|Established in 1980||July 1998|
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1999 Planning Meeting and Revised Respiratory Protection Standard
at Andiamo's 3145 Folsom Blvd.
Thursday, August 13, 11:30am - 2:30pm
Directions to Andiamo's:
From Business 80 take the N St. exit; turn right on Folsom Blvd.
Andiamo's will be on your left. Parking lots are available in the rear.
The price Is $20 for members with advance reservations, $25 at the door and non-members.
Please make your reservations by calling Bill Collier at 567-4245 or fax: 567-4242 or e-mail.
Hope to see you there!
Congratulations to Mark Cameron on his promotion to Sr. IH at the Dept. of Justice.
Please welcome our new members:
The River City student section,
Elizabeth Babcock, State of Calif., Corrections
Craig Burnett and Brick Mesman, National Technical Systems
|Deadline for article submission for our Next Newsletter: August 14, 1998|
Highlights from the June Meeting
Our speaker was Chief Legal Counsel for DOSH (Department of Occupational Safety and Health), Michael Mason. Mr. Mason covered the specifics of Multi-Employer Site Safety and the liabilities incurred when a contractor is working at your facility.
If you have questions regarding this topic please call the Cal-OSHA Consultation office.
Mark Your Calendars!
|1998 Meeting Planner|
|Aug 10||Board Meeting |
|Aug 13||Section Meeting |
1999 and Beyond
|Sept 17||SVS Annual Symposium |
|Oct 8||Section Meeting |
|Oct 16||CIHC Conference |
|Oct 16 - 19||CIHC Seminar at Sea |
|Dec 11||Holiday Meeting |
This years symposium will include topics on Emergency Preparedness; Workplace Violence programs; and Lead Regulation Updates and DHS Certification. Plans are being made now. If you are interested in helping out, please come to our next board meeting, Monday, August 10th at La Bou at l0th and O Streets.
We have already received some calls from interested presenters. If you would like speak or know someone who would like to speak at this year's symposium, please contact any one of the board members.
- The national/local co-extensive membership (now called Mutual Membership) change is still a highly debated subject. I have forwarded some of your comments to Monty Herr who will bring them to the national AIHA.
Please feel free to contact Monty yourself with any concerns that you have regarding this topic.
|Our National Board Coordinator is Monty Herr. |
You can reach Monty at Lawrence Livermore Labs:
PO Box 808
Livermore, CA 94551
- 1999 AIHC&E will be in Toronto. Canada June 5-11, 1999. Make your plans now. You will be able to earn up to 6.5 CM points. Check out their new web page at: http://www.aiha.org/aihce99/info.html
The Sacramento Valley Section is online. Visit us at: http://www.AIHA1.org/Sections/SVS/
Visit their web site at: http://www.sacadvocacy.com/cihc/cihc.html with the user name: cihc passcode: ***** [see your printed newsletter for the passcode or contact (if you are a member) email@example.com]
This year's Representatives to CIHC are Bill Collier and Steve Smith. Please contact them if you need more information about CIHC.
Bill Collier, CIH, JD
Steve Smith, CIH
Since Bill Collier will be stepping up as President of our local section next year, we are seeking volunteers to fill one position with CIHC. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who wants to make a difference in our state legislation or someone who just wants to see how our dues are spent.
Revised Respiratory Protection Standard
The changes to the respiratory protection standard proposed by Cal-OSHA are available from the CalOSHA Standards Board. (916) 322-3640. or at their web location: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dir/OS&H/OSHSB/resp.html
Blood-borne pathogens update
The latest CDC guidelines regarding Follow-up and Postexposure Prophylaxis came out May 15, 1998.
To order this publication "Public Health Service Guidelines for the Management of Health Care Worker Exposure to HIV and Recommendations for Postexposure Prophylaxis" (MMWR 1998: 47. No. RR-7). call the Superintendent of Documents. US Government at (202) 512-1800 or contact CDC through their Web Site at http://www.cdc.gov/epo/mmwr/preview/rr4707.html
As a service to our members, we offer the opportunity to post employment announcements. Job ads will run for one month unless renewed.
Send your job announcements to:
Larry Bellani, CIH
State of California
1304 O St. Rm 300
Sacramento. CA 95814
State Personnel Board
24 Hour Job Info 916-445-0538
California Industrial Hygiene Services. Inc. (CIH Services) has a full-time position available in their Napa, California offices for a CIH. The potential candidate must have the following qualifications:
- Self motivated
- Diverse industrial hygiene background
- Desire to be a part of a growing company
- Values great co-worker and client relationships
Interested candidates can contact the following individuals for additional information:
Roxanne Fynboh or William J. Cornils
1303 Jefferson St.. Ste. 300A
Napa, CA 94559
ARTICLES FROM OUR MEMBERS
Articles submitted for this column are not edited bv the Board. They are the personal opinions of the author.
You may submit an article or advertisement to Audrey Lee-Eng. President.
Stretching the Envelope
bv Alan "Rocky" Rockswold
Industrial Hygienists identify, evaluate and control hazardous materials in the working place. Environmentalists identify, evaluate and control hazardous materials in the community. Each group is driven by a different set of regulations, i.e. OSHA vs. EPA. But all of these people are really trying to protect people in a different "envelope". What side of the fence one is looking at or from defines the envelope.
It should be noted that most environmental regulations were promulgated because of the impact the material has on human life. It should also be recognized that exposures, or dosages, are functions of time and concentrations. Environmental concentrations are generally lower than those in the working place. However, environmental exposures often are 24 hours/day and 7 days/week and include people who are more susceptible to harm than healthy adult workers in the working place.
As one who started my career by looking at air and water pollution and then moving into the industrial hygiene envelope, I find I am using the same principles of identification, the same type of tools for evaluations, and engineering controls in either envelope. The health and welfare of people is the primary concern.
A group of people that has similar environmental interests has established a Special Interest Group within AHIA. Appropriately, it is called EnviroSIG. While the group is still forming its charter and mission, some observations can be identified:
- EnviroSlG wants to encourage other industrial hygienists to expand their envelope of interest into the environmental field.
- EnviroSlG is a group of professional scientists that have demonstrated environmental competence using tools and methods that are common to industrial hygienists. You can join this group using the following sign-on procedure:
How to Sign-On and Use the AIHA EnviroSlG List Serve:
To SUBSCRIBE to the enviro-list listserv, send a message to: MAJORDOMO@LISTS.AIHA.ORG with the single text line:
- EnviroSlG has set up a e-mail site where people can make comments, ask questions and contact others who are involved with industrial hygiene AND environmental issues, The address to post a message is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you have signed on to the Enviro-list, you can post articles for discussion and you will receive comments from others.
For more information, contact Rocky Rockswold at email@example.com or (916) 643-0830 ext. 465
The State Government Affairs Organization (SGAO) Activity Report is intended to highlight activities from the SGAOs. If you would like additional information on any subject covered in this or past activity reports, please contaet the AIHA Government Affairs Staff. General information and AIHA positions on many ofthe issues discussed in the SGAO Activity Report may he found on the AIHA Home Page
- Legislation determining who is able to conduct Lead Poison Prevention training is one of this year's most important issues for occupational health and safety professionals in California, CIHC President Vickie Lynn Wells tells us. After several hearings and committee meetings CIHC won a provision allowing CIHs to attend a three-day workshop instead of 88 hours of training.
- CIHC also followed a regulation that dealt with the question of who is qualified to provide training for lead abatement procedures.
- In addition, CIHC kept up the campaign to make sure the Cardenas bill to require licensure for engineers, which has been signed by the Governor, did not impact CIHs. At one point, the bill included language that would have required CIHs, who do environmental work, to report to P.E.s.
- This year occupational health and safety professionals in California saw their State take the national lead on OSHA-related legislation. CA A-2651 would require electronic MSDSs by July, 1999. Similar legislation has recently been offered in the U.S. House.
- Occupational health and safety officers and other professionals should be aware that bill A-2317 would make employers and employees responsible for the death or long- or short-term injuries of employees.
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