AIHA represents industrial hygienists and occupational health and safety scientists who play vital roles on the front lines of public health emergencies, such as the novel coronavirus. Some of the ways AIHA members help control the spread of highly infectious diseases include:
- Selecting appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Providing training on proper techniques for putting on and removing PPE.
- Determining whether certain types of PPE and other equipment should be discarded or if it can be reused after proper cleaning.
- Selecting and providing training on the use of decontamination chemicals and techniques.
- Managing waste that is known or is suspected to contain an infectious substance.
- Educating (or training) employers, employees, the media, policymakers, and the public to understand risks.
- Creating or revisiting plans to manage the fatigue of healthcare and other workers who may be working long hours.
To help protect workers, their families, and communities, AIHA has created a Coronavirus Outbreak Resource Center at http://bit.ly/AIHACOVID19 and maintains a robust Consultants Listing of professionals who specialize in proper PPE fit testing, exposure assessment, incidence response and preparedness and many more scientific activities that protect workers and the public. Together, these resources provide powerful tools to help combat this global pandemic. To learn more about AIHA visit https://www.aiha.org/about-aiha.
As the world reacts to the current environment being created by Coronavirus, ACGIH® is here to help navigate any changes or new challenges this presents to you and your professional career.
We’ve expanded access to several benefits to help you navigate through Coronavirus in your role as a safety and health professional:
- ACGIH®’s Infectious Disease Handbook for Emergency Care Personnel, 3rd Edition is now 50% off with the code: ACGIH50
- All Prerecorded Webinars are now also 50% off with the same code: ACGIH50
- Next month we are offering a complimentary Webinar: Updates to the 2020 ACGIH®TLVs®and BEIs® Book. If you haven’t already obtained your copy of this year’s Book, you can order it now for delivery prior to the webinar. As a reminder, all members receive this book, complimentary with their membership, so consider membership today to access this benefit.
- We’ve also developed a web page that aggregates Coronavirus intelligence that may be helpful when navigating changes to your current role. We will be supporting this web page in real time with updated, relevant information as it becomes available. You can access it here.
As we navigate this new terrain, ACGIH® is here with resources to support you professionally. If there is anything else we can do, please do not hesitate to reach out to ACGIH® headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As response to the coronavirus pandemic, REHVA published a guidance document, based on a collected bibliography, on how to operate and use building services in areas with coronavirus outbreak to prevent the spread of the virus. The document was developed by REHVA volunteers with the help of experts from around the world. REHVA set up a COVID-19 guidance webpage to update and complement the documents with new evidence when it becomes available.
Stay informed with AIHA. We are continuously updating the information and guidance on the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our Outbreak Resource Center.
Resources that industrial hygienists and other occupational health and safety professionals may find useful during the coronavirus outbreak follow:
- The Role of the Industrial Hygienist in a Pandemic provides guidance for industrial hygienists on protecting general workers, healthcare workers, and management to protect workers in a flu pandemic.
- Incident Safety and Health Management Handbook addresses planning and execution during various disasters response operations. It provides technical information on air monitoring, respiratory protection, and personal protective equipment, and offers guidelines for an effective response to an all-hazards threat environment.
30 October, 2019 – The 6 founding members (AiCARR, AIHA, AIVC, ASHRAE, ISHRAE and REHVA) are proud to announce the creation of the Indoor Environmental Quality Global Alliance (IEQ-GA) association registered in Brussels. The mission of the IEQ-GA is to promote … Continue reading