Lansing, MI, August 12th, 2013 -- Earlier this year, the ABIH Board of Directors updated their governing policies and also amended the By-Laws, creating three new positions: a Past-Chair, Vice Chair and a Consumer Member. The changes were implemented to allow the Board to continue to efficiently respond to and provide for Diplomates, access additional expertise and viewpoints, and continue to effectively advance the CIH certification program.
The Past-Chair position was created to provide a better knowledge transfer and experienced support to the new Chair. The Past-Chair position is a one-year assignment and in some cases will require the person to serve on the Board 5 years instead of the normal 4 years. Lydia Renton, CIH, ROH has assumed the Past-Chair role for the 2013-2014 term.
As an elected 1-year position, the Vice Chair position was created to assist with the responsibilities of the Chair, especially in those situations where the Chair would not be available to carry out the required responsibilities. The Vice-Chair can be elected to the Chair position, but will not automatically assume the role. Nicole Greeson, CIH has been elected to fill the Vice-Chair role.
The Consumer Member role is intended to be a non-CIH that serves as a user of CIH products or services. This person will provide insight into how CIHs are used in organizations and business service models. The Consumer Member role differs from the existing Public Member Director who represents viewpoints of the general public and who may or may not know about CIHs and their services. The Consumer Member position has not yet been filled.
“There have also been changes and improvements to the annual planning process,” reported Tracy Parsons, CIH, Administrative Program Manager at ABIH. “The Board has decided that new Directors would benefit by joining the Board during the fall Board meeting, which is when the plan for the upcoming year is approved. Therefore, the next group of new Board members will be elected in 2014 and begin their terms in the fall 2014. All of these exciting changes will assist the ABIH Board and staff to continue to ensure the CIH certification remains the industrial hygiene profession’s premier certification,” he continued.
About the American Board of Industrial Hygiene
Since 1960, ABIH, a not-for-profit corporation, has been the world's largest, premier organization for certifying professionals in the practice of industrial hygiene. ABIH is responsible for ensuring high-quality certification including education, experience, examination, certification maintenance and ethics enforcement.