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|Established in 1980||April 1999|
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May Mini-Symposium Meeting
1999 is proving to be an exciting year and lots of stuff is going on. On the national level a bill, S. 385 is being sponsored again by Senator Enzi of Wyoming. The name of the bill is the Safety Advancement for Employees Act of 1999 or the SAFE Act. The current bill is a stripped down version of last bill S. 1237; otherwise known as the Enzi bill. The primary purpose of the bill is to facilitate third party consultation inspections and to encourage compliance with OSHA regulations. However, the bill is very controversial so there will be a lot of opposition to the bill, particularly from labor. Some of the interesting elements of the bill are the requirements for consultants to issue Certificates of Compliance to workplaces they inspect. The idea of issuing certificates of this sort raises some liability issues that will need to be resolved for consultants to perform such services without incurring third party liability. However, the CIHC has been on top of the issue and even sponsored a bill, AB 797, now before the California legislature that would give CIHs some protection from the additional liability. Another controversial element is the requirement for compliance officers to do drug and alcohol testing on injured workers and their supervisors and managers in cases of serious injuries or fatalities. I would encourage anyone interested in this issue to get the bill off the web. (thomas.loc.gov) Also, any comments you have will be greatly appreciated and passed on to the AIHA board and the CIHC.
Our next training meeting will be a real "How to program on Ergonomics." Dr. Ed Klinenberg, a Major in the Air Force, will give a presentation on how he set up ergonomics programs for the Air Force and will give us useful tools that can be used to implement our in house programs. This training event will be held on May 7, 1999 at Andiamo's in Sacramento form 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM. We invite you all to attend this timely training program. Certification Maintenance Points for both CIHs and CSPs will be available. A flyer on the meeting is attached to the newsletter.
The local section board has decided to hold a joint Symposium with the ASSE. In addition, this joint symposium will include Vendor's Night. This will be held in September in Sacramento 1999. Carol Barake and Rick Beall, both local section board members, are working with ASSE representatives and a detailed program will be published in the June newsletter. It should be an exciting and informative program.
In addition to the above, we will be sending out letters to employers who are likely to have or need the services of industrial hygienists either as employees or consultants. This is being done to enhance the employment opportunity section of the newsletter by actively notifying potential employers of the availability for free advertising in our local section newsletter.
If you have ideas on the types of programs and subjects you would like to have training on or information about, please call me at 916-567-4245 or e-mail a note to email@example.com. I do want to hear from you.
I look forward to serving you all.
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING MINUTES
JANUARY 12TH, 1999
|1999 Meeting Planner|
|Apr 26||Exec Committee Meeting |
|May 7||Ergonomics (0.5 cm pts) |
|June 5-11||AIHCE - Toronto, ON ( possible 6.5 cm pts) |
|July 9||Indoor Air Quality |
|September 23||Symposium (1 cm pt) |
|Fall||Vendor's Event |
|Oct/Nov||CIHC Conference |
|Dec 10||Holiday Meeting |
Check out their new web page at: http://www.aiha.org/aihce99/info.html
|Our National Board Coordinator is Monty Herr. |
You can reach Monty at Lawrence Livermore Labs:
PO Box 808
Livermore, CA 94551
Save a Tree. Get your newsletter off the web or by email. The board has recommended that newsletters be sent by electronic means when available. If you have a new email address please forward that information to Rocky Rockswold at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Visit their web site at: http://www.sacadvocacy.com/cihc/cihc.html with the user name: cihc passcode: ***** [see your last printed newsletter for the passcode or contact (if you are a member) email@example.com]|
Please contact Ed Klinenberg or Steve Smith if you need more information about CIHC.
Ed Klinenberg, Ph.D., CIH
643-0311 ext. 342
Steve Smith, CIH
In the California Assembly, AB 797 was introduced on 24 Feb 99 by Assemblyman Baldwin. The bill amends section 20702 of the Business and Professions Code. It would provide that the use of the word "certify" or "certification" by a certified industrial hygienist in the practice of industrial hygiene constitutes an expression of professional opinion regarding those facts or findings which are the subject of the certification, and does not constitute a warranty or guarantee, either express or implied. Introduction of this bill was a direct result of actions taken by our lobbyist, Sacramento Advocacy.
Other bills that CIHC members are following include:
On the California regulatory front, CIHC continues to work with the Standards Board and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) to better define the term "competent in industrial hygiene practice" found in 8 CCR section 5155(e)(3). The term applies to the person supervising, directing or evaluating the monitoring and controls methods associated with air contaminants. The CIHC believes the term is vague and proposes alternative language which essentially defines the competent person as a CIH, IHIT, registered PE in safety in the State of California, CSP, ASP, or a person with a minimum of an Associate of Science (AS) degree in biological, chemical or physical sciences, engineering or a closely related field from an accredited college and five years of progressively responsible experience in conducting, designing, and evaluating air monitoring and control methods.
On the federal front, Senator Enzi has modified and re-introduced the Safety Advancement for Employees Act (SAFE) on 6 Feb 99 (Senate Bill 395). The bill would allow 3rd party certification of employer's health and safety programs. The CIHC is concerned that third part consultation services to determine the health and safety compliance status at work sites without providing language to protect such consultants from increased liability form both the consultant's clients and other third parties who may rely on reports generated from such consultation services. This may have the effect of changing a consultant's liability from normal professional liability to strict liability. This is something all consultant's would want to avoid and all insurers refuse to insure. AB 797 is an attempt to prevent such problems from occurring in California.
OSHA has released its latest draft ergonomics standard. You can see it at http://www.osha.gov/.
Finally, the CIHC symposium is being planned for early November in the Bay Area. Proposed topics include legal aspects of industrial hygiene, ergonomics, psychosocial factors associated with illnesses/injuries, mold in the workplace, a respirator update, multi-employer workplace responsibilities, and a legislative update.
Ed Klinenberg, Ph.D., CIH
AIHA-SVS CIHC Representative
CAREER OPPORTUNITIESAs 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 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
State Personnel Board24 Hour Job Info 916-445-0538
State of California
Dept of Fish and Game
contact Ray Hernandez at 653-7562 for more information
Final Filing Date: Until Filled
City of Sacramento Safety Specialists identify and alleviate environmental factors and stresses affecting or potentially affecting the health and safety of employees, conduct related training activities, and ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
I (Journey level) Requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college with major course work in industrial hygiene, environmental health, chemistry, physics, biology, medicine, public health or a field directly related to occupational health and safety and one year of experience in planning, implementing or evaluating an occupational health and safety program.
II (Advanced Journey level) Three years of experience
Call or come by to obtain the required application packet which will be available 3/22/99. City of Sacramento Employment Office. 921 - 10th St., Rm 100, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 264-5726. Final filing deadline: 4/16/99. AA/EOE.
Requires a diplomatic professional with experience providing technical and field support for EH&S programs/services, proven success developing and applying practical solutions to safety/health issues, demonstrated expertise administering industrial hygiene programs including confined space entry, drinking water quality, lead, asbestos and pressure safety and experience with computers and electronic information systems. Must have a working knowledge of technical subjects regarding industrial hygiene, safety engineering and environmental protection with superb verbal/written communication, policy and document development skills. A BS/BA in Science or Engineering and professional certification in Industrial Hygiene (CIH) are preferred.
Please e-mail your resume with cover letter and Job# EHS10291/WAIHA to: employment@LBL.gov or fax to: (510) 486-5870 or mail to:
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Staffing Office, Job# EHS10291/WAIHA One Cyclotron Road, MS 938A Berkeley, CA 94720
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