The AIOH is not a standard or method setting body. Through its Position Papers, the AIOH seeks to provide relevant information on substances of interest where there is uncertainty about existing Australian exposure standards.
This is done primarily through a review of the existing published, peer- reviewed scientific literature but may include anecdotal evidence based on the practical experience of certified AIOH members. The Position Papers attempt to recommend a health-based guidance exposure value that can be measured; that is, it is technically feasible to assess workplace exposures against the derived exposure value. It does not consider economic or engineering feasibility. As far as reasonably possible, the AIOH formulates a recommendation on the level of exposure that the typical worker can experience without significant risk of adverse health effects.
Any recommended guidance exposure value should not be viewed as a fine line between safe and unsafe exposures. They also do not represent quantitative estimates of risk at different exposure levels or by different routes of exposure. Any recommended exposure value should be used as a guideline by professionals trained in the practice of occupational hygiene to assist in the control of health hazards.
The following AIOH Position Papers have been published to date:
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Through its Technical Papers, the AIOH seeks to provide relevant technical information on equipment and methodologies with regard to ensuring the integrity of the process of evaluating workplace hazards. The information is supplementary to published and validated methods for sampling and is provided as a resource where the information is not available elsewhere.
The main focus of the AIOH calendar is the annual AIOH Conference and Exhibition held in early December in a different Australian state or territory each year. With a beginning in 1972, it is now recognised as an international class conference promoting the science and practice of occupational hygiene in worker health protection.
An invaluable source of historical information is provided through access to superseded National Occupational Health and Safety Commission (NOHSC) publications that are no longer available from Safe Work Australia. They are provided for reference information only.
Important Note: these historic documents relate to past work practices, Codes and Guidance materials that were relevant to legislation in force at specific dates in time. These materials are not necessarily endorsed or supported by the AIOH, and must not be used to demonstrate compliance or otherwise, with current national or state or territory regulatory requirements.
The AIOH Foundation was established by the AIOH and is a registered charity and is a separate entity to the AIOH. The AIOH is currently the only Member of the Foundation, so this means that the AIOH Foundation is the AIOH member’s Foundation and we welcome your involvement.
The AIOH Foundation has the singular purpose of promote the principles of occupational hygiene in the prevention and control of occupational diseases in Australian workplaces. Part of the rationale for the Foundation’s establishment by the AIOH is that the understanding of these critical principles of occupational hygiene, namely anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of environmental workplace hazards is not well understood in many industries. Their widespread application will, therefore, result in great advances in the prevention and control of workplace diseases in Australia.