AIHA - American Industrial Hygiene Association

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2700 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 250
Fairfax, VA 22031
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Curricular Responsibilities

Lead Society for Industrial Hygiene and Health Physics

Co-Lead Society for Environmental, Health, and Safety

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is one of the largest international associations serving the needs of occupational and environmental health and safety professionals practicing industrial hygiene in industry, government, labor, academic institutions, and independent organizations. We:

  1. are devoted to achieving and maintaining the highest professional standards for our members
  2. work with the American Board of Industrial Hygiene to promote certification of industrial hygienists
  3. administer comprehensive education programs that keep occupational and environmental health and safety professionals current in the field of industrial hygiene
  4. operate several highly recognized laboratory accreditation programs, based on the highest international standards. These programs help ensure the quality of the data used in making critical worker protection decisions.

Founded in 1939, AIHA is a nonprofit organization with 73 local sections. AIHA's 10,077 members are highly educated professionals; 80 percent are college graduates, 42 percent hold master's degrees, and 12 percent possess doctoral degrees. Industrial hygienists are scientists and engineers committed to protecting the health and safety of people in the workplace and the community.

A professional industrial hygienist is a person possessing either a baccalaureate degree in engineering, chemistry, or physics or a baccalaureate degree in a closely related biological or physical science from an accredited college or university, who also has a minimum of three years of industrial hygiene experience.

A completed doctoral in a related physical, biological or medical science or in related engineering can be substituted for two years of the three-year requirement. A completed master's degree in a related physical or biological science or in related engineering can be substituted for one year of the three-year requirement. Under no circumstances can more than two years of graduate training be applied toward the three-year period.

While this definition does not include certification, the American Industrial Hygiene Association recognizes the need for such certification by every professional industrial hygienist as an appropriate hallmark by one's peers and strongly urges all eligible members to obtain American Board of Industrial Hygiene certification.

The American Board of Industrial Hygiene has established that successful candidates for certificates shall attain the status of Diplomate of the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene subject to compliance with requirements established by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.

The active ABIH certification requires that the person be admitted to examination based upon academic training and 4 years experience for the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), successfully pass a one day examination, and maintain active professional involvement by re-certification on a 5-year cycle following first certification.

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Howard University was the first historically black college or university to have ABET-accredited programs. ABET's predecessor, the Engineers' Council for Professional Development, accredited three engineering programs there in 1937.