Industrial hygienists stick with the status quo
About 10,000 eligible voting members received ballots in July, nearly 4,000 voted, and nearly 60 percent of those were opposed to the name change. In an Internet forum devoted to fighting the name change, members said they were protesting the lack of discussion about the change and were concerned by the new name’s lack of recognition for the field of industrial hygiene. AIHA claimed the new name better reflected the conference’s content and the broadening responsibilities of industrial hygienists.
AIHA members have twice previously rejected new names for the association, with name-change efforts in 1991 and 1998 failing to get the two-thirds majority vote mandated by the group’s bylaws.