AIHA Board Candidates’ Forum
Board of Directors
Bullock, DHSc, CIH,
Director of Industrial
AIHA is recognized internationally as the premier member organization for occupa- tional and environmental health profession- als, and the leadership team has adapted well to the current and future needs of the profession. Through sound investments and strategic planning, AIHA is weathering the current economic downturn while continuing to provide superior products to members and ocument the value of the profession. We need to ensure that we remain a forward- thinking group that embraces change and continually searches for ways to improve our value to members.
The products and services we provide to the
industrial hygiene community are second to
none. Utilizing these products and services to
promote the knowledge, skills and abilities of
the membership is a key mission of the organization. In the current economic environment it is more important than ever to
capitalize on the talent and experiences of
our members while minimizing their costs
and maximizing the value of their precious
time. As an organization that relies on volunteers to develop the majority of products and
services in our portfolio, we must continue to
inspire these professionals to devote their
time and effort for the good of the profession.
By maintaining a strong volunteer base, we
will be ready to face the future demands that
are sure to result from rapidly advancing
technology and a shift in global regulatory
activity (e.g., nanoparticles, GHS and
Board of Directors
I am very enthusiastic about the many op- portunities available for AIHA. I strongly be- lieve that our profession’s vast experiences and multifaceted approach in addressing oc- cupational health issues position us to be a vanguard organization in the fields of public health and emergency response. During a re- cession, AIHA may have diminished mone- tary resources; however, our individual talents, work ethic and passion provide an in- valuable resource that can expand our role and increase membership. Some of our members have participated as the only in- dustrial hygienists in committees, work groups and panels that have established and implemented public health strategies and preparedness. More often than not, industrial hygienists’ exposure and risk assessment skills, coupled with their problem-solving suc- cess, immediately establish credibility, and allow for their input to play an integral role in the decision-making process. Even in our current economic climate, gaps and vulnera- bilities in our national security and public health preparedness need to be addressed now more than ever. From assessing expo- sure pathways after a wide-area bio-threat agent contamination to planning for an avian flu outbreak, the industrial hygienist has the skill set to lead diverse teams of profession- als in tackling the most pressing health-re- lated concerns facing our planet. I envision that as we expand our roles and participa- tion, scientists with multi-disciplinary back- grounds will migrate towards AIHA.
Senior Health Scientist
San Francisco, Calif.
Board of Directors
Allen Iske, Jr., PhD,
University of Central
Kansas City, Mo.
In spite of economically difficult times, AIHA must continue advancing the science and prin- ciples of industrial hygiene for development of sound policies and standards within domestic and international forums. The association must balance its resources carefully, investing in programs that promote IH values and reducing programs that do not sustain the long-term future of our organization.
As a premier leader, AIHA must advocate the
importance of IH, but collaborate with other
fields of health, safety and environment with
complementary partnerships. These cooperative interactions are beneficial opportunities
to broaden growth for additional members
and expertise. Our value of the IH profession
asserts the core society elements for business sector workers and academics as educators of future IH leaders.
Extremely important is advancing the strategic effort for global IH standardization with
ANSI, ISO, IOHA, ILO and GHS initiatives.
Serving on the AIHA Standards Council as
Official Representative to ISO TC 146 and
ASTM D22 and on the AIHA Laboratory Accreditation Program (LAP)—Analytical Accreditation Board, I recognize the importance
of the international influence of AIHA. Maintaining our representation in the international
sector of standards is mandatory. Further,
wisely diversifying AIHA-LAP with new proficiency programs and the addition of international laboratories will ensure sustainability of
this program and increase the financial assets of AIHA. Essentially, AIHA must rely on
our most valued assets—members, committees, local sections and student chapters.