September 25, 2023

Education Connection 2023 October

Featured Blog Post

An Insider’s Perspective on Welding Hazards

by Abby Roberts, assistant editor for The Synergist

You'll encounter welding in any environment where workers must apply heat and pressure to join materials together. Buildings, cars, airplanes, ships, and roller coasters are just a few of the things welders make possible. But do you know how welding processes work? Or what hazards welders are exposed to? "There is almost no training for industrial hygienists when it comes to welding hazards or identifying welding processes," said Mike Harris, PhD, CIH, FAIHA. Harris who recently retired as a field industrial hygienist, has a unique perspective on welding.

More Opportunities to Present at AIHA CONNECT 2024

AIHA CONNECT (formerly AIHce EXP) is the perfect setting for students and OEHS professionals of all career levels to share ideas and expand their expertise.

Proposals are still being accepted for the following presentation types:

Education Pop-Ups offer an interactive and casual way to share your knowledge with your peers. The deadline to submit is January 17, 2024.

Student posters and presentations allow students to deepen their knowledge and build their network as they prepare to enter the workforce. The deadline to submit is March 13, 2024.

DEI Conference

Announcing AIHA University's new DEI Conference

This week-long online event (October 16-20, 2023) will explore data related to DEI in the occupational safety and health profession, the latest legislative updates, salary surveys, and more.

AIHA University’s Updated Digital Catalog is Here!

Check out AIHA University’s Digital Catalog 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!

Featured eLearning

OEHS Needs and Opportunities for Cultural Heritage Organizations during Emergencies

Join AIHA University on November 7, 2023 for this webinar to discuss the need for health and safety support amongst cultural heritage organizations during emergency events.

Safety Data Sheet (SDS) & Label Authoring
Earn 16 Contact Hours
Member Price: $549 | Non-Member Price: $849
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!

AIHA University’s Updated Welding Online Course is here!

Increase your knowledge of common welding industry vocabulary and overexposure scenarios with expanded content, self-study materials, and interactive knowledge checks. Sign up for Welding: A Case Study in Occupational Hygiene today to add to your skills!

Risk Assessment and HazCom Education & Resources

Lead the way to a healthier workplace with curated risk assessment resources from AIHA University. Browse our self-study courses, webinars, session recordings, publications, and frameworks to upgrade your OEHS management plan.

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.

AIHce EXP 2023 OnDemand Recordings Now Available

Get on demand access to curated, peer-reviewed education from AIHce EXP 2023!

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.

Introduction to Product Stewardship Webinar Recordings

Enhance your understanding of core product stewardship frameworks and strategies.

You’ll learn from industry experts as you tap into 5 modules covering product compliance, risk management, sustainability, and toxicology.

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 also 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 included webinar and AIHce OnDemand recordings in the online classroom, it’s easy to work education into your busy schedule.

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.

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.

Upcoming Webinars

Registration will open for these AIHA University webinars soon!

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 Hazardous Drug Surface Contamination Guidance Document

This new guidance document focuses on the implementation of systems that ensure the protection of healthcare employees and their work environments where hazardous drugs (HDs) are handled. The document provides guidance on best practices related to monitoring workplace surface contamination, with a focus on surface wipe sampling for HDs. It also outlines the minimum standards for the preparation of HDs and provides recommendations for managing contaminated materials resulting from a spill or cleanup of a spill. Sponsored by the AIHA Healthcare Working Group, this is a crucial resource for enhancing workplace safety and compliance. Gain valuable insights into best practices for safeguarding healthcare environments—read the full guidance document today to ensure you’re taking the right steps to protect both employees and work environments.

Register Early and SAVE on 2023 and 2024 AIHA University Road Course Trainings - Virtual & In-person!

Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene Course

March 4-8, 2024 | Virtual via Zoom

May 23-26, 2024 | In-person, Westerville, OH

September 11-14, 2024 | In-person, Westerville, OH
32 Contact Hours each

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

October 9-11, 2023 | In-person, Westerville, OH

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

Enhance Your Risk Communication Skills

With a rich academic background and extensive experience, Dr. Sandman has paved the way for effective risk communication. The content identified by the AIHA CPAG can help you navigate the delicate balance of outrage and apathy, ensuring that you can communicate risks effectively. Don't miss the opportunity to learn from his insights and enhance your risk communication skills!