The Importance of the Business Case in Demonstrating the Value of the IH Profession

Wednesday, May 25 | 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM


IH Business Case Development, Management

Arranger: G. Popov, UCM, Overland Park, KS. Moderator: E. Biddle, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. Monitors: J. Zey, S. Hicks, UCM, Warrensburg, MO.

A well-developed Business Case links environmental, health and safety (EHS) investments in protecting workers to Business Value. A Business Case, especially one grounded in the AIHA Value Strategy assists in establishing that occupational safety and health activities are more than an expense but can indeed have a positive return on the investment. Perhaps even more important, a Business Case demonstrates that EHS professionals are integral partners in the organization and essential contributors to the bottom line. This roundtable uses real-life cases to demonstrate how an IH can benefit from developing a Business Case.

Using a Business Case to Determine Program Direction—Strategic Planning S. Jahn, Jahn Industrial Hygiene, LLC, Aiken, SC.

Using a Business Case to Select Among Competing Solutions—Government Regulations J. Onash, Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI), Lowell, MA.

Using Partnerships to Build a Better Business Case—Team Building S. Gutmann, S. H. Gutmann Consulting, LLC, White Bear Lake, MN.

Using the Business Case for Prevention through Design (PtD) InterventionsUniversal Solution TJ Lyons, Gilbane, Inc., Warwick, NY .

Using the Business Case for Prevention through Design (PtD) InterventionsGlobal Perspective G. Araque, CRP, Bogota, Colombia.