FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

This is a list of questions frequently asked of ACGIH®, provided for your convenience. If you wish to reach anyone at ACGIH, please contact us online here.

You may also reach us by phone (513-742-2020); mail (ACGIH, 3640 Park 42 Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45241).

FAQs are included on the following topics:

Committees

How do I join an ACGIH Committee?

Committee members are appointed by the Board of Directors. Any ACGIH member interested in volunteering for possible appointment to one of our committees, write to:

Chair, ACGIH
Headquarters Office
3640 Park 42 Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45241
Email: customerservice@acgih.org

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Educational Events

Can I register for an ACGIH educational event over the telephone?

You can register for any ACGIH educational event online for a list of all events; 2) by mail to ACGIH, Attn: Meetings, 3640 Park 42 Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45241; or 4) by calling an ACGIH Customer Service Representative at 513-742-2020. (Please have your credit card handy when calling.)

As a member of ACGIH, do I receive discounts on registration fees to attend ACGIH educational events?

Yes. ACGIH members receive discounts on registration fees for ACGIH educational events. Please check the website for registration fee information and to register for an event. (See Events for a list of all events.)

Will I receive a receipt and/or confirmation of payment regarding registration fees I’ve paid?

Registration confirmations are emailed after the registration is received at ACGIH Headquarters and the payment is processed. Please allow 10-14 business days to receive your confirmation before contacting ACGIH as to whether the registration was received. If you paid with a credit card, a copy of the credit card receipt will be available at the event. If paying by check, you must request to receive a receipt on your registration form or contact ACGIH at 513-742-2020 or submit your request here.

Can I earn certification maintenance (CM) and recertification points for attending an ACGIH educational event?

Yes. Typically, ACGIH educational events may be eligible for ABIH CM credit. See the ABIH website (www.abih.org) for CM credit criteria. ACGIH educational events may also be eligible for BCSP recertification points for Certified Safety Professionals. Please check the website to find the number of points awarded for a particular event. (Click here for list of all events.)

What time does a particular conference/course begin?

Conference schedules are listed on the ACGIH events website. Please check the website for the most up-to-date schedule (click here for list of all events.) If you have any questions you may contact ACGIH at 513-742-2020 or submit your questions here.

Where can I get information regarding AIHce EXP?

Any questions regarding the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce) can be found at www.aiha.org, the website of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).

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Financial Questions

Does ACGIH require 1099s?

No. Since ACGIH is a not-for-profit, 501c(3) corporation, chartered in the state of Ohio, it is not necessary to issue ACGIH a 1099. Our Federal ID# is: 31-1142148.

What is ACGIH‘s SIC code?

The SIC code for ACGIH is 8621.

Are my membership dues tax-deductible?

Dues to ACGIH may be deductible to members for US federal income tax purposes as ordinary business expense. Dues are not deductible as charitable contributions. Your allowable income tax deduction is not reduced by any lobbying expense. ACGIH does not engage in lobbying. Please consult your tax advisor for individual assistance in specific member situations. From your dues, $22 is allocated to your online member subscription to the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH) and may not be deducted from your dues payment.

Why does ACGIH require my Card Security Code (CSC) to make a credit card transaction?

The CSC appears only on the card itself (not on receipts or statements). This provides some assurance that the physical card is in possession of the buyer, and therefore, helps to prevent unauthorized or fraudulent use.

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General Questions About the Profession

How do I obtain a professional certification?

ACGIH is not a certifying body. The designation of “Certified Industrial Hygienist” (CIH) is granted by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH). ABIH issues to qualified persons who pass its certification examinations (and continue to meet continuing education requirements), certificates acknowledging their competence in industrial hygiene or aspects thereof. For more information, visit them at http://www.abih.org.

Similarly, the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) awards the designation of Certified Safety Professional (CSP) to individuals who meet the standards for a safety professional established by BCSP and who continue to meet annual renewal and recertification requirements. For more information, visit them at http://www.bcsp.org.

ACGIH does offer opportunities to earn continuing education credit for the aforementioned certifications, however, through many of our conferences, courses, and symposia (see Events), and the “Action Level”® continuing education column of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH).

Does ACGIH offer lab accreditation?

No. Laboratory accreditation is offered by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). Visit them at http://www.aihaaccreditedlabs.org/Pages/default.aspx.

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Membership

I want to join ACGIH, but I work in private industry. Am I eligible for membership in ACGIH?

Yes! Although membership in ACGIH had once been restricted to professionals employed by a governmental agency or an educational institution, that is no longer the case. Our members can be found across the country and across town. They represent government, academia, labor, and private industry.

ACGIH has one category of membership – Voting Members. Voting Members can be broken down into the following groups:

  • Voting Members: A professional who currently spends greater than 50% of his or her employment in the field of Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety.
  • Retired Voting Members: A professional who has retired from employment that involved greater than 50% of his or her time in the field of Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety and who is employed less than 25% of full-time.
  • Student Voting Members: A full-time student officially matriculated in an undergraduate or graduate program in environmental health, occupational health and safety or a related discipline.

The benefits package we offer the occupational health and safety professional provides them with the tools necessary to sustain a thriving industry.

To learn more about ACGIH membership and its benefits, visit our membership page.

What are the benefits of membership in ACGIH?

Membership in ACGIH is an important asset to any occupational safety and health professional’s career. Members receive a wide variety of outstanding benefits, including discounts on publications, and continuing education opportunities, just to name a few.  Click here to find out more!

Does ACGIH offer a method of support for Organizations?

Yes. ACGIH offers valuable benefits to organizations in occupational safety and health. Learn more about Organizational Support.

If I am a new member when can I expect to be able to access the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH)?

JOEH is primarily an online journal. As such, you will be able to access the journal 24 hours after your membership payment has been received and processed by ACGIH. You can opt to receive the printed version of JOEH for an additional cost. If you receive the printed version, you will receive your first issue approximately one month after your membership payment has been received and processed by ACGIH. Also, as an ACGIH member, you will be able to access all back issues of JOEH as well as the Applied archives.

How do  I access my Free Download?

As an exclusive benefit of membership, ACGIH members receive ten FREE Documentation downloads per year.  In order to access your Free download, you must be logged into the members only area of the website.  You will need your username and password.  If you have forgotten your username and password, finding it is easy.  Simply point your browser to http://www.acgih.org/forms/UserFormPublic/lostPassword and type your username or email address or your first/last name and then press Submit. If attempting to match on names, both first and last name are required. If we can identify your record, we will send additional instructions to the email address on file in our database.

Downloadable documents are available only in PDF format and require you to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed to view your download. If you do not already have Acrobat Reader, you may download it free from Adobe’s website at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html

Can members access JOEH on the ACGIH website?

Yes. The ACGIH website contains a “MEMBERS ONLY” link on the main page for the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene that will link members to JOEH on Taylor and Francis’s website. If you encounter any problems, send an email to Taylor and Francis’s help line at iproduction@taylorandfrancis.com.

What about my TLVs and BEIs Book?

Since membership dues include one annual copy of the TLVs and BEIs book, you can expect to receive your copy within weeks 4-6 weeks of your approved membership application. The TLVs and BEIs book is also available online — an exclusive benefit for members.

How do I submit address or status changes for my membership?

A link to update your personal information is located here. You may also send your request by e-mail to customerservice@acgih.org, or by phone (513-742-2020).

Can I purchase your mailing lists?

Out of respect for its members and customers, ACGIH does not sell its mailing list.

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Publication Orders / Customer Service

Pricing –

NOTE: Prices are subject to change without notice.

What are ACGIH’s Normal Business Hours?

ACGIH’s normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The ACGIH Online Publications Store (www.acgih.org/Store) is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. (Note: Rush orders placed in the Online Publications Store can only be processed during ACGIH’s normal business hours.)

What are ACGIH Signature Publications?

Our Signature Publications represent the very best ACGIH has to offer with over 20 titles on a variety of subjects.

Written by professionals for professionals, our Signature Publications are prepared using the highest scientific principles and practices, and with the health and safety of workers worldwide in mind.

Most of this collection of publications has been authored and edited by ACGIH technical committee members who are actively involved in the advancement of industrial hygiene and are committed to worker health and safety.

By purchasing these publications, you are also directly supporting ACGIH. The funds generated from the Signature Publications are used to enhance our efforts to provide quality services for the industrial hygiene community at large and advance the cause of worker health and safety.

How can I find publications offered by ACGIH on this website?

ACGIH offers 400+ publications on a range of industrial hygiene and occupational safety and health topics. You can search for a specific topic or title in the ACGIH Online Publications Store (www.acgih.org/Store) by entering the required information in the Search Engine window. If I place an order, how long will it take to receive it?

All U.S. and Canadian orders will be shipped via UPS ground service where available, unless you specify otherwise when placing the order. The street address must be included with your order. UPS does not deliver to a post office box. Overnight shipping services are available at additional cost. Delivery time is usually 7-10 business days after the order is placed. Some of our publications are not stocked in our warehouse and are shipped directly from the vendor; please allow extra time for them to be received at your location.

Shipping Terms

DOMESTIC

All orders ship via UPS Ground. USPS services will only be used for Military (APO, FPO, etc.) addresses. PO Boxes cannot be accepted as ship to addresses. Shipping rates are determined as follows:

Order totals up to $117.73 – $12.95
Order totals $117.74 to $545.45 – 11% of the order total
Order total $545.46 and higher – $60.00

CANADA

All orders ship via UPS Standard. PO Boxes cannot be accepted as ship to addresses. Shipping rates are determined as follows:

Order totals up to $99.80 – $24.95
Order totals $99.81 to $240.00 – 25% of the order total
Order total $240.01 and higher – $60.00

EXPORT (Outside U.S. & Canada)

All orders ship the most economical method via UPS or USPS. Shipping rates are determined as follows:

Order totals up to $99.90 – $49.95
Order totals $99.91 to $400.00 – 50% of the order total
Order total $400.01 and higher – $200.00

Shipping Rules:

  • Only shipping services listed are available.
  • Delivery time is usually 7-10 business days after the order is placed. Some of our publications are not stocked in our warehouse and are shipped directly from the vendor. Please allow extra time for those publications to be received at your location.
  • No PO Box addresses can be accepted unless military (APO, FPO, etc.).
  • Customers are responsible for any duties, customs, or import fees imposed by shipping carriers.
  • Orders refused or unclaimed that are returned to ACGIH are subject to additional shipping fees to re-ship the order.
  • Rush service is available for all shipments for an additional fee of $20.00 (this fee is already calculated into the total shipping provided that you select a shipping option that indicates rush service) for each order. Rush service guarantees that your purchase is shipped within one business day of receiving the order. The order must be received by 2 pm ET during our normal business hours of 8:30 am to 5:00 pm ET – Monday – Friday. Orders received after 2 pm ET will be processed on the next business day.
  • ACGIH is not responsible for non-receipt of orders shipped by USPS. Customers are responsible for replacement order including shipping fees.
  • Third party shipping is available with valid shipper account number and a handling charge of $10.00 per order.
  • Members get free shipping via UPS only. If UPS does not service your area, the most economical shipping method will be used.
  • Members who reside outside of the United States get free shipping, but are subject to expedite fees of 20% for Canadian and 45% for Foreign of the discounted order total. USPS service is not available to members except in cases where UPS does not deliver.

What is your return policy on orders?

Publications are eligible for return within 30 days of delivery date. Publications returned for credit or refund to ACGIH must be returned via insured carrier, and received in saleable condition. Proof of delivery date must accompany the return. Items that are returned more than 30 days after delivery, or are in unsaleable condition will be charged a restocking fee at the discretion of ACGIH. Returns will not be accepted after 60 days from the delivery date. ACGIH cannot exchange publications unless they are defective or damaged.

All claims regarding damaged merchandise must be submitted to ACGIH within 7 days from the date of receiving shipment. Claims for damaged items received after this are not eligible for return or refund.

Do you offer any type of discounts on publications?

Volume discounts are available on certain items, and are listed in the catalog. Contact ACGIH Customer Service for pricing information on these items by phone: 513-742-2020, fax: 513-742-3355, or online.

In addition, ACGIH members receive a 20% discount on items listed as ACGIH Signature Publications (i.e., items for which ACGIH is the publisher). When the aforementioned volume purchases apply, ACGIH members may take the 20% off the already-discounted volume price. ACGIH members also receive FREE shipping on purchases.

How do  I access my Free Download?

As an exclusive benefit of membership, ACGIH members receive ten FREE Documentation downloads per year. In order to access your Free download, you must be logged into the members only area of the website.  You will need your username and password.  If you have forgotten your username and password, finding it is easy.  Simply point your browser to http://www.acgih.org/forms/UserFormPublic/lostPassword and type your username or email address or your first/last name and then press Submit. If attempting to match on names, both first and last name are required. If we can identify your record, we will send additional instructions to the email address on file in our database.

Downloadable documents are available only in PDF format and require you to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed to view your download. If you do not already have Acrobat Reader, you may download it free from Adobe’s website at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html

Can I go back another time to download a document from a past order without having to go through the ordering process again?

You have 30 days from the time of your order to go back and download your document. To do this, login to the ACGIH website and go to “My Profile”, scroll down and click on “My Downloads”. This will again open your document in Adobe Acrobat Reader.

I didn’t use my five free downloads last year. Can I carry them over?

No. A member’s five free downloads must be used during his or her membership year. Any downloads not used are lost.

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Technical Questions

Copies of all TLV and BEI Documentation are available online at http://www.acgih.org/store, or you can fax your request to 513-742-3355 or submit your request online.

Questions that are scientific or technical in nature must be submitted in writing (as specific and detailed as possible, please) to the Science and Education Group here, or by fax: 513-742-3355, or mail ACGIH, Attn: Science Group, 3640 Park 42 Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45241. Please allow 10-14 business days for a response.

What is the basis for the TLV or BEI for (fill in the name of the chemical or physical agent)?

Every TLV or BEI is developed and based on the available, relevant, scientific data for that agent. These data are presented and discussed in the Documentation for that chemical substance or physical agent. All ACGIH Documentation are available online at http://www.acgih.org/store.

When will the latest Documentation be available for a new TLV or BEI?

TLV/BEI Notice of Intended Changes (NIC): When the full Committee accepts the draft Documentation and its proposed TLV or BEI, the Documentation and proposed values are then recommended to the ACGIH Board of Directors for ratification as an NIC. If ratified, each proposed TLV or BEI is published as an NIC. The proposed TLV or BEI is considered a trial limit by ACGIH for approximately one year following the NIC ratification by the ACGIH Board of Directors. During this period, interested parties, as well as ACGIH members, are invited to provide data and substantive comments, preferably in the form of peer-reviewed literature, on the proposed TLVs or BEIs contained in the NIC.

TLV/BEI and Adopted Documentation: If the Committee neither finds not receives any substantive data that change its scientific opinion regarding an NIC TLV or BEI, the Committee may then approve its recommendation to the ACGIH Board of Directors for adoption. Once approved by the Committee and subsequently ratified by the Board, the TLV or BEI and supporting Documentation are finalized for formal publication.

Availability of Above Information: Actions are announced by February 1 of each year in the Annual Reports of Committees on TLVs® and BEIs®, and later in the annual TLVs and BEIs book. At the same time, the draft Documentation for an NIC is made available. The final Documentation for an adopted substance is available later in the first quarter. These items are available through Customer Service or our online Publications store.

A complete overview of the TLV/BEI Development Process is posted on the ACGIH website.

Why do the Chemical Substance TLVs change periodically?

TLVs for chemical substances may be changed by ACGIH as a result of the evaluation of newly available data or re-evaluation of existing data. Justification for these changes is presented in the TLV Documentation for the chemical in question.

What is meant by a soluble versus insoluble chemical substance?

In theory, use of the term solubility in the TLVs for metals refers to its solubility in biological fluids, especially in the lung. However, water solubility often is used as a surrogate for this. For more detailed information please see the TLV Documentation for the specific substance of interest and the “Q&A Column” in the December, 1995 issue of ACGIH Today!.

I am finding some acronyms and abbreviations that are not familiar to me. Is there a list available?

Yes. See the ACGIH list of abbreviations and acronyms, along with their descriptions. The inside back cover of the annual TLVs and BEIs book also lists acronyms and abbreviations.

General Questions

How do I set up a profile?

Click here or click on the “Login” link at the top of the webpage, then click the “Create Profile” link within the text on its landing page. There, you will be able to create an account, including create/change your username and password.