The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) has released “Position Statement On Mold and Dampness in the Built Environment,” which defines AIHA’s stance that persistent dampness and mold damage in the non-industrial workplace, including schools and residential housing, requires prevention, management and effective remediation.
Since 1996, AIHA has been a leader in the development of information and best practices on the management of mold and dampness problems in the built environment. This information has been relied upon by officials who develop and enforce public policy on indoor environmental quality (IEQ) for the non-industrial workplace, including schools. AIHA has also provided accessible information for individuals to enable more informed choices.
AIHA supports efforts to ensure that individuals who perform mold investigations and remediation are properly trained in the occupational and environmental hazards in buildings for all hazards. Qualified persons should be utilized for designing and managing mold assessments, directing others who perform initial mold assessments, writing protocols for mold remediation, and conducting post-remediation inspections. This may include Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH) and/or Registered Occupational Hygienists (ROH) with the specific education, training, and experience in microbial contamination.
For access to the “Position Statement On Mold and Dampness in the Built Environment,” please visit http://www.aiha.org/news-pubs/govtaffairs/Documents/P-Mold-03-26-13.pdf.
Choosing Which PEL's to Update, PO 122
Franklin E. Mirer, PhD, CIH
Objective. It’s generally accepted that OSHA’s Permissible Exposure Limits (PEL’s) are “out of date”, largely based on the science and risk assessment methods available in 1968. Despite this near consensus, next steps in setting authoritative OEL’s are unclear. Resources must be directed to agents where new OEL’s will make a difference: prevailing exposure levels are higher than new limits would permit.
Methods. Various lists of authoritative OEL’s were reviewed, the OSHA PEL Chat nominations were compared with EPA Integrated Risk Assessment System Reference Concentrations (RfC’s) and ATSDR Minimal Risk Levels. OSHA’s management systems information system air sampling data were examined.
Results. Substances concluded to pose risks permitted by OSHA’s permissible exposure limits include: toluene, styrene, manganese with existing PEL’s. additional risks are expected from diesel particulate, wood dust and particles in general.
Conclusions. Evidence of significant risk of impairment of health for many agents is evident. The IH community must address setting consensus and governmental OEL’s to take this evidence into account.
31st NE Regional AIHA Conference, December 2, 2011
The Washington Buzz!, Aaron Trippler, Director, Government Affairs, AIHA
The GHS and REACH – How will these affect Industrial Hygiene?, Denese A. Deeds, CIH. Industrial Health & Safety Consultants, Inc
Preparing for a Business-Disrupting Event in the Current Economy: Personal Protective Equipment Considerations, Nicole Vars McCullough, PhD, CIH, 3M, Occupational Health and Environmental Safety Division.
Fukushima Nuclear Accident - A Summary.
Making a Difference: Sustainable Construction Practices at
MTA & NYCT ,
,Thomas Abdallah, P.E. LEED AP, Chief Environmental Engineer, MTA New York City Transit.
MINI PDC on Ethics (.67 CM Points): 3/18/2010
Presentation by Anne Bracker, MPH, CIH, University of Connecticut Health Center
Sponsors: NY Blood Center and Long Island Occupational Health Center (LIOEHC)
Special Thanks to LIOEHC, Anne Bracker, and John Svagr.
Improving an Effective
Safety and Health Inspection Program and
Past President Dinner
Lecture by Stu Mirowits, MS, CIH, CSP
New Hazardous Materials Permit Requirement (Joint meeting NY AIHA-NY ASSE): 1/21/2010
EHS Global and Local Updates: 11/19/2009
Developing a global health and safety process/metrics in a de-centralized multinational corporation. Nancy Orr, CIH, CSP, Director - Global Environment, Health and Safety, Becton Dickinson
Anticipated ICR 56 Changes Relating to
Christopher Alonge, PE, DOSH Associate Safety & Health Engineer (NYS DOL)
NYSDOH asbestos safety training program.
Kevin M. Malone, Section Chief, Asbestos Safety Training Program, New York State Department of Health, and Eileen M. Franko, DrPH, MPH, Director, Bureau of Occupational Health (DOH)
Change and Occupational Health
Michael J. West, CIH, CSP, CEP, Director, Occupational Hygiene, Pfizer
Gee Kay, Acting Director of the Manhattan area office, OSHA, DOL
New Fire Code for New York City
Julian Bazel, Counsel and James Hansen, Director of Code Revision, FDNYC
HOT TOPICS in EHS, PDC - 10/16/09
Combustible Dust - Dr. Ebadat, Chilworth Technology
H1N1 Pandemic - Dr. Subramani, Occupational Physician, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Pandemic Planning at Pfizer - Jerome Ryan, Business Continuity Management, Pfizer
OEL: Occupational Exposure Limits – Robert Susman, Safebridge NY
Sampling and Evaluating Indoor Air Quality - Vince Daliessio, CIH, EMSL Analytical
LEED and the Public Health - Alex Nadolishny
-LEED AP, CES-Creative Environ Solutions Corp.
Regional Tri-Sectional IH Conference -- 12/5/2008
Organizations & Associations
Mold and Ventilation