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Why Should You Join OEHA?

By becoming an active member of the OEHA, you have the opportunity to exchange views with other environmental health professionals and have the personal satisfaction of working toward the improvement of our environment.

As a member of OEHA, many of the educational events are free of charge or at a reduced rate.

To promote your professional growth, OEHA sponsors state and regional educational conferences and continuing education activities. Most educational activities earn continuing education credits for sanitarians, necessary to retain their state registration.

Members will receive copies of the associations quarterly newsletter and bi-annual report.

To Become a Member of OEHA:

Within OEHA, there are four classes of membership with voting privileges, which are; Active, Associate, Life and Retired memberships. In addition, there are four classes of non-voting memberships; Student, Honorary, Sustaining, and Agency.

An active membership (those who may hold offices and vote) is offered to those in the field of environmental health who have a bachelor's degree with a minumum of 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent units, in the physical, biological or environmental health sciences. The cost for an active membership is $35.00 annually.

Student memberships are available to all university students studying environmental health or related fields. The cost for a student membership is $10.00 annually.

Membership Status

Four (4) classes of membership with voting privileges, designated as Active, Associate, Life and Retired; and four (4) classes of non-voting membership, designated as Student, Honorary, Sustaining, and Agency.

Active Membership - Any individual who meets the educational and experience requirements to become a Registered Environmental Health Specialist and/or Waste Water Specialist as per ORS: 700. Or, an individual who qualifies for registration by reciprocity as per ORS: 700.030(a). AND/OR A registered Environmental Health Specialist (or trainee), a registered Waste Water Specialist (or trainee) as per ORS: 700 or a registered member of the National Environmental Health Association who meets their credential requirements of an Environmental Health Specialist in Oregon. AND/OR Any individual who regularly performs the duties of an Environmental Health Specialist and/or Waste Water Specialist who is not required to be registered due to an exemption set forth in ORS: 700.025.

Associate Membership - may be conferred on any qualified individual (as determined by the board of directors) who does not meet requirements for active membership.

Student Membership - available to an individual who is registered as a student in a college or university undergraduate or graduate program leading toward a degree in environmental health and protection, sanitary science, public health or related academic discipline as determined by the Board of Directors.

Retired Membership - may be awarded to any Active or Associate Members, provided they have been a member of the Association for at least five (5) years, and has accrued at least twenty (20) years of service.

Honorary Membership - may be conferred upon any person for distinguished achievement or service in the field of environmental or public health.

Sustaining Membership - available to individuals, firms, or corporations expressing interest in the Association and its purposes.

Agency Membership - may be conferred on any non-profit organization or institution, or official agency expressing interest in the field of environmental health. The agency Director of the member organization or delegated representative may represent the agency at any event.

Life Membership - may be conferred on any member by vote of the membership at a called meeting and payment of life membership dues.