DEPARTMENTS
2018 AIHA ELECTIONS
Vice President
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Lindsay Cook, CIH, CSP, FAIHA Senior Vice President The EI Group, Inc. Morrisville, N.C. Many of the illnesses industrial hygienists strive to eliminate result from years of exposure, making it difficult to quantify a clear return on those efforts. Rather than the physician, who is focused on today’s disease, we are “risk managers,” focused on prevention and risk reduction. The overarching concern is, “how can we be most productive in that role?”  It is no secret that AIHA’s membership is not growing, and a significant proportion of our members will soon be retiring. Our first step is to return AIHA to solid growth, to bring the energy of new faces—millennials, and others allied with our profession—to AIHA and involve them in delivering the message of prevention in creative new ways, both here at home and internationally. As a second step, new strategies to communicate more effectively, to a wider audience, are needed. Several recent initiatives are pointing the way. Total Worker Health is a NIOSH initiative examining known workplace risks, along with others not previously associated with the work environment. Safety Matters, a collaboration between NIOSH and AIHA, starts the discussion regarding workplace risks just as youth begin to enter the work force.  Finding new voices, wider audiences, and additional, creative approaches to risk prevention messaging will continue to elevate this crucial discussion and benefit the future of workers around the globe! 
David C. Roskelley, MSPH, CIH, CSP President R&R Environmental, Inc. Sandy, Utah Many of us take fire safety, fire codes, and modern labor laws for granted. Few individuals know their history, background, or that much of their genesis originates from a fire that took place in 1911. The fire even gave rise to one of our sister health and safety organizations, the American Society of Safety Professionals. The Triangle Factory Fire of 1911 took the lives of 146 garment workers in New York City and is still considered one of the deadliest industrial accidents in United States history. If you are unfamiliar with this incident, you owe it to yourself to read and understand this watershed moment and how it has shaped the profession of industrial hygiene. While events like this are terribly tragic, they can be used as powerful opportunities to learn. When challenges like Flint, Michigan arise, AIHA should take every opportunity to assist those in need. However, we also have a chance to elevate the health, safety, and well-being of everyone involved. Use the moment to discuss lead health effects, lead's toxic legacy, drinking water safety, and solutions for solving future water contamination problems. Unfortunately, it usually takes a significant loss of life or property before people begin to notice and are inspired to make a change. AIHA needs to be that catalyst for change.