AIHA Seeks Volunteers for Standards Advisory Panel

Posted February 21, 2019

AIHA is seeking three new members to join the Standards Advisory Panel, or SAP. AIHA’s consensus standards activities are housed under the AIHA Guideline Foundation. AGF was formed in 2009 and is dedicated to developing and disseminating occupational and community exposure guidelines for chemical and physical agents and stressors. The purpose of the SAP is to outline a consensus standards strategy that will allow AIHA to:

  • identify consensus standards issues that are important to AIHA members and stakeholders
  • track activities pertaining to consensus standards development that have an impact on the industrial hygiene profession and worker health and safety
  • determine and manage the appropriate level of AIHA involvement in any such consensus standard

The SAP comprises nine members who represent a cross-section of the AIHA membership. Each member of the SAP serves a three-year term. Terms are staggered; as members rotate off, they are replaced with new members.

SAP Member Selection Process

The process of selecting new SAP members begins with an open call for applications to the AIHA membership. Applications are reviewed, and selections made by the SAP chair with guidance from the Board liaison and AIHA staff. Selections are intended to ensure that the committee maintains as broad a diversity of representation as is reasonably possible. 

SAP members must be current and active members of AIHA and are selected to provide a balanced representation of:

  • industry sectors (corporate, academia, consulting, government)
  • early, mid-, and late-career professionals
  • history of involvement in various AIHA volunteer groups
  • areas of professional practice and specialty

SAP Responsibilities

SAP members are expected to attend in-person meetings as identified and agreed to by the SAP members (typically one held during AIHce as well as periodic conference calls throughout the year); conduct activities in accordance with relevant AIHA policies, procedures, and priorities; actively participate in all meetings and calls to carry out the group’s roles and responsibilities and the ongoing updating of the standards strategy; and provide updates to the AGF Board of Directors on health and safety standards that further the goals of AIHA:

  1. monitor new national and international health and safety consensus standards activity and trends;
  2. recommend new AIHA areas of standards engagement; and
  3. report on current standard activities in which AIHA and its members are engaged.

AIHA periodically reviews the SAP strategies to determine whether the SAP is effectively supporting the association’s mission.

General Time Commitment

  • First Quarter: 1- to 1.5-hour conference call for standards review, updating work processes, etc.
  • Second Quarter: 1- to 1.5-hour conference call to plan face-to-face meeting at AIHce, discuss business plan development, standards review, etc.
  • Third Quarter: 1- to 1.5-hour conference call for standards review, updating work processes, etc.
  • Fourth Quarter: 1- to 1.5-hour conference call for standards review, updating work processes, etc.
  • Hold ad-hoc conference calls as necessary

The SAP is accountable to the AGF Board of Directors and its members agree to uphold and abide by AIHA’s bylaws and the Code of Conduct.

Individuals can submit a self-nomination for SAP membership or nominate a candidate for a role in the SAP by completing the participant application form by Friday, March 8.

Please email Larry Sloan, AIHA’s CEO, with questions.​