BYLAWS of the
SAFETY AND HEALTH DIVISION of the
AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERS
[Approved February 25, 1978. Amended January, 2001]
Article I - Name and Objectives
Section 1. The name of this organization shall be the
Safety and Health of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Section 2. The scope of this Division shall be the broad
field of the relation of chemical engineering to the safety and health
of persons and to the protection of property.
Section 3. The objectives of the Division shall be:
a. To further the application of chemical engineering
to the broad field of safety and health and to further the application
of the field of safety and health to chemical engineering.
b. To recommend to the Council of AIChE positions or
policies relating to safety and health.
c. To provide and to collaborate in suitable programs
on safety and health topics of current interest, in cooperation with
the National Program Committee.
d. To provide a communication medium for chemical engineers
and other individuals to exchange non-confidential information concerning
all facets of safety and health.
e. To promote the publication of papers in the field
that are of interest to chemical engineers.
f. To coordinate the Institute’s activities with
other societies active in the broad field of the safety and health
of persons and the protection of property.
g. To act as a source of information for chemical engineers
who are not actively engaged in the safety and health field and to
alert them to the importance of a concern for safety and health, including
protection of property; to the need for a consideration of safety
and health in the design and operation of process plants; and to the
opportunities in research and in the design of equipment and processes
to solve safety and health problems.
h. To address the problems of safety and health and
of the protection of property in the manufacture, processing, distribution,
and use of chemicals.
i. To encourage chemical engineering educators to place
suitable emphasis on the field of safety and health of persons and
the protection of property.
Section 4. The Division shall be under the supervision
and control of the Council of AIChE. Divisional programming activities
shall be carried out in cooperation with the National Program Committee
of AIChE. The Division shall not have the authority to act for or
in the name of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers or to
incur any financial obligations in the name of AIChE.
Article II - Membership
Section 1. Members of the Division shall be members
of AIChE who have paid the annual Division dues. (See Article VI,
Section 1.) Non-members of AIChE may join the Division for one year
with the approval of the Executive Committee of the Division. By the
end of the year, they must have been accepted for some grade of membership
in AIChE in order to continue as members of the Division.
Article III - Organization
Section 1. The activities of the Division shall be directed
by an Executive Committee of twelve or more members consisting of
the current four officers, the immediate past Chair, six persons elected
as Directors from the membership of the Division, and a liaison representative
appointed by the Council of AIChE and serving as an ex-officio member
with voting privileges. More members may be added only in accordance
with Section 7 of this Article.
Section 2. The officers of the Division shall be a Chair,
a First Vice-Chair, a Second Vice-Chair, and a Secretary-Treasurer,
all of whom shall hold membership in the Division and shall be Fellows,
members, or Associate Members of AIChE. The term of office in each
case shall be one year. Nominations for the offices shall come from
the Nominating Committee (See Article V, Section 3.) The Chair of
the Division shall not be eligible for reelection to a Division office.
The First Vice-Chair is normally the sole nominee for the office of
Chair. The Second Vice-Chair is normally the sole nominee for the
office of First Vice-Chair. Any member may be nominated as Second
Vice-Chair. The Secretary-Treasurer may be reelected.
Section 3. Directors of the Executive Committee shall
be elected for a term of three years each, two to be elected each
year. A person who has served as a Director is eligible for election
as an officer, but is not eligible for service as a Director within
a period of five years after serving as Director.
Section 4. The First Vice-Chair shall perform the duties
of the Chair in the latter’s absence or inability to serve.
In the event of a vacancy in the office of the Chair, the First Vice-Chair
shall serve as the chief executive officer of the Division until the
next annual election. If a vacancy occurs in any other position on
the Executive Committee, the Executive Committee shall appoint a replacement
from the Committee, if the vacancy is an officer, or from the membership,
if the vacancy is a director, to fill the unexpired term.
Section 5. The First and Second Vice Chairs shall be
responsible for the programming activities of the Division. The First
Vice-Chair shall be responsible for programs which are presented during
the year in which he or she folds office. The Second Vice-Chair shall
be responsible for initiating programs which are to be presented the
Section 6. The Secretary-Treasurer shall:
a. Keep the records of the proceedings of the Division.
b. Handle the general correspondence of the Division
and shall, at the direction of the Chair, issue notices of all meetings.
c. Handle and record the collection and disbursement
of funds, as authorized by the Executive Committee of the Division.
d. Prepare a proposed budget for the upcoming year.
e. Prepare and mail ballots.
f. Submit, at the end of each year, a financial report
to the Executive Committee and to the Secretary of the AIChE.
Section 7. The Division may be divided into Sections
by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Committee, subject to approval
of the Council of AIChE. Addition of new Sections will each add one
new member (the new Section’s Chair) to the Executive Committee.
Section 8. Such committees as may be required shall
be appointed by the Chair, with the approval of the Executive Committee.
The services of any such committee or its members may be terminated
at any time by the Chair, with the approval of the Executive Committee.
Section 9. Committees which are appointed to prepare
for specific meetings or other events shall continue to perform their
functions, if satisfactorily handled, until the meetings or events
designated have actually occurred. The term of service of such committees
may, therefore, continue after the retirement of the Division Chair
who made the original appointments.
Article IV - Meetings
Section 1. There shall be at least one meeting of the
Division called each year, held during a National or Annual Meeting
of the Institute.
Section 2. The Secretary-Treasurer shall send members
a notice of all meetings of the Division at least three weeks in advance
of such meetings.
Section 3. A quorum for meetings of the Division shall
consist of five percent of the membership. Except where otherwise
stated in these Bylaws, all actions at the meeting of the Division
shall be decided by a majority of those voting.
Section 4. The order of business for meetings of the
Division shall be determined by the presiding officer (See Article
IV, Section 7) and shall include the reading of the Minutes of the
previous meeting, reports of committees, and new business.
Section 5. The Executive Committee shall meet at least
once, and preferably two to four times, each calendar year. Meetings
may be called by the Chair or by request of four members of the Executive
Committee at such places and times as are advisable. Meetings may
be held by physical attendance, teleconference, videoconference, or
other suitable means of electronic communication. Executive Committee
members shall be notified of all meetings at least three (3) weeks
in advance. Voting, including election of officers, may be cast either
in person, by mail, or by other suitable means of electronic communication.
Section 6. A majority of the members of the Executive
Committee shall constitute a quorum. Except where otherwise stated
in these Bylaws, all actions of the Executive Committee shall be by
majority vote. If a tie vote results, the decision shall take the
course voted by the presiding officer.
Section 7. The Chair of the Division shall preside at
all meetings of the Division and of the Executive Committee. In his
absence, the First Vice-Chair, the Second Vice-Chair, or the Secretary-Treasurer,
in that order, shall preside.
Section 8. Any member of the Executive Committee who
fails to attend two consecutive meetings of the Committee shall be
considered to have tendered his resignation from the Committee. However,
such a resignation shall be effective only upon acceptance by the
Executive Committee, which shall have taken into account any extenuating
Article V - Elections
Section 1. The Chair, First Vice-Chair, Second Vice
Chair, Secretary-Treasurer, and two Directors shall be elected annually
by ballot sent to the members of the Division on or about October
1. Election shall be by a majority of those voting. Balloting shall
be by such means deemed acceptable by AIChE and the Division, including
use of electronic means as authorized by the Chemical Engineering
Technology Operating Council. Receipt and tabulation of the votes
shall be done by the Member Activities Office of AIChE. In those cases
where a letter ballot is requested by a member of the Division, the
ballot shall include notice of the date by which it must be received
in order to be counted and that date shall be no earlier than four
weeks after the mailing of the ballot. Ballots received after this
date shall not be counted. The count shall be certified to the Executive
Committee in writing by the Member Activities Office.
Section 2. Delinquent members shall not be eligible
to vote or to hold office. (See Article VII, Section 1.)
Section 3. A Nominating Committee shall be formed in
April of each year, with the immediate Past Chair of the Division
as its Chair, who shall select two additional Division members who
are not currently serving in an elected capacity to serve as his or
her Committee. This Committee shall formulate a slate of candidates
for presentation to the members; this slate shall include one candidate
each for the offices of Chair and First Vice-Chair, who shall normally
be the past year’s First Vice-Chair and Second Vice-Chair, respectively;
one or more candidates for Secretary-Treasurer; and two or more candidates
for each of the other offices and directorships. If the past year’s
First Vice-Chair and/or Second Vice-Chair were appointed to fill an
unexpired term, then an additional candidate may be named for the
successive office(s) for which each would otherwise be the sole nominee.
If the past year’s First Vice-Chair and/or Second Vice-Chair
cannot stand for election, then two or more candidates for the successive
office(s) thus left vacant will be named. Nominations may also be
made for any office or directorship by petition of the membership,
if at least twenty Division members in good standing sign a petition
and submit it to the Secretary-Treasurer by September 1.
Section 4. No member shall be eligible for election
to more than one office at one time.
Section 5. The newly-elected officers shall take office
on January 1 of each year.
Article VI - Dues and Finances
Section 1. Annual dues shall be determined by the Executive
Committee in accordance with policies of Council. They shall be payable
in advance by January 1 to the Secretary-Treasurer of the Division.
Those members who continue to be in delinquent on the following January
1 shall be dropped from the rolls of the Division.
Section 2. The dues shall be changed in amount only
be the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the total members of the
Executive Committee. This vote may be taken at a regular meeting or
Section 3. The Executive Committee shall make all other
regulations regarding payment of dues and shall provide for an annual
audit of the Division’s financial accounts.
Section 4. The Executive Committee shall review at their
last meeting of the year the budget submitted for the upcoming year
by the Secretary-Treasurer. This budget shall be subject to revision
at the first meeting after the new officers take office. The officers
of the Division may make expenditures within the provisions of the
approved budget. Additional amounts shall be spent only after specific
approval by the Executive Committee.
Article VII - General Provisions
Section 1. The decision of the Executive Committee shall
be final on any question concerning the interpretation of the Bylaws,
subject to the jurisdiction of the Council of AIChE.
Section 2. In all respects not specifically covered
by these Bylaws, the general rules of AIChE governing the conduct
of Divisions shall apply with equal force as if included in these
Section 3. In the deciding of procedural matters not
otherwise covered in these Bylaws, the most recent issue of Robert’s
Rules of Order shall prevail.
Article VIII - Amendments
Section 1. An amendment to these Bylaws may be proposed
to the membership of the Division by majority vote of the Executive
Committee or by petition of ten percent of the members of the Division
to the Executive Committee.
Section 2. A proposed amendment and ballot shall be
sent to all Division members. Balloting shall be by such means deemed
acceptable to AIChE and the Division, including use of electronic
means as authorized by the Chemical Engineering technology Operating
Council. Receipt and tabulation of the votes shall be done by the
Member Activities Office of AIChE. In those cases where a letter ballot
is requested by a member of the Division, the ballot shall include
notice of the date by which it must be received in order to be counted
and that date shall be no earlier than four weeks after the mailing
of the ballot. Ballots received after this date shall not be counted.
The count shall be certified to the Executive Committee in writing
by the Member Activities Office. The Executive Committee shall accept
as approved any amendment that receives a two-thirds affirmative vote
of those returning ballots. An approved amendment shall then be submitted
to the Chemical Technology Operating Council of the Institute and
shall become an effective part of the Bylaws of the Division upon
Annex No. 1
Duties of Division Chair
• Preside at all meetings of the Executive Board;
or, if unable to attend, arrange for the Division Vice Chair to preside.
• Assure that all Division guidelines and policies are applied
equitably and consistently.
• Direct Board members and assign responsibilities to carry
out conference planning and execution, as well as any other Division
• Set dates and locations for Board meetings to assure appropriate
coordination of meetings with conference planning and publicity requirements.
• Prepare and issue appropriate agenda in advance of each Board
• Coordinate through AIChE staff:
- Board meeting places, dates, hotel reservations;
- Publicity and brochure preparation.
• Assure that Board member nominations and elections are accomplished
consistent with the Division Bylaws.
• As soon as the election results are certified, notify the
successful Board member candidates by letter of their election to
the Board and advise them of the post-conference Board meeting and
any other Board meeting dates which may have been set.
• Assure that unsuccessful Board member candidates have been
duly notified of the election results.
• Assure that Division officer nominations and elections are
accomplished consistent with the Division Bylaws.
• Seek ways to increase conference attendance and support.
• Review the Division bylaws annually to determine if any revisions
• Maintain an up-to-date list of former Board members.
• Serve on the Division Awards Committee. Issue on behalf of
the Division a formal letter of notification to the award recipient.
• Present the Norton H. Walton / Russell L. Miller Award at
the Annual Safety and Health Division Dinner.
Duties of Division First Vice-Chair
• Assume responsibility for the programming activities
of the Division.
• In the absence of the Division Chair, preside at meetings
of the Executive Board.
• Serve on the Division Awards Committee.
• Serve on such other committees as assigned by the Division
Duties of Division Second Vice-Chair
• In the absence of the Division Chair or First
Vice-Chair, preside at meetings of the Executive Board.
• Serve on the Division Awards Committee.
• Serve on such other committees as assigned by the Division
• Arrange for the speaker for the Annual Safety and Health Division
• Assume responsibility for the programming activities of the
Division for the following year.
Duties of Division Secretary / Treasurer
• Prepare and publish Minutes of meetings, with
particular note of required Action Items by Board or AIChE Staff.
• Issue and keep up to date an Executive Board contact list.
• Prepare any financial reporting which may be required.
• Conduct, tally, and verify all Board officer elections and
• Serve on the Division Awards Committee.
• Keep the records of the Proceedings of the Division.
• Handle the general correspondence of the Division and, at
the direction of the Division Chair, issue notices of all meetings.
• Handle and record the collection and disbursement of funds,
as authorized by the Executive Board.
• Prepare a proposed budget for the coming year.
• Prepare and mail ballots.
• Submit to the Executive Board and to the Secretary of AIChE,
at the end of each year, a financial report of the Division.
Duties of Division Past Chair
• Serve as the Division’s Senior Spokesperson,
with particular emphasis on AIChE and Division relationships.
• Immediately following the Annual Conference and upon assumption
of the position of Past Chair: (1) Write the Annual Report for the
year just concluded and submit same to the Executive Director of AIChE,
or his/her designee, in time for the November AIChE Annual Meeting,
and (2) provide a list of Executive Board officers and members for
the coming year to the AIChE Coordinator of Division and Section activities.
• Serve as Chair of the Nominating Committee.
• Perform such other functions to support the Executive Board
as may be required by the Chair.