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NEAIHA 2014 Past Events


New England AIHA (NEAIHA) Local Section 2014 All Day Industrial Hygiene Conference and Vendor Exhibition


NEAIHA held its All Day Conference and Vendor Exhibition at the Four Points by Sheraton located in Norwood, MA on October 21, 2014.  Eight speakers presented current industrial hygiene (IH) topics to approximately 70 conference participants.

In addition, representatives from 22 environmental and occupational health and safety companies were present with booths in the exhibition hall showcasing products and services for the industry.   

Peter Collopy, CSP, CIH, CHP, Consultant presented Radioactive Materials Associated with Hydrofracturing”.

Betsy Gilman Duane, MS, RBP, CBSP, Practice Director, Life Sciences at Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc.  presented Best Practices for IBCs in Challenging Times”. 

Helene Freed, EdM, Public Relations Specialist at Industrial Hygiene Testing presented 6 Components of a Hearing Conservation Program”.


Daniel Erwin, Author of 2 e-books on Libby Vermiculite Insulation presented, "Libby Vermiculite Insulation and Libby Amphibole Asbestos"


Afternoon presentations by leaders in the IH field captivated the audience.  The four speakers were as follow:

Conference participants also participated in a 50/50 raffle.  Money from the tickets sale was allocated to the NEAIHA annual scholarship fund.

New England AIHA Student Member Mixer

NEAIHA held a Student Member Mixer event on September 18, 2014 at Hilton Boston in Woburn, Massachusetts.  This event, the first of this type brought together students and Companies from the Boston area in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. 


The Student Mixer was a great opportunity for students in the Occupational Health and Safety field to introduce themselves to participating Consulting Companies such as: Environmental Health and Engineering of Needham, Environ of Boston, Envirotech Clean Air of Stoneham, Mabbett and Associates of Bedford, Safety Partners of Bedford, TRC Environmental of Woburn, UMass Lowell, etc.



Participating Companies presented their services and areas of expertise in the broad field of Occupational Health and Safety.



Hopefully this successful Student Mixer will constitute the beginning of a long series of events that are meant to bring young professionals and local and/or national companies together.


New England AIHA Local Section June Technical Meeting

NEAIHA held its June Technical Meeting at the US Coast Guard Base in Boston on June 25, 2014.  The meeting was well attended, and the technical content presented by our speakers was very informative for the participants.  

Rick Rabin, MPH, trainer and technical consultant for the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, spoke about the health hazards faced by the immigrant population in their work environment.  Mr. Rabin presented case studies illustrating exposure to chemical and mechanical hazards encountered in various industries, and challenges faced by the immigrant population in dealing with these hazards.


Ms. Diane Miskowski, MPH, Business Development Manager at EMSL Analytical, made a presentation in environmental pathogens, sample collection, and detection methods.  The main focus was on Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) analysis and this method use in environmental pathogens identification.

Mr. Andrew Kalil, Safety Associate at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, made a presentation about health and safety considerations regarding 3-D printers.  Mr. Kalil spoke about 3-D printers use in the era of rapid prototyping, and knowns and unknowns regarding health and safety issues during the 3-D printing process.


This meeting was graciously sponsored by:

PID Analyzers, LLC

2 Washington Circle, Unit 4

Sandwich, MA 02563                   





New England AIHA Local Section May Technical Meeting

NEAIHA held its May Technical Meeting at the Waltham Embassy Suites located in Waltham, MA on May 7, 2014.  The meeting was well attended, and the technical content presented by our speakers was very informative for the participants.

Dr. Anita Barry, MD, MPH, Director of Infectious Disease Bureau, Boston Public Health Commission, made a presentation on human infectious diseases.  During the presentation Dr. Barry spoke about the causing pathogens, symptomatology, and surveillance and infection control of the recent contagious outbreaks in the United States.

Joel Myerson, President at Safety, Inc. made a presentation on the capabilities of FTIR technology.  Mr. Myerson presented state of the art FTIR equipment, with pros and cons for using the instrument in field applications during IH evaluations.

Kevin Coghlan, MS, CIH, Chief Operating Officer at Environmental Health and Engineering, made a presentation in silica dust.  Mr. Coghlan presented a short history of silica dust health effects and regulatory approaches, as well as a summary of OSHA’s proposed rule for Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica.

This meeting was graciously sponsored by:

Envirotech Clean Air, Inc.

10 Spencer Street

Stoneham, MA 02180                    

(800) 698-1300


New England AIHA Joint Technical Meeting with Greater Boston ASSE

NEAIHA held its February Technical Meeting at the Hilton Boston located in Woburn, MA on February 12, 2014.  Four very engaging speakers presented three industrial hygiene topics to approximately 100 conference participants. 

Tim Irving, ARM, CHST, a Compliance Assistance Specialist in the OSHA Braintree office, made a presentation on OSHA’s accident investigations.  During his presentation Mr. Irving spoke about the reason and methods used by OSHA during their investigations.

Kevin Drinan, CIH, PE, Industrial Hygiene Services Manager and Michael Gitten (picture below), LSP, PE, Environmental Division Manager, both of Cardno ATC in Woburn, MA, made a presentation on PCBs in Building Materials.  During their presentation Mr. Drinan and Mr. Gitten spoke about lessons learned over the years and challenges while managing PCBs.

Dr. Dhimiter Bello (picture below), ScD, MSc, Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell presented novel concepts in Nanotechnology: Part 1 and Part 2.

THIS NEAIHA meeting was graciously sponsored by Safety, Inc.  www.esafetyinc.com






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