November 1, 2019

Quick Takes 2019 November

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AIHA Board of Directors Nominations

AIHA is seeking nominations for four Board of Directors positions that will be vacated in May 2020: Vice President, Secretary-Elect, and two at-large Director positions. Electronic submission forms are available for all positions. Deadline: Nov. 1.

NEW Synergist Town Hall Webinar

Get the Answers to Your Top FR/CP Questions

Nov. 6 from 2-3 pm (ET)

Ever wonder which is the better choice for your team: a reusable or disposable lab coat? Or how to test the repellency of your lab coat? Find out the answers to these questions and more during Bulwark's FR/CP Town Hall Webinar, presented by Mark Saner. Mark brings over 35 years of experience to the table. Tune in as he answers many of the questions you’ve submitted for this special free webinar.

AIHA Fellow Award Nominations

The Fellows designation is limited to no more than five percent of the AIHA membership. To be eligible, an individual must be in good standing with 15 years of continuous AIHA membership and has been recognized for contributions to the industrial hygiene profession or related disciplines, either through research, leadership, publications, education, or service to AIHA. Deadline: Dec. 31

Application to Receive AIHA Micro-Grants for Emerging Economy Projects

The International Affairs Committee’s Emerging Economy Projects Fund has been established to increase understanding and build capacity for occupational hygiene in developing economies around the world. You do not have to be an AIHA member in order to submit the online application form.
Application Deadline: Dec. 31 (11:59 p.m. Eastern)

AIHA Named Award Nominations

Recognize a deserving peer by nominating them for one of AIHA's Named Award at the AIHce Mark of Excellence Breakfast, held at AIHce EXP.
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020

Call for Abstracts for XXII World Congress on Safety & Health at Work

The call for abstracts for the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work is now open! We welcome contributions to a broad range of topics related to the Congress themes and sessions. The conference will be held in Toronto, Canada, Oct 4-7, 2020. For more information, please visit their website.
Deadline: Dec. 15


Are You Using the 2019 Salary and Compensation Tool?

Have you ever wondered how your salary and compensation compares to the market? As an AIHA member you have access to the full interactive salary and compensation tool where you can compare your data to the industry, explore the data from any angle, and create personalized data visualization dashboards. Check it out and see how it can benefit you professionally.

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 IH & OEHS professionals. List your business in the 2020 printed or online directory today! The deadline to be included in the print listing is December 12, 2019. Learn more.

New Improved Look on Catalyst

Have you seen the new improved look for Catalyst? With easy to access member center and a more efficient and better designed layout your user experience has just gotten a whole lot better! Renew your membership to continue connecting and networking on Catalyst and stay tuned for a new Catalyst mobile phone app in 2020!

Six AIHA Website Updates That Will Make Your Day

Sue Marchese writes in the SynergistNOW blog, "In September, we rolled out our newly redesigned website. Here are six new things that will make your day just a little easier next time you visit" Read more here.

Preparing for the Future: AIHA’s 2019 Environmental Scan

Dina Siegel writes in the SynergistNOW blog, "Earlier this year, AIHA conducted a comprehensive environmental scan of the industrial hygiene profession. But what is an "environmental scan," and what does it mean for us as industrial hygienists?" Read more here.

Community Building, AIHA-Style

Larry Sloan in the SynergistNOW blog says, "Strategic plans rarely make for exciting reading, yet they are essential to setting an organization's priorities. AIHA's recently adopted strategic plan for 2019–2021, which I introduced in July, incorporates new mission and vision statements and discusses AIHA's endeavors in five broad domains, which we call community, awareness, advancement and dissemination of knowledge, integrity of IH practice, and advocacy." ...Read more here.

#IAMIH Challenge Presentation Resources

Creating presentations doesn't have to be stressful. All you have to do is plan the event, show up and present using the materials we have available to you.
Visit our Outreach Resource Center which is available to you. Download whatever you need to create some cool presentations. We even have a ready-made Powerpoint you can use - or even modify!


Membership Renewals Have Begun

Let’s keep that momentum going in 2020; renew your AIHA membership before December 31 and receive a free copy of our new Essentials of Exposure Assessment IV e-book valued at $19.95 (get the download upon its release in 2020) and we’ll also email you a special link to be one of the first 26 members to tell us why you’re proud to be an IH and be showcased on Catalyst in 2020!

Belong to a Local Section?

If you joined a local section through national last year, you’ve already been billed for it for 2020 and will not see that specific local section listed on your invoice. If you did not join a local section last year through national, please use the check boxes to add a new local section membership. To find billed invoices, click here.

Set Up Automatic Payment Option for Membership Renewals

Make things easier for yourself by setting up automatic membership renewal payments.

• Select Add/Edit Your Payment Options from your account menu.
• Click on Add Account, name your account, and add your billing information.
• Under Authorization, check the box next to Automatic payment for Membership, and submit.

How to Make the Most of Your Membership

Gouhar Nayeem writes in the latest SynergistNOW blog, "As the membership marketing specialist at AIHA, I have learned a lot about our members, and the more I’ve heard from you, the clearer it’s become to me that the members who actively engage, connect, and strive for growth are the ones who make the most of membership." Read more here.


Take Control of Your Development

A critical tool for every professional (not just early-career professionals) is a formal development plan—a roadmap that helps ensure you meet your personal and professional goals. Even seasoned professionals need to review their development plans and their career more here.

Collaborate with the Student Local Sections Council

The AIHA Student Local Sections Council is the national oversight board for all student university sections. We are currently working on connecting students with the rest of AIHA’s membership for mentoring, professional development/internships, and other topics. If you are interested in collaborating with the SLSC, please email the Chair, Lexi Pratt, at [email protected].

There’s Still Time: 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.

Get Involved! Join a Student Local Section

Participation in a student local section is one of the primary paths to association leadership and is an excellent way for interested students to get active in AIHA and in the industrial hygiene profession.


AIHF Launches President’s Leadership Award

AIHF has established the President's Leadership Award, the highest scholarship and professional development honor, starting in 2020. The prestigious President's Leadership Award is made possible thanks to a generous $150,000 endowment and annual donation by AIHA's Past President, John Henshaw, MPH, CIH, FAIHA.

Does Your School Not Meet the AIHF Scholarship Eligibility Standards? You Can Still Apply!

Students attending a school that doesn't meet the current AIHF eligibility standards are still eligible to apply. In order to qualify for a scholarship, 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 January 10, 2020.

Life Got Easier: 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 is open. Deadline: January 27, 2020.

Get Ready for Giving Tuesday

This year Giving Tuesday is on December 3, consider donating to the Foundation and help a struggling IH/OEHS student with their studies to help pave a brighter future for the profession. Donating is easy, just submit an online donation here.


Invite a Board Member to your LS Event

Invite a Board member to your event/meeting and they can provide an update on AIHA national and can also provide a technical presentation that would qualify for CM points. If you would like a Board member to attend your local section meeting, please let us know at [email protected].
Cynthia Ostowski, MS,CIH, FAIHA, was invited to present 'Leading the Charge to Protect Worker Health & Safety', at a recent Alabama LS event.

AIHA Tennessee Valley Section Fall PDC & Conference

Nov. 6-8 (CT) Knoxville, TN
More information is forthcoming.

AIHA Georgia Local Section Fall Meeting

Meeting will include live stream of AIHA Ethics Webinar (2 contact hours for ABIH Ethics Requirement), as well as other fantastic speakers and topics on Nov. 7th.

AIHA Idaho Local Section: 5th Annual Fall Professional Development Conference

Nov. 14 from 8 am - 4 pm (MT) Springhill Suites- Boise, ID
Please join us for presentations on industrial hygiene technical topics and opportunities to network with environmental, health and safety professionals from across the state.

AIHA Upper Midwest (UMS): Fall 2019 22nd Annual Professional Development Conference

Nov. 14 from 7:30 am - 4:15 pm (CT) Double Tree by Hilton- Roseville, MN
Agenda highlights include a roundtable on respirable crystalline silica, with perspectives from industry, construction, and enforcement; discussion of an emerging issue in healthcare.

29th Annual California Industrial Hygiene Council (CIHC): Professional Development Symposium

Dec. 6 in San Francisco, CA


Educational Virtual Presentation Session

Building a Globally Applied Qualitative Risk Assessment Tool presented by Nancy M. McClellan, MPH, CIH, CHMM on Thursday, November 21 at 2:00 pm (ET)- (Virtual section members only).


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

Nov. 7-1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)
This webinar satisfies the 2-hour ABIH Ethics requirement.
Attendees will better understand the drivers influencing ethical decision-making and the theoretical frameworks supporting the use of such drivers.

Featured Education in IAQ

Breathe easier with the tools you need to combat poor indoor air quality (IAQ). Exposure to indoor air pollutants or lack of fresh air can cause short and long-term health effects. Keep our workspaces, schools, and homes healthy with these indoor air quality resources from AIHA University.

EIH II: Practical Applications of OEHS Math

Online Course- (Experienced) - 40 Contact hours
The course follows the book Useful Equations which covers topics such as: calculation and estimation approaches related to airborne contaminants, TLV and TWA, OA for dilution, fans, system testing, sound and noise, radiation, ventilation, statistics, ventilation, IAQ, and more.

Earn Contact Hours at Your Convenience

Did you miss attending this year's AIHce EXP? Access that world-class educational programming year-round with AIHce OnDemand! OnDemand session recordings allow you to learn on your own time and are conveniently bundled by topic. Sessions from AIHce EXP 2019 are already available, including bundles and individual sessions.


Comments for EPA Review

Submit your comments to Mark Ames by November 15 in the Healthcare Working Group on Catalyst.

Fall Means Pumpkin-Spiced Heaven for Some, Wildfires for Others

Mark Ames writes, "Fall is a treasured time of year. For many parts of the country, fall means cooler temperatures, shorter days, a panorama of motley-colored leaves, and pumpkin-spiced everything. (I had my first pumpkin-spiced latte of the season just last week!) Yet, while some people are cozying up to fireplaces, others are preparing for an annual spike in wildfire activity" more here.

AIHA Submits Comments on OSHA Request for Information on Possible Updates to Table 1 of OSHA's Respirable Silica Standard for Construction

OSHA is weighing if it should update Table 1 of its respirable crystalline silica standard for construction to include additional tasks or equipment. In response to this request for information (RFI), AIHA submitted comments earlier this week to the Administration.

Help Support Safe Wildfire Cleanup & Recovery

Your help is needed today! Please take a moment to send a message to your Governor, urging them to help protect families, workers, pets, and communities during wildfire recovery efforts.

FEMA to Hold National Advisory Council Meetings in November

Are you interested in hearing what advice the National Advisory Council is providing to FEMA? Will you be in Washington, DC in early November? If so, then you're welcome to attend the Council's meeting, which is open to the public and occurs from November 5 through 7, 2019.

MSHA to Hold Stakeholder Meetings on Standards for Examinations of Working Place in Metal and Nonmetal Mines

Do you have an interest in OSH and metal or nonmetal mines? If so, then you may be interested in attending any one of the five upcoming stakeholder meetings of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). The meetings will be held on October 29, and November 7, 12, 14, and 21 throughout the United States. For additional information, please visit

President Trump Nominates Amanda Wood Laihow to Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

Curious about who President Donald J. Trump nominated to serve on the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC)? Then visit to learn about Amanda Wood Laihow, whose career has focused on OSH and government relations.

Updates on Notable and Key Bills

Visit the weekly GR Announcements on Catalyst.


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

1. IH Software - Philip Goff

2. Wildfire PM2.5 Air Monitor - David Friedman

3. Low-Cost Respirable Silica Monitor - Corey Bender

4. Second Hand Tobacco Smoke - Passive Dosimeter - Guillaume Gatefait

5. Access to IH Mod 2.0, Skin Perm, Others- Steven Jahn

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.


Elevating Industrial Hygiene into Product Stewardship

Industrial hygienists ensure regulatory compliance, but more importantly, protect the people doing the work. But what if an industrial hygienist's contribution went further? Check out this video produced by AIHA’s Stewardship and Sustainability Committee.

AIHA and Five International Associations Join Forces for a Better Indoor Environment

The mission of the new alliance is to promote and advocate for indoor climate and health in buildings. The new global association on indoor environmental quality will serve as a global platform to facilitate the exchange of indoor environmental knowledge and information, promoting related education and research for indoor environmental quality and health in buildings.

Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) Auditor Registry

If you perform OHSMS audits for your company, clients or customers, or prepare, review and communicate audit results, the OHSMS Auditor Registry might be right for you.

California Enacts AIHA-Assisted Bill on Fentanyl Cleanup

California has passed a law that establishes interim standards for the cleanup of fentanyl labs – a measure intended to protect those who live in or near properties contaminated by the substance. AIHA lent its support for the legislation as it moved through the California state legislature.

Hunting for the Cause of Mystery Vaping Illnesses

No one knows for sure why more than 1,000 previously healthy individuals in the US, half under the age of 25, have developed serious lung injuries that require hospitalization and in many cases, mechanical ventilation and intensive care... read more here.

Soft Skills

Carl Sall writes, "Soft skills, which AIHA CEO Larry Sloan defined as "personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people" in a SynergistNOW post earlier this year, are not typically taught in classrooms or in training courses."...Read more here.