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Message from the PresidentThis newsletter contains a few action items I would like to highlight. First, you will notice a ballot containing nominees for this years board. Please take the time to review the nominees and cast your ballot by August 25, 2000. We are still searching for a president-elect. Any volunteers?
Second, we are sponsoring an all day tour of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories with lunch at a local winery. This promises to be an exciting tour. Space is limited to 20 people. First come, first serve. Easy web-based sign-up is available. Additional information is contained inside the newsletter.
Finally, I need your help. Well-attended events produce the profits necessary to support our yearly budget. As you may be aware, membership dues are not used for general operations since they directly support the activities of the California Industrial Hygiene Council (CIHC). Any ideas? What would it take to get you involved and attending our functions? Different times? Different topics? Give me a call or e-mail.
For more information on the ABIH, go to their website at:
A new legislative tracking system was put on the CIHC website this year, so that all local section members could see what the current status is of bills that are currently being reviewed.
The second CIHC meeting of the year was held in Redondo Beach, CA on June 22th. Representatives from Sacramento Advocacy and the various local sections in California were in attendance. Some of the key agenda items included a status update on proposed legislation currently in the California Assembly and Senate, regulatory activities, and plans for the December California Industrial Hygiene Symposium to be held in Redondo Beach.
Proposed legislation that has received significant attention is Senator Jackie Speier's bill (SB 1903) dealing with the release of medical information. Sacramento Advocacy, on behalf of the California Industrial Hygiene Council, has worked aggressively to oppose SB1903, primarily due to the requirement to receive written releases from patients prior to obtaining important medical information. Such a requirement may delay or perhaps prevent industrial hygienists from correcting and preventing workplace hazards (e.g., indoor air quality, hazardous substances, ergonomic issues, etc.). CIHC remains opposed to this bill and no resolution has been made yet.
As of July 18, a total of 31 bills were being tracked by the CIHC. If you are interested in seeing any of the bills CIHC is reviewing, please visit the CIHC website at:
The CIHC Annual Symposium will be held in Redondo Beach, CA from Dec 4-6, 2000. More information is on the web site for this event.
With the exception of standard setting, all require budget approval by Congress. Stay tuned. OSHA also plans to finish the ergonomics standard by the end of the calendar year. Again, stay tuned.
Additional OSHA news can be found at their website:
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It was first posted on July 30, 2000.