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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
Updating AIHA’s Bylaws
BY DEBORAH IMEL NELSON, AIHA® PRESIDENT The AIHA Board of Directors periodically reviews the association’s bylaws to ensure that they reflect current practices and meet the needs of members. Our recent analysis has indicated several bylaws areas—categories of membership and some housekeeping issues—where changes would better serve our association. MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES Currently, full, associate, and affiliate members of AIHA pay the same annual fees, but affiliate members aren’t eligible to vote, and neither affiliate nor associate members can serve on the Board of Directors. Affiliate and associate members largely comprise IH technicians and EHS generalists. To broaden AIHA’s audience and make membership more attractive to these professionals, the Board proposes combining all three categories into one full member category, which would have voting privileges and eligibility to serve on the Board. The definition of a full member would be revised to include all individuals that have an interest in or support the industrial hygiene, occupational health and safety, or allied professions.
The definition of a full member would be revised to include all individuals that have an interest in or support the industrial hygiene, occupational health and safety, or allied professions.
DEBORAH IMEL NELSON, PhD, CIH, is president of AIHA. She can be reached at (720) 587-7500 or via email.

Editor's note: On June 1, new documents pertaining to the proposed updates to the AIHA bylaws were posted to the AIHA website. The documents include a summary of the main proposed changes and the language of the proposed additions and deletions.