• ASHRAE president, Ginger Scoggins.
    ASHRAE president, Ginger Scoggins.

ASHRAE and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement to create healthier indoor environments.

The agreement defines parameters by which ASHRAE and AIHA will work cooperatively on common public affairs goals and the coordination of technical activities and emerging research to accelerate the transformation to a more sustainable built environment.

ASHRAE president, Ginger Scoggins, said both organisations will leverage their expertise to develop comprehensive strategies and solutions for ensuring safer, healthier indoor environments.

“This collaboration will draw upon ASHRAE’s deep understanding of building systems and standards and AIHA’s broad knowledge of industrial hygiene and occupational health to address the complexities of indoor air quality,” she said.

“Together, we will work towards establishing indoor spaces that benefit occupants across various settings and enhance the overall well-being and productivity of individuals worldwide.”

AIHA president, Dina Siegel, said the collaboration will advance IAQ and benefit public and worker health.

“Our associations will advocate on local, national, and international levels—amplifying the reach of our indoor air quality policies, standards, communications, and technical publications. The combination of AIHA and ASHRAE expertise is an invaluable step towards improving worker safety,” Siegel said.

The MOU includes the Joint promotion of codes and standards, support during the development and passage of state and federal legislation, new guidance documents to help interpret relevant ASHRAE standards vis-a-vis industrial hygiene/OEHS practice as well as new course and training programs.