November 28, 2023

Education Connection 2023 December

Featured Blog Post

Education and Technical Initiatives: 2023 in Review
By: Alla Orlova

As the end of the year approaches, AIHA continues to be at the forefront of developing cutting-edge, science-based education and resources. Read more for a summary of the courses developed and titles published during a very productive year.

Last Call for AIHA CONNECT 2024 Education Pop-Ups

Be a part of AIHA CONNECT 2024

If you’re interested in adding public speaking to your skillset, consider presenting an education pop-up session at AIHA CONNECT 2024 (formerly AIHce EXP).

The deadline to submit your proposal for an education pop-up session is quickly approaching on January 17.

These interactive 25-minute presentations are a fantastic way to dip your toe into public speaking and spark conversation with your peers. You can even invite up to 2 colleagues to join you!

Featured eLearning

SDS & Label Authoring Course

Gain proficiency in Safety Data Sheet (SDS) & Label Authoring with AIHA University’s updated self-study course. So much new content has been added, you can now earn 16 contact hours and test your knowledge with interactive quizzes!

Check out AIHA University’s Digital Catalog

Browse for all the resources to support your professional development in one place. From eLearning courses to publications, we have many options for all learning styles!

Expand your knowledge with Welding: A Case Study in Occupational Hygiene

This self-study course has been updated with fresh content, self-study materials, and knowledge checks for a comprehensive experience. Gain proficiency and earn 9 contact hours when you sign up today!

Catch Up On Contact Hours With OnDemand

Access the highly rated education shared at AIHce EXP with the AIHce EXP 2023 Full OnDemand Package.

AIHce OnDemand session recordings bring the best of the conference to your desktop. With the full package, you have the potential to earn up to 118 contact hours. This package is only available through December 31, so get it today before it’s gone!

Cost-Effective Education at Your Fingertips

An AIHA University eLearning Subscription is perfect for individuals and organizations looking for cost-effective training on the latest OEHS topics. You can earn up 24 contact hours with flexible access to select AIHA education webinars and AIHce OnDemand recordings.

Train your entire team for the cost of one subscription, with pricing conveniently tailored to your group size. Or spend less than $21 per contact hour when you subscribe as an individual! Subscribe to the 2024 program by Dec. 31 before our early bird rates expire.

Use of Direct Reading Instruments Certificate Program
Earn 4 Contact Hours
Member Price: $300 | Non-Member Price: $350

This introductory-level certificate program is perfect for anyone who uses DRIs to monitor work environments for worker health and safety.

Featured Publications

A Case-Based Introduction to Modeling Occupational Inhalation Exposures to Chemicals
Member $89 | Non-Member $115

This collection of case studies is written to provide an application-based “on-ramp” to the mathematical modeling of inhalation exposures to chemicals. Seeing the models as integral tools for everyday exposure assessment will help you improve the quality of your exposure judgments.

Industrial Hygiene Performance Metrics, 2nd edition
Member $71 | Non-Member $92

This manual provides IH and safety managers with clear and concise measures for tracking operations and organizational performance. It presents metrics that focus on anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of techniques and implementation to improve the function of industrial hygiene programs and aid in the prevention of health hazards.

Looking Ahead: New Releases in 2024

With 2023 coming to a close, it’s time to start thinking about the new educational resources on the horizon for 2024. The ETI team is gearing up for a big year ahead, with a long list of revised books and new releases in hand. Keep your eyes open for these publications coming in 2024:

  • Sample Collection Quality Manual—new!
  • Odor Thresholds for Chemicals, 4th edition
  • Chemical Protective Clothing, 3rd edition
  • Biosafety Reference Manual, 3rd edition

Be sure to check the AIHA University Bookstore for updates on these books and other exciting resources!

Upcoming AIHA University Webinars

CIH Exam Equation Sheets Explained
Wednesday, December 13 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET
Earn 1 Contact Hour
Member $99 | Nonmember $125 | Student $25

Prepare for the CIH exam by attending this webinar on essential equations! Review common units of measurement, critical formulas and equations, and more to support your study goals.

Featured Technical Frameworks

Technical Framework: A One-of-a-Kind Resource for All IAQ IEQ Practitioners

This updated technical framework outlines the knowledge and skills that a competent indoor air quality (IAQ) practitioner should possess. Developed collaboratively by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA), the framework covers topics such as contaminants, atypical hazards, health effects, building systems, assessments, mitigation, design/construction, operations/maintenance, and documentation. It aims to establish a basis for training programs and improve professional IAQ practice. Elevate your expertise in indoor air quality—read the full framework today to enhance your understanding and application of core IAQ competencies.

Technical Framework: Climate Change Adaptation for the OEHS Professional

This new technical framework outlines the knowledge and skills needed by occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) professionals to address climate change hazards in the workplace. The framework utilizes the ARECC methodology to cover anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, controlling, and confirming OEHS hazards related to climate change. These include emerging hazards, chemical hazards like air pollution and wildfire smoke, biological hazards like infectious diseases, physical hazards like heat stress and UV radiation, psychosocial hazards, and emergency preparedness. The aim is to establish core competencies for OEHS professionals in safeguarding worker health and safety from the impacts of climate change. Take a proactive stance against climate change in the workplace—read the full framework today to better prepare and protect your workforce.

AIHA Volunteer Groups' Bodies of Work

AIHA Guidance Document: Focus Four for Health – An Initiative to Address Four Major Construction Health Hazards

This recently updated guidance document developed by the Construction Committee highlights four safety topics that were selected based on national injury and fatality statistics. The document includes a focused look at manual material handling, noise, air contaminants, and high temperatures. Under each topic, the reader can find more information on the exposures and risks; control strategies; regulations and guidance; how trade groups and IHs can help; and additional resources. Focus Four for Health is a great resource for OEHS professionals supporting the indispensable construction industry, and it provides the tools to tackle other relevant hazards.

Sign up to Receive Future Resources!

AIHA volunteer project teams are continuously working on new bodies of work to enlighten OEHS professionals. Please see the list of works coming soon and sign up to receive the PDFs once they are completed.

Volunteer Opportunities

Call for PDC Monitors at AIHA CONNECT

As a monitor, you will be responsible for attendee sign-in, course announcements, and assisting the instructor as needed. In return for your assistance, AIHA CONNECT will waive your PDC registration fee. Assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Get Involved! Volunteer to be a Moderator at AIHA Connect 2024

Moderators are being sought for Education Sessions at AIHA Connect 2024. This is a great opportunity to serve in a leadership role, develop relationships with fellow colleagues, and contribute to the overall success of the conference. As a moderator, you will be responsible for speaker introductions, session announcements, and assisting speakers, as needed. Training is provided.

Open Call for Continuing Education Committee Membership

Would you like to get more involved? Are you looking for a way to connect with, and help, other members? Do you have valuable skills and perspectives that could benefit AIHA’s Continuing Education programs? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, consider responding to the Call for Volunteers.

DEADLINE DATE: March 18, 2024

Register Early and SAVE on 2024 AIHA University Road Course Training (Virtual and In-person)!

Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene Course - 32 Contact Hours

  • March 4-8, 2024, Virtual via Zoom
  • May 23-26, 2024, In-Person Offering in Westerville, OH
  • September 16-19, 2024, In-Person Offering in Westerville, OH

Immerse your staff in IH principles and practices with Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene, a five-day training course offering sampling and workshop sessions, video lab experiences, demo sessions, and problem-solving exercises.

Join us to gain hands-on experience from industry experts.

Exposure and Chemical Monitoring - Beyond IH Fundamentals - 24 Contact Hours

  • October 21-23, 2024, In-person, Westerville, OH

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.'

CPAG Spotlight

Environmental Scan

AIHA’s Content Portfolio Advisory Group (CPAG) is working with Foresight Alliance to conduct an Environmental Scanning of Trends that Challenge Worker Health and Industrial Hygiene. This systematic scanning research will identify emerging trends, disruptors and issues and anticipate OEHS content needs with sufficient lead time to develop new knowledge and tools to respond to emerging priorities. The findings from the environmental scan will inform AIHA’s content priorities for 2025-2030. Foresight Alliance anticipates the scan will be completed by spring 2024. If you have any questions, please reach out to Tara Laptew.