2009 Past NEAIHA Meetings
AIHA Local Section Evening Technical Meeting – Industrial Hygiene
Research at Universities and Colleges
NEAIHA held its
December meeting in Lowell, MA at The Brewery Exchange. There
was a great turnout for a busy holiday season! Six speakers
presented on current IH research conducted at several local
universities and college.
An important role
of our local section is to promote Industrial Hygiene to future IH
professionals. This meeting provided an opportunity for practicing
industrial hygienists to interact with students and faculty in EHS
programs in the New England area. Representatives from the following
colleges and universities were present:
Boston University, School of Public Health, Department of
Keene State College, School of Professional and Graduate Studies,
University of Massachusetts at Lowell, School of Health &
Environment, Department of Work Environment
Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health
Copies of the
presentations are available on the presentation tab of the NEAIHA
Boston University, School of Public Health, Department of
Environment Health is pictured on the left with Paul Webb, NEAIHA
President Elect. McClean shared results of a study assessing
exposures to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in asphalt
NEAIHA Director, introduced Melinda Treadwell, Keene State College,
School of Professional and Graduate Studies who spoke on her study
on particulate exposures to non-road diesel equipment operators.
It was noted that much of the work was collaborative effort with the
city of Keene, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, and students of
Keene State College.
Professor in the Harvard University School of Public Health, gave us
an overview of where industrial hygiene alumni are now practicing.
Professor in the Department of Work Environment, School of Health &
Environment, University of Massachusetts at Lowell spoke on
evaluating methods to improve dust, silica and noise exposures in
Treasurer (right) being thanked for his two years of service by Andy
Kalil, NEAIHA President. Thank you Dick – second time around
Ellenbecker, University of Massachusetts-Lowell spoke on the Toxic
Use Reduction Institute’s (TURI) technical services provided to
companies on reducing the use of toxic chemicals in their processes.
He provided to the audience a case study of the TURI program on the
process of elimination of chlorinated solvent use.
University of Massachusetts-Lowell, was last but not least!
Dr. Bello has been investigating exposures to nanoscale particles in
the workplace. His presentation provided insight on enormous
need for comprehensive approaches for assessing exposures to the
rapid expanding use of nanoparticles in our society.
AIHA Local Section 2009 All Day Industrial Hygiene Conference and Vendor
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
NEAIHA held its annual industrial hygiene conference and vendor exhibition
at the Sheraton Needham Hotel in Needham, MA on September 30, 2009.
Eight speakers presented current industrial hygiene topics to
approximately 185 conference participants.
In addition, representatives from 37 environmental and occupational
health and safety companies were present with booths in the exhibition hall.
This year held a different format with a chance for meeting attendees
to interact with the keynote speakers.
Barry Beder, Vice President of AllOne Health, presented “Innovation
in Human Error Reduction,” and David Ropeik, Ropeik and Associates, spoke
about “The Need for Better Risk Communication.”
Both speakers led breakout sessions giving meeting attendees an
opportunity to further discuss human error and risk communication.
Aaron Trippler, Director of Government Affairs at AIHA, provided an
update on federal and state governmental issues.
Erwin, Network Industrial Hygienist, VA New England Healthcare System, and
Dr. Alfred DeMaria, State Epidemiologist, Massachusetts Department of Public
Health, led a workshop on “Effective Interventions for Influenza Response.”
The afternoon session also included vendor presentations on the
latest advancements in services and products for occupational and
environmental health and safety professionals.
The conference offered participants an opportunity to fulfill the CIH
ethics requirement through the ethics seminar presented by Bonnie Weeks,
Genzyme Corporation, and Pam Greenley,
Institute of Technology. Copies
of the presentations are available on the presentation tab of the NEAIHA
website. For additional pictures
from the conference, click here to
view the slide show.
Beder, AllOne Health, discussed human factors, such as stress, and their
effect on safety in the workplace.
Beder is shown above on the left with Paul Webb, NEAIHA
Ropeik, Ropeik and Associates, discussed how human emotion plays a role is
risk perception. Ropeik is shown
on the left with Andy Kalil, NEAIHA President.
Aaron Trippler, AIHA, is
pictured on the left with Paul Webb, NEAIHA President Elect.
Trippler provided an inside look at what’s to come for OSHA and
Erwin, VA New England Healthcare System, and Dr. Alfred DeMaria,
Massachusetts Department of Public Health, discussed transmission and
prevention of H1N1 Influenza.
Andy Kalil, NEAIHA President, is shown on the left presenting speaker
appreciation gifts to Dr. DeMaria (center) and Erwin (right).
Weeks, Genzyme Corp., (right) and Pam Greenley, Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, (left) led an ethics seminar.
Stanton, Vice President of National Accounts, Fiberlock Technologies,
presented “Strengthening Scopes in Mitigation of Environmental Hazards in
Buildings,” such as asbestos, lead, and mold.
Fortune, Air Quality Scientist, Columbia Analytical presented “Defective
Analytical Testing” and discussed the problems caused by Chinese drywall,
analytical techniques used to test samples of drywall, and test results.
Myerson, Safety, Inc. presented the latest technology in gas detection, such
as the Gasmet FTIR gas analyzer and Dräger sensor.
AIHA New England
Section June Technical Meeting
Wednesday, June 24,
The New England Section’s
June meeting was held at Anthony’s Pier 4 in
and the technical topic was on ergonomics.
Dr. Ian Noy,
Director of Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, presented
“A Historical Perspective of Ergonomics”, discussing ergonomics from
Hippocrates to present day lean manufacturing.
Bob Manning from
Humanscale, presented “Ergonomics and the Office Environment” and
spoke about redesigning work stations and training employees on
Brian B. Bethel from Sikorsky Aircraft
Corporation presented “Managing Ergonomic Risks” and discussed
utilizing ergonomics teams for evaluating and solving ergonomics
The meeting was
graciously sponsored by Office Environments of New England (http://www.oene.com).
Dr. Ian Noy from
Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety is shown above on the
a speaker appreciation gift from Andy, Kalil,
Bob Manning from Humanscale is shown above on the
left with Paul Webb, NEAIHA President Elect.
Paul Webb, NEAIHA President Elect, pictured above
with Brian Bethel from Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation.
John Dembrowsky (right), Director,
pictured above with Chuck Marshall from Office Environments of New
England, who sponsored the meeting.
New England Section March Evening Meeting
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
The New England Section’s March technical meeting was
held at the Holiday Inn Select in
The topic was “Sustainability: Industrial Hygiene’s Role in the
Fast-growing areas of Energy Efficiency and Green Building Maintenance.”
Stephen Nicholas, President of Air Industries, Incorporated, reviewed
the new ASHRAE Standard 180 on inspection and maintenance of commercial
building HVAC systems in his presentation “Approaches to Effective
Maintenance of HVAC Systems.”
Fran Boucher, Senior Energy Engineer at National Grid, discussed indoor
environmental quality and ventilation issues as they relate to renewable
energy and sustainability. After
the presentations, Nicholas and Boucher led a roundtable discussion on the
role of industrial hygiene in commercial ventilation systems, renewable
energy, and sustainability. The
meeting was graciously sponsored by GZA GeoEnvironmental, Incorporated (www.gza.com).
Copies of the presentations will be available on the presentation tab
of the NEAIHA website.
Stephen Nicholas from Air Industries, Inc.
is shown above receiving a speaker appreciation gift from Paul Webb, CIH, CSP
and NEAIHA President Elect.
Fran Boucher from National Grid is shown
above receiving a speaker appreciation gift from Paul Webb, CIH, CSP
and NEAIHA President Elect.
From left to right: Stephen Nicholas from
Air Industries, Fran Boucher from National Grid, and Paul Webb, NEAIHA President Elect leading a
roundtable discussion on how industrial hygienists play a role in the
growing area of energy efficiency.
NEAIHA President Elect and Andy Kalil,
NEAIHA President are shown above with Mark Malchik (center) of GZA
GeoEnvironmental, who sponsored the meeting.
NEAIHA-Greater Boston ASSE Joint Industrial Hygiene Technical
Thursday, January 22, 2009
NEAIHA held a joint evening meeting with the
Greater Boston Chapter (GBC) of the American Society of Safety
Engineers (ASSE) at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research,
Inc. in Cambridge,
MA on January 22, 2009.
Tolle Graham, Senior Occupational
Health Educator/Organizer at MassCOSH, reviewed programs and
outreach activity the organization provides to workers, particularly
non-English speaking workers. Bob
Selwyn, V.P. Sales at Casella USA, presented on recent developments in
noise monitoring and compared
and European noise standards.
The meeting was graciously sponsored by Occupational &
Environmental Health Network (OEHN).
Copies of the presentations will be available on the
presentation tab of the NEAIHA website.
Toll Graham from
MassCOSH pointing to where meeting attendees feel pain on a body map
at the beginning of her presentation on “Changing the Workplace,
Engaging the Worker."
Tolle Graham from MassCOSH is shown
above receiving a speaker appreciation gift from Andy Kalil, CIH and
Adam Sotirakopoulos, President of
the Greater Boston Chapter of ASSE, thanking Bob Selwyn from Casella USA for his presentation on
occupational noise. Bob
Selwyn presented differences in noise measurements between the
and Europe in “Noise
Dosimetry and the Great Divide.”
Tanya Robinson and Joe
Flynn from the Occupational and Environmental Health Network (OEHN)
presenting the meeting sponsor check to Andy Kalil, NEAIHA President
and Adam Sotirakopoulos, President of the Greater Boston Chapter of