2010 Past NEAIHA Meetings
AIHA Local Section 2010 All Day Industrial Hygiene Conference and Vendor
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
NEAIHA held its annual industrial hygiene conference and vendor exhibition
at the Four Points by Sheraton located in
MA on October 27, 2010.
Seven speakers presented current industrial hygiene topics to
approximately 150 conference participants.
In addition, representatives from 27 environmental and occupational
health and safety companies were present with booths in the exhibition hall
showcasing products and services for the industry.
conference featured a panel of experts discussing industrial hygiene and
occupational safety and health issues from regulatory, legal, and medical
perspectives. MaryAnn Medeiros,
Compliance Assistance Specialist with the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA), provided participants an update on current OSHA
activity occurring with the new administration including new enforcement
programs, the current regulatory agenda, and the new penalty policy.
Dr. Robert J. MacMillan, Board Certified in Occupational & Internal
Medicine and Occupational Medicine Consultant, discussed medical
perspectives on occupational health and OSHA, while Richard Wayne, Partner
at Hinckley, Allen, & Snyder, LLP, provided
a legal point of view on current OSHA initiatives.
afternoon session included two presentations on the Gulf oil spill response.
Commander Laura Hartline Weems, Chief of Shore & Sector Occupational
Safety with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), provided an overview of the
emergency response and safety challenges faced during the Gulf oil spill
response. Dave Sylvain,
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), reviewed
conducting health hazard evaluations on employees engaged in the Gulf oil
spill response efforts.
Also in the afternoon, Ted Myatt, Sc. D., Senior Scientist with
Environmental Health and Engineering (EH&E), Inc., spoke about infectious
disease concerns in non-healthcare facilities and reviewed case studies.
Alyson Fortune, Air Quality Scientist at Columbia Analytical
Services, provided an overview of current trends and evolving concepts on
VOCs in the indoor environment and implications on green building and vapor
Once again, the conference offered participants an opportunity to fulfill
the CIH ethics requirement through the ethics seminar presented by Bonnie
Weeks, Sanofi Pasteur, and Pam Greenley,
Institute of Technology (MIT).
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.
Medeiros, Compliance Assistance Specialist with OSHA, is pictured
above discussing the direction of OSHA under the new administration.
is Dr. MacMillan, Occupational Medicine Consultant, discussing
medical perspectives on health and productivity in the workplace and
limitations on OSHA health standards.
Esq., Partner at Hinckley, Allen, &
Snyder, LLP, is pictured above speaking about legal perspectives on
is Commander Laura Hartline Weems, Chief of Shore & Sector
Occupational Safety with USCG, talking about the real hazards versus
perceived hazards during the Gulf oil spill response.
NIOSH, is pictured above describing the health hazard evaluations
conducted on employees working on fishing trawlers responding to the
Gulf oil spill.
Air Quality Scientist at Columbia Analytical Services, is pictured
above on the right with Mark Malchik,
Fortune discussed industrial hygiene implications on green building
and vapor intrusion initiatives pertaining to VOCs in the indoor
Sanofi Pasteur, (right) and Pam Greenley, MIT, (left) once again led
the ethics seminar.
New England AIHA Joint Technical
Meeting with the New England Chapter of the
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
The New England Section’s June meeting was held
at our traditional location, Anthony’s Pier 4 in
The meeting was held in conjunction with the New England
Chapter of the Auditing Roundtable.
The speakers this year were Kerry Ann Jaggassar, ENVIRON
International Corporation, and Dr. Charles Redinger, Redinger EHS.
Jaggassar spoke about “Organizing and Managing Industrial
Hygiene Data” and explained the challenges and lessons learned when
implementing data software to manage industrial hygiene data.
Dr. Redinger gave an “Update from the ISO World: How Upcoming
Changes May Affect Industrial Hygienists, EHS Professionals, and
He reviewed ISO standards applicable to environmental and
occupational safety and health professionals.
He also provided an update on the changes taking place at
AIHA in "Discussion on the AIHA's 2011-2015 Strategic Planning
Process." Copies of the
presentations are available on the Meeting Presentations tab of the
The meeting was graciously sponsored by
Analytical Services, Inc.,
Kerry Ann Jaggassar of ENVIRON International
Corporation is shown above on the left with Paul Webb, NEAIHA
Dr. Charles Redinger of Redinger EHS is pictured
above on the left with Paul Webb, NEAIHA President.
Adrian Stanca of Proscience Analytical Services is pictured above
discussing services provided by the company.
Also in attendance with Proscience was Simona Holacsek (not
NEAIHA Spring Dinner
Meeting and Workshop:
Exposure Assessment of Nanomaterials: Bridging the gap between
research and IH
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
The New England Section’s April technical meeting was
held at the Hilton in Woburn, Massachusetts.
The topic was “Exposure Assessment of Nanomaterials:
Bridging the gap between research and IH practice.”
Dhimiter Belo, Sc. D, University
of Massachusetts Lowell, and Susan Woskie, Professor in
the Department of Work Environment, School of Health & Environment, University of Massachusetts
presented an interesting perspective on conducting exposure assessments
of nanomaterials. They
demonstrated equipment used in the field and led a group discussion on
case studies. The meeting
was graciously sponsored by Pharmaceutical
Containment Technologies www.pctamericas.com.
Paul Webb, NEAIHA President, pictured above on the
left with Dhimiter Bello, University of Massachusetts
Susan Woskie, Professor at
University of Massachusetts
is pictured above on the right with Paul Webb, NEAIHA President.
Tim Cowher with Pharmaceutical
Containment Technologies, sponsor for the meeting, talked about
containment products that can be used for nanomaterials.
Boston ASSE Joint Industrial Hygiene Technical Meeting
Thursday, January 28, 2010
NEAIHA held a joint evening meeting with the
Greater Boston Chapter (GBC) of the American Society of Safety
Engineers (ASSE) at The Best Western in Waltham, MA
on January 28, 2010.
This year we had a record turnout of approximately 100 participants!
Two engaging speakers spoke about how to adequately respond
to emergencies. Marcella
R. Thompson, PhD(c), MS, CSP, RN, COHN-S, FAAOHN University of Rhode
Island, presented responding to elemental mercury contamination, and
Deputy Chief Gerry Mahoney, Cambridge Fire Department and Cambridge
Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) Chair, spoke about
emergency response to laboratory facilities.
NEAIHA also recognized two departing members of the Executive
Committee for their service to NEAIHA: Corey Briggs for his long
service in the three Presidential roles and as Director and John
Dembrowski as Director.
The meeting was graciously sponsored by
Fire and Rescue
Marcella R. Thompson, PhD(c), MS, CSP, RN,
COHN-S, FAAOHN (pictured above) presented a case study and discussed
recommendations on responding to mercury contamination.
Andy Kalil, NEAIHA Past
President, pictured above on the right with Deputy Chief Gerry
Mahoney (left), who talked about experiences in the field responding
to emergencies in laboratories.
John Dembrowski is pictured above
on the left with Andy Kalil, Past President, accepting an appreciation
Corey Briggs is pictured above on
the left with Andy Kalil, Past President, accepting an appreciation