Project Teams for Exposure Assessment Strategies Committee

The Exposure Assessment Strategies Committee has multiple project teams. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Sarah Gruber, AIHA Staff Liaison. 
 

Dermal Project Team

The mission of the project team is:
 
To create a broader understanding of dermal exposure assessment within the EASC, and determine how it can be utilized to build a more effective (comprehensive) exposure assessment and control program.
To determine how dermal exposure assessment truly fits into the AIHA model, and to modify the model as necessary to more appropriately address dermal exposure.

Resources Available

ISO/TR 14294:2011 Workplace atmospheres - Measurement of dermal exposure - Principles and methods. http://webstore.ansi.org/RecordDetail.aspx?sku=ISO%2fTR+14294%3a2011 
 
Abstracts from the 5th Occupational and Environmental Exposures of Skin to Chemicals (OEESC) Conference; Toronto, Canada, June 5-8, 2011. Published in the journal Dermatitis, vol. 22, issue 5, 2011.

Topic-Specific Dermal Exposure and Risk Assessment Information and References

Five Year Strategic Planning Project Exposure Assessment Strategies Committee 

This planning project has been initiated with considerations that significant challenges will face our EASC subcommittee in the future.  All of those challenges reflect a need for our committee activities and the products produced therein to remain relevant.  Here are ideas that this project seeks to promulgate towards action by committee members, and AIHA members at large that might wish to join.

Updating Publications

The EASC produces some of the most widely held publications for advancing the bread-and-butter of industrial hygiene:  Exposure Assessment.  The current 3rd edition of the Strategy text was last updated in 2006; prior to that, 1998.  With an eight-year window, the 4th edition would need to be ready in 2014.  The current 2nd edition of the Modeling text was published in 2009, and will also be in the queue for subsequent updating.
 
Some of the clear content revisions needed to address improvements and changes in philosophy include:
  • Weaving “confirm” into the discussion of IH’s role to “anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control” adverse exposures.
  • Proficiency demonstrations in data interpretation to advance our collective performance as a profession.
  • Linking a demonstration of performance with exposure assessment databases.
  • How to show the means of Bayesian data treatment in a world geared toward “compliance.”
  • Progress with studies designed and published to better understand how available exposure models can impact both accuracy and bias of qualitative exposure judgments.
If you want to lead or participate in this initiative, contact any of the officers.  As soon as we have participation commitments, the planning may commence!

ERAM Philosophy Role Out

Much has been publicized about the migration of our profession to an Exposure Risk Assessment and Management (ERAM) philosophy.  The concept is in nascent stages, and we need a full-press lobbying effort, led by the EASC and the Risk Assessment Committee in order motivate the profession to this common narrative.
 
Personnel with an interest or work focus in communications, or who simply want to be on the front lines leading this change are encouraged to contact any of the officers.

Website Management

Our committee has a very large membership, and with the large number of existing and proposed enhancements envisioned by our committee leadership, we need timely and on-target delivery of information.  Recent leadership training pointed out the “martyr syndrome” where a few give 120%, only to be burned out.  Accurate and timely maintenance of the website is largely productive in keeping large numbers of professionals engaged and active.  Won’t you step forward and assist with making our website the best of the best within AIHA?

Professional Development Succession Planning

The EASC committee offers five (5) of the most important and highly rated PDCs year in and out.  (Note that elsewhere on this website you have access to a current list and descriptions of those five PDCs).  The initial instructors remain engaged and motivated, but it is time to start formalizing the next leaders of these PDCs.  We want to see motivated, competent instruction, and the way to get there is by monitoring them, assisting with vetting the presentations, and slowly participating in them. 
 
There is great camaraderie amongst instructors.  Not so good at public speaking?  Not confident in your own abilities?  Participate in any of these initiatives to calm those fears and build your own reputation as an expert.  Contact any of the committee leaders; they can put you in touch with the current leader of any PDC, who can assist with linking you to the development and planning of the content.

Standing Obligations Teams

If you are new to the committee and want to learn something about the processes that make the annual American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition so successful year in and out, you might want to check out a role in these recurring obligations that our committee supports:
  • Poster judging
  • Session arranging
  • Session moderating and monitoring
  • Becoming an officer of the committee
If you would like to start slow and easy, why not step up and communicate your desire to the current EASC officers?  We would greatly appreciate it!
 
Please contact our AIHA staff liaison for officers' contact information.