Various Committees and Working Groups provide advice and input to Council and the high level operations of the AIOH.
Below is a list of the current AIOH Committees, Boards and Working Groups.
The AIOH is fortunate to have many members who volunteer their time to work on various committees and working groups. Council recognises and appreciates their involvement. Members are encouraged to actively participate and urged get involved by serving on committees and working groups at various stages of their career. The current committees and working groups are listed below.
Members are encouraged to contact the Chair for further information or to volunteer their services.
Awards and Sponsorship Committee
Chair: Alan Rogers Members: Melanie Windust, Kerrie Burton, Samantha Clarke and Andrew Orfanos (as current AIOH President)
Purpose: To advise Council on matters relating to awards and sponsorships; liaise with all sponsors, prepare agreements and ensure smooth running of activities between sponsors and AIOH; liaise with the Conference Committee to ensure consistency across sponsorship areas and agreements; liaise with AIOH Office to send out notifications of awards to members, acceptance of nominations; and process awards in a confidential and timely manner, review award applicants and make recommendations to Council.
Board members: Sharann Johnson, Jenifer Hines, Adelle Liebenberg, Morné de Beer, Natalie Everett and Linda Apthorpe
Purpose of the board: To evaluate applications for Certification and assess conferences, seminars and other professional activities for certification maintenance points. The Certification Board performs the following activities:
Evaluates applications for Certification to determine whether a candidate will be accepted to sit the oral examination;
Sets and runs the oral examination in accordance with the Oral examination procedure;
Assesses conferences, seminars, and courses for certification maintenance (CM) points;
Assesses other professional activities for certification maintenance points;
Assesses certification maintenance activities in accordance with the guidelines in the document Categories for accruing certification maintenance points;
Evaluates certification maintenance reports and recommends to Council whether certification status has been maintained;
Audits a selection of certification maintenance reports; and
Audits examination panels and submit the audit report to Council.
Committee Members: Barry Chesson, Sharann Johnson and Andrew Orfanos
Purpose: The role of the External Affairs Committee is Strategic Advisory Committee is to:
Identify emerging issues of occupational health importance through maintaining the necessary networks of media, government, industry and organisational contacts.
Identify opportunities for the AIOH to contribute to the development of guidelines, standards, information and legislation associated with occupational hazards and provide guidance to council on how to engage with these processes.
Report back to council through the president, on issues or opportunities that have been identified and require action.
Develop relevant information and communication strategies in response to external affairs issues that arise, to facilitate a rapid and coordinated response on behalf of the AIOH.
In conjunction with the current AIOH president, assist in delivering targeted external communications as the need arises
Committee Members: Jason Green, Samantha Forster, Brett Young, Anthony Bamford, Chris Aebi, Nirajkumar Shah.
Purpose: Identify and match mentors and mentees within AIOH
Purpose: Track existing pairs and provide support and encouragement. Agree on and document process for annual review for mentors. Prepare case studies for newsletters as publicity/encouragement. Prepare material for mentors to help with candidates with COH success.
Professional Development & Education (PD&E) Committee
Chair: Kelly Johnstone
Committee Members: David Lowry, Sue Reed, Susanne Tepe, Jane Whitelaw, Tegan Dixon, Ritesh Parl and Adelle Liebenberg.
Purpose: To assist the AIOH Executive and Council in meeting the needs of its members and the broader community of occupational hygiene professionals for education and continuing professional development.
Committee Members: Ross Di Corleto, Alan Rogers and Yanel Lara.
Purpose: The role of the Risk, Audit, Finance, Quality (RAFQ) Committee is to assist the Council to fulfill governance requirements and oversee the AIOH responsibilities related to financial reporting, internal document and procedure management control systems, operating business and financial risk management system quality and audit functions. RAFQ provides an independent, informed and expert function to oversee, monitor and report to the Council on AIOH's exposure to various business risks.
The work of the Committee is to fulfill the following objectives:
Improve the credibility and objectivity of the accountability process and financial reporting to Council and the Membership;
Provide a forum for communication of relevant issues between the Executive, Council and management and administration;
Ensure a rigorous risk management process is in place at all levels of AIOH activity;
Ensure a system for evaluating, reviewing and implementing policies and procedures to support robust financial and opera¬tional management; and
Improve the effectiveness of the financial audit functions.
The duties and responsibilities of the RAFQ Committee are to:
Provide direction for governance and compliance requirements;
Regularly review AIOH’s financial and non-financial risk management practices such as proper insurance coverage, IT systems and human resource systems;
Ensure that the organisational funds are spent appropriately;
Ensure the preparation of quarterly financial statements; and
Approve the annual budget and submit to the full Council for approval.
Committee Chairs: Ian Firth, Ross Di Corleto and Robert Golec
Committee members: Linda Apthorpe, David Hughes, Greg O’Donnell, Alan Rogers, Carolyn Topping, Stephen Turner, Holly Fletcher, Tim White and Geza Benke
Purpose of the committee / Mission statement: The Workplace Exposure Assessment Committee provides expert guidance and comment to the exposure standards setting process at a State and National level and internationally where appropriate, through development of AIOH Position Papers, AIOH guidance publications or comment on relevant Standards, Regulations and Codes of Practice. The Committee's remit is to confirm that the revision of exposure standards, and other relevant Standards and Codes of Practice, are valid and based on good occupational hygiene and scientific principles. The Committee is also concerned with the integrity of the exposure assessment process whereby sampling results for airborne contaminants are compared against exposure standards.