The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) has hired Russell Hayward, CIH, as the association's Managing Director, Scientific & Technical Initiatives. Russ brings more than 35 years of experience in industrial hygiene (IH) to his new position at AIHA. He will play a major role in advancing AIHA's mission through developing scientific and technical bodies of knowledge, building relationships with key partners, and collaborating with member volunteers and the IH community.
As Managing Director, Scientific & Technical Initiatives, Russ will serve as a technical expert in IH for AIHA staff, bringing a sense of connection to activities of the organization, and helping to keep staff abreast of relevant emerging issues in IH and other related information that may affect ongoing projects and programs.
"I am looking forward to being back in Virginia with my wife, Jeanne, and starting this new career venture with the premier international association serving OEHS professionals practicing industrial hygiene who are dedicated to creating knowledge to protect worker health," said Russ.
Russ most recently worked as the Americas IH Manager at ExxonMobil Corporation, where he had a 29-year career. Prior to his work at ExxonMobil, Russ worked as a Site Industrial Hygienist for Dow Chemical Corporation, and as an Industrial Hygiene Compliance Officer for the Michigan Department of Public Health. He is also a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH).
"Russ' commitment to the practice and profession of industrial hygiene is well known," said AIHA's Interim Executive Director Nancy Green, FASAE, CAE. "We look forward to learning from his many experiences with AIHA and within the profession-from subject matter expert to long-standing AIHA member."
Russ possesses extensive experience in IH leadership; developing strategies and teams for the creation, deployment, and implementation of IH initiatives; and facilitating the development of IH programs and tools to meet emerging and ever-changing health challenges impacting global operations.
Founded in 1939, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is the premier association of occupational and environmental health and safety professionals. AIHA's 10,000 members play a crucial role on the front line of worker health and safety every day. Members represent a cross-section of industry, private business, labor, government and academia. More information is available at www.aiha.org.