June 30, 2021

Education Connection 2021 July

How AIHA's Content Priorities Serve the OEHS Community
By John Baker


Every five years, the AIHA Content Portfolio Advisory Group (CPAG) reviews an “environmental scan” of future trends influencing the occupational and environmental health and safety profession. AIHA’s content priorities are selected based on the results of the scan. This post assesses how well each content priority has served us over the past year, during which our profession has experienced unprecedented challenges.


Upcoming Webinars

Methemoglobinemia Resulting from Work in an MDI Tank
August 26, 2021 | 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET
Earn 1.5 Contact Hours
This webinar will discuss a case study about a near-fatal MDI exposure, which occurred to an experienced company that specializes in cleanup activities. This case demonstrates the need to share lessons learned from this accident with the broad occupational safety and health community.
You will learn more about the hazards of MDI, what methemoglobinemia is, and its impact on the body.


    IP for IH—Instructional Practices for Industrial Hygienists
    Thursday, September 2, 2021 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET
    Earn 1 Contact Hour

    Many industrial hygienists are required to design, develop, and deliver health and safety training. However, they haven’t had the opportunity to learn how people process information, develop skills, and later apply those skills and information. Even with this knowledge, how do you best design training to match?

    In this webinar, you’ll get a brief introduction of the “information processing” model of human cognition and learn specific evidence-based techniques for creating training that people remember, leads to changed behaviors, and results in desired outcomes.

    The Role of OEHS Professionals in Continuity Planning: A Practical Application
    September 9, 2021 | 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
    Earn 2 Contact Hours

    Learn why continuity planning with OEHS professionals is critical to an organization’s successful future.

    This webinar will discuss the elements of continuity plans, why they are key to an organization’s success, how the OEHS department can better prepare itself, and more.


    Featured Technical Framework

    Role of the OEHS Professional in Continuity Planning

    Continuity plans, often called continuity of operations plans, business continuity plans, continuity of government plans, or operational continuity succession plans, provide a road map for maintaining functionality during a disaster. Buildings may not be accessible, travel may not be reliable, manufacturing of goods may not occur, and employee attendance is reduced.

    During an emergency incident, personnel and resources must be dedicated to responding to and controlling the incident. This response may include personnel and resources within an organization, or it may involve professional emergency responders. Meanwhile, even if the
    emergency event is one that affects entire communities, society must continue to function. Continuity planning is necessary to ensure that work organizations continue to operate during periods of disruption.

    CPAG Spotlight

    Beta Test the New Flame Resistant Clothing (FRC) Assessment Tool
    Understanding, evaluating, and selecting flame-resistant clothing can be a challenge for many OEHS professionals. The new FR Assessment Tool, developed by members of AIHA’s Protective Clothing and Equipment Committee, provides step-by-step guidance for performing a flash fire risk assessment and helps users decide whether FR clothing is needed for a given work task. The FR Tool Development Team invites the AIHA community to beta test this new tool and provide feedback no later than 08/31/2021.


    AIHce 2022

    Share Your Expertise at AIHce EXP 2022
    AIHce EXP is now accepting proposals through September 15, 2021! Consider presenting a PDC, education session, pop-up session, or poster to introduce your colleagues to the latest OEHS information, trends, technology, and best practices.

    Before you get started, check out our helpful tips on how to put your best foot forward when submitting your proposal, based on the needs and wants of our attendees.


    Help Shape the AIHce EXP 2022 Education Program
    Be a part of the process of building the educational content of AIHce EXP 2022, and preview the program, by volunteering to be a technical submission reviewer. A reviewer serves as the technical expert, evaluating proposal content, making sure that submittals are technically sound.

    AIHA is seeking active committee member volunteers to serve as both PDC and/or Education Program reviewers. This is your opportunity to play a role in the shaping the premier conference in industrial hygiene! The review will be completed entirely online, and will be open September 20 – October 4, 2021.

    If you are interested in volunteering, please contact your committee leadership and Diana Kane, Program Manager Education, dkane@aiha.org, to indicate your interest no later than Wednesday day, August 11.


    If you have any questions related to Education Program Reviewing, please contact Diana Kane, CAE, Program Manager, Education at dkane@aiha.org, 703-846-0753.

    For questions on the PDC review process, please contact Erin Breece, Program Director, Education at ebreece@aiha.org, 703-846-0749.

    Register Early and SAVE for Fall Face-to-Face Training! 

    Learn the Basics with Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene
    September 20-23, 2021 | In-person, Westerville, OH
    32 Contact Hours

    One of AIHA's most popular courses, Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene is designed for OEHS professionals new to industrial hygiene or who have newly acquired IH responsibilities. This course teaches the basics of industrial hygiene through sampling and workshop sessions, hands-on lab experiences, demo sessions, and problem-solving exercises. Be sure to register early, as this course sells out quickly! You can also save $100 when you register 30 days before the course start date.


    Enhance Your Expertise and Enroll in Exposure and Chemical Monitoring: Beyond IH Fundamentals
    October 18-20, 2021 | In-person, Westerville, OH
    24 Contact Hours

    This intermediate three-day course is designed to provide additional training and knowledge in the aspects of industrial hygiene chemical monitoring through group exercises and discussion. Attendees work in groups of four and build on their knowledge gained in the Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene course. From conducting a qualitative exposure assessment for an SEG to effectively communicating results to employees and management, this course has you covered. Early registrants can save $200!

    This intermediate three-day course is designed to provide additional training and knowledge in the aspects of industrial hygiene chemical monitoring through group exercises and discussion. Attendees work in groups of four and build on their knowledge gained in the Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene course. From conducting a qualitative exposure assessment for an SEG to effectively communicating results to employees and management, this course has you covered. Early registrants can save $200!