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ABIH’s Executive Director Announces Retirement Plans

The American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) administers the internationally recognized Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) program.


Since 1991, Lynn C. O’Donnell, CIH, has served as Executive Director for the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.  Earlier this month, she announced her plan to retire by June of next year.  “It has been an honor to serve ABIH, our Diplomates and the professional IH community,” stated Ms. O’Donnell. “ABIH is stronger today than ever before and I believe it’s poised for even greater things in future. It’s been my privilege to work with many colleagues over the years and I look forward to maintaining those friendships in this next chapter of my life.”
Ms. O’Donnell has provided exceptional, passionate leadership to the industrial hygiene profession throughout her 22 years as Executive Director.   “As a Certified Industrial Hygienist, I am extremely impressed by and grateful for Lynn’s continued enhancement of the CIH as a premier professional certification” said Mark Finn, ABIH Chair.   
Ms. O’Donnell served as a member of the ABIH Board of Directors from 1983-1989 and became the second Executive Director in 1991.  Lydia Renton, Past Board Chair noted, “Lynn has been the pillar of ABIH for many years. When CIHs think of ABIH, they think of Lynn. She is a role model for the integrity and gold standard accreditation that we know as the ‘CIH’.”  Ms. O’Donnell has worked tirelessly to champion both the industrial hygiene profession and the CIH.   Notably during her tenure, ABIH achieved ANSI/ISO and other accreditations, transitioned to a computer based examination that is offered internationally, streamlined application and certification maintenance processes, and increased the number of CIHs from under 3900 to 6700. 
Previously in her career, Ms. O’Donnell served as a Director on the American Industrial Hygiene Association Board and as a Councilor for the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene.  “She has served as a role model and informal mentor, particularly for women in our profession,” stated Nicole Greeson, ABIH Vice-Chair.  Among her many accomplishments, Ms. O’Donnell is an AIHA Fellow, and recipient of the ACGIH Bloomfield and AIHA Alice Hamilton awards.  Ms. O’Donnell may be retiring, but as ABIH Director David Roskelley, reports, “After more than 25 years of outstanding contributions to the success of ABIH, Lynn’s legacy of dedication and service to the profession will last for years to come.” 
A Board Executive Director Search Committee has been established to guide the selection of a new leader, allowing adequate time for a smooth transition.
To learn more about the American Board of Industrial Hygiene or the CIH program, please email , visit, or call (517) 321-2638.
About the American Board of Industrial Hygiene
Since 1960, ABIH, a not-for-profit corporation, has been the world’s largest, premier organization for certifying professionals in the practice of industrial hygiene. ABIH is responsible for ensuring high-quality certification including education, experience, examination, certification maintenance and ethics enforcement.  Currently, more than 6700 people are certified to use the CIH designation.


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