February 2, 2023

Education Connection 2023 February

Featured Blog Post

Updates to AIHA’s Content Priorities
By Chuck Geraci, PhD, CIH, FAIHA, Chair of AIHA’s Content Portfolio Advisory Group

Developing and disseminating professional and educational content that supports the needs of the practicing industrial hygienist is a critical responsibility of AIHA. In 2019, the association conducted a rigorous environmental scan to identify factors that have the potential to affect worker health and safety and challenge the future success of industrial hygiene. AIHA's Content Portfolio Advisory Group (CPAG) helped analyze the scan and identify priority areas for content development.

Be a Part of AIHce EXP 2023

Students: Share Your Expertise & Get Recognized
AIHce EXP 2023 is accepting proposals for student posters and student presentations through March 15!

A speaking role is a fantastic way to bolster your presentation skills, deepen your knowledge, and build your network as you prepare to enter the workforce. Via discussion with your peers, you’ll gain new insights to expand your research.

Call for PDC Monitors at AIHce EXP 2023
As a monitor, you will be responsible for attendee sign-in, course announcements, and assisting the instructor as needed. In return for your assistance, AIHce EXP will waive your PDC registration fee. Assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

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 15, 2023.

Open Call for Conference Program Committee (CPC) Members
Would you like to play a role in reviewing and selecting education sessions for AIHce EXP? Then consider responding to the Call for CPC Volunteers. The Conference Program Committee is comprised of subject matter experts who can have an attendee perspective as they annually select, relevant programming and top-quality speakers for the education program at AIHce EXP. DEADLINE DATE: March 15, 2023.

Featured eLearning

Cost-Effective Education at Your Fingertips
It’s easier than ever to invest in your professional development with a 2023 AIHA University eLearning Subscription. You’ll not only be up to date on the latest trends, but you’ll save on your education costs for the year.

Get year-long access to 24 contact hours of eLearning on the hottest topics affecting OEHS professionals for just $499. With access to the included webinars and AIHce OnDemand recordings in the online classroom, it’s easy to work education into your busy schedule.

AIHce EXP 2022 OnDemand Recordings are Now Available
Get on-demand access to curated, peer-reviewed education from AIHce EXP 2022!

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.

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.

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 Publication

The Noise Manual, 6th edition
Member $109 | Non-Member $153

Learn how you can prevent noise-induced hearing loss, both in the workplace and the community! This unique resource includes scientific content relevant to diverse disciplines, including students, physicists, safety managers, nurses, and so much more.

Education in Ergonomics

Ergonomics Education & Resources
Need guidance for your ergonomics program? Optimize the well-being and productivity of your employees with cost-effective ergonomics resources from AIHA University. From recognizing risk factors to implementing best practices, we’ve got you covered.

Upcoming Webinars

Workplace Violence Primer and Update for the IH
February 22, 2023 | 1:00-2:00 PM ET
Earn 1 Contact Hour

How can an industrial hygienist best incorporate workplace violence prevention into worker health and safety programs? Gain a better understanding of workplace violence and how to approach creating prevention programs during this webinar.

Webinar Series: Introduction to Product Stewardship
February 14–February 23, 2023

Enhance your understanding of core product stewardship frameworks and strategies.
You’ll learn from industry experts and participate in activities to facilitate your learning including demonstrations, live polling, and Q&A opportunities.

Research Laboratory Safety in the 21st Century
March 9, 2023 | 1:00-3:00 PM ET
Earn 2 Contact Hours

Between 1996 and 2016, a sequence of well-publicized serious incidents in research laboratories led to significant changes in community expectations for laboratory safety practices. Both the American Chemical Society and industrial research partners of higher education developed and shared best safety practice guidance for the research environment. This webinar will describe these emerging resources and consider how they can be best used in specific settings. The webinar will also consider how other safety issues, such as biosafety, and mechanical and radiation safety interact with chemical safety practices and the importance of considering these elements as part of a comprehensive research lab safety program.

An IH and a Data Scientist Swap Perspectives on Big Data
March 28, 2023 | 1:00-2:00 PM ET
Earn 1 Contact Hour

Join an experienced IH/OEHS professional and a data scientist to talk through the continually evolving tools and practices to manage and leverage big data to protect worker health. Topics to be discussed will be prioritized by responses to a community survey to best meet the needs of the IH/OEHS community.

Technical Frameworks

A Resource for Respiratory Protection Programs Framework
This recently updated technical framework breaks down the competencies of an effective Respiratory Protection Program (RPP) into the user level, supervisor level, program administrator level, and the fit tester level. The project team, which included volunteers from AIHA and NIOSH, shared their expertise in modernizing the RPP requirements and expanding upon the training-related proficiencies.

Understanding and Applying ARECC to Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Framework
The Anticipate, Recognize, Evaluate, Control, and Confirm (ARECC) framework provides a comprehensive process to anticipate and recognize hazards, evaluate exposures, and control and confirm protection from risks. This framework summarizes the competencies required to demonstrate awareness, understanding, and the ability to apply core knowledge about the occupational hygiene decision-making framework and process of ARECC.

AIHA Volunteer Groups' Bodies of Work

AIHA Total Exposure Health aspects of Total Worker Health®: Advancing Worker Well-Being Guidance Document
This guidance document uses the Total Worker Health® graphic from the NIOSH website and focuses on areas that have exposure-based inputs. The document highlights these areas that have a connection to industrial hygiene and explains where the IH professional can fit in. The document was sponsored by the AIHA® Total Exposure Health/Total Worker Health® Advisory Group with Nancy Wilk as the project lead.

Register Early and SAVE on 2023 AIHA University Road Course Training (In-person and Virtual)!

Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene Course
March 13-16, 2023| In-person, Westerville, OH
July 17-21, 2023| Virtual via Zoom
September 11-14, 2023| In-person, Westerville, OH
32 Contact Hours

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

Join us to gain hands-on experience from industry experts. Hurry, space is filling up fast!

Exposure and Chemical Monitoring - Beyond IH Fundamentals
October 9-11, 2023 | 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.

CPAG Spotlight

Open Call for Volunteers!
Are you passionate about being at the forefront of emerging trends in the OEHS profession? Would you like to help drive content development that helps members of the association meet the challenges of tomorrow while still addressing the concerns of today? If so, you’ve come to the right place! AIHA’s Content Portfolio Advisory Group seeks three members to join this premier advisory group. Applications will be accepted through March 15.