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: Charles Steer, Simon Worland, Melanie Jensen, Brian Eva (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.
2018 objectives/tasks: Attend to matters of awards and sponsorships as requested by The Executive and Council.
Members: Sharyn Gaskin, Kerrin Alamango, Catherine North, Kristy Thornton, Carolyn Topping, Janine McClements, Maria Nguyen, Ian Marshall, Sentha Rogawan, Michael Weller, Holly Fletcher, Brooke Best
Purpose: The purpose of the AIOH Communications and Marketing Committee is to assist the Executive and Council in meeting their responsibilities to the AIOH for communicating with its members and external parties. In particular the committee is responsible for producing the quarterly newsletter OH Matters.
Board members: Neil Goulding, Russell Bond, Sharann Johnson, Jodi Dawson, Ross Di Corleto, Morné de Beer and Jen Hines
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.
Conduct an audit of the COH members with 5yr service ending 2017
Conduct oral examination of COH candidates
Review and revise the online COH material posted on AIOH website
Review the COH examination administrative process considering:
Review & revision of the exam packages
Options for running additional exams
Opportunities for additional training, preparation and practice
Committee Members: David Chambers, Clive Paige, Michael Tkaczuk, Jeremy Trotman, Terry Elms, Mark Russell, Elaine Linders, Sam Clarke & Heidi Scott
Purpose: To provide advice and guidance to the AIOH Executive Committee and the AIOH membership on ethical matters that arise within or affecting the Institute.
2018 objectives/tasks: Manage issues as they are presented to the E&C committee, close out matters from 2017 including the review and finalisation of the AIOH Code of Ethics Policy and attend to the request from COHers for more Ethics training opportunities.
Committee members: Linda Apthorpe, Ron Capil, Robert Golec, Kevin Hedges, David Hughes, Greg O’Donnell, Alan Rogers, Charles Steer and Tim White
Purpose of the committee / Mission statement: The AIOH established the Exposure Standards Committee to provide 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.
2018 objectives/tasks: Update the ‘Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS)’ and ‘Inorganic Lead’ position papers and write a ‘Biological Monitoring’ position paper; publish three Technical Papers from NATA; Re-write the ‘Simplified Occupational Hygiene Risk Management Strategies’ publication; update the AIOH Quebec model for adjusting exposure standards for extended work shifts; and continue engagement with Safe Work Australia on the review of the WES’s.
Committee Members: Wayne Powys (WA), Tracey Bence (WA), Gavin Irving (Qld), Yanel Lara (Vic) Michael Weller (NSW), Dustin Bennett (QLD), Sam Al-Obaidi (WA), Peter Knott (NSW), Andy McCarthy (SA), Jwalit Parik (SA), Giovani Sessarego (WA) and Alan Williams (TAS).
Purpose of the Committee: Ensuring the review of Full Member and Provisional Member applications is consistently performed in accordance with the AIOH Rules and Statement of Purpose.
2018 objectives/tasks: Reviewing all applications received in a timely manner in accordance with the membership application manual.
Committee Members: Deb Glass, Gerard Tiernan, Tracey Bence, Terry Gorman, Sam Forster, Brett Young
Purpose: Identify and match mentors and mentees within AIOH
2018 objectives/tasks: 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
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
Coordinate and oversee the accreditation/ reaccreditation of Masters programs in occupational hygiene (as required)
Assist the AIOH Office with identifying topics/professional development needs for AIOH members and the broader community in the area of occupational hygiene professional practice (could be full day seminars or alternative professional development)
Assist the AIOH Office with the identification of suitable speakers/presenters to meet the identified professional development needs
Be kept informed of the progress with the review and update of the AIOH Basic Text Book Principles of Occupational Health and Hygiene
Coordinate the review and update of the teaching resources for the AIOH Basic Principles Course and provide assistance to the AIOH Office as required to ensure the quality delivery of the course
Committee Members: Andrew Orfanos, Yanel Lara, Kerrie Doherty (AIOH Business Manager)
Purpose: The role of the Risk, Audit, Finance, Quality (RAFQ) Committee is to assist the Council to fulfil 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 fulfil 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 Members: Philip Hibbs, Caroline Langley, Ross Di Corletto and Garry Gately
Purpose: The role of the Strategic Advisory Committee is to provide strategic and high level support to the AIOH President and Council regarding matters of strategic planning and the setting of Council priorities and projects, international and national relations, external advocacy and continuity of Council and other key appointments at the AIOH.
2018 objectives/tasks: As directed by Council, but currently; review of the AIOH Rules and Statement of Purpose & review of the COH Policy & Procedures.