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 ​3/22/2019 ​3/29/2019
​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?

Human factors and ergonomic effects associated with opioids in the workplace.

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

Total Worker Health and the gig economy. ​The changing nature of work arrangements present new challenges related to health and safety. Industrial hygiensts are uniquely positioned to address these challenges, especially through concepts such as Total Exposure Health and NIOSH's Total Worker Health initiative.

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.

Ergonomics: home healthcare workers.

May 2019

Drug-free workplace policies in the age of legalized and medical marijuana. With the legalization of cannabis on the rise, what do employers need to look for when revisiting their policies on drug use?

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.?

Understanding the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act.

June/July 2019

Risk and exposure science at the intersection of toxicology.

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.


Protecting worker encounters with illicit drugs.



Bonus distribution: Product Stewardship Society members.

Topics TBD.

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.

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.

Electrical safety in hazardous environments.


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