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BY KIMBERLEE BACON, MANAGER, AIHA® MEMBER SERVICES AND ACADEMY RELATIONS
AIHA has a history of adopting green
processes. For example, AIHce began implementing green meeting initiatives in
1999, and the conference has become
more environmentally friendly every
year. AIHce 2009 in Toronto, our greenest
conference ever, featured green PDCs
with downloadable electronic handouts
and related online communities for collaborative learning. The AIHce abstract
book, formerly a printed resource, was
distributed online this year. And a number of recycling and transportation initiatives designed to reduce AIHce’s carbon
footprint debuted in Toronto.
Inspired by the success and popularity
of AIHce green meeting processes, AIHA’s
member services department is helping
the organization adopt a deeper shade of
green. Beginning this month, AIHA’s renewal notifications will be distributed entirely via e-mail, with the goal that all
renewals will be processed through the secure online form at www.aiha.org. Lessening the number of paper renewals is
expected to increase processing efficiencies and reduce print and postage costs.
Of course, mailed payments—checks,
money orders—will also be accepted, and
members can still download and submit a
paper renewal form from www.aiha.org.
However, AIHA encourages all members
to renew online.
Because AIHA will no longer mail
paper renewal notifications, it’s imperative that you update your e-mail address
with AIHA. You can do this at the Member Center on www.aiha.org or by contacting AIHA Member Services at (703)
849-8888 or email@example.com. Membership dues will remain $190 in 2010.
Members can do much more at
www.aiha.org than just pay dues. You
can also join one or more of AIHA’s special interest groups or participating local
sections, make a tax-deductible donation
to the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation, or order an optional print subscription of the Journal of Occupational
and Environmental Health for $60. (
Online access to the JOEH is included as
part of your membership benefits.)
More Than a New Look
When you go to www.aiha.org to renew
your membership, you’ll find that AIHA’s
website has been redesigned. You’ll notice immediately that the site is more colorful and user-friendly than AIHA’s old
site. But the biggest changes are behind
the scenes—the new site offers vastly improved information management capabilities that will allow staff to make changes
much more quickly than in the past.
AIHA.org has long been the hub of
member activity, and members consider it
one of the most valuable benefits of
AIHA membership. Rest assured that all
of the quality content responsible for the
site’s popularity is still there. To learn
more about AIHA’s redesigned website,
see page 28.
Programs and Services
Thank you for being a member of AIHA.
You are part of the largest international
association of industrial hygienists and
other OEHS professionals dedicated to
health and safety in the workplace,
community, and environment. Whether
you are a practicing professional, stu-
dent, professor, or consultant, AIHA
membership offers many benefits:
• Education and professional develop-
• Information and publications
• Advocacy and connection
• Communities for discussing common
problems and solutions
• Opportunities to further the profession,
including volunteering and community
AIHA staff have developed a full
agenda of programs and services de-
signed to benefit you—our members. In
response to this year’s challenging econ-
omy, AIHA waived 2009 membership
dues and extended complimentary AIHce
registration to unemployed members.
AIHA also hosted five career and employ-
ment seminars at AIHce; podcasts of se-
lected seminars will be posted to the
Career and Employment Services page of
the AIHA website. You can access the
podcasts at no charge.