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NEAIHA 2011 Past Meetings



NEAIHA Technical Half-Day Meeting

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

NEAIHA held our last meeting of the year on December 7, 2011 at the Yangtze River Restaurant in Lexington, MA.  The half-day technical meeting was well attended and attendees listened to speakers on the topics of laboratory safety and tuberculosis. 

Elizabeth Gross, Consulting Safety Officer for Safety Partners, Inc. and EH&S Director for the Whitehead Institute, reviewed lab incidents that occurred in research institutions and discussed elements of a lab safety program.  Elizabeth Graham, Consulting Safety Officer for Safety Partners, Inc., discussed the benefits of and how to conduct a gap analysis on a lab safety program.  Patricia Iyer, MSN, RN, BC, Director of Patient Management for the Tuberculosis Prevention and Control Program at MA Department of Public Health, provided an overview of tuberculosis including transmission, signs and symptoms, disease presentations, treatment, testing and diagnosis, and infection control and prevention. 

Copies of the laboratory safety presentations can be obtained by emailing Debra Gursha at debra.gursha@umb.edu.  The tuberculosis presentation will be posted under the Meeting Presentations tab.

The meeting was graciously sponsored by Safety Partners.

Bart Ellingsen, NEAIHA President-Elect (right), pictured above with Elizabeth Gross (left) who discussed several lab safety incidents that occurred in research institutions.


Bart Ellingsen (right) pictured above with Elizabeth Graham (left) who discussed conducting a gap analysis on a lab safety program.


Bart Ellingsen (left) with Patricia Iyer who presented an overview of tuberculosis.


Denise Aronson, President, Safety Partners, who was the meeting sponsor.


New England AIHA 2011 All Day Industrial Hygiene Conference and Vendor Exhibition

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

NEAIHA held its annual industrial hygiene conference and vendor exhibition on October 19, 2011 at the Four Points by Sheraton located in Norwood, MA.  Six speakers presented current industrial hygiene topics to approximately 130 conference participants.  In addition, representatives from 25 environmental and occupational health and safety companies were present with booths in the exhibition hall.    

The morning session featured three speakers on the topic of green chemistry.  John Warner, PhD., Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, provided background information on green chemistry and provided conference participants a better understanding of what green chemistry really is.  Through his personal and professional experiences, Dr. Warner explained how the field was started and evolved.  Nicholas Anastas, Ph.D., Office of Environmental Stewardship, Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1, presented EPA’s perspective and reviewed current programs supporting green chemistry.  Robert King, CIH, Capaccio Environmental, Inc., discussed the relationship between green chemistry and current industrial hygiene practices. 

The afternoon session included speakers on a variety of IH topics.  Louis DiBerardinis, Director, EHS Office, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, provided a review of the ANSI/AIHA laboratory ventilation standards including an overview and status of the BSR/AIHA Z9.14 Testing and Performance Verification Methodologies for Biological Safety Level 3 (BSL-3) Laboratories standard.  Bruce Lambert, CSP, Portsmouth Naval Ship Yard, discussed electrical safety-related work practices and tied together the requirements of NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace and OSHA.  Christine Pontus, MS, RN, COHN-S/CCM, Associate Director Health & Safety, Massachusetts Nurses Association, discussed workplace violence among health care workers and possible solutions to prevent workplace violence.

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, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 

Bart Ellingsen, NEAIHA President-Elect, pictured above with the green chemistry speakers, Robert King, Dr. John Warner, and Dr. Nicholas Anastas.


Bart Ellingsen, NEAIHA President-Elect, (left) with Louis DiBerardinis (right), who reviewed the ANSI/AIHA laboratory standards.


Bruce Lambert talked about electrical safety-related work practices and NFPA 70E.


Christine Pontus discussed workplace violence in healthcare settings.


Pam Greenley (left) and Bonnie Weeks (right) provided ethics training for those who needed to fulfill the CIH ethics requirement.


NEAIHA committee members Simona Holacsek (left) and Shannon Lozeau, Treasurer, (right) assist attendees register for the conference.


Conference attendees visiting the vendor booths in the exhibition hall.

New England AIHA Technical Evening Meeting

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The New England AIHA held its last meeting before the summer at Port 305 located in Marina Bay in Quincy, MA.  Attendees enjoyed great food and a spectacular view of the marina and Boston skyline!  The meeting focused on respiratory hazards.  Dr. Thomas Gassert, Assistant Professor of Medicine at UMASS Medical School and Visiting Scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health, provided an overview of pulmonary physiology and work-related respiratory health illnesses.  Susan Shepherd, ScD, Research Industrial Hygienist at UMASS Lowell, presented research on silica exposure during construction and demolition activities and presented a proposed silica standard.  Presentations will be posted under the Meeting Presentations tab. 

The meeting was graciously sponsored by Wilner-Greene Associates, Inc.

Mark Malchik (left), NEAIHA President, is pictured above with Dr. Gassert (right) who discussed occupational health illnesses, such as occupational asthma, inhalation fevers, byssinosis, and pneumoconiosis.


Mark Malchik (right) is pictured above with Susan Shepherd, ScD, (left) who led a group activity on providing thoughts on the proposed silica standard.


Representatives from Wilner-Greene Associates, who sponsored the meeting.


View of the boardwalk from the restaurant.


View of the marina and Boston skyline from the restaurant.


A room with a view…

New England
AIHA Technical Evening Meeting

Thursday, March 31, 2011

NEAIHA held an evening meeting at Ken’s Steak House in Framingham, MA on March 31, 2011.  Meeting attendees from throughout New England (Maine, NH, CT, RI, and MA) heard two excellent speakers talk about worker safety and management challenges in the healthcare industry. 

Jon Boyer, ScD, Environmental Health and Safety Manager at Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA, presented data on injuries and illnesses among healthcare workers.  Boyer discussed challenges in injury reporting and data collection and the types of injuries suffered by the diverse healthcare workforce.  Charlene Sotolongo, MSPH, Sr. Director, Environmental Health and Safety and Radiation Safety at UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA, discussed the many challenges of managing an EHS department at a medical school and hospital especially the economic challenges.  Sotolongo talked about the many elements of a comprehensive EH&S program, including exposure monitoring and injury and illness prevention programs.  The presentations will be posted under the “Meeting Presentations” tab.

The meeting was graciously sponsored by Hillmann Environmental Group, LLC, Wellesley, MA.


Jon Boyer (left) pictured above with Mark Malchik, NEAIHA President (right).

Mark Malchik, NEAIHA President, (left) standing next to Charlene Sotolongo (right).



Greg Hatch of Hillmann Environmental Group, LLC, the meeting’s sponsor.


NEAIHA-Greater Boston ASSE Joint Industrial Hygiene Technical Meeting

Thursday, January 20, 2011

NEAIHA held our annual joint evening meeting with the Greater Boston Chapter (GBC) of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) at Doubletree Guest Suites in Waltham , MA on January 20, 2011.  We had another great turnout this year!


Harald D. Carlson, CRIS, LEED AP, Senior Risk Engineer with Zurich Services Corporation, discussed basic accident investigation techniques and root cause analysis and added some of his experience in conducting accident investigations.  Michael Ziskin, CHMM, CHCM, founder and Executive Vice President of Field Safety Corporation, provided an interesting discussion on best management practices for chemical protective clothing including identifying all hazards and employee exposure, performing a risk assessment, selecting and purchasing correct types of protective clothing, and conducting employee training and education.


The meeting was graciously sponsored by ESIS Health, Safety & Environmental Consulting.


Pictured above from left to right are Tom Rich with ASSE, Harald Carlson with Zurich Services Corporation, and Mark Malchik , NEAIHA President.


Mark Malchik , NEAIHA President, is pictured above on the left with Michael Ziskin, who spoke about chemical protective clothing.


The meeting sponsors from ESIS Health, Safety & Environmental Consulting.







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