The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization, whose mission is "Creating knowledge to protect worker health." The American Industrial Hygiene Association works to provide information and resources to Industrial Hygienists and Occupational Health professionals.
The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is an official participant of the OSHA Alliance Program. Through the AIHA-OSHA Alliance, AIHA helps OSHA provide AIHA members and the general public information on OSHA's rule making and employer compliance laws, in order to fulfill the mutual mission of ensuring safe and healthy conditions for workers. The actionable plan is twofold: 1). raise awareness, and 2). be a source of outreach and communication. AIHA worked with OSHA to provide resources available to employers and employees regarding specific hazards pertaining to relevant industries, in order to create awareness with workers and employers. AIHA has provided several additional educational documents through the OSHA Alliance program, specifically on the construction industry, which has been widely affected by the silica rule.
The practice of industrial hygiene, also known as occupational hygiene or occupational health, is a relatively modern idea, pioneered principally by Alice Hamilton, and is often referred to as the "mother of industrial hygiene."
The AIHA was founded in 1939 by a cross-disciplinary group of professionals and government agencies concerned with worker health. Since 1940, the AIHA Has published an academic journal on matters related to public health.
The AIHA is headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, and has chapters throughout the United States. AIHA celebrated their 70-year anniversary in 2009, and cited a timeline of historical milestones, including publication of the Synergist, which started as a quarterly newsletter in 1989.
After two people within the United States were diagnosed as having contracted Ebola, AIHA Executive Director Peter O'Neil sent letters to infectious disease expert and then director of the CDC, Thomas Friden, the White House, former director of NIOSH John Howard, and former Assistant Secretary of Labor at OSHA Dr. David Michaels urging readiness and protection of workers particularly vulnerable to contracting the virus, such as health research laboratory facility workers. O'Neil identified industrial hygienists as having an increasingly important role in mitigating the crises, as more workers become involved in containing the outbreak.</ref> http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/aiha-urges-government-protect-health-care-workers-during-ebola-outbreak</ref>. AIHA further provided additional resources and guidances in light of a potential pandemic.
AIHA hosted a Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill at the Longworth Office Building on February 15, 2017. Government relations director, Mark Ames organized the event; the panel included AIHA CEO Larry Sloan, epidemiologist and former Assistant Secretary of Labor at OSHA Dr. David Michaels, past president at AIHA Dan H. Anna. Russ Hayward, CIH, was also on hand to provide support with expertise, as AIHA's Managing Director of Scientific and Technical Initiatives. The purpose of the event was to emphasize the importance of keeping the silica standard enforceable, backed by the silica rule, which is based on 19 years of active research
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