A vote to change the name of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) failed to gain the two-thirds majority vote required to pass. Members of the association were asked to change the name of the organization to the Occupational Health, Safety and Environment Association.
The vote came about because there has been a growing concern among some members that the AIHA name did not reflect the expanding nature of their duties or education.
AIHA President James C. Rock, Ph.D., said, "Our members voted to retain the proud name that has served us well for nearly 60 years. ... [They] have sent a strong message to our board: continue to provide unsurpassed member services for industrial hygiene and add services in the areas of safety and the environment."