September 3, 2019

Quick Takes 2019 September

Important Dates and Deadlines


ByLaw Amendments Response to Member Concerns

The AIHA Board would like to thank those of you who took the time to express your concerns and comments online in response to the two proposed AIHA Bylaws amendments during the 30-day window. We understand the rationales presented may not be aligned with your thinking. At the Board’s July Strategic Planning Meeting, your feedback was shared (anonymously) and discussed. In the end, the Board has chosen to move forward with both measures; however, in the spirit of open communication, we would like to take this time to address some of the more commonly stated issues as well as clarify some apparent misunderstandings. Read for more.

Get Out the Vote

The voting portal for the bylaws amendments will open on September 16, 2019, via a third-party provider. Members will receive information via email, including a unique link and password assigned to them, prior to the launch of the voting portal. Voting will close on October 11, 2019 (11:59 p.m. Eastern).

Call for Applications: New IEQ Group’s BODs

IEQ-GA is organized and operated for the purpose of bringing together professionals from various disciplines that deal with the indoor environment. Nominations will be accepted until close of business on September 15, 2019. Self-nominations will be accepted.

Call for Applications: AIHA Volunteer Groups Assessment Task Force

A sustainable and vibrant volunteer community requires the need to look at critical success factors, applying best practices and fostering activities that support the pillars of the AIHA National strategic plan. The Board is calling for the formation of this new task force to be populated via “Open Call” process and provide recommendations to the Board. Deadline: September 30 (11:59 p.m. Eastern).

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.

Open Call for AIHA’s Total Worker Health Task Force

The TWH Task Force will be comprised of up to five (5) AIHA members representing a cross-section of the membership. Each member is expected to commit to a three-year term. Applications will be reviewed and selection made by the AIHA Board. Deadline: September 30, 2019 (5pm EST)

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: October 10 (5pm EST)

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: November 1, 2019.

Call for Virtual Section: Educational Content & Presentation Committee

Be a part of the educational and presentation committee of AIHA’s Virtual Section (requires no commute). Contact Thursa La for more information. Virtual Section is a new online opportunity for AIHA members who don’t have access to a local section. Everyone, no matter the location, has the same opportunities to make a difference!

AIHA's IAC Micro-Grants Subcommittee on Emerging Economy Projects Fund Review Protocol
Application Deadline: December 31, 2019 (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.

Call for Virtual Section: Educational Content & Presentation Committee

Be a part of the educational and presentation committee of AIHA’s Virtual Section (requires no commute). Contact Thursa La for more information. Virtual Section is a new online opportunity for AIHA members who don’t have access to a local section. Everyone, no matter the location, has the same opportunities to make a difference!

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

Application Deadline: December 31, 2019 (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.


American Industrial Hygiene Association Unveils Its New Website

The new adds content resources that are easily accessible. The modern design and revamped navigation system make it more intuitive so that in just a few clicks visitors can find the information they need.

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.

NEW! AIHA University eLibrary

Imagine having the latest IH/OEHS trends and research directly at your fingertips. Well, now you can—with the new AIHA University eLibrary! A 6-month or 1-year subscription grants you unlimited online access to 50 of our top publications in one convenient location.

AIHA Offers Recovery Guidance for Areas Affected by Hurricane Dorian

As Florida and Puerto Rico prepare for Hurricane Dorian, AIHA has reached out to the local media offering resources on planning and preparedness for the storm.

Featured in SynergistNOW: AIHA’s New Technical Staff Structure

Larry Sloan writes, "As many of you may know, earlier this year, AIHA’s Managing Director of Scientific and Technical Initiatives, Russ Hayward, CIH, left to pursue other endeavors that we have learned will take him across the globe."

Featured in SynergistNOW: The Roadmap to a Successful Mentoring Relationship

Ina Xhani writes, "While working on a video project at AIHce EXP 2019, I had the opportunity to meet Chrissy Hoehn, an AIHA member since 2004, and Melanie Nembhard, a member since 2013. They are both part of the AIHA Mentoring Program..."

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.

2020 Dues Structure

$223 Full

$111 Early Career Professional

$111 Emeritus (Retired)

$56 E-International

$32 Student

Product Stewardship 2019

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!

Chance to Win Prizes And Be Recognized For Raising Awareness of IH

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 actual prizes, recognition and CM credit. If you have any questions contact Gouhar Nayeem.

Seeking a Change in Your Career? Looking for a New Position?

CareerAdvantage provides IH/OEHS job seekers access to exclusive benefits designed to give you the extra edge in securing your next position. From specialized job boards to superior career resources...its now today's premier professionals move up to success. Please contact Wanda Barbour for more information.

I Am a Thought Leader

The Distinguished Lecturer 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.


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 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.

Looking to Advance Your 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.

Why Struggle Alone?

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!


New Scholarship: Frederick W. Boelter Risk Science Scholarship

Dedicated to the advancement of risk science in the practice of industrial hygiene. Created by the partners of RHP Risk Management in recognition of the contributions by Fred Boelter and all those he mentored and inspired.

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 to 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.


Carolina Local Section Fall 2019 PDC and Conference

September 11-13
Topics include tools for ethical decision making, effective management of the “under-exposed,” nanotechnology and more.

Chicagoland Safety, Health & Environmental Conference

September 16-19
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.

Scientific Liaison Coalition Presents Health Hazards of Electronic Cigarettes

September 17, 2019, 11:00 AM–12:00 PM ET
Presented by Neal L. Benowitz, MD, Professor Emeritus of Medicine, University of California San Francisco. Free live webinar open only to members of SLC and requires registration. A recording of the webinar will be available on a future date for AIHA members.

AIHA DSS Meeting - A IH Discussion of Occupational Welding Fume Exposure

September 17 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (CT)
AIHA DSS will be hosting a regular meeting on September 17th, 2019 between 6:00 and 7:30 pm sponsored by 3M/Scott Fire & Safety at Mike Anderson's in Gonzales, LA (1500 Louisiana 30 W, Gonzales, LA 70737). Mike Harris will be presenting the discussion topic "Welding Fume is a Group I Carcinogen with no OEL and no Method: What is the Path Forward?"

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

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

Canadian Society of Safety Engineers 2019 Professional Development Conference

September 22-25
This is Canada’s “must attend” safety event! Sessions are designed to expand your knowledge and provide practical insights on emerging issues. Our goal for the 2019 conference is to be the best professional development event you attend this year.

Lehigh Valley Local Section PDC and Conference

Oct. 10- Oct. 11, 2019
Contact Albert Bielli for more information

The Iowa-Illinois and Nebraska-Western Iowa LS

October 11 from 9-4pm (CT)
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.


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

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- Westerfield, OH
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.

Opioids and Protection of Workers Involved in Opioid Response

September 26-1:00 - 2:00 PM ET/ Earn 1 Contact Hour
This webinar will benefit opioid responders (including police officers, hazmat personnel and forensic analysts), industrial hygienists involved in keeping American workers safe, EHS experts, and professionals concerned with the use of opioids in the workplace.

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.

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

November 7-1:00 – 3:00 PM ET
Explore the role of context in ethical decision-making. Earn 2 contact hours.

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. Earn 4 contact hours!

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.

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.


New from SynergistNOW: Your Story Has Power - Use It!

Mark Ames, "Let’s take a stroll down memory lane. Looking back at the important moments of our lives, there’s probably something that many of us have in common: a thirst for knowledge and understanding." Read more here.

Importance of Hearing Protection - October 3 (Michigan State Capitol)

The 85-3 Hearing Protection Coalition is organizing a day to speak with legislators about the importance of hearing protection, with a focus on encouraging legislators to introduce and enact legislation that would lower the PEL for occupational noise to 85 dBA and the exchange rate to 3 dBA. Taking this action would align the State with the NIOSH REL for occupational noise exposure. Michigan's PEL is currently set at 90 dBA.

OSHA Issues Request for Information on Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica

OSHA is seeking feedback on Table 1 of its Standard for Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction.
Do you believe that AIHA should submit comments on this request for information (RFI)? If so, what, specifically do you believe AIHA's comments should address? Please provide your feedback via a short survey at

EPA Proposes Significant New Uses for 17 Chemical Substances

Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the US EPA has proposed significant new uses for 17 chemical substances. Comments on this action must be submitted to EPA on or before September 13, 2019.

For additional information please visit

Action Alert: Send a Letter to Your Governor Today Urging them to Support Safe Cleanup & Recovery of Urban Wildfires!

The hazards present during a wildfire are hard to ignore, with heat and smoke being some of the most obvious. But what about the hazards that may exist long after the last ember has been extinguished? All too often in the rush to rebuild and reclaim that which was lost, it can be easy to forget that hidden dangers may remain. Take action today by visiting

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. IH Statistics - Taylor Von Colln

2. Interpretation of Total Silica Results - Edward J. Kahal

3. Welding Ventilation Inside of Confined Space Follow - Denis Logie

4. Octave Band | Hearing Loss Frequency - Marcus Vinícius Nunes

5. PIDs with 11.7 eV Lamps- Robert A. Brounstein

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.


Pure Management: How to Apply Risk-Based Thinking in Laboratories ISO/IECC 17025

By Bob Lieckfield, Jr., CIH, FAIHA as featured in The Synergist
ISO/IEC 17025 introduces the concept of “risk-based thinking,” a management model that places responsibility for defining and organizing a laboratory’s policies and procedures directly on laboratory management.

Sampling for Drugs in Uncontrolled Enviornments: Accessing Hazardous and Highly Potent Drug Exposures in Nontraditional Workplaces

By Matthew J. Meiners, CIH and Donna Heidel, CIH, FAIHA as featured in The Synergist
Illicit manufacture and use of opioids have led to concerns that workers in uncontrolled environments as well as the general public are at risk for potential exposures. What can we learn from the pharmaceutical industry about assessing exposure risks to hazardous drugs, including illicit drugs, in these uncontrolled environments?

What's Behind a Cluster of Vaping-Related Hospitalizations?

When Dylan Nelson was admitted to the ICU in July with difficulty breathing, his mother, Kim Barnes, figured it was his asthma acting up. But when she got to the hospital in Burlington, Wis., he couldn't speak. He was intubated. His blood oxygen level was only 10 percent. He was put into a medically induced coma. Read more here.

Why Are People Still Dying from Legionnaires' Disease?

The Conversation

Brian Labus, assistant professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, writes: "In the nearly 50 years since epidemiologists first discovered Legionnaires' disease, we have learned how to test for it, treat it, and prevent it. So why are people still dying from it, and why are more and more people becoming sick with it every single year?" Read more here.

Notre-Dame Construction Resumes in Paris, but Worries About Lead Remain
The New York Times

Construction resumed at the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris on Monday, weeks after authorities had shut the site down over worries about lead contamination linked to the fire in April. The work restarted with stricter decontamination measures in place, but amid concerns that authorities still weren't doing enough to contain the blaze's toxic fallout. Read more here.

Global Study Explores Best Practices for Recent Immigrant Safety
Canadian Occupational Safety

"I'm working at the freezer and I stay for eight hours, not giving us a break. I feel sick one day, sick like I can't breathe, and the cold... one day I passed out. Somebody came in and told me, you'd better not say words. You're not allowed to talk." ... [This is] just [one] of the comments that the Institute for Work and Health heard from recent immigrants and refugees in the Greater Toronto Area as part of a study it conducted a few years ago. Read more here.