October 28, 2021

Quick Takes- November 2021

Important Dates and Deadlines:

2021 EPA International Decontamination Research and Development Conference - November 1-5

Kuwait International Conference on Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene - November 3

Equipment Laboratory—Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene - November 4

FutureTox V: New Technologies to Evaluate... - November 8-10

OH2021 Conference—British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) - November 8-11

Virtual PDC Week: Fall 2021 - November 8-12

Healthy Buildings 2021—America - November 9

OHTA Hybrid International Day 'Connecting the Minds, Creating the Future’ - November 8-11

Open Call: AIHA Named Awards and Fellows Selection Committee (Deadline) - November 12

Virtual Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene - December 6-10

EX4OSH 2021 Conference—Expanding Occupational Safety and Health - December 9

IAC Emerging Economies Micro-Grants Submissions (Deadline) - December 31

Open Call: Fellows Nominations (Deadline) - December 31

Membership Renewal (Deadline) - December 31

33rd International Congress on Occupational Health 2021 (ICOH 2021) - February 6-11, 2022

2022 IRPA North American Regional Congress - February 20-23, 2022

AIHA Future Leaders Institute by invitation only - March 3-6,2022

Virtual Leadership Workshop by invitation only - March 10, 2022

AIOH 2021 Conference Challenge for Change - March 19-23, 2022


The AIHA Fellows Grand Challenge Focus Group

The leadership of the AIHA Fellows Grand Challenge invites you to participate in one of two focus groups.

Thursday, November 4 at 3:00 p.m. -4:30 p.m. Eastern (2:00 p.m. Central / 1:00 p.m. Mountain / 12:00 p.m. Pacific) and/or

Wednesday, November 10 at 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern (2:30 p.m. Central / 1:30 p.m. Mountain / 12:30 p.m. Pacific)

Grand challenges are aspirational, big, important, and compelling initiatives geared towards solving critical world needs, with the expectation of progress in 5-10 years in solving the need. Grand challenges are defined, measurable outcome(s), which stem from interdisciplinary collaboration, significant innovations, and long-term sustained commitments. We ask that all participants register for the focus group(s) no later than Wednesday, November 3.

AIHA Named Awards and Fellows Selection Committee

The selection of individuals for AIHA Named Awards and/or Fellow designation is performed by the Awards and Fellows Selection Committee. The committee includes six AIHA Full, Early Career, Emeritus, or International members in good standing, and will be chaired by the current AIHA Past President, Lindsay Cook, CIH, CSP, FAIHA. In addition, the AIHA CEO and AIHA President participate in the final discussions by the committee to ensure objectivity and fairness. The deadline to apply is Friday, November 12, 2021.

Future Leaders Institute 2022

Future Leaders Institute (FLI) focuses on strengthening the leadership skills of young Industrial Hygiene and OEHS professionals. The program is designed for those with 3-15 years of applied work experience. Current AIHA members or members of an IOHA affiliated organization with 3-15 years of IH/OEHS or related experience are encouraged to apply to this program and the applications will be reviewed by a selection panel.

FLI Selection Committee Applications deadline is Monday, November 8, 2021 (AIHA Full Members Only)

Applications to the 2022 FLI Program deadline is Sunday, November 21, 2021

The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH) Seeks Special Topic Issue: Case Studies in COVID Control

Did you conduct a study to evaluate the effectiveness of controls during the COVID pandemic? The JOEH is interested in publishing case studies (short reports, under 3000 words) that describe investigations you performed to help set up controls to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Case studies that would be of interest to our readers include investigations that examined methods to quickly assess ventilation performance, aerosol transport studies in workspaces, flow studies around plexiglass barriers in the workplace, and effectiveness of local HEPA filtration units in shared spaces. The deadline to submit a manuscript is Monday, November 15, 2021

AIHA Accepting Fellows Nominations

Nominations for AIHA Fellows are now open! To be named an AIHA Fellow, one must be a member in good standing, have 15 years of continuous Full Membership, and must have made recognized contributions to industrial hygiene or related disciplines. The deadline to submit is Friday, December 31, 2021. Do you know an AIHA member that you believe is deserving to be named a fellow? Submit your nominations here.

IAC/AIHA Emerging Economy Micro-Grants Program

The International Affairs Committee’s Emerging Economy Micro-Grants Program has been established to increase understanding and build capacity for occupational hygiene in developing economies around the world. Project proposals will be reviewed by the IAC Micro-grants Subcommittee, weighed against established criteria, and priority ranked.

The sub-committee will weigh available funds budgeted in the current fiscal year against those projects that show the most promise in achieving their stated goals. Final recommendations will be prepared and presented by the CEO to the AIHA Board of Directors for ultimate approval. Click here for the emerging economy project fund application form. The deadline to submit is Friday, December 31, 2021.

AIHA Named Awards Nominations

The AIHA Named Awards and Honors recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) professionals of all career stages, who have demonstrated a commitment to preserving, advancing, and ensuring occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) in the workplace and communities around the world. The deadline to submit is Friday, January 15, 2022.

What is the Goal of the Defining the Science Advisory Group?

Formed in 2021, the mission of this initiative is to develop and maintain a national OEHS research agenda based on ideas submitted by you, the practitioner. The advancement of occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) protection depends on cutting-edge research, training, and practical application—elements of a self-improving, evolving system. AIHA and ACGIH seek to define, manage, and advocate a standing occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) research agenda Learn more about this collaborative venture between AIHA and ACGIH. The next “scoring round” deadline is January 15, 2022.


AIHA and YellowBird Partnership

AIHA has joined forces with YellowBird, a nationwide gig economy marketplace focused on risk and environmental, health and safety professionals, to connect certified OEHS experts with companies who need their valuable services. Learn more!

Occupational Health and Safety Scientists Association Welcomes New Head of OSHA

AIHA, the association for scientists and professionals committed to preserving and ensuring occupational and environmental health and safety in the workplace and community, welcomes the confirmation of Douglas Parker as assistant secretary of labor for Occupational Safety and Health.

AIHA Outreach Center

Share your excitement about what you do! The AIHA Outreach Center offers free resources and information you can use to help promote the profession as a rewarding and life-changing STEM-oriented career path to people from all walks of life.

Celebrating IH/OEHS Professionals

This year we continue to recognize and elevate our members’ dedicated commitments to health and safety in the workplace. Join us virtually as we celebrate the accomplishments of IH/OEHS professionals over the past year as their efforts continue to build and maintain healthier workplaces. Learn more.

Advertise in the AIHA Consultants Listing: An Exclusive Member Opportunity

The AIHA Consultants Listing is a low-cost solution to grow your business and is a trusted resource for those looking to connect with qualified OEHS professionals. List your business in the 2022 printed or online directory today! The deadline to be included in the print listing is Friday, December 17, 2021. To learn more, please click here.

The New AIHA Vendor Directory

The AIHA Vendor Directory (formerly AIHA Buyer’s Guide), is the new vendor directory providing a list of companies that provide industrial hygiene and occupational and environmental health and safety products and services. Check your latest Synergist for a printed version of the guide. Companies now have the option to use the new easy-to-navigate digital version to regularly update their information. Stay up to date with the Vendor Directory to discover new products and services.

Synergist Webinars Available for November

Are you interested in understanding FR/AR clothing and what to do in case of extreme conditions? Join The Synergist on November 17 for “Heat Stress and Vector Borne Disease: Mother Nature vs. Flame-Resistant and Arc-Rated Clothing” where representatives from AIHA, and Bulwark Protection Technical Training Manager Derek Sang answer the most frequently asked questions about heat stress and how FR/AR play a factor. Registration for this event is free and award contact hours.

The Role of the Industrial Hygienist in a Pandemic

AIHA brings you the second edition of The Role of Industrial Hygienist in a Pandemic, now available for FREE. A revision of the popular 2006 version, this book provides resources, information, and tools to advise and assist general workers, health care workers, and management to protect workers in the case of a pandemic. The guide identifies hazards, risk groups, and recommended controls; offers a communication plan; describes the impact of a flu pandemic on organizations and lists key resources to contact for further information.

Recording of Healthy Schools Town Hall Webinar Now Available

AIHA recently held a Healthy Schools Townhall webinar featuring experts in the occupational environment health and safety community. The webinar was moderated by Maria Godoy, Science Correspondent and Senior Editor with NPR news. The panelists included:

● Ally Bernstein-Talcott, Co-Owner, Step Up Advocacy

● Devin Jopp, CEO, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology

● Alex LeBeau, Certified Industrial Hygienist and Principal Toxicologist, Exposure Assessment Consulting, LLC

● Carol Vance, Multi-Site Director for Infection Prevention, Advocate Health and

● Tracy Washington Enger, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

If you missed the webinar, not worry, the recording is available! We also invite you to share AIHA’s Healthy Schools Town Hall Webinar with your members via email or your organization’s newsletter and/or social channels by using our hashtag #AIHAHealthySchools.

Advertising with AIHA

AIHA offers opportunities for your business to take the next step. By advertising on our website, the monthly Synergist, and other various methods available you are aligning your brand with one of the largest international associations serving and providing resources to a highly engaged audience who, with corporate partners, is actively shaping the future of industrial hygiene across the globe. Click here to learn more.

IH Apps and Tools That You Can Use

AIHA has IH Apps and Tools: IH Apps & Tools for the practicing IH evaluating occupational exposures, such as Data Collection, Basic Characterization, and so on, click here to check them out.

OSHA also has eTools based on standards or topics they regulate: eTools, eMatrix, Expert Advisors, and v-Tools | Occupational Safety and Health Administration geared toward the novice safety person.


Four Reasons to Renew Your Membership in 2022

By Gouhar Nayeem, Membership Marketing Specialist

According to a recent survey, nine in ten current members are likely or extremely likely to renew their AIHA membership. If you aren’t planning on renewing your membership next year, here are four compelling reasons why you should regardless of career stage or geographic location. Renew your membership today!

Special Membership Offer!

If you renew before December 31 at 11:59 p.m. EST, you will secure those member benefits you value so highly, you will also receive a complimentary copy of a brand-new e-Book in the Essentials Collection called The Essentials of Pandemic Response (a $19.95 value for members/$29.95 for non-members) if you renew before 11:59 pm ET on December 31.* Not only that but renewing before the end of the year also automatically enters you in a drawing for $500 off AIHce EXP 2022! RENEW ONLINE TODAY!


AIHA’s New Strategic Plan: The Awareness Domain
By Larry Sloan, CAE, MBA, FASAE

A previous post introduced the five domains of AIHA’s new strategic plan: community, awareness, advancement, and dissemination of knowledge, the integrity of professional practice, and advocacy. This post highlights the second domain: awareness.


Product Stewardship Society Now Offering Team Memberships

A simplified cost-effective way to provide your entire team with the best product stewardship resources available. Organizations excel when employees have access to tools and resources that enable them to meet their challenges head-on, support your organization by providing your product stewardship team with premium-level benefits. Click here to learn more.


Future Leaders Institute (FLI) Program

Current AIHA members or members of an IOHA affiliated organization with 3-15 years of IH/OEHS or related experience are encouraged to apply to this program. Individuals must apply to attend and if selected, will actively participate in workshops to develop an understanding of and leverage their strengths, interact with different personalities, and work styles, and understand best practices for effective managers and leaders. FLI students also receive training in strategic decision making, integration of EHS and IH into key business priorities, and increasing their scope of influence and contributions as OEHS professionals. The deadline to apply is Sunday, November 21.

Now Accepting Scholarship Applications: American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF)

Over the past 30 years, the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF) has awarded more than 680 scholarships totaling nearly $2 million to students dedicated to studying industrial hygiene and/or occupational and environmental health safety. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, February 1, 2022.

AIHce EXP 2022 Seeking Student Posters/Posters

AIHce EXP is the perfect setting for students and OEHS professionals of all career levels to share ideas and expand their expertise. We are still accepting proposals for student posters/presentations. Bolster your presentation skills, deepen your knowledge, and expand your network as you prepare for a future in the OEHS profession. The deadline to submit is Thursday, March 17, 2022.

AIHA Volunteer Community Needs You!

The AIHA volunteer community is looking for you to join one of the more than 50+ technical and professional development committees, working groups, or special interest groups. This is an excellent opportunity to actively participate in projects that mean the most to you and impact the health and safety of workers and communities worldwide. Click here to learn more about volunteering with AIHA. Click here to join a volunteer group today!

Student & Early Career Professional Memberships Available

Are you a student or a recent graduate getting started in OEHS? Are you looking to expand your professional network and gain knowledge about the field? AIHA, has you covered! With discounted memberships for students and early career professionals, there has never been a better time to take advantage and make the most of this opportunity. Join AIHA Today!

How to Make the Most of Student Membership
SynergistNOW blog by Gouhar Nayeem

AIHA student sections allow members access to resources and opportunities that can help them get a better start to their IH/OEHS careers. With leadership, engagement, and career opportunities available to you, now is the perfect time to make the most of being a student member with AIHA, and we’re here to help you get started.


Volunteer Groups Named Awards

AIHA volunteers are generous with their time, talent, and expertise in the development of education, programs, products, and services that support the OEHS profession and advance the AIHA mission. By celebrating and reflecting upon the altruistic spirit of the volunteer community, we strive to recognize our committed volunteer leaders who make it all possible. The deadline to establish an award and/or submit recipient name(s) is Monday, March 14, 2022.

NEW! AIHA Volunteer Groups Handbook

This comprehensive volunteer handbook was developed through the keen insight of the AIHA Volunteer Groups Assessment Task Force. A communication plan is in the works to raise the awareness of the volunteer community and to encourage AIHA members who are not a volunteer to consider doing so. 

What is Technology Initiatives Strategic Advisory Group?

The goal of AIHA’s Technology Initiatives Strategic Advisory Group, also known as TI-SAG, is to drive the development and implementation of reliable, effective, and user-oriented technological tools for industrial hygiene/occupational and environmental health and safety (IH/OEHS) applications. If you want to learn more about TI-SAG and how you can get involved, check out this video from Bradley King, PhD, MPH, CIH.


AIHA Upper Midwest Local Section 24th Annual Professional Development Conference
November 11, 2021, 8:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m. - Roseville, MN

In-Person Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 2540 Cleveland Avenue, Roseville, MN 55113

Virtual Platform: Livestream of the event through Vimeo

AIHA UMS requests that in-person attendees are fully vaccinated. Applicable CDC guidance regarding face masks and social distancing will be enforced.

California Industrial Hygiene Council: 30th Annual CIHC Professional Development Seminar
December 6-8, 8 am - 5 pm (PST) - Long Beach, CA

In-Person Location: Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, 111 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802

COVID vaccination will be required for in-person attendance. Proof of COVID vaccination must be presented onsite at the registrant check-in table. Virtual attendance is an option.

Promote Your Local Section Meeting with Us!

Let us know if your local section plans to hold a meeting, virtual and/or face-to-face, and we’ll promote via AIHA Quick Takes, Catalyst Event Section, and on the AIHA website. Send details to Janice Allen at [email protected].


Learning More About Occupational Exposure Banding (OEB)

Are you new to the health and safety field? Then you'll intersect with Occupational Exposure Banding (OEB) at some point in your career. AIHA produced a video that explains the three tiers of OEBs and how they are used by industrial hygienists (IH) and occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) professionals to better identify hazardous materials for employees and workers at the workplace. Watch the video today, or visit www.aiha.org/oeb for more information.

Catch Up on the Latest Content Priority Initiatives

Want to know more about the current initiatives under AIHA’s content priorities? Visit our website to access the recent AIHA Membership Town Hall recording featuring the Content Portfolio Advisory Group (CPAG). This presentation explores the role of the CPAG, the 5 key content priorities identified through our environmental scan, and how members can contribute to the development and advocacy of AIHA content as it relates to the key content priorities.  


Consider Recognizing a Peer by Making Donation to the Foundation

As the holidays are approaching fast, what to get someone could be nerve racking. You can donate to the AIHF and make that contribution on behalf of your peers or your loved ones. You can make a difference in someone else's career. Donations are tax-deductible and will go towards supporting deserving IH/OEHS students in their pursuit of making a difference in the profession.

Scholarship Time

The Call for Scholarship Applications is now available! Applicants have until February 1, 2022, to submit their applications. Please visit the following site to see eligibility requirements. Students who are not enrolled in any of the applicable programs/schools are still eligible to apply. To qualify, a school administrator must complete a separate application justifying why their program/students should be considered for an AIHF scholarship. The deadline to submit a school application form is Friday, January 7, 2022.


The Season of Family, Relationships, and Deeper Understanding
By Mark Ames, Director of Government Relations

It’s fall, that cozy time of year when we check in on our families and friends, take time to see how they’re doing, and ultimately, strengthen relationships. With that in mind, I invite you to take a moment to answer a few questions about issues you’re interested in and government relations actions you might want to take. The goal is to help us better understand how we can serve you.

AIHA Has a New Set of Infrastructure Worker Health and Safety Recommendations for Congress and the White House

We're on the cusp of a once-in-a-generation investment in our nation's infrastructure, which makes this a crucial time to invest in the health and safety of infrastructure workers. Learn about AIHA's Infrastructure Top Priorities for Congress (2021).

AIHA's Public Policy Agenda

Successfully navigating the waters of government relations requires focus, consistent effort, and relationship building. AIHA's Public Policy Agenda is built around four pillars: increasing worker protections, workforce development, knowledge, and public awareness. These pillars provide structure and focus for addressing some of the United States' most pressing occupational and environmental health and safety challenges. Read AIHA's Public Policy Agenda here.

AIHA Wildfire Disaster Center

Do you know anyone who lives in a part of the country that is affected by the devastating wildfires? From the Pacific Northwest to the Mediterranean region, communities are facing the dangers of active wildfires and the hazards they leave behind after being extinguished. AIHA's Wildfire Disaster Center has extensive resources on how the general public can protect themselves and their communities after a fire.

Make a Difference by Joining AIHA’s Government Relations Committee

Interested in helping to create a world where all workers are healthy and safe? Consider joining AIHA’s Government Relations Committee. Government relations are fast-paced, exciting, and vital to our society. Your voice and expertise are needed. We truly do depend upon you to realize our common goals. Together, we can achieve amazing things. If you'd like to join the Government Relations Committee or receive additional information on it, please contact Mark Ames, AIHA’s Director of Government Relations.


Additional Opportunities to Present at AIHce EXP 2022

AIHce EXP is the perfect setting for students and OEHS professionals of all career levels to share ideas and expand their expertise. We are still accepting proposals for the following presentation types: Pop-up education sessions are a recent addition to the AIHce EXP program, offering an interactive and casual way to share your knowledge with your peers. The deadline to submit is Monday, January 17, 2022. Student posters and presentations allow students to bolster their presentation skills, deepen their knowledge, and build their network as they prepare to enter the workforce. The deadline to submit is Thursday, March 17, 2022.

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. BROWSE NOW.

Virtual PDC Week: Fall 2021 (November 8-12, 2021)

Earn from 3.5 to 7 Contact Hours per course

Earn valuable contact hours and gain knowledge that you can apply immediately to your practice as an OEHS professional! Each of the six virtual PDCs offered includes live demonstrations, practice exercises, group activities, and the post-event recording.

Catch Up on Contact Hours with OnDemand

Access the highly rated education shared at AIHce EXP with the AIHce EXP 2021 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 94 contact hours and gain access to bonus content typically reserved for conference attendees. This package is only available through Friday, December 31, so get it today before it’s gone! GET IT TODAY

2022 AIHA University eLearning Subscription Now Available!

Securing an eLearning Subscription is the best way to ensure your team has the training they need lined up for next year, at an affordable cost. Individuals can also subscribe for significant savings – earn up to 24 contact hours for as little as $450. Register before the end of the year to save with our early bird pricing! LEARN MORE

Cyber Week is Back! November 29 – December 3, 2021

The biggest sale of the year is almost here! Celebrate Cyber Monday all week long by taking 40% off select publications and eLearning products from AIHA University. There may even be a few surprises added in! The sale starts Monday, November 29 with new products offered every day through Friday, December 3. Stay tuned for updates!

What is Occupational Exposure Banding (OEB)?

Are you new to the health and safety field? You'll intersect with OEBs at some point. This video explains the three tiers of OEBs and how they are used by industrial hygienists (IH) and occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) professionals to better identify hazardous materials for employees and workers at the workplace. Watch this video to learn more!