The burden of occupational disease on current and past workers in Australia is immense. Although not well defined, it is thought that deaths from occupational diseases are many times higher than those of workplace fatalities with similar ratios applying to serious illness compared to injuries. This blight on our society is largely hidden due to small numbers of active workplace cases and long latency times for illness (1).
The AIOH Foundation has been established to promote the principles of occupational hygiene in the prevention and control of occupational diseases in Australian workplaces.
Part of the rationale for our establishment by the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH) is that the understanding critical principles of occupational hygiene, namely anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of environmental workplace hazards is not well understood in many industries.
Widespread application of occupational hygiene principles will result in great advances in the prevention and control of workplace diseases in Australia.
We also recognise that we are part of the wider occupational health community including occupational physicians, ergonomists, toxicologists, safety engineers, safety professionals and health physicists. Building on our collaborations will be critical to reducing occupational diseases.
- We were established by the AIOH on the 23rd August 2016 as a separate entity. visit AIOH
- We are an independent Australian Public Company, Limited By Guarantee (ACN: 614 388 340).
- We are a Health Promotion Charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
- We are endorsed by the ATO as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and entitled to receive gifts which are deductible from donor's income tax.
- We use all donations to fund projects and activities that clearly demonstrate will help in the prevention and control of occupational diseases.
- Our activities also include providing grants to external entities to conduct projects that demonstrate an alignment to our purpose and a benefit to the public.
- The AIOH and its members are currently the only member of the Foundation.
- We are governed by a Board of Directors and subject to regulations that control the operation of not for profit charities in Australia in accordance with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission Act 2012.
- Board members offer their time and experience probono and receive no remuneration.
- We aim to minimise administration costs. The AIOH has committed to providing practical administrative support for our operations. We acknowledge and thank the AIOH for its generous support.
- We measure success by the advances that we can contribute to the elimination of workplace illnesses.
Our sincere thanks to previous serving Board Members: Charles Steer, Melanie Windust, Ryk Ecksteen, Caroline Langley, Andrew Bennett and Philip Hibbs.