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September 1999 Newsletter

From the President

Brian Cawley, President LV-AIHA

Welcome back returning members and greetings to all prospective members! We are excited about the way the 1999-2000 season is shaping up. If you are not currently a member, and wondering why you received this newsletter, be sure to review the article on the benefits of membership.

Before launching into our plans for the year, some housekeeping items:

    1. The AIHA is still the AIHA. The OHSEA name change failed, but don’t be surprised if another name change is proposed in a couple of years.
    2. Mutual Membership is still only a proposal from the parent AIHA. They plan to put it to a vote of the members by 2001 or 2002. The plan being discussed now will allow you to remain a local section member without joining the parent AIHA.
    3. We do not have a Y2K Plan.

1998-1999 was a great year, due in large part to the expert of our Past-President, John Mosovsky.

We had a successful PDC and Conference in April, continuing our tradition of providing some of the best professional development around - at rock bottom prices.

The local section is financially strong, thanks largely to the capable fiscal planning and bean counting of our Treasurer, Jim Kershner. We continue to generate revenue, and then give it away to worthy endeavors. This year we have set up a committee to review our charity and scholarships and hopefully increase both.

The fall lineup is set already and looking good. Our first dinner meeting will be held September 8th at the Bethlehem Brew Works. The topic will be "Managed First-Aid for Individuals with Musculoskeletal Disorders".

We have a technical plant tour scheduled for October 20th, from 9-12, at the Martin Guitar Company factory in Nazareth, "Ergonomic Solutions in a Hand-Crafted Industry". And for you CIHs out there, the tour has already been approved by the ABIH for CM point. And at no charge for members - that spells v-a-l-u-e!

The next dinner meeting will be November 10th at the Holiday Inn in Bethlehem and the topic will deal with current issues in non-ionizing radiation, and yes, you can bring your cell-phone.

The holiday social in December will be free for all members. The date and location have not been set, but if you have any suggestions, let me know. In fact, feel free to contact me with any thoughts, comments, ideas, or questions. My contact information is on the front cover. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!


Legislative Affairs Update

by Joe Compton

The Pennsylvania Industrial Hygiene Council continues to track the progress of industrial hygiene title protection legislation for the state of Pennsylvania. The goal of this legislation, known as "The Protection Act for Industrial Hygiene and Safety Professions", is to prohibit usage of the titles "Certified Industrial Hygienist" (CIH) and "Certified Safety Professional" (CSP) by individuals not certified by the respective bodies that issue those titles.

This legislation DOES NOT seek to prohibit the practice of industrial hygiene by non-certified professional industrial hygienists. It simply provides legal title protection of the terms "CIH" and "CSP" within the state of Pennsylvania.

Originally introduced in February 1999, this bill is currently in the Senate Labor and Industry Committee. It is numbered as Senate Bill 361. The Labor and Industry Committee will hold hearings on the bill in the Fall.

Although we anticipate that the bill will be approved by this committee and by the full Senate, every member of the Lehigh Valley AIHA should call their state Senator’s office to request a copy of the bill and to express his or her support of this legislation. Every call to your Senator’s office is counted and logged, so this is an important step towards moving this bill through the legislature.

If you have any questions on this bill, contact Joe Compton (610)-481-6613 or Email comptojr@apci.com).


Notice to Non-members: Benefits of Membership

You may be wondering why you received this newsletter. If so, it’s because we expanded the mailing list for this issue to some "non-members" to let you know what we have to offer. It’s true that as an AIHA Member, you could be required to join "your" local section in a year or two – if mutual membership is approved, but we prefer to have our members join the old fashioned way, voluntarily. So here are some of the benefits you receive for the small investment of $20 ($10 for students!).

1. $20 discount to our April Conference. There’s your investment back already.

2. Invited to our annual holiday social in December at no charge.

3. Invited to our technical plant tour at no charge - with CM point this year.

4. Be listed in, and receive, the Lehigh Valley AIHA directory.

5. Receive the section newsletter and regular meeting announcements.

6. Network with your peers in a casual setting.

How to join you ask? OK, then. Two options - print the application form from our homepage (www.lvaiha.org) or call Jim Kershner (610-712-5986) to have a form sent to you. Send the form in with a check and you’re done. It’s that easy!


Letter to the Editor

Thank you kind sirs for saving me from the horrors of repeating the ABIH comprehensive exam. Until recently, I was desperate, despondent, downtrodden. I was having a tough time earning my CM points due to my busy schedule and budget cuts - and I’m midway through my cycle. Then a friend told me about the best value in CM points anywhere - the Lehigh Valley Section!

I realized that if I attended the plant tour, three dinner meetings, and the 2-day PDC and Conference in April, I would earn a full 3 CM points for a total cost of only $280!! And no additional travel expenses. That’s less than $95 a point. When I compared that to the cost of most other courses and conferences, I was amazed. And my boss was impressed with my creative solution to accumulating those pesky CM points. Thank you Lehigh Valley Section!!


Certified in Catasauqua


Canoe the Lehigh

It is Friday the Thirteenth in August. Why not canoe 13 miles down the Lehigh River from Canal Park just below the Hamilton Street Bridge in Allentown to Easton, just above the dam? Especially if your company thinks this is a team-building event and the company is going to fund this excursion. And the company is going to enlist the services of the Wildlands Conservancy, an organization dedicated to promoting the Lehigh River.

And so most of the EH&S Department of Lucent Technologies at Allentown, with some reservation since most of us could barely remember the last time we had been in a canoe, assembled at Canal Park. We met up with Tom Kerr, Executive Director of the Conservancy and three of his staff. They supplied the nine canoes.

We bravely launched the canoes and I think we were all surprised by the feeling that we were in a wilderness. There was green all around us on both shores. Only at Bethlehem were you aware of civilization and "The Steel" that is visible from the Lehigh. We put in for a catered lunch at Freemansburg where a mule tender’s barn is being reconstructed.

At about 4 PM we landed in Easton, after being on the Lehigh River for six hours. We drove back to Canal Park, towing the nine canoes. The traffic and noise was a shock to our senses after experiencing the peace and tranquility of the Lehigh River.

Mercifully, we had the weekend to recover from any aches and pains. And if my boss is reading this, then yes, there was team building.---WRK


Kayak in Maryland

In a kayak built for two, we took on the Chesapeake Bay at Tilghman’s Island at the southern tip of Maryland’s Western Shore. My wife and I had never done this sort of thing together but were reassured by the proprietor of the rental shop that all we needed was lots of water and sunscreen.

So we stopped at the Acme for a couple of quarts of vintage H20 and after a 31-second lesson on kayak seamanship, we were buckled into life vests, shown a sponge and pump in case we took on water, and were off!

We began paddling and after going just a few yards we were beginning to show signs of coordination. We were doing more than splashing with our paddles and getting each other drenched. We were actually moving along in sort of a zigzag line. Like the man said this wasn’t difficult at all!

Our little piece of the bay came with lots of feathered wildlife. Needless to say, they flew off before we could get a close look. After a few hours paddling (this was starting to be like work) we decided that it was time to get something to eat. Fighting the tug of an outgoing tide, we made it to shore. The trip had left us both tired but invigorated. We agreed that we would do it again sometime.---WWC


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