistry, physics, engineering, biology, or other discipline approved by written Board policy,” or sufficient “qualifying experience.”

The proposed changes would also eliminate the “associate” and “affiliate” membership categories. Members in these categories would become full members.

Two new documents related to the proposed changes are available for download from the AIHA website. The documents include a version of the bylaws that specifies language to be added and deleted, as well as a summary of the major proposed changes.

At its meeting in Philadelphia on May 20, the AIHA Board of Directors decided not to propose changing the nominations process for AIHA officers. The proposed bylaws retain the current contested, two-candidate slate for the offices of vice president, director, secretary-elect, and treasurer-elect.

AIHA members will vote on the proposed changes in July. To take effect, the changes must be approved by two-thirds of voting members.