History

The Northern California Section of AIHA (AIHA-NCS) was conceived and created between June and August, 1947, as the result of dedicated efforts by a group of persons in the Occupational and Public Health sciences. A committee assembled to organize the first AIHA affiliate chapter in California, and included Dr. Herbert Abrams, Dr. Rodney Beard, Mr. Al Blackman, Dr. Christine Einert, Dr. Frances Holden, Mr. Fred Ingram, and Dr. Bernard Tebbens. At the first official meeting of AIHA-NCS, in November, 1948, Mr. Ingram was elected President, Dr. Abrams became the Past President and Mr. H.J. Horswill was elected Secretary-Treasurer.

In 1958, AIHA-NCS organized the local section's first educational meeting when it sponsored the "Symposium on Air Pollution." This event inspired an annual symposium held consecutively every year since 1973, featuring a varied theme each meeting. AIHA-NCS also created the Northern Industrial Hygiene Council which was the predecessor of the present day Industrial Hygiene Forum. AIHA-NCS spearheaded the accreditation of Certification for Industrial Hygienists during the years 1951-53.

In 1962, Dr. Christine Einert chaired the national subcommittee responsible for founding the AIHA Local Section's Council. This organization provides the annual forum for the exchange of information on AIHA section activities throughout the United States.

The history of an organization reflects the future. The Northern California Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association will continue as a viable medium for promoting occupational health and safety.

Complete List of Past Presidents