Editorial Calendar

Included in every issue is the Newswatch standing column. This 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.


January 2018

Advanced manufacturing. The materials and methods used in manufacturing are changing rapidly and dramatically. The current push is to have items made "just in time" and "just to order." What effects will this new way of manufacturing have on the workplace, and how can industrial hygiensts prepare?

Noise and vibration from power tools. Many workers who use powered hand tools experience unnecessary exposures to noise, vibration, and other physical hazards, as well as impaired production and quality. How might a process management approach to the purchase of powered hand-held tools help protect workers?

The IH role in healthcare. Industrial hygiene concerns in healthcare include waste anesthetic gas exposures, construction and ventilation issues, selecting and monitoring for disinfectants, chemical and biological waste, and confined spaces, just to name a few. This article explains how IHs can be an integral resource in the healthcare industry.

PRINT SPACE RESERVATION: November 2nd
MATERIALS DEADLINE: November 9th
DIGITAL SPACE RESERVATION: November 22nd
DIGITAL MATERIALS DEADLINE: November 30th


February 2018

Portland cement, silica, and construction. Generally available information about Portland cement, the most common cement in use, is typically confusing. It can contain as much as 25 percent silica after fabrication and presents a number of additional hazards, including hexavalent chromium. How can IHs control these hazards?

Exoskeletons: PPE, or engineering control? ​As workplaces become more automated, exoskeleons hold promise for minimizing musculoskeletal injuries and increasing productivity. But their benefits have yet to be validated, and questions remain about their return on investment. In addition, exoskeletons could actually introduce new MSD risks and discomfort. This article explores strategies for mitigating these issues.

The EHSQ maturity curve. How organizations have evolved their Environmental, Health and Safety Quality (EHSQ) program using software and mobile applications to capture lagging, leading, and transformational indicators. Which of these indicators contribute to predictive performance and which metrics should your organization prioritize?

PRINT SPACE RESERVATION: December 1st
MATERIALS DEADLINE: December 8th
DIGITAL SPACE RESERVATION: December 28th
DIGITAL MATERIALS DEADLINE: January 4th


March

Big Data. Practitioners in seemingly every industry are using large, raw datasets for many purposes. What role will Big Data play in IH practice?

Exposure models for emergency response. Sometimes, critical decisions hinge upon the quickness and accuracy of mathematical modeling. This article proposes a framework for effective emergency response exposure modeling.

Powder handling. In the agrochemical industry, bulk powders of different toxicities are often used during production, presenting dificulties for containment and prevention of exposures.

PRINT SPACE RESERVATION: January 10th
MATERIALS DEADLINE: January 17th
DIGITAL SPACE RESERVATION: January 25th
DIGITAL MATERIALS DEADLINE: February 1st
 

April

Infectious diseases. This article will discuss infectious diseases of public health significance, provide an overview of lessons learned from the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak, and discuss occupational exposure scenarios, including measures to protect workers and control infections.

PPE decontamination techniques. The authors explain time-tested methods for decontaminating personal protective equipment following an emergency response and how to determine their effectiveness.

Preemptive risk communication. When hazards are remote and stakeholders' potential for outrage is low, there is little incentive for companies to talk about risk. But they might be missing an important opportunity, says risk communication expert Peter Sandman.

SPECIAL SECTION: AIHce EXP 2017 preview. Prepare for AIHce's return to Philadelphia with this primer on educational offerings and what to look for at the Expo.

PRINT SPACE RESERVATION: February 7th
MATERIALS DEADLINE: February 14th
DIGITAL SPACE RESERVATION: February 22nd
DIGITAL MATERIALS DEADLINE: March 1st
 

May

BONUS DISTRIBUTION: AIHCE EXP 2018

Gender equality in OEHS. Based on interviews with several practitioners, this article discusses the experiences of women in the OEHS professions.

Puerto Rico: Health and Safety in a Hurricane's Aftermath. A report on conditions on the ground in Puerto Rico following the September 2017 landfall of Hurricane Maria.

DIY occupational exposure banding. OEBs are a potentially powerful tool for IHs when dealing with chemicals that don't have occupational exposure limits. This article explores how IHs can devleop OEBs on their own.

SPECIAL SECTION: AIHce exhibitors. See which companies will be in Philly for AIHce EXP 2018.

PRINT SPACE RESERVATION: March 14th
MATERIALS DEADLINE: March 21st
DIGITAL SPACE RESERVATION: March 29th
DIGITAL MATERIALS DEADLINE: April 5th
 

June/July

ISO 45001. A close look at the first first voluntary international standard for improving employee health and safety, reducing workplace risks, and creating better, safer working conditions around the world.

Combination flame-resistant and chemical-resistant protective clothing.

Current issues in exposure banding and control banding. A summary of practical tools for IHs.

SPECIAL SECTION: AIHce wrap-up. Highlights from AIHce EXP 2018.

PRINT SPACE RESERVATION: May 11th
MATERIALS DEADLINE: May 18th
DIGITAL SPACE RESERVATION: June 5th
DIGITAL MATERIALS DEADLINE: June 12th
 

August

SPECIAL ISSUE: LABS 

The new lab standards: an overview. The latest revisions of ISO 17025 and 17011, the two main standards for laboratories accredited by the AIHA Laboratory Accreditation Program LLC, incorporate significant changes. AIHA-LAP Managing Director Cheryl Morton explains.

Risk assessment in labs. The new ISO 17025 will require accreditation lab assessors to conduct risk assessments. This article explains the new requirements.

Lab-related programs: a primer. ​The variety of lab-related programs AIHA operates can be confusing. How does a registry differ from a certification program? What's the difference between accreditation and proficiency testing? Here's the low-down.

PRINT SPACE RESERVATION: June 11th
MATERIALS DEADLINE: June 18th
DIGITAL SPACE RESERVATION: July 3rd
DIGITAL MATERIALS DEADLINE: July 10th
 

September

Special issue: International. Bonus Distribution at IOHA 2018. 

Getting on the same page: global IH vs. regional IH. In large companies, what the global IH intends can be quite different than what is actually applied on site. This article discusses examples of how changing priorities at the global level affect IHs at the local level.

Industrial hygiene in Panama.

Child, slave, and migrant labor. According to the International Labor Organization, nearly 21 million people are victims of forced labor, 168 million children perform child labor, and more than 214 million migrant workers endure substandard working conditions at wages below subsistence levels. International codes of practice have been developed that provide ethics guidance in the rights and well-being of these workers.

PRINT SPACE RESERVATION: July 11th
MATERIALS DEADLINE: July 18th
DIGITAL SPACE RESERVATION: July 26th
DIGITAL MATERIALS DEADLINE: August 2nd
 

October

Enterprise risk management. Practical suggestions for addressing risks across multiple sites in different geographic areas.

Warning labels as risk communication. Do warning labels on products increase or decrease users' concerns about safety? ​Using the example of genetically modified foods, this article explores the risk communication aspects of labeling.

Models for infectious disease. Mathematical models can be used to predict the spread of infectious disease and develop strategic interventions to control epidemics. Currently, various modeling tools are available to examine how diseases spread, but less work has been done to specifically look at the occupational setting.

PRINT SPACE RESERVATION: August 3rd
MATERIALS DEADLINE: August 10th
DIGITAL SPACE RESERVATION: August 22nd
DIGITAL MATERIALS DEADLINE: August 29th
 

November

Z88 update. The latest news and developments about the ANSI/ASSE Z88 respiratory protection standards.

The ergonomic value proposition.

Cleaners: parsing the regulations. A confusing jumble of environmental regulations governs the use of cleaners. For example, bleach can be a cleaner in one concentration and a pesticide in others. This article explains the nuances that often aren't apparent from reading product labels.

PRINT SPACE RESERVATION: September 5th
MATERIALS DEADLINE: September 12th
DIGITAL SPACE RESERVATION:September 27th
DIGITAL MATERIALS DEADLINE: October 4th
 

December

The science of choice. How advances in prospect theory and cognitive science are influencing risk-related issues and decision-making.

Not all gloves are created equal. A review of research on protective gloves and guidance for proper selection.

Controls for workplace violence.​ Workplace violence should be treated as a significant risk to be prevented. Administrative controls and engineering controls to reduce the risk of workplace violence are more effective than relying on training and policies that are solely reactive, such as the run, hide, fight method.

SPECIAL SECTION: IOHA wrap-up. Relive highlights from the first U.S.-based conference of the International Occupational Hygiene Association.

PRINT SPACE RESERVATION: October 10th
MATERIALS DEADLINE: October 17th
DIGITAL SPACE RESERVATION: October 25th
DIGITAL MATERIALS DEADLINE: November 1st
 

Contact

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

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