Industrial Hygiene
IH Competencies 

What are the Army IH Competencies?

Competencies represent requirements or skill-sets for this specified career program, series, and levels. 

The IH career program, as well as positions of leadership and management within the series, require specific levels of competency in job performance. 

Generally, competencies may be acquired through many sources, such as on-the-job training, Army Institute of Public Health courses, AMEDD Center and School courses, correspondence courses, collaborative distance learning, prior training or education, or self-development activities.  

After careful review of IH core competencies set for other organizations including AIHA and ABIH, Army IH competencies were aligned with core competencies established by the accrediting organization and the existing educational and practice requirements set by ABIH.

With core competencies established and the existing educational and practice requirements that are set by ABIH, the standard of practice is set for the early career professional. 

Thereafter, there is little concrete guidance for IH professionals as they advance in their career, so consideration was given to ABIH's newest efforts for the global practice of industrial hygiene.

ABIH has initiated a collaborative effort to develop an internationally recognized practice of credentialing for intermediate IH practice.

The goals will be to foster a global community of practitioners at all levels and to develop a common platform for the credentialing of IH staff members that achieves international acceptance and recognition. 

ABIH has been evaluating the benefits of establishing a program to recognize training programs that meet defined standards of excellence.

A goal of the program would be to encourage the building of industrial hygiene capacity throughout the world by promoting quality learning and skill development.

Currently, Army IHs are required to demonstrate a minimum level of knowledge in the following competencies: 

  • Air Sampling & InstrumentationSampling pumps
  • Analytical Chemistry & Methods
  • Basic Science & Math
  • Biohazards
  • Biostatistics & Epidemiology
  • Community Exposure
  • Engineering Controls/Ventilation
  • Ergonomics
  • Health Risk Analysis & Hazard Communication
  • IH Program Management
  • Noise & Hearing Loss Prevention
  • Non-Engineering Controls
  • Ionizing Radiation/Non-ionizing Radiation
  • Thermal Stressors
  • Toxicology
  • Work Environments & Industrial Processes
  • Communication skills/Technical Writing
  • Standards, Regulations & Committees

You will find the Army IH competencies will align with these rubrics and the courses indicated in the ACTEDs support these competencies.

Aligning the Army IH strategy with the AIHA/ABIH strategy will provide integrity and well trained professionals in the 690 and 640 series.