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Presentation to UBC SOEH Chun-Yip Hon President-Elect The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Overview of AIHA The AIHA is the largest occupational health & safety organization in the world Two main divisions: Parent Local Sections AIHA - Parent Parent AIHA Founded in 1939

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the american industrial hygiene association aiha
The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)

Overview of AIHA

  • The AIHA is the largest occupational health & safety organization in the world
  • Two main divisions:
    • Parent
    • Local Sections
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AIHA - Parent

Parent AIHA

  • Founded in 1939
  • Over 12,500 members from the occupational health and safety community across the world
  • Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia

www.aiha.org

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AIHA - Parent

Mission

AIHA promotes, protects, and enhances industrial hygienists and other occupational health, safety and environmental professionals in their efforts to improve the health and well being of workers, the community, and the environment.

Vision

A recognized worldwide leader in promoting excellence occupational and environmental health and safety.

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AIHA - Parent

Recent Priorities

  • Promote the value of the profession
  • Partner with allied organizations e.g. American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
  • International outreach
  • Enhance/develop products and services to meet member needs
  • Promoting value of the organization to students
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AIHA – Local Sections

Local Sections

  • 104 local sections
    • 99 in the U.S.
    • 1 in the Arabian Gulf
    • 4 in Canada:
      • BC-Yukon
      • Alberta
      • Manitoba
      • Atlantic Provinces
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AIHA – BC-Yukon Section

The BC-Yukon Local Section

  • Formed in 1985
  • Currently over 150 members
  • Executive comprised of volunteers

www.aihabc.org

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AIHA – BC-Yukon Section

Some of the Things We Do…

  • Monthly Meetings
  • Annual General Meeting
  • Education Sessions
  • Monthly Newsletters
  • Job Postings
  • Website
  • Outreach
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AIHA – BC-Yukon Section

Monthly Meetings

  • Monthly meetings

Date & Time

  • 3rd Wednesday of the month
  • 6:30-8:00 pm
    • 6:30-7:00: Social/Refreshments
    • 7:00-8:00: Guest speaker

Location

Eagle Creek Bar & Grill,

Burnaby Mountain Golf Course

7600 Halifax St, Burnaby

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AIHA – BC-Yukon Section

Monthly Meetings – Next Meeting

PRESENTER: Waqar Mughal

TOPIC: Fraser Health Healthy Workplace Initiative

DATE: September 20th

TIME: Meeting starts at 6:30 pm with light snacks & refreshments. Speaker from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

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AIHA – BC-Yukon Section

Annual General Meeting

  • Full day event held once per year (in March)
  • Presentations by numerous speakers
  • Local section business and elections
  • Updates on various initiatives held throughout the year
  • Well attended (>80 attendees)
  • Numerous vendors
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AIHA – BC-Yukon Section

Education Sessions

  • In addition to monthly meetings, the local section hosts other events:
    • Teleweb seminar group meetings (e.g. Respiratory Protection)
    • Co-sponsors conferences & seminars
  • Upcoming conference in Wenatchee, WA (Oct 25-27)
    • Numerous speakers from BC and Pacific Northwest U.S.
    • October 25: Short Course: Occupational Health Practitioners and a Global Flu Pandemic
    • October 26-27: Conference Presentations
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AIHA – BC-Yukon Section

Monthly Newsletter – The Sampler

  • Newly revised monthly newsletter
  • Many standing columns:
    • From the Executive
    • Executive Profile
    • Courses, Education & Seminars
    • Treasurer Update
    • Outreach Update
    • Fun Quiz (prize draw!)
    • Much, much more…
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AIHA – BC-Yukon Section

Job Postings

  • Job postings regularly updated on the web site
  • Includes job opportunities in BC/Yukon as well as other locations throughout the world
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AIHA – BC-Yukon Section

Web Site

  • Award winning web site
  • Regularly Updated
  • Many sections
    • Meetings & Events
    • Newsletters
    • Job Postings
    • Consultant’s List
    • Member’s List
    • Member’s Only
    • Links
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AIHA – BC-Yukon Section

Value to Students

  • Networking capability
    • Many members with vast experience in numerous industries
  • Mentoring
  • Access to job opportunities
  • Involvement in the occupational health and safety community
  • **NEW** - Two $1000 scholarships available for SOEH and BCIT OH&S students
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AIHA – BC-Yukon Section

Membership

  • **NEW** - FREE Membership!
  • To become a member:

www.aihabc.org

  • Select “Becoming a Member”
  • Select “Local Section AIHA Membership”
  • Can apply online or with mail-in application form