April 1, 2020

Quick Takes 2020 April


[All events subject to possible cancellations due to COVID-19- please check website for updates]


AIHA has developed many guidelines and documents to help prevent hazards and provides various Consumer Resource Centers to promote health and safety in the workplace – even if that workplace is your home.

Get the facts and resources on COVID-19 by visiting our Coronavirus Outbreak Resources page. Join the conversation via our online community Catalyst Open Forum.

In order to keep our staff healthy and safe during this pandemic, we have instituted working remotely from home. During this time, the best way to contact us is via email at [email protected], as we have limited staff covering the phones. However, rest assured, we will return all calls and respond to all emails.


Call for Donation of Surplus Masks and Respirators
Health care workers, first responders/firefighters and others on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic are facing a critical shortage of infection control personal protective equipment (PPE).

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) have joined efforts with the American Hospital Association (AHA) to urge you to make an in-kind donation of any surplus PPE to help healthcare workers who are on the front lines through the COVID-19 pandemic stay safe and healthy.

AIHA Ambassadors Needed for Brazil, Mexico, and Puerto Rico

AIHA is looking for members to serve as AIHA Ambassadors to Brazil, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Click on the link above to learn more about the AIHA Ambassador Program, eligibility, terms, criteria for service and to complete the online application.



No Access to Catalyst? Not Receiving The Synergist?

If you have an unpaid balance for your AIHA membership in 2020 you have lost access to member only content. Stay connected and keep yourself informed with the latest information and content.
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AIHA Coronavirus Resource Center

In February of 2020, the World Health Organization’s director-general has declared a public health emergency of international concern over the ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus.

The AIHA Coronavirus Resource Center provides a comprehensive list of resources and information.

COVID-Response: Quick Survey on Training and Upskilling Needs for Health Workers

Through the WHO Academy, the World Health Organization is rapidly up-scaling training via a number of digital, easily accessible learning applications.

Please help them design and prioritize content and delivery methodologies that support and enable health workers worldwide boost their knowledge and skills related to the COVID-19 outbreak. We ask that you share the survey, available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PHH8ZYT, with your networks.

Please be assured that this survey is anonymous, your responses will not be associated with your name or email address, and no identifiable information on any individuals will be shared or presented in the survey results.

AIHA'S Ambassador to China Issues Update on COVID-19 And Response Efforts

Laurence Svirchev, CIH, MA, BSc, who serves as ambassador to China for AIHA's International Affairs Committee, reports that concerns regarding the supply of personal protective equipment in China have been alleviated. More information is available in his latest update on China and COVID-19 (PDF) and on AIHA's Coronavirus Outbreak Resource Center.

Medical Reserve Corps

Originally posted by Bernard Fontaine, Jr., CIH, CSP, FAIHA via the Catalyst Open Forum

During this time of need, all industrial hygiene and occupational health practitioners are being pressed to the limit. However, for those emeritus AIHA members who would like to volunteer give back to their communities, here is an opportunity to join the Medical Reserve Corp. and collaborate with healthcare professionals on the frontlines.
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. The MRC network comprises approximately 175,000 volunteers in roughly 850 community-based units located throughout the United States and its territories.
MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other community members without healthcare backgrounds. MRC units engage these volunteers as well as local and state-level partners to strengthen public health, improve emergency response capabilities, and build community resiliency. MRC units prepare for and respond to natural disasters, such as wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, and floods, as well as other emergencies affecting public health, such as disease outbreaks.

Organizations Wordwide Rally to Address Coronavirus - The Synergist March 2020 (Page 12)

Laurence Svirchev, CIH, MA, BSc, ambassador to China for AIHA's International Affairs Committee, has been working to find ways for AIHA members to donate equipment and assist Chinese healthcare workers and other emergency responders in protecting themselves as they care for patients infected by 2019-nCoV.


AIHA Announces New 2020-2021 Board Members

AIHA announced the new members of its Board of Directors for 2020-2021. The selection of individuals for the AIHA Board of Directors is performed by the Board Nominating Committee, as prescribed in the Association Bylaws. The committee consists of seven (7) AIHA full members. The new AIHA Board officers and directors are as follows:

  • Vice President—Donna Heidel, MS, CIH, FAIHA
  • Secretary-Elect—Bradley King, PhD, MPH, CIH
  • Director—Kimberly Castillon, CIH
  • Director—Bernard Fontaine, Jr., CIH, CSP, FAIHA

AIHA Announces Named Award Recipients

The AIHA Board congratulates the selection by the AIHA Awards and Fellows Nominating Committee of the following members for the annual AIHA Named Awards:

  • Andrew Maier, PhD, CIH, DABT, FAIHA—Edward J. Baier Technical Achievement Award (sponsored by Apex Companies, LLC)
  • Dana M. Hollins, CIH—Kusnetz Award (sponsored by Florence Kusnetz)
  • Carter B. Ficklen, III, CIH, CSP—Distinguished Service to AIHA Award
  • Harry J. Beaulieu, PhD, CIH, CSP—Donald E. Cummings Memorial Award
  • M. Faye Grimsley, PhD, CIH, FAIHA—Alice Hamilton Award
  • National Council for Occupational Safety and Health—AIHA Social Responsibility Award (sponsored by Apex Companies, LLC)

AIHA Announces New Fellows

The AIHA Board congratulates the selection by the AIHA Awards and Fellows Nominating Committee. This designation recognizes those who are members in good standing, have 15 years of continuous Full membership, and have made recognized contributions to industrial hygiene or related disciplines, either through research, leadership, publications, education or service to AIHA. Only five percent of the AIHA membership can qualify for the Fellows Award.

  • Stephanie R. Carter, PhD, CIH, FAIHA
  • William S. Carter, PhD, CIH, FAIHA
  • Jeffrey A. Church, CIH, CSP, FAIHA
  • Joy Erdman, MS, CIH, CSP, FAIHA
  • Thomas P. Fuller, ScD, CIH, CSP, MSPH, MBA, FAIHA
  • Ling-Ling Hung, PhD, FAIHA
  • Georgi I. Popov, PhD, QEP, CSP, ARM, SMS, CMC, FAIHA
  • Noah S. Seixas, PhD, CIH, FAIHA

Congratulations to Our 2019 Outstanding Volunteer Groups

AIHA would like to congratulate our 2019 Outstanding AIHA Volunteer Groups. These volunteer groups received this special recognition through their active engagement with AIHA and their success in achieving their objectives for 2019.

  • Biosafety and Environmental Microbiology Committee
  • Confined Spaces Committee
  • Ergonomics Committee
  • Exposure Assessment and Strategies Committee
  • Healthcare Working Group
  • Leadership and Management Committee
  • Mentoring and Professional Development Committee
  • Non-Ionizing Radiation Committee
  • Protective Clothing and Equipment Committee
  • Safety Committee
  • Sampling and Laboratory Analysis Committee
  • Stewardship and Sustainability Committee
  • Women in IH Committee

Allied Industry Partners Enter Into Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) During Annual Meeting and Exposition of Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA)

AIHA and six other non-profit organizations, including the convening organization, Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA), announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for indoor air and environmental quality. Donald Weekes, CIH, AIHA Fellow, and member of AIHA’s Technical Committee on indoor environmental quality, signed the agreement on behalf of AIHA.

Proud to Be an IH: Shaping the Future

SynergistNOW blog by Bernard Fontaine, Jr.

As an undergraduate student studying to attend medical school and then practice pediatric oncology, I learned about the field of industrial hygiene and occupational health through a cooperative educational program with federal OSHA.

Do You Read SynergistNOW?

The SynergistNOW blog offers ideas, insights, and perspectives on important topics affecting industrial hygiene professionals, written by and for experienced IHs, researchers, academics, and AIHA leaders. Launched in 2016, SynergistNOW features two new posts per week. SynergistNOW is available to everyone with an interest in industrial hygiene and worker health and safety, but even AIHA members must subscribe.


New From SynergistNOW: "Strength in Numbers"

Larry Sloan, AIHA's CEO, writes: "AIHA has a long history of collaboration with allied organizations in pursuit of common goals. Recently, we've begun discussing potential partnerships with associations whose areas of focus converge with the work of AIHA's technical committees." Read more here.

Addressing Students at Johns Hopkins, Cooper Union, CUNY School of Public Health

Prior to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, Larry addressed graduate occupational health students at Johns Hopkins (one of our newest student local sections). He delivered a brief update on AIHA National with a focus on how we are striving to help students navigate their careers as well as an introduction to Emotional Intelligence. Following this, he presented AIHA National updates to graduate students at both CUNY and Cooper Union via a virtual platform. Embedded in his remarks was a brief “introduction to IH/OH”, designed to help those students in allied professions (e.g., engineers, architects) who were less familiar with our profession. If you would like to have Larry address your students virtually, please contact Thursa La.


Career Opportunities

Career opportunities in this field are endless, whether you're a fresh graduate or a seasoned professional making a career change; get a head start on landing your next dream industrial hygiene (IH)/occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) job here.


Your Opportunity to Advance the Profession: Contribute to the President’s Leadership Award
This prestigious award is made possible thanks to a generous endowment by AIHA's Past President, John Henshaw, MPH, CIH, FAIHA. The Award consists of a major scholarship and a professional development opportunity to attend a BOHS, AIOH, or comparable International Conference in occupational health and safety. Support the advancement of the profession and join us in making a tax-deductible contribution today!


Have an Upcoming Event?

Did you know that Local Section events are posted to the Catalyst community? Please provide details for any of your upcoming events to Janice Allen to get your events added. The Catalyst events calendar can be accessed via https://community.aiha.org/events/calendar and is viewable by all AIHA members.

Local Businesses and Organizations Looking for Local Resources During COVID-19

An AIHA member reported that The New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) is reaching out to their local section community. This is an excellent opportunity for AIHA local sections to partner and support NJBIA and similar organizations in their regions. Specifically, NJBIA has over 150,000 members (small to mid-size business) located statewide and they need a better understanding of what can be done to protect their membership's workforce and the surrounding communities.


NEW Webinar: "The Ear Poisons: An Introduction to Ototoxicants"

April 30 from 1-2pm EST
This webinar goes beyond hearing loss caused by noise to discuss ototoxicants, ear poisons that enter the worker’s body through inhalation and absorption. We will address the etiologies of hearing loss, be it by exposure through noise or chemicals.

Heat Stress: Assessment and Control

AIHA Webinar on April 23 at 1-2:30pm EST
Learn how to develop effective controls to mitigate heat stress conditions and related illnesses among workers. This webinar addresses the six critical factors associated with heat stress and how they can be used collectively to assess heat stress including temperature, humidity, air velocity, radiant heat, clothing, and metabolic heat.

A New Certification Program for Industrial Hygiene Chemists

AIHA, AIHA Registry Programs, and the National Registry of Certified Chemists (NRCC) announced the launch of a joint program for the certification of industrial hygiene chemists and analysts. The new certification program is called the AIHA-NRCC Industrial Hygiene Chemist Certification.

Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene

Take your staff's industrial hygiene knowledge to the next level! Whether they're new to IH or simply need a refresher, AIHA's Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene course offers highly rated, hands-on training to help them do their best work. The course will next be held Sept. 21–24, 2020, outside Columbus, Ohio.

FREE WEBINAR: Ventilation, Surface Disinfection and PPE Considerations for the IP and IH

Amidst the flood of information about the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the greatest risks is missing key intelligence that can protect health and save lives. This town hall-style webinar will address occupational health and safety professionals’, industrial hygienists’ and infection preventionists’ questions about ventilation, surface disinfection, respirators, construction issues, occupational health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

2nd Edition of Recognition, Evaluation, and Control of Indoor Mold Now Available

Tap into this current and comprehensive mold resource written by industrial hygiene practitioners, academics, government officials, and scientists.


Money, Power, Congress, and the Presidency

SynergistNOW blog by Mark Ames, AIHA Director, Government Relations

To better understand how power, money, and influence flow in Washington, let's explore a side of policymaking that receives little coverage in the media but has tremendous impacts on the lives of everyone associated with the U.S. government.

Members of Congress Introduce COVID-19 Legislation

A few short days ago, leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R.6201). Much of the attention on this bill has focused on testing and paid leave, however, it also contains the text of the COVID-19 Health Care Worker Protection Act of 2020, which AIHA supports.

AIHA Board Member Testifies on Mold Hazards in Buildings before Maryland State Legislature

AIHA Board member Michele M. Twilley, DrPH, CIH, spoke about mold hazards in institutions of higher education when she testified this past Tuesday before the Maryland State House Appropriations Committee in support of House Bill 1428.

Updates on Notable and Key Bills

Visit the weekly GR Announcements page on Catalyst.


#IAMIH Challenge Presentations Move Online!

Due to the current situation with COVID and schools being closed and social distancing being encouraged, you can film your presentation and post it for schools and educational STEM groups to view and share. Use our free resources or create your own and then post the link of your video on the #IAMIH Challenge Catalyst page. The more presentations you post, the more likely you and/or your local section will be awarded a gift card!

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

  1. Respirators and Biological Agents- Gavin F. Burdge
  2. Extended Use of N95 Respirators - Brian Berke
  3. Skunk Odor in School - Keith A. Boyd
  4. N95 Mask Cover & Respiratory Protection for COVID-19 Hospital Workers - John C. Ratliff
  5. Question on COVID-19 And Respirator Issuance - Shayne Meadows

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


Coronavirus Disease (COVID-2019) WHO Situation Reports

WHO is working closely with global experts, governments and partners to rapidly expand scientific knowledge on this new virus, to track the spread and virulence of the virus, and to provide advice to countries and individuals on measures to protect health and prevent the spread of this outbreak…Read more here.

An Equal World Is an Enabled World

Featured in SynergistNOW by Kimberly P. Henry

March 8th was International Women's Day. This year's theme celebrated women's achievements and encouraged us all to raise awareness of gender bias and take action to ensure a world of equality...Read more here.

OSHA Publishes Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus

According to OSHA, workplaces may experience worker absenteeism; changes in patterns of commerce, meaning that demand for certain goods might increase significantly, but fall significantly in others; and interrupted shipments or deliveries…Read more here.

OSHA Temporarily Adjusts Guidance for Respirator Fit Testing During COVID-19 Outbreak
OSHA released temporary guidance this weekend on fit testing N95 respirators before their use by healthcare personnel caring for known or suspected COVID-19 patients. The new guidelines are intended to promote healthcare workers’ access to respiratory protection in the face of anticipated shortages…Read more here.

OSHA Issues Guidance on Coronavirus for Workplaces

Powder/Bulk Solids
The U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA issued a document on Monday that provides companies with guidance on how to respond to COVID-19 in American workplaces…Read more here.

OHSMS Auditor Registry Call for Applicants

Are you responsible for planning and conducting audits as well as preparing, reviewing and communicating audit results? Showcase your competencies by becoming a registered OHSMS auditor!

ACGIH Board Ratifies 2020 TLVS and BEIS

ACGIH announced in late January that its Board of Directors had ratified the 2020 Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) for Chemical Substances and Physical Agents and Biological Exposure Indices, or BEIs. This year, the board adopted TLVs for chemical substances such as acrylamide, methyl isobutyl carbinol, and resin acids. One BEI for the insecticide parathion was also adopted… Read more here.