AIHA Metro NY helped co-sponsor the Annual MTA/NYCT Advanced Environmental Workshop on Significant Code Issues on November 28th and presented by Mark Drozdov, NY Chapter’s past president.
Metro NY, Past President, Mark Drozdov was recently interviewed by TP INFO in regards to the Environmental Issues for the 9/11 Anniversary. The interview was aired on Polish Television. To watch the interview, click on the following link.
from Aaron Trippler
STATEMENT OF METRO AIHA RE
Posted October 22, 2010
Intro 58, proposed legislation currently before
the New York City Council, would give the New York City Police
Department (NYPD) jurisdiction over aspects of environmental
sampling. The stated
purpose of the legislation is to facilitate the timely collection by
NYPD of environmental sampling data that could indicate a chemical,
biological, radiological, or nuclear (CBRN) terrorist incident.
Two years ago our parent national organization, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), opposed a similar bill (Intro 650).
The Metro Chapter of AIHA agrees with Intro
58's stated goal of providing early warning of a CBRN attack
Furthermore, we appreciate that Intro 58 incorporates revisions that
are responsive to concerns previously expressed by AIHA about Intro
650, in particular the new exemption for industrial hygienists in
this bill. However, we remain opposed to the bill for several
reasons, some of which were enumerated previously by our national
First, we do not believe this proposed law is the best way to accomplish the stated goal. While the City should develop a capability for early detection of CBRN incidents, it seriously overreaches in calling for a permitting system for private users. The City needs to be able to confirm and evaluate privately generated data, whether generated by approved users or not.
Second, we believe this law has the potential to adversely impact the professional activities of chapter members of the Metro AIHA, as well as other members of the public who wish to utilize environmental sampling devices. It gives the NYPD the latitude to engage in preemptive stops of persons engaged in environmental sampling, whether permitted or not. It would also require character assessment and permitting of any of our members, or other members of the public, who wished to conduct their own monitoring to detect CBRN. We do not believe that legal environmental monitoring activities should be curtailed.
Finally, we do not believe that the police department is the most appropriate agency to deal with the public health issues of monitoring for CBRN. Monitoring involves making decisions about what detection limits, accuracy, precision, calibration, and maintenance to accept in monitoring devices, how to interpret the data, and what levels should trigger various responses. These decisions are best made by public health professionals, with experience in environmental monitoring, environmental health, and public health policy.
We therefore call on the City to withdraw this bill.
State Legislative Report for New York
Workers Memorial Day History
Every year on April 28, trade unions and workplace health and safety campaigners all over the world focus on the issue of workers' health and safety. Decades of struggle by workers and their unions have resulted in significant improvements in working conditions. However, the toll of workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths remain enormous. Each year, thousands of workers are killed and millions more are injured or diseased because of their jobs. Nationwide, workers remember these workers on April 28, Workers Memorial Day.
The first Workers Memorial Day was observed in 1989. April 28 was chosen because it is the anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the day of a similar remembrance in Canada. Every year, people in hundreds of communities and at worksites recognize workers who have been killed or injured on the job. Trade unionist around the world now mark April 28 as an International Day of Mourning.
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to biological, chemical and radiological detectors. CBRN Monitoring Law
CIH Prep Course -- Starts Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at NY Blood Center, 310 East 67 Street, New York, NY 10065, Tel: 212-570-3339.
After February 17, 2010 all meetings will be held each Tuesday at the following location, Parsons Brinckerhoff, One Penn Plaza - 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10119, Tel: 212-631-3705
Please show ID at security. Also, please review the materials before the first session on Thermal Stress and remember to print your notes and bring them to class.
Program Information / 0.5 CM points per class, maximum total of 5 CM points
Please be advised of the following updates of our future activities:
CM points were recently emailed to all members who paid and participated in the January Joint Meeting of AIHA Metro NY and NY ASSE: Hazardous Materials Permit Requirements, Presented by: Sandy Camacho, deputy chief inspector, Laboratory Inspection Unit Supervisor, FDNY Headquarters
If you haven’t gotten the CM letter please email to: PresidentMetroNY@gmail.com and your email will be responded with the CM letter.
Past President Dinner was finalized for Thursday February 25 at 6:00 PM at the Nile Restaurant. We apology for any conflict with other professional activities. EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO MARCH 4, 2010.
We are preparing a PPT presentation and would like you to contribute your slides with any pictures of the chapter activity form the past, and note on your accomplishment as a president of the AIHA Metro NY
AIHA Metro NY was able to help 3 graduate students to find a job/internship. We appreciate your attention and help you provide to our fresh generation.
November 2010 Newsletter (PDF)
March 2010 Newsletter (PDF)
January 2010 Newsletter (PDF)
Region II OSHA + AIHA NY Alliance (picture of signing)
May 2009 Newsletter (PDF)
November 2008 Newsletter (PDF)