Introducing a new program that brings professional development courses (PDCs) online! Attend high quality IH/OEHS education outside of AIHce EXP, AIHA's premiere annual conference.

Seven different courses are offered over a span of five days. Pick whichever ones work within your budget and schedule!

This year, the following courses are being offered November 16-20, 2020.

Registration is open!​​ See the full course offerings below. Register for the course you want through the course's description page.

Courses offered Monday, November 16

MSD Risk Assessment: Observational Tools and Checklists - Registration closed!

This course will focus on a methodology for selecting an appropriate risk assessment tool for the reduction of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). It will also introduce some of the tools used for observational surveys. Participants will learn how and when to use the WISHA checklist, the Occupational Repetitive Actions (OCRA) checklist, the Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA) and the new OSHA computer workstation checklists. There will be an opportunity to practice using each of the assessment tools for real work situations.

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MSD Risk Analysis: Beyond the Checklist - Registration closed!

This course will focus on more in-depth analysis methods, both for manual material handling and upper extremity repetitive work. Participants will learn how to calculate the NIOSH Recommended Weight Limit and the Lifting Fatigue Failure Tool (LiFFT) to determine if their lifting situations present unacceptable risk. They will also learn how and when to use tools for repetitive work by the hands and arms using the Distal Upper Extremity Tool (DUET) and the Revised Strain Index. There will be an opportunity to practice using each of the analysis tools with real work situations. The instructors will also discuss situations when more expertise and equipment may be required.

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Course offered Tuesday, November 17

Identifying Welding Exposures and Controls - Registration closed!

Welding fume has recently been categorized as a Group 1 Carcinogen. Welding is nearly ubiquitous in all industrial environments. This course describes the health/safety hazards associated with welding and thermal cutting processes. This PDC will present: a) terminology used in the welding industry; b) materials, thermal processes, and scenarios associated with overexposure potential; c) how to improve the quality of monitoring data; d) how to prioritize exposure assessments; e) ventilation techniques; f) respiratory protection options for welding and thermal cutting processes; and Comparison of the application of: the mixtures formula, NIOSH’s 0.010 mg/m3 suggested OEL for carcinogens, and Occupational Exposure Control Banding. Emphasis is placed on manganese and hexavalent chromium exposures as well as many other H&S hazards. An Excel spreadsheet for tracking relevant data for developing welding SEGs is provided.

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Course offered Wednesday, November 18

Electrical Safe Work Practices With Application of NFPA 70E (2021 Edition) - Registration closed!

This course was Top Rated in 2019!!!

This course has been updated to cover the 2021 NFPA 70E requirements. It covers principles needed to protect the worker during energized work from shock and arc flash hazards through personnel protection. A chronological sequence will be provided for implementing an electrical hazard control and program management through interactive polling questions and on-line chat. Also covered are updated requirements and interpretation of the 2021 Edition of NFPA 70E (Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace).

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Course offered Thursday, November 19

Decision Making in Managing Risk – Expand Context, Strengthen Skills- Registration closed!

Risk is a ubiquitous part of life and work. Decision making in managing risk is rife with complexity, tension, and paradox, which arise from this arena's ethical considerations, values-dependent and subjective nature. Depending upon the context and the who or what, a risk may be acceptable or not for the workers, public, board room, or news media. Decision making is emphasized because of its central role in risk management and the success of risk outcomes through advances in cognitive and organizational science. This PDC will: a) challenge participants to expand their risk perspectives and skills to effectively navigate more complex and interconnected risk profiles; b) present key ERM (COSO, 2017) distinctions applied to IH/OHS practice; c) examine the oft overlooked dynamics between risk appetite, tolerance, and transfer; and e) use games (Jeopardy and Bingo), case studies, and group exercises to strengthen risk related decision making skills (individual, organizational). Emphasis is given to identifying and closing gaps between participant skill levels and organizational needs and expectations. This course is based on a chapter in "Patty's Industrial Hygiene, 7th Edition (2020)" written by the instructors.

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Courses offered Friday, November 20

Environmental Surface Disinfectants in Health Care – Part 1 - Registration closed!

This course was Top Rated in 2019!!!

Disinfection is an important aspect of infection prevention in the healthcare environment. Reducing the prevalence of healthcare-acquired infections requires the selection of the right surface disinfectant. This is part one of a two-part PDC and will provide a comprehensive look at: a) how surface disinfectants work; b) how disinfectants are regulated; c) the most commonly used products; d) potential exposures; e) disinfectant alternatives; and f) new technologies in disinfection. The session will explore the IH issues: 1) what organism(s) are targeted by the disinfectants and 2) the surface compatibilities of the products. This PDC will follow the AIHA publication, "Guidelines for the Selection and Use of Environmental Surface Disinfectants in Healthcare."

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Environmental Surface Disinfectants in Health Care – Part 2- Registration closed!

This course was Top Rated in 2019!!!

This second part of a two-part PDC will take a deeper look at the modes of action, product formulations (bleach, peracetic acid), emerging technologies, quality assurance methods, and worker and patient safety and exposure concerns. The PDC will explore the IH issues of exposure sampling, potential product incompatibilities, mitigating employee exposures, and how different chemicals work against healthcare significant organisms.

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