Steven E. Lacey, PhD, CIH, CSP, associate professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Health Science, was elected to AIHA’s presidential role, a four year term which will see Dr. Lacey step through the positions of Vice President, President Elect, President, and finally Past President. An AIHA member since 2003, this position is on the heels of six years of service to the national board, first as a Director (2008-2011) and currently as Treasurer (2011-2014).
Industrial hygienists anticipate workplace health and safety hazards and design solutions to prevent them. Founded in 1939, AIHA is one of the largest international associations serving occupational and environmental health and safety professionals practicing industrial hygiene, and is a resource for those in government, large corporations, small businesses, and consultants. AIHA is a nonprofit organization devoted to achieving and maintaining the highest professional standards for its 10,000 members, and administers comprehensive continuing education and laboratory accreditation programs.
Each year in the US nearly 5,000 people die from workplace traumatic injuries, and an estimated 50,000 die from work-related diseases. Workplace injury and illness costs the US economy approximately $50 billion every year. Dr. Lacey envisions his position as president of AIHA as an opportunity to build relationships that can be leveraged to bolster teaching, research and service in worker health protection at the Fairbanks School of Public Health and across the Indianapolis campus.