Editorial Calendar

Included in every issue is the NewsWatch section, which includes short articles and updates from NIOSH, the CDC, EPA, OSHA, and other government agencies. The focus is on news, new research and findings, and best practices. Hot-button topics like silica and GHS labeling have appeared here throughout the past year.

​2019 Print Deadlines

(Scroll down for Digital Deadlines)

​Issue Date Space Close​ Art Due​​
​January ​11/5/2018 ​11/12/2018
​February ​12/5/2018 ​12/12/2018
​March ​1/11/2019 ​1/4/2019
​April ​2/5/2019 ​2/12/2019
​May ​3/11/2019 ​3/18/2019
​June/July ​4/11/2019 ​4/18/2019
​August ​6/13/2019 ​6/20/2019
​September ​7/11/2019 ​7/18/2019
​October ​8/8/2019 ​8/15/2019
​November ​9/12/2019 ​9/19/2019
​December ​10/10/2019 ​10/17/2019


2019 Digital Deadlines

​​​Issue Date Space Close​ Art Due​
​January ​11/21/2018 ​11/29/2018
​February ​12/21/2018 ​1/3/2019
​March ​1/24/2019 ​1/31/2019
​April ​2/21/2019 ​2/28/2019
​May ​3/28/2019 ​4/4/2019
​June/July ​4/25/2019 ​5/2/2019
​August ​6/25/2019 ​7/2/2019
​September ​7/25/2019 ​8/1/2019
​October ​8/22/2019 ​8/29/219
​November ​9/26/2019 ​10/3/2019
​December ​10/24/2019 ​10/31/2019

January 2019

Construction PPE: managing multiemployer work sites. Practical tips for establishing a PPE program for construction projects that involve workers from multiple employers.

Enterprise risk management. Macondo. Wells Fargo. Volkswagen. Facebook. Duck Boats. These diverse companies have recently experienced very public failures to identify and manage risk, and have suffered immense reputational damages. This article discusses tools for identifying risks that might otherwise be hidden in your organization.

Dealing with wall deposits. When sampling, serious underestimation of exposure can ensue if "wall deposits"--particles that don't stick to the filter--are excluded. This article explains how industrial hygienists and laboratories should account for wall deposits.

February 2019

Direct-reading monitors and silica. Lessons learned from a recent extensive test project of direct-reading dust monitors with a respirable silica-containing test dust.

Standards for direct-reading instruments for toxic gases and vapors. Electrochemical and related sensors for gases and vapors have become more durable, selective, and sensitive. Standards for these instruments are under development.

Protecting temp workers. Who is responsible for the health and safety of temporary workers--the employer or the contractor? This article highlights the gray areas of OHS for temp workers and suggests ways to ensure they are protected.

SPECIAL INSERT: AIHA's Research Report. This standalone report, mailed as a special insert to The Synergist, will highlight the work of various projects undertaken by AIHA volunteers.

March 2019

The new ANSI Z10 standard. On the heels of ISO 45001, the first global standard for occupational health and safety management systems, ANSI is producing a revision of Z10, the American OHSMS standard. How does the new Z10 differ from ISO 45001, and what does it have to offer users?

A nomograph for lab hoods. A visual guide for lab fume hoods can be used to quickly determine approximate values for hood face velocity, volume flow rate, hood static pressure, and other important parameters.

Changing exposures in the death industry. Based on the popular session at AIHce EXP 2018, this article will discuss protections for workers from formaldehyde, a carcinogenic chemical preferred among embalmers, and for workers in crematoriums, who are exposed to silica, noise, dust, and lifting hazards, among others.

SPECIAL INSERT: AIHA's annual report. AIHA's award-winning annual report gives readers a broad view of the organization's key initiatives.

April 2019

Ergonomics: home healthcare workers.

Occupational hazards in Bangladesh factories. Two AIHA members relate their experiences protecting workers in Dhaka from occupational hazards and environmental contamination.

Legionella hazard identification. Introducing a hazard identification process for legionella developed by AIHA volunteers.

SPECIAL SECTION: AIHce EXP 2019 preview.

May 2019

Bonus distribution: AIHce EXP 2019

NAFTA and OHS. How will coming changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement affect occupational health and safety in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.?

Can ergonomics solve the opioids crisis? Part of the opioids crisis is fueled by ergonomics-related injuries suffered at work. Workers are prescribed opioids to deal with these injuries and become addicted. Workplace ergonomics programs have the potential to head-off the opioids crisis at the source.

Electronic cigarettes and the IH. In the five years since AIHA released its white paper on electronic cigarettes, a great deal of new research has come to light. This article reviews current research and concerns stemming from e-cigarette use.

June/July 2019

New York's Legionella regulations. In August 2016, regulations requiring cooling towers be registered, inspected, and tested for Legionella went into effect in New York state. Three years later, how have the new requirements affected the incidence of Legionnaires' disease, and what have we learned about disease prevention?

The nuts and bolts of an emergency response. How do safety and IH specialists get involved in an emergency response, and what would that response look like? The authors attempt to answer these questions based on years of emergency response experience.


Risk assessment in ISO 17025. The new version of ISO 17025, the international standard against which industrial hygiene-related laboratories are accredited, requires labs to conduct risk assessments. The director of AIHA's Laboratory Accreditation Program offers guidance on how labs can meet this requirement.

Possibilities for accrediting sampling activities. One result of changes to ISO 17025 is that accreditation bodies can now accredit organizations that conduct only sampling activities. This article explores the possibilities of AIHA-LAP adding sampling to its portfolio.

Protecting lab workers from encounters with illicit drugs. This article will discuss both the controls to protect lab workers who handle samples containing opioids as well as the sampling and analytical methods for opioids and opiates.



Bonus distribution: Product Stewardship Society members.

The IH's role in stewardship and sustainability.

Product exposure modeling.

How to transition into product stewardship.

October 2019

How to implement Total Worker Health. A case study of one company's experiences with TWH.

Creating a professional development plan for your IH career. Early career professionals face an onslaught of choices, challenges, and opportunities. This article suggests a career-development blueprint for those whose career in IH is just getting under way.

Using social media for risk communication.

November 2019

The challenges of managing in a distracted world.

Fungi sampling and analysis.

December 2​019

Risks for dental workers. The hazards of dental work include respiratory and musculoskeletal disorders, exposure to radiation, and eye injuries. In addition, CDC recently found a cluster of a rare, severe lung disease among dental workers in Virginia.

Noise (specific topic TBD).

Electrical safety in hazardous environments.


Holly Klarman | 410-584-1954 |  holly.klarman@mci-group.com​