September 29, 2021

Education Connection 2021 October

Featured Blog Post

New Research on Scientific Misinformation
By Ed Rutkowski

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, rapid advances in knowledge related to the disease have contributed to contradictory messaging from public health authorities and policymakers. The public has had to grapple with not only the understandable and expected disagreements among scientists about an evolving crisis but a disheartening amount of misinformation (incorrect information perceived as valid) and disinformation (false information intended to mislead). To the extent that misinformation and disinformation contribute to vaccine hesitancy, they are prolonging the pandemic. What, if anything, can be done about it?

Virtual PDC Week: Fall 2021

Join us November 8-12, 2021 
Earn from 3.5 to 7 Contact Hours per course

Our favorite professional development courses are going virtual next month! Immerse yourself in live, in-depth instruction from OEHS industry experts – right from your home or office. View the schedule and register today.

Featured Education

CIH Exam Prep Resources
Preparing to sit for the CIH exam can seem like a daunting process. But it doesn’t have to be!

AIHA University can help you prepare with convenient and affordable study materials. We’ve lined up some of the best resources to help you get ahead as you take this important step in your career.

Featured eLearning

AIHce EXP 2021 OnDemand Recordings are Now Available
Get OnDemand access to curated, peer-reviewed education from AIHce EXP 2021!

AIHce OnDemand session recordings bring the best of AIHce EXP directly to you. Choose from individual sessions, save 15% on our topic bundles, or save 50% with the full package. You can even earn contact hours!

Tap into AIHce OnDemand to stay up to date on the latest OEHS topics.

Top 10 Imperatives for the AIHA Exposure Risk Management Process Presentation Recording - Free Recording - 1 contact hour!
Each of us seeks to ensure that we are effective in our efforts to protect workers from harmful exposures. We are also acutely aware of the need to be efficient in our efforts to do so. This one-hour video highlights ten of the most critical success factors that must be incorporated into our exposure risk management processes if we are to be both effective at ensuring that workers are protected and efficient in our use of resources.

Upcoming Webinars

Professional Ethics and Practice of Industrial Hygiene
Thursday, October 14, 2021, from 1:00 - 3:00 PM ET
Earn 2 Contact Hours*

*Note: This webinar satisfies the 2-hour BGC Ethics requirement.

Reaffirm your commitment to the ethical practices of industrial hygiene by registering for our webinar, Professional Ethics and Practice of Industrial Hygiene.

This webinar will heighten your awareness by using case studies and references from the literature to illustrate the Code of Conduct for the Practice of Industrial Hygiene and its interpretive guidelines. The presenters will also discuss ethical issues associated with emerging areas of practice and consulting, and review ethics code enforcement issues relevant to the industrial hygiene profession. In addition, understanding and taking action to comply in good faith with the Code of Conduct will maintain the CIH as a hallmark for those practicing in the OEHS field.

The Multi-Cultural Workforce: Challenges and Solutions for Occupational & Environmental Professionals
Thursday, October 21, 2021, from 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET
Earn 1 Contact Hour

The average workplace is composed of workers from many different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. While legal norms exist to prevent discrimination in the workplace, in real life employers may not understand their obligations to protect the health and safety of workers, nor have the expertise to do so.

This webinar explores these issues in the context of OEH Scientists’ professional ability to understand complex changes in the workforce due to global economic shifts, migration, racism, discrimination against women, and other historic injustices. The presenters will unravel these complex national and international issues and provide suggestions for the OEHS profession and its allies to enhance the health safety of workers.

The Role of the Industrial Hygienist in a Pandemic: Insights from the New Edition
Thursday, October 28, 2021, from 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET
Earn 1.5 Contact Hours

The new edition of “The Role of the Industrial Hygienist in a Pandemic” has been released, full of resources and tools for general workers, health care workers, and management. This webinar will discuss the highlights and important points of the revised edition.

Presenters will review an outline of the book and lessons learned that the industrial hygienist needs to protect the working public from pandemic risks. The guide identifies hazards, risk groups, and recommended controls; offers a communication plan; describes the impact of a pandemic on organizations, and lists key resources to contact for further information.

Featured Publications

Life's Work: A 50 Year Photographic Chronicle of Working in the U.S.A.
By renowned photographer Earl Dotter

This 50-year retrospective is a journey chronicling the raw beauty of people in the workplace… their blood, sweat, and energy. It is the conversation piece for every industrial hygienist whose life’s work is to ensure the health and safety of all workers.

What’s inside:

  • 500 beautifully reproduced images, personalizing the ongoing toll on workers from environmentally-related exposure to asbestos.
  • Chapter introductions and commentary from over thirty recognized experts.
  • An illustrated Postscript section to close this powerfully visual occupational, environmental, and public health documentary achievement.

This coffee table book is sure to be a conversation starter—get your copy today to have the industrial hygiene profession captured for a lifetime!

The Role of the Industrial Hygienist in a Pandemic, 2nd Edition
Edited by Roger D. Lewis and Robert Strode

This peer-reviewed, collaborative effort between AIHA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now available for FREE as a PDF download. Given the current state of the worldwide health crisis and the ever-changing nature of the Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) profession, this guidance document is more critical than ever. Over four times the size of the first edition, the revision contains an in-depth look at the roles and responsibilities of the Industrial Hygienist (IH) prior to, during, and in the aftermath of a pandemic. With new recommendations for the selection and use of personal protective equipment; a discussion on exposure assessment and controls; and steps for developing workplace protection plans, this guide is a must-have for IHs, healthcare professionals, and engineers and architects alike.

Download your copy from the AIHA University Bookstore to start expanding your skill set in the workplace!

Volunteer Opportunities

Open Call for CPAG Serving the Changing Workforce Working Group
AIHA is seeking members to serve on CPAG’s Serving the Changing Workforce Working Group. This working group is adjacent to the Content Portfolio Advisory Group (CPAG) and focuses on advancing the serving the changing workforce content priority. You don’t have to be a CPAG member to join this group; you just need to have an interest in the changing workforce! Applications will be accepted until October 31, 2021.

Register for Road Course Training!

Exposure and Chemical Monitoring - Beyond IH Fundamentals
October 18-20, 2021 | In-person, Westerville, OH
24 Contact Hours

Are you looking for interactive IH training to meet your professional development goals?

Gain hands-on experience in conducting qualitative exposure assessments and learn effective communication techniques for explaining results to employees and management. You’ll also earn 24 contact hours while you’re at it!

Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene Course – JUST ADDED!
December 6-10, 2021 | Virtual
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!

CPAG Spotlight

Occupational Exposure Banding: What You Need to Know
Occupational exposure banding provides a framework to help protect worker health from potential chemical exposures even when certain information on the chemical is lacking. Although an OEB is not a substitute for an OEL, creating an OEB is a step towards safeguarding workers from the chemical’s effects and may also help occupational health bodies prioritize the chemical in question for OEL development. For an overview of exposure banding, view AIHA’s new instructional video and supplemental guidance document.