Press Release

ACGIH® Members Vote to Amend Bylaws Creating Single Category of Membership



Cincinnati, Ohio — December 3, 2012 — ACGIH® announced today that its Members approved an amendment to the organization's Bylaws. An overwhelming 94% of eligible voting members voted to approve the amendment. The amended bylaws will take effect January 1, 2013.

ACGIH® is recognized around the world as a leader in developing occupational exposure guidelines, and is best known for its TLVs® and BEIs®. In an effort to ensure its continued success, the ACGIH® Board of Directors asked eligible voting members to vote in favor of amending its existing bylaws. ACGIH® has been faced with ongoing challenges, and in looking to the future, the Board saw these revised bylaws as a major step to meet the challenges head on, and to strengthen the organization's membership and leadership.

The amendment creates one (1) category of membership – a voting member – who must be employed at least 50% of his or her time in occupational or environmental health and safety. Under the former bylaws, there were two (2) categories of membership – regular and associate – that were defined based on professional affiliation. Under the former bylaws, only regular members were eligible to vote on bylaws amendments, serve as officers on the Board, chair committees and serve on the Nominating Committee. The amendment removes all of these restrictions.

The amendment also makes changes to Board and Nominating Committee composition. Under the former bylaws there were eight (8) Board members made up of seven (7) regular members and one (1) associate member. The new bylaws provide for a Board with greater diversity consisting of nine (9) Board members, six (6) of whom are voting members employed by academic or government institutions and three (3) of whom are voting members employed by labor or industry. Likewise, the former bylaws provided for a Nominating Committee made up of one (1) appointed and four (4) elected individuals, all of whom must be regular members. Under the new bylaws, the Nominating Committee will also have greater diversity.

The amendment also makes changes to Board leadership. While voting members will still elect the nine (9) members of the Board, they will not choose the Vice Chair-Elect and Secretary-Treasurer-Elect. In the new bylaws, all Directors, regardless of professional affiliation, are eligible to serve as Chair or Treasurer after one year of experience on the Board. Each year the Board of Directors will select a Chair and Treasurer, each of whom may serve no more than two (2) consecutive years. The Secretary position will be held by the Executive Director. As stated above, the amended bylaws will take effect January 1, 2013, although there will be a transition period for these changes to allow current officers to serve the full term the membership elected them to serve.

Finally, the amendment defines a scientific committee. Because scientific products and services will be the primary focus of the new ACGIH®, a new section was added that defines a scientific committee as one that develops scientific products and services for the organization. Members of a scientific committee do not have to be voting members of ACGIH®, however the leadership positions (Chair and Vice Chair) must be voting members.

ACGIH® Board Chair Bill McArthur stated, "I am pleased to say that the hard work of the Board was evident by the approval of over 94% of the voting members to amend the bylaws. This could not have been done without their support and the hard work of each and every Board member – current as well as former members – who have been working on this for some time."

ACGIH® is a member-based organization that advances occupational and environmental health. ACGIH® is one of the industry's leading publications resources, with approximately 400 titles relative to occupational and environmental health and safety, including the renowned TLVs® and BEIs®. For more information, visit the ACGIH® website at or call our Customer Service Representatives at 513-742-2020.


Amy B. Bloomhuff, Esq., CAE
Associate Executive Director