The Spring 2014 newsletter's main article explores the history of the AIHA-RMS section. In the 1970's, industrial hygienists employed in Colorado who wanted to take part in a professional industrial hygiene association participated in the Rio Grand Section of the AHIA. It is estimated that sometime around the late 70's/ early 80's, members from Colorado and Wyoming decided to split from the Rio Grande Section and start their own local AIHA section, this was the official starting of what is now the AIHA-RMS section. This is where the exciting journey begins for our organization. 2014 marks a great time in the history of our organization. This Fall we will be digging out the fine China ( the traditional 20th anniversary gift) to celebrate 20 years of the Fall Technical conference. We would love for all of our membership to contribute to the continuing success of our local chapter. Maybe it's becoming a volunteer within the organization, maybe its reaching out to a fellow colleague and encouraging them to become a member, or maybe you can help add to the details of our history story. Every bit counts and we wouldn't be where we are today without our membership so THANK YOU!
"Honoring the Past, Energizing the Future"
Mark your calendars now for a 20 year celebration that you won't want to miss. The joint AIHA-RMS/ ASSE Fall Technical conference will be held September 16th and 17th. The finer details are still being worked on but block your calendar now. You won't want to miss this platinum celebration of 20 years of promoting saftey and health in the workplace.
The Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) Recognition
In the profession of Industrial Hygiene, the distinction of being a "CIH" is not easy to come by. A professional who holds the CIH qualification has met the minimum requirements for education and experience, and through examination, has demonstrated a minimum level of knowledge and skill in many rubrics. According to the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH), as the industrial hygiene profession itself continued to evolve, it was believed that more people were doing industrial hygiene-like work but would otherwise be unable to qualify for the CIH due to some aspect of their education or experiences. These individuals were still making valuable contributions to the prevention of occupational and non-occupational illnesses. It was felt that professional certification would improve recognition o their contributions by management, employees, and the public. The number of CIH's has grown over the years but obtaining the designation of CIH remains a rigorous process. To give even more credibility to the designation, the ABIH recently released information on what states recognize the CIH designation within their laws and regulations. If you would like to find out more about the CIH credential or how you can become a CIH please visit the ABIH website at www.abih.org