October 1, 2019

Quick Takes 2019 October



Open Call for Board Nominating Committee

We are using an open-call process to add four (4) at-large members to the Board Nominating Committee. We’re looking for four at-large members who are active AIHA Full Members and who are committed to helping us find the best nominees for Board officer and director positions. Deadline: Oct. 10 (5 p.m. Eastern)

ByLaw Amendments Response to Member Concerns

The voting portal for the bylaws amendments is open via a third-party provider. Voting will close on Oct. 11 (11:59 p.m. Eastern). If you didn’t receive an email with login information please contact, Lynae Brown.

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.

AIHA's IAC Micro-Grants Subcommittee on Emerging Economy Projects Fund Review Protocol

Application Deadline: Dec. 31 (11:59 p.m. Eastern)
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.


New AIHA Website

Have you checked out AIHA’s new improved website? Life has just gotten easier, with our easy to use search function which will always be on the top right-hand side of site pages. Leave your comments in our feedback section and let us know what you think.

Celebrate 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.

American Industrial Hygiene Association Publishes 2019 Salary and Compensation Study

The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) released today the 2019 Salary and Compensation Study, a national survey of the salaries, benefits, other compensation structures, and demographics of industrial hygiene and occupational health (IH/OH) professionals. The purpose of the survey is to provide members of the IH/OH community with detailed information on industry compensation practices, including salaries, bonuses, and benefits, among other related metrics. Contact Adam Seery for more information.

Get an Edge on Your Career

Seeking a change in your career? Looking for that new position, company, or mission that strikes passion in your heart? Stay connected to a trusted online job board with premiere IH/OEHS opportunities across all industries.

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.

Your Vote is Needed

Bradley King writes in the SynergistNOW blog, "In a few days, all AIHA members will be invited to vote online for two new amendments to the association's bylaws, as proposed by the AIHA Board of Directors. AIHA's bylaws are frequently reviewed by the Board to ensure that they reflect best practices and meet the needs of its members. Read more here.

Important TSA Travel ID Changes Starting October 1

October 1, 2020 is the deadline for all air travelers to comply with REAL ID. That means, if you typically fly with your driver’s license as your only form of identification, your driver’s license must be REAL ID compliant, OR you will need to bring another form of federally accepted ID (a passport). For more information on REAL ID and to tell if your license is compliant, see https://www.tsa.gov/real-id.

Be an IHHero

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. Click here to find out how to participate. The 2020 challenge includes actual prizes, recognition and CM credit. If you have any questions contact Gouhar Nayeem.

We’re Looking for Good Mentors

Do you remember what it was like just starting out in the profession or maybe looking to switch careers or specializations? Wouldn’t it have been helpful to have someone wiser with more experience helping guide and mentor you? Give back by becoming a mentor and develop leadership skills and gain a new perspective.


Membership Renewals to Begin

Thank you got being a committed, engaged and invested AIHA member. Over this past year we have accomplished so much with your help and we look forward to doing even more in 2020, including a new Catlayst and AIHA mobile app to make connecting even easier! Membership renewal to begin early October, we look forward to achieving even more together in 2020.

AIHA Membership Dues to Increase in 2020

We believe that worker safety is a fundamental human right and that is why we tirelessly work to promote and advance the occupational health and safety profession and those who practice it. To ensure that we have the resources and technology to support this work, the AIHA Board of Directors has made the decision to increase the annual membership dues for 2020 by 3.99%.

2020 Dues Structure

$223 Full

$111 Early Career Professional

$111 Emeritus (Retired)

$56 E-International

$32 Student

New Automatic Payment Option for Membership Renewals

Make things easier for yourself by setting up automatic membership renewal payments. Go to your ‘MY Member Dashboard’. Select 'Add/Edit my Payment Options' and then 'Add payment'.

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.


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.

Student Local Sections Council (SLSC) Newsletter

The Student Local Sections Council is excited to share our most recent Fall 2019 Newsletter. Want to learn more about how to get involved, click here.

The Benefits of Being a Student Member

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.

How Can I Advance My Career

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

Get the Help You Need. Register to Find 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. Join AIHA’s member only mentoring program, just takes a few minutes to set up your profile. Invest in yourself!


American Industrial Hygiene Foundation Names Member-at-Large for Board of Trustees

The American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF) announced today that Barbara J. Dawson, CIH, CSP, has been selected to serve as the new member-at-large for the Foundation's board of trustees.

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.

How Do I Donate?

Donating is easy. Just visit our online donation portal and set up the donation amount, you can even schedule recurring payments so you don’t need to think about it. The future of IH depends on all of us.


Presentation Resources

For those of you who have volunteered to present on behalf of AIHA National, staff regularly updates a series of presentations that are all available to you anytime:

1. A comprehensive AIHA National update PPT (generally takes 30 to 45 min)
2. A more streamlined AIHA National update PPT (could be covered in 15 min or less)
3. A detailed CPAG content priorities PPT (generally takes 30 to 45 min) -- NOTE: Many local sections are interested in this 'deeper dive'; all of my pending visits have requested this from me.
4. A slightly modified AIHA National update PPT designed for Student audiences (generally takes 30 mins)

Contact Laurie Mutdosch for more information.

Connecticut River Valley Local Section: All Day Conference

Oct. 3
The Annual All-Day Conference will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville. The event opens at 7:30 with registration, networking, vendors and a continental breakfast.

Lehigh Valley Local Section: PDC and Conference

Oct. 10- Oct. 11
Contact Albert Bielli for more information

The Iowa-Illinois and Nebraska-Western Iowa Local Section Meeting

Oct. 11 from 9-4 p.m. (Central)
Dr. Mike Harris, PhD, CIH, of Hamlin and Harris, Baton Rouge, LA, will present a seminar on Health Aspects of Welding, including the recent news about the carcinogenic classification of welding fumes being changed to Group 1 by IARC. Dr. Harris is a leader and well-known expert in this area. This is a critical presentation for those of you who do welding fume assessments.

Northwest Occupational Health Conference sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Local Section

Oct. 23-25 in Bend, OR

2019 Oklahoma Local Section Fall Conference: The Blunt Facts about Medical Marijuana

Oct. 24-25 in Oklahoma City, OK

Registration open. Early-bird rates expires on October 11th. The annual meeting brings you the latest in education, practice, and policy of industrial hygiene, and specifically around medical marijuana and its implication in industrial hygiene and environment.

Idaho Local Section: 5th Annual Fall Professional Development Conference

Nov. 14 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Mountain)

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 in Roseville, MN

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

Dec. 6 in San Francisco, CA


Welding Fumes: Suggestions for Future Research

Oct. 3 at 1-2 p.m. (Eastern)- Webinar
Earn 1 Contact Hour
Presenter Mike Harris will explain why the International Association for Research on Cancer (IARC) has recently categorized welding fume as a Group 1 Carcinogen, including all welding fume types in the category. Also covered is the need for future research to define welding fume exposure outcomes, and analyze the welding process that comes associated with elevated exposure risk.

Exposure Assessment and Engineering Control Evaluations: Lessons learned from Additive Manufacturing Field Studies

Oct. 22 at 1-2:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Earn 1.5 Contact Hours
This webinar will address the current state-of-the-science on potential emissions and exposures from 3D printers. You’ll receive an overview of how to plan and conduct an industrial hygiene assessment in both metal and polymer additive manufacturing environments.

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

Oct. 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.

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

Nov. 7-1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Explore the role of context in ethical decision-making. Earn 2 contact hours.

Online Unlimited Access to Publications - eLibrary Subscription

The AIHA University eLibrary provides online access to 50 of our top publications, including newly released titles. View entire publications or full chapters via our responsive subscription site on your desktop, tablet, or mobile device – perfect for the IH/OEHS student or professional on-the-go!

Strategic Framework: Enterprise Risk Management

This essential body of knowledge establishes a baseline for all IH/OEHS professionals on what enterprise risk management means within the sphere of safety and environmental health. Members get a discounted rate.

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. Full in-person conference attendees have access to OnDemand recordings until end December 31 as part of your registration.

CIH Crash Course

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.


Congratulations & Welcome New Secretary of ACTIONS Committee

Congratulations and welcome to Anthony Oliveri, PhD, MPH, who has been elected the new Secretary of the ACTIONS Committee!

Appreciating the Role of IH in Infectious Diseases

Mark Ames writes in the SynergistNOW blog, "It was staff appreciation week at AIHA, and to be honest, I was looking forward to the celebratory breakfast. Instead, I found myself heading into Washington, DC to engage in a fascinating discussion about the United States' preparedness for pandemics".... read more here.

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. Sampling Volume NIOSH 7500- Richard Wattson Saenz

2. Intrinsically Safe Ventilation Test Instrument- Chad McClimans

3. Vaping Health Hazards- Walter Garrow

4. Respirator Full Medical Evaluation Frequency- Rayna Brown

5. Help with Diazo Compounds- Terese Anderson

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.


A Modeling Toolbox for Product Stewards

Featured in the Synergist, Steven Jahn and John Lowe writes, "With the growth of industry’s sustainability and product stewardship programs, traditional industrial hygiene practices may increasingly extend beyond the workplace environment. The same approaches for assessing risk and identifying risk management options may also apply to downstream users of chemicals and products."...Read more here.

Top Five Lab Safety Tips

Mark Saner of Bulwark writes in the SynergistNOW, "From fires and explosions to sharp objects, pathogens, and dangerous chemicals, laboratories are home to a variety of hazards." Read more here.

From Consciousness to Conscience

Mary O'Reilly and Bob Deist writes in the Synergist, "Demonstrating a robust and effective health and safety program is foundational in organizational sustainability. Documented compliance with applicable regulations, development of comprehensive risk management strategies, and status reporting around key program performance indicators are other examples of the direct link between IH and sustainability." Read more here.

Ethics and Product Stewardship

By Thomas Grumbles in the Synergist
The profession of product stewardship is growing. One indication of this growth is the formation of the Product Stewardship Society, an affiliate of AIHA launched in 2012 to provide resources, professional development, and networking opportunities for product stewardship professionals. Read more here.

Trump’s Labor Pick Kept Workers in Pain

A recent American Industrial Hygiene Association paper notes, “Although many factors have contributed to the opioid crisis, the role of workplace musculoskeletal injuries has been overlooked.” Read more here.