August 1, 2019

Quick Takes 2019 August

Important Dates and Deadlines

Call to Action

Call for Questions: Synergist Town Hall Webinar on Flame-Resistant Clothing

The Synergist and Bulwark FR are asking AIHA members for their help in creating the next presentation in our Town Hall Webinar Series. You can submit your questions by emailing the Synergist staff. The webinar is scheduled for mid-August and is free

Call for Virtual Section: Educational Content & Presentation Committee

Be a part of the educational and presentation committee of AIHA’s new virtual section (requires no commute). Contact Thursa La for more information.

Help Shape the AIHce EXP 2020 Education Program

Each of AIHA’s volunteer groups will need to submit the names of 4 reviewers + 2 alternates by Monday, August 12 to Erin Breece.

AIHce EXP 2020 PDC/Technical Submission Portal

There is no better opportunity to share experiences, expertise, and knowledge with the largest international gathering of industrial hygienists and occupational and environmental health and safety professionals than AIHce EXP. The portal will close on September 18.

Product Stewardship 2019 – September 10-12

The Product Stewardship Conference offers an experience like no other by bringing together professionals from more than a dozen different industry sectors and throughout the value chain to deliver unique education and networking opportunities. For the lowest rates and best value year-round, join the Product Stewardship Society as a Premium member. Forgot to renew your membership? Renew today to reinstate your benefits immediately!

National & Membership

AIHA Website Announcement

We are very excited to announce that we are launching our new website in late August. Stay tuned!

Featured SynergistNOW Blog: "AIHA'S Strategic Plan For 2019–21: An Introduction"

Larry Sloan, AIHA's CEO, writes: "The AIHA Board adopted a new strategic plan last summer, which took effect January 1, 2019. The new plan reflects the total enterprise, which includes our three LLCs, two foundations, local sections, and the Product Stewardship Society”… read more here.

Latest SynergistNOW blog- “What You Do Matters

Gouhar Nayeem writes, "I hadn’t heard of industrial hygiene until I was preparing to interview for a job in the marketing department at AIHA. The first thought that came to mind was cleanliness and dental hygiene on an industrial scale. I was relieved to learn that industrial hygiene ... "

AIHA’s 80th Anniversary

AIHA is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, share your memories on social media and tag us on Facebook and Twitter using #AIHAis80.

AIHA Offers Guidance for Flood Response

AIHA is reaching out to local media, offering resources on planning and preparedness prior to a storm, as well as guidance to the public and workers during flood recovery and cleanup.

AIHA Launches Think and Act Fire Smart Resource Center

AIHA’s Think and Act Fire Smart Resource Center aims to raise awareness about the hidden dangers in the cleanup process that follows a devastating wildfire, especially in urban areas.

Outstanding Volunteers, Professionals Recognized at AIHce EXP

Recipients of AIHA awards, volunteer group awards, volunteer star awards, and volunteer service awards were honored at AIHce EXP 2019, along with outstanding volunteer group project teams, student poster award winners, and recipients of local section awards.

Get Your Membership Through Organizational

Organizations comprised of more than 2 IH/OEHS employees are eligible for organizational membership which would provide member benefits for a number of individuals, as well as the organization. Contact your HR department or the decision maker to see if its an option. Call (703) 849-8888 to join today.

#IAMIH Challenge 2020

The #IAMIH Challenge is an easy way for our members, as an individual or local section, to inspire students, hone your own leadership and presentation skills, and be part of a larger, ongoing movement to raise the public awareness of industrial hygiene. The 2020 challenge includes prizes, recognition and CM credit. All you have to do is use our outreach resource center and create and post your cool presentation on Catalyst.Catalyst

Volunteering - What's in it For You

Want to get involved in a different way? Consider joining one of the more than 48+ technical and professional development committees and working groups. The volunteer experience is rewarding and reaps many benefits, both personally and professionally.

Be a Mentor/Get a Mentor

One of the most rewarding achievements one can experience is mentorship. Being new to the profession, and the Association, can be daunting to a student or early career professional. Commit to being a life-long learner by being mentored, regardless of your career stage.

AIHA Issues IH Professional Pathway eGuide

AIHA issued its first IH Professional Pathway eGuide (PDF), which provides industrial hygienists and occupational hygienists with recommendations on how to advance their careers.

Distinguished Lecturer Program

Our program features renowned thought leaders in academia, industry and government, speaking about the most important topics in industrial hygiene. Learn more about the program, benefits and how to become a distinguished lecturer.

Is your Local Section looking for SME’s to present at your event? Consider an AIHA Distinguished Lecturer. Contact Thursa La for more details.

AIHA's Bodies of Knowledge

AIHA and its appointed members and volunteers worked collaboratively to develop the technical framework, known as the Body of Knowledge (BoK), which outlines the knowledge and skills a competent person should possess and be able to demonstrate in a specific topic or specialty. BoKs are complimentary!

Students & Early Career Professionals

Student Posters at AIHce Exp 2020

Gain visibility among professionals in the field by submitting and presenting a student poster. The submission portal is open until March 2020. Contact Kathryn Christoe for more information.

Career Counseling

When is the last time you updated your résumé or wrote a cover letter? Can you make a great first impression at that new job interview? Do you want great career transition counseling? Please contact Wanda Barbour for more information.

Student Membership Benefits

Discover the possibilities of a career in industrial hygiene through AIHA, including support, mentorship, guidance, leadership development and next steps. As a member of a student local section, you have the opportunity to network with other IH/OEHS students, explore new ideas, and gain valuable insights.

Five Levels of an IH Career

Each stage of an IH professional's career can be defined by an individual's knowledge area, career level, and stage of progression. Refer to this handy infographic PDF of the various professional stages of an industrial hygienist.

Join the Mentoring Program – (AIHA Members Only)

As an AIHA member you have access to our mentoring program—search for experienced professionals by location, topics of interest, subject matter, designation and more! Want to be a mentor? Complete your mentoring profile today!


Impact Newsletter: Summer 2019

Read the latest news, updates and message from the AIHF President.

New for 2020: Online Scholarship Application Process

New this year! AIHF is launching an online scholarship application portal which will make it even easier to apply and attach all supplemental material. The application program will open in early October.

Why Do I Donate?

"I support the Foundation for two reasons. The first is charitable in that I want to give back to the profession that has provided me a very rewarding career. The second is I want to be able to find qualified and motivated hygienists to hire and the Foundation scholarships help keep talent entering the profession." -Thomas G. Grumbles, CIH, AIHF Donor

Local Section

A Way to Network with Other IH/OEHS Professionals in Your Area

Membership in a local section does more than just keep you informed—it provides you with a total spectrum of activities that enhance your professional growth, while promoting the IH/OEHS profession in your local community.

Join AIHA’s Virtual Section

Are you an AIHA member with no access to a local section in your area? Join our virtual section with its own dedicated online community section in Catalyst, personal one-on-ones with industry thought leaders, coffee talks, educational virtual workshop, and more! Call 703-849-8888 or email us at [email protected].

Alabama AIHA Summer Conference

August 16 at 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (CT)

Hear how changes to safety, health and environmental practices will affect the future of the safety and health profession. Earn CIH/CSP points.

San Diego (SDAIHA) Professional Development Symposium: Health, Safety, Industrial Hygiene… Oh My!

August 30 at 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PT)

A full day symposium with 7-hours of learning and development opportunities followed by a “Sites and Sips” cocktail networking boat tour on the harbor. Breakfast and lunch included and symposium eligible for CEUs.

Carolina Local Section Fall 2019 PDC and Conference

September 11-13 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort, Myrtle Beach,

S.C. Topics include tools for ethical decision making, effective management of the “under-exposed,” nanotechnology and more.

Chicagoland Safety, Health & Environmental Conference

September 16-19 - Registration open

Over 80 sessions. This annual educational event features excellent speakers on relevant topics in safety, health and environmental issues. Full and half day seminars in addition to shorter topic sessions.

Rocky Mountain (AIHA-RMS) & ASSP CO Chapter-Fall Technical Conference

The 2019 Fall Technical Conference will be held at the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts on September 17–18. Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are available.


Never Stop Learning

Katie Robert, AIHA Manager, Product Development writes, "To do their best work, it's important that IH/OEHS professionals stay on top of the latest trends in the industry. There are several ways to go about it, whether you're interested in an online course, a workshop, or simply curling up with a great read on (let's say) Bayesian statistics"… read more here.

New Webinar: Communicating with Impact

Monday August 12 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET (Earn 1 Contact Hour). This webinar will cover questions such as how industrial hygienists can clearly and persuasively communicate complex information to colleagues, stakeholders and business partners. Attendees will gain valuable presentation techniques to make the case for their technical decisions and business needs.

AIHce OnDemand

Did you miss AIHce EXP this year? AIHce OnDemand session recordings bring the best of AIHce directly to you. Choose the topics that best meet your needs and tap into the latest IH/OEHS trends and research using your computer, tablet, or smartphone and earn CM points.

CIH Crash Course

Applications for the Fall CIH exam are due August 1. Are you ready? Focus your studies with AIHA's CIH Crash Course, an online exam prep with access to 24 hours of presentations, videos, and practice questions. Easily fit your study time into your busy schedule with 24/7 web access for up to 12 months.

Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene—September 16-19

Gain exposure to the broad field of industrial hygiene through sampling and workshop sessions, hands-on lab experiences, demo sessions, and problem-solving exercises. This four-day course is not only designed for OEHS professionals new to industrial hygiene or who have newly acquired IH responsibilities, but also serves as an excellent refresher.

Exposure and Chemical Monitoring—Beyond IH Fundamentals (face-to-face education)

October 21-23 in Westerville, OH. This course is designed to take your knowledge to the next level with additional training in industrial hygiene and chemical monitoring. Receive 24 CM contact hours.

Professional Development Courses in Chicago, IL

If you'll be in or around the Chicago area October 27 or 28, join us for our inaugural AIHA University Pop-Up, located at the University of Illinois at Chicago. This provides an opportunity for IH and OEHS professionals to access high quality education outside of AIHce EXP.

The Role of Context in Ethical Decision-Making for the Industrial Hygienist

Explore the role of context in ethical decision-making by attending our November 7 webinar at 1:00- 3:00 pm ET. Earn 2 contact hours.

Affordable Technical Training for Your Staff

AIHA certificate programs are a convenient and affordable way to invest in your staff and add to their skill sets.

New to AIHA eLearning: Occupational Exposure Assessment Certificate Program

Prove that you've mastered the skills required to assess workplace exposures and hazards at the industrial hygiene technician level. You'll also earn 4 contact hours!

NEW in eLearning: Basic Principles of Occupational Hygiene

AIHA’s newest eLearning course provides an excellent introduction to the broad principles in occupational hygiene as the basis for anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of hazards that can be encountered in the workplace. With all materials accessible online, this course is also ideal for our counterparts from around the world.

AIHA Launches New Professional Certificate Programs

AIHA’s certificate programs offer training on specialized IH/OH topics that are aligned with the technical frameworks outlined in the corresponding AIHA Bodies of Knowledge (BoK).

Welding: An Exercise in Applied Industrial Hygiene (e-learning)

Adapted from a popular PDC, this course describes common welding and thermal cutting processes and the health/safety hazards associated with these processes. Earn 8 contact hours.

Featured in Risk Assessment

Integrate risk assessment into your OEHS management plan with one of our self-study courses, webinar/presentation recordings, or publications.

Government Relations

SynergistNOW Featured Blog by Mark Ames: Stranger Things Meets Industrial Hygiene

“If you're like me, you recently finished watching season three of Netflix's hit series Stranger Things. Without giving anything away, this latest season was a feast for the IH/OH eye, featuring countless instances of the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, prevention, and control of hazards…” read more here.

Announcing AIHA's Conversation Commitment Challenge

Great storytelling lies at the heart of improving public policies, which is why AIHA has launched a "Conversation Commitment Challenge". AIHA is encouraging everyone to have at least one conversation with someone who may not understand the important role that IH/OH plays in their daily life.

CDC Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee to Meet in August

CDC’s Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee will meet via conference call on August 20 at 2:00 to 4:00 PM Eastern. The call is open to the public.

MSHA Extends Comment Period on Respirable Coal Mine Dust

MSHA is extending the comment period (July 9, 2022) to provide interested parties with additional time to submit feedback on the development of its framework for a study to assess the impact of the rule.

Updates on Notable and Key Bills

Visit the weekly State and Federal Government Relations update page on Catalyst.


Trending on Catalyst This Month—The IH/OEHS Online Community

  1. Elevated Benzene Levels (Offshore Drilling) - Jans Babkevics
  2. Real-Time Monitoring of Metals- Cynthia Timbie
  3. Basic Chemistry for IH - Jans Babkevics
  4. IH Pioneers - Andrew Seal
  5. Recommendations Wanted - Aerosol Monitor with Screen - Spencer Pizzani

Join the IAMIH Challenge 2020 on Catalyst to raise awareness of the profession, enhance your presentation skills, win prizes and earn CM credit. For more information, please contact Gouhar Nayeem.

Do you have questions regarding our online community? Need additional training? Please contact Janice Allen.

In the News

From The SynergistThe Global Toll of Occupational Accidents and Diseases

A new report issued by the International Labor Organization quantifies the number of people who die each year around the world from work-related accidents and work-related diseases. The report, "Safety and Health at the Heart of the Future of Work: Building on 100 Years of Experience," summarizes the evolution of occupational health and safety… read more here.

JOEH Presents "Virtual Issue" On Head Stress

A "virtual issue" of articles on the topic of heat stress is now available online from the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH). The heat stress article collection will be freely available through the remainder of 2019... read more here.

New NIOSH Report Outlines Its Occupational Exposure Banding Process

A new technical report published by NIOSH describes the agency's voluntary occupational exposure banding process for chemical risk management… read more here.

A Battle Plan for the Construction Sector’s Health Hazards

Matt Gillen writes in the SynergistNOW blog, "Industrial hygienists know the importance of occupational health. We know the national estimates suggesting that fatal occupational illnesses occur ten times more than fatal occupational injuries"… read more here.

EPA Lowers Limits on Lead in Dust on Floors and Windowsills

A new final rule announced by EPA on June 21 will revise the federal limits for lead in dust on floors and windowsills… read more here.

Report: Workers Experience Secondhand Smoke Exposure Despite Smoke-Free Laws

Laws that prohibit smoking in workplaces appear to have little effect on the prevalence of secondhand smoke exposure in certain occupations... read more here.

OSHA Urges Employers to Protect Workers from Exposure to Measles

OSHA recently published a new web page to provide information about preventing and reducing workers' exposure to measles as well as information on vaccination and treatment... read more here.

NIOSH Podcast Addresses Infectious Diseases in the Workplace

NIOSH recently published a podcast episode on infectious diseases in the workplace for CDC’s “Emerging Infectious Diseases” series... read more here.