February 1, 2024

Education Connection 2024 February

Featured Blog Post

Embracing Your “Peculiarity” as a Scientist and Communicator
By: Abby Roberts

Entomologist Samuel Ramsey, PhD, is known for achievements that seem far outside the purview of occupational and environmental health and safety. But as a science communicator, he encounters challenges that OEHS professionals will relate to.

Students: Share Your Expertise and Get Recognized

Be a Part of AIHA CONNECT 2024

AIHA CONNECT 2024 (formerly AIHce EXP) is accepting proposals for student posters and student presentations through March 13, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time!

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.

Present at OEESC 2024

AIHA is proud to host the Occupational and Environmental Exposures of Skin to Chemicals (OEESC) Conference in 2024!

Our call for proposals is now open. We’re looking for proposals on a range of topics to reduce skin exposure and protect worker health.

Featured Education in Ergonomics

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.

Featured e-Learning

Safety Data Sheet (SDS) & Label Authoring

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!

Cost-Effective Education at Your Fingertips

It’s easier than ever to invest in your professional development with a 2024 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 included AIHA webinars and 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.

Looking Ahead: New Releases in 2024

With a new year comes new resources! Keep an eye out for the following publications scheduled for release in 2024:

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

Be sure to check the AIHA University Bookstore throughout the year for updates on these and other valuable resources.

Upcoming AIHA University Webinars

Revisiting the Worst Plant: A Virtual H&S Audit Version 2.0
Tuesday, March 12 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET
Earn 1 Contact Hour
Member $99 | Nonmember $125 | Student $25

This is Version "2.0” of a successful session presented a few years ago with all new pictures and discussion. It is a one-hour version of the 8-hour session that has been presented at local section meetings, AIHce and the Fall Conference since 2013.

Safe Use of 3D Printing in Higher Education
Wednesday, April 10 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET
Earn 1 Contact Hour
Member $99 | Nonmember $125 | Student $25

We will provide an overview of the variety of 3D printing technologies being used on college campuses along with their general safety concerns

The Use of Physiological Monitoring to Assess Heat Strain
Wednesday, April 24 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET
Earn 1 Contact Hour
Member $99 | Nonmember $125 | Student $25

This webinar will introduce attendees to the AIHA White paper on Physiological Monitoring to Assess Heat Strain.

Featured Technical Frameworks

Technical Framework: Guiding Principles for Exposure Risk Assessment and Management

Representatives from the Exposure Assessment Strategies and Risk Assessment Committees and NIOSH recently reviewed and updated this cornerstone framework. The knowledge, skills, and abilities are broken down by the seven steps in the exposure risk and management flow, and helpful resources can be found by each competency when available.

Technical Framework: Legionella

Cases of Legionnaires' disease, and the associated unfortunate outcomes, draw attention in the news around the world. This framework lists the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed by the competent technician, responder professional, and program professional to effectively prevent or respond to Legionella contamination of building water systems.

AIHA Volunteer Groups' Bodies of Work

AIHA Guidance Document: Hazardous Drug Surface Contamination

This 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.

Sign up to Receive Future Resources!

AIHA volunteer project teams are continuously working on new content to enlighten OEHS professionals. Please see the list of new and updated works coming soon and sign up to receive notification, or free PDFs if applicable, 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.

Open Call for Conference Program Committee (CPC) Members

Would you like to play a vital role in reviewing and selecting education sessions for AIHA Connect? 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 AIHA Connect. DEADLINE: March 18, 2024

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

Open Call for New CPAG Members

Are you passionate about being at the forefront of emerging trends in the OEHS profession? Would you like to promote 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! CPAG is seeking one to two new members to join this premiere advisory group. DEADLINE DATE: March 15, 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 four-day (in-person) five-day (virtual) training course offering sampling and workshop sessions, hands-on (in-person), video lab experiences (virtual), demo sessions, and problem-solving exercises.

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

Like to learn from a live instructor, but want the convenience of online? Try out a live virtual PDC!

Noise Control Engineering
Tuesday, March 26 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM ET
Earn 7.5 Contact Hours
Member $430 | Nonmember $484 | Student $110

The curriculum covers principles of noise control, room acoustics, sound transmission loss, and specific noise control strategies for industrial equipment such as electric motors and pneumatic systems. Instruction will include basic theory, analysis of case studies, and hands-on exercises. The course is tailored for industrial hygienists and professionals aiming to implement engineering noise controls in occupational settings.

Applied Ergonomics Risk Assessment
Wednesday, April 17 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM ET
Earn 7.5 Contact Hours
Member $430 | Nonmember $484 | Student $110

This applied ergonomics risk assessment course gives participants the foundational understanding of an ergonomics program. The author will provide essential ergonomics risk assessment tools. The participants will learn to utilize tools for ergonomics hazard identification, analyze and evaluate ergonomic risks, and apply risk reduction concepts.