DEPARTMENTS
2019 AIHA ELECTION
Vice President
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John Mulhausen, PhD, CIH, CSP Retired from 3M Company St. Paul, Minn. Integrity of IH practice is most critical to AIHA’s success in achieving its mission and vision. It aligns with the top priority of industrial hygienists, which is to protect workers by practicing with full integrity, ethics, and conformance with state-of-the-art science. It also naturally reinforces critical aspects of the other domains. Community provides the safe place for learning, discussion, and feedback that professionals need to navigate complex risk scenarios with integrity. Awareness is critical, both for society generally and for industrial hygienists specifically, because the most effective path forward for worker health and safety can be obscured by time, money, or relationship pressures and/or limitations in knowledge. Advancement and dissemination of knowledge fills the need for best available science demanded by IH practice integrity. Finally, advocacy is critical because public policy makers must understand the importance of IH practice integrity to effectively protect worker health and safety. AIHA’s Strategic Plan includes solid objectives for advancing IH practice integrity. It can be strengthened by emphasizing the synergies between practice integrity and the other domains. Practicing with integrity is a learned and reinforced behavior that every one of us can improve. By offering opportunities for advancing our own abilities and teaching others about the critical importance of IH practice integrity, AIHA will succeed in empowering us to protect worker health and safety.

David C. Roskelley, MSPH, CIH, CSP President R&R Environmental, Inc. Sandy, Utah “Community” is the most critical domain in achieving our mission and vision. When I first began my career over twenty-five years ago, I primarily practiced industrial hygiene. The broader world of Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) was more defined, and practitioners tended to stay within their respective fields. Since that time, the landscape of industrial hygiene has changed dramatically. If we were to poll current AIHA members, very few would say they only practice industrial hygiene. Today, many of us conduct safety audits, perform environmental services, and most recently, fill product stewardship roles. This domain can be advanced in a number of ways including the following:
  • Continue to foster relationships with other professionals by forming an umbrella organization of allied EHS professionals. The broader field benefits when we speak with one collective voice.
  • Continue to develop and grow new credentials like those recently being introduced by ABIH (QEP and Product Stewardship). I am a very proud CIH, but I believe there is room to expand our professional offerings.
  • Nurture professional leadership and a community where AIHA members can thrive. I am passionate about mentoring and believe that everyone who has succeeded should assist others on their pathway to success.
AIHA needs to adapt to the times by being a catalyst for change in an ever-changing professional world.