HEALTHIER WORKPLACES, A HEALTHIER WORLD
Lindsay Cook MSPH, CIH, CSP, FAIHA has been a member of AIHA since 1979. He has worked as both a volunteer of AIHA technical committees and in organization leadership. Lindsay became president of AIHA in June 2020.
Nuggets mined from today’s episode:
After college, Lindsay began working in North Carolina’s Dept. of Health as an Industrial Hygienist and Compliance Officer. Back then safety and industrial hygiene were clearly separate disciplines and not the blended approach often found today.
He has been volunteering at AIHA since the 1980s. He served on the board in 1999-2001 and then took a hiatus. In 2015 he was elected treasurer and then elected Vice President in 2018, placing him on a 4 year leadership track to the AIHA presidency.
Association volunteerism has provided him the opportunities to meet people, learn and give back to the profession.
As AIHA president, he hopes to continue the ongoing mission and initiatives of the association.
One of Lindsay’s goals is to expand AIHA working partnerships with other allied organizations to leverage the impact of industrial hygiene.
RIA and IICRC recently formed a Joint Task Force to develop updated guidance documents and other materials addressing the Covid19 pandemic. AIHA has been invited to appoint an official representative, which we are in the process of considering.
AIHA was the original Accredited Standards Developer for the ANSI/AIHA Z9.5Standard on Laboratory Ventilation as well as numerous other industrial ventilation standards.
The BGC (formerly ABIH)maintains an enforceable Code of Ethics for certified professionals and require training for maintenance of certification. AIHA and ACGIH have developed training programs in ethics to meet these requirements.
Many IH professionals have evolved to include additional skill sets in their expertise such as safety and environmental issues, in order to increase their value to employers. The profession continues to evolve with emerging issues such as Total Worker Health. It is such a broad field that it is becoming more difficult to stay current in all facets of the profession. Continuing education is a core component of professional development.
AIHA staff was successful in assuring that Industrial Hygienists were deemed “essential workers” under Covid19.
Businesses reopening after Covid19 shutdowns are concerned about reopening safely.
Typical Industrial Hygiene activities such as employee training and survey work has slowed a bit, while Covid19 related activities such as respiratory protection and infection control and prevention have increased. Businesses are concerned about PPE, disinfection, biological risks, employee screening, etc.