Mid-South AIHA Local Section Newsletter

June 2000


Fellow Members of the Mid-South AIHA,

As you may recall, our local AIHA section combined with the local ASSE in late 1998 to form a consortium that has been great for both associations. The national AIHA also has initiatives recognizing the broadening of our profession including the name change of the annual AIHA meeting from the AIHCE to EHSCE.

In addition to this name change, the national AIHA has had many other directives aimed at realigning our organization with our current professional functions. The AIHA sponsored the first Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety week last year. The second annual OEHS is scheduled again this year in late August and early September when numerous activities will take place. In addition to sponsoring the OEHS, the AIHA provided expert input on the pending ergonomics standard as well as public statements on indoor air quality, microbial contamination of household air and carbon monoxide in the home. Last year the AIHA and AAIH also moved ahead with the merger of these to great associations. With this flurry of activity in our profession, isn’t it a great time to be a health and safety professional and especially a great time to be an industrial hygienist?

Although, we are constantly besieged with related information from newspapers, radio, television, periodicals, and internet, the best source for concise information on industrial hygiene issues comes from our local section meetings. If you missed our meetings in the past 12 months you have missed a lot. We have had professional speakers discuss medical surveillance issues, the proposed ergonomics standard, respiratory protection, heat stress, and TOSHA regulatory updates … just to name just a few. Future meetings are currently being planned that will include informative discussions on effective hazard assessments, documentation practices to protect yourself and your company, more TOSHA and federal updates, mock trial, how to sell health and safety programs to top management, and much more.

In the past, our meetings were well attended with more than 40 safety and health professionals present each month providing you a great place to network. Our meetings are usually, but not always, the 3rd Friday of each month at 11:30 AM at the Mt. Moriah Holiday Inn. An announcement will be emailed prior to each meeting to allow you time to make arrangements. Be sure to read the upcoming newsletters for these announcements and more.

The Mid-South AIHA is committed to keeping you informed of national events as well as bring you opportunities to share best practices with your fellow health and safety professionals. I look forward to another successful year and meeting my fellow professional industrial hygienist at the next meeting.


Ron Read, DPh, CIH
President - Mid-South AIHA

Meeting Announcement

Date: June 16, 2000
Time: 11:30 AM -1:00 PM
Location: Holiday Inn -Mt. Moriah at I-240
Cost: $12.00 (Includes Lunch Buffet)
Presentation: JSA's for General Industry
Speaker: Bill Bradshaw from Ensafe, Inc.


New Officers For 2000-2001

New officers were elected at the special business meeting held in May. These officers will be officially introduced at the June Consortium Meeting. The new officers are:

President -- Ron Read, 901-287-3517
MA Hanna Rubber - Covington

Vice President – Cynthia Searcy, 901-947-7849
GTS Duratek - Memphis

Treasurer -- Rhonda Flow, 901-354-1082
INEOS - Millington

Secretary -- Dee McGhee Ward, 901-763-7495
International Paper – Memphis

Board of Directors:
Peter Swerzenski - Past President, 901-763-7496
International Paper – Memphis

Lynn Kruse, (901) 370-4510
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company – Memphis

David K. Martin, 901-763-7494
International Paper – Memphis

Nick Ridge, (901) 377-9139
HESS Environmental Services, Inc. – Bartlett


Treasurer’s Report

At this time we have 14 current members and 9 members with dues needed for a total of 23 members. As of May 2000, the organization has $3192.11 in an account at Memphis Area Teachers' Credit Union.

1999 Ending Balance $3,595.13
2000 Debits - Recent 2000 Credits- Recent
$235.36 (Business Lunch) $ 65 (Dues Collection)
May 2000 Ending Balance $3,192.11


Local AIHA Dues Notice

Annual membership dues for the Mid-South AIHA section are now due. The price for membership is $10. However, if you are a national member and can provide your national membership number, your dues are only $4. This is a great deal!

Become a member or maintain your membership by sending your check, made out to "AIHA Mid-South Section" to: INEOS; 2665 Fite Rd.; Memphis, TN; 38127; Attn: Rhonda Flow. Please include your name, company, mail address, phone number, email address, and national membership number along with your check. … or bring your dues with you to the next meeting.


Update From May Business Meeting

On May 16th, we had our 2000 business meeting to elect new officers. In addition to the election of the new officer, we discussed the following:

Some of the ongoing activities we discussed included:

If you are interested in helping out with any of these activities, please contact Dee Ward, secretary, at


The AIHA Mission Statement:

"The American Industrial Hygiene Association is an organization of professionals dedicated to the recognition, evaluation, and control of environmental factors arising in or from the workplace, that may result in injury, illness, impairment, or affect the wellbeing of workers and members of the community."

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