The American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH), the organization that provides certification for professionals in the practice of industrial hygiene, has named Jeffrey Miller, Ph.D., as its new chairman.
ABIH is the credentialing body responsible for ensuring high-quality certification including education, experience, examination, certification maintenance and ethics enforcement. Currently, more than 6,900 people in 32 countries are certified to use the CIH credential.
Miller is a senior scientist at Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). He joined ORAU in March 2012, where he is a subject matter expert in the measurement and evaluation of safety culture in nuclear, research and environmental clean-up organizations. He has conducted comprehensive safety culture evaluations for Department of Energy contractor organizations ranging in size from 500 to 7,000 people. He developed and validated a safety culture evaluation survey instrument that has been completed by more than 25,000 people in the DOE enterprise.
Over the course of his career, he has developed and administered more than 100 health-related surveys to populations as large as 30,000 people. Miller also is a subject matter expert in occupational exposure assessment. He has developed methods for prospective and retrospective assessment of exposures to chemical, physical and biological hazards in manufacturing and research populations.
When asked what he plans to accomplish as the new ABIH chair, Miller said, “We have several important initiatives underway that are critical for the protection of the public. Examples include developing the pipeline of young occupational, environmental, health and safety professionals and international outreach to developing nations.”
Miller holds a doctorate degree in public health from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a master’s degree in public health from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from Western Illinois University. He also is a Certified Safety Professional and is an active member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, American Society of Safety Engineers and the Energy Facilities Contractors Group Safety Culture Committee.