August 1, 2020

Quick Takes 2020 August

Important Dates and Deadlines:


The following open calls will be coming soon!

2020 AIHA Strategic Planning Task Force

The AIHA Strategic Plan (2019-21) reflects the total enterprise, which includes our three LLCs, two foundations, local sections, and the Product Stewardship Society. Looking ahead to the next planning cycle, the Board agreed it is time to form a new task force that will initially be tasked with reviewing and adjusting the current plan, and then working on the development of an updated plan, which will take effect in January 2022 and run through 2024. Applications will be accepted until September 30.

2020-21 AIHA Board of Directors Call for Nominations

Is Board service in your wheelhouse? The open call process launches on August 15, and we encourage National members to consider nominating a peer (note: nominations are not applicable to student members) or self-nominate. Take the time now to familiarize yourself with Board member roles and responsibilities and cultural values, Learn more about the nominations process. To learn more about available positions, click here. To apply directly or to be nominated by a peer, click here.

2020 AIHA Board Nominating Committee Call for Nominations

We are looking for people who are active AIHA Full Members and committed to helping us find the best nominees for Board officer and director positions. The AIHA Board Nominations Policy reflects AIHA’s commitment to transparency and diversity. We continue to use an open-call process to add four (4) at-large members to the Board Nominating Committee. This open call will launch on September 1.

“Defining the Science” Advisory Group

We are exploring the idea of creating a new “Defining the Science” Advisory Group. This group will help guide the creation and maintenance of a standing AIHA IH/OHS research agenda. Through this agenda, we will help inform and guide academics, third party research organizations, our volunteer groups, and even practitioners on what research is most critically needed, as well as facilitate the partnerships necessary to get that research accomplished. AIHA will then play a more integral role in better preparing students and practitioners to quickly integrate new research findings into their day-to-day practice. Application process will open soon.

AIHA Volunteer Groups Officers Training

The following training opportunity is available for all volunteer groups officers—click on the link below to learn more, as well as to add this event to your calendar. All volunteer group officers are encouraged to participate, especially our new officers.

Officers Training: Roles & Responsibilities—Wednesday, August 26 at 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. (ET)

Call for AIHA International Ambassadors

There is currently a need for AIHA International Ambassadors to Mexico, Brazil, and Puerto Rico. The AIHA Ambassador Program supports the development of a cooperative infrastructure of IH/OH professionals in other countries; identify the need for IH/OH capacity building, as well as needed education, products and services within the international community.


Occupational Health Professionals Call on Construction Contractors to Put Health in “Safety and Health”

AIHA has announced the availability of free resources to educate construction industry leaders about the health risks associated with construction work. Construction contractors who want to protect the health of their workers, who are seeking resources, or want to hire an occupational health professional can find help at AIHA’s new micro-website, Thank you to AIHA’s Construction Committee for their input and support to develop this.

Back to Work Safely™ - Free Resources

If your workplace is preparing to reopen or already has, AIHA wants to help you keep your coworkers and visitors safe with free “Be Part of the Solution” COVID-19 signage. From “Wash Your Hands” graphics to “Sanitize Equipment” signage, these eye-catching posters remind people to follow the recommendations from leading health organizations to help to stop the spread of coronavirus. Download and tell a friend about these free, ready-to-print signs today.

AIHA continues to update the Back to Work Safely website with new and updated guidance documents. Check out the two guidelines issued recently on K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, and transit systems.

Occupational Health Professionals Urge Chemical Manufacturers to Protect the Health of Their Workers

Chemical manufacturers who want to protect the health of their workers, who are seeking resources can find help at AIHA’s new micro-website, The site includes information about the risks to workers and how employers can reduce those risks. Chemical manufacturers can also be connected with an OHS professional. Many thanks to a team of AIHA “brand ambassadors” who were the subject matter experts consulted when building this new site.

Be an IH Hero!

Have you checked out the new IH Heroes web-based game for all ages? Join our team of heroes as they try to save a refinery from exploding. Earn your Hero Gear to become an IH Hero! Download the IH Heroes game today! Share this link with a friend, or post about it on Twitter or Facebook! Please help share this new “edutainment” tool that is fun, yet educational.

Share Your Story, Inspire Others!

How did you get started in occupational health and safety? Did someone encourage you to choose this field? Did you find inspiration in a specific event? We would love to hear about your career in occupational health and safety, because your journey can help inspire others!

AIHA and ASSP Collaborate to Improve Worker Safety and Health

Longtime industry allies American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) have signed a three-year memorandum of understanding that outlines how the organizations will continue to collaborate on advancing workplace safety and health, and strengthening the occupational safety and health profession.

Member Recognition

The committee for ABIH awards announced the recognition of the professional accomplishments of two outstanding Certified Industrial Hygienists: Roy J. Rando, BS, MSPH, ScD, CIH, recipient of the ABIH Lynn C. O’Donnell Lifetime Achievement Award, and John Moore MS, CIH, CSP, recipient of the ABIH Impact Award.

AIHA Announces 2020 Hamilton Club Members

The American Industrial Hygiene Association® is announcing this year’s membership of the Hamilton Club, an exclusive partner program with AIHA. The 2020 Hamilton Club members include the following, grouped into tiers depending on their respective financial contributions: Platinum Level – SKC Inc; Gold Level – Casella, EMSL Analytical, SGS Galson; Silver Level – ALS Global, Assay Technologies, Draeger, Industrial Scientific, Nanozen, RAECO Rents, TSI, Zefon International.

NEW: CLEAN2020 Virtual Summit

On August 5th, 13th and 25th, join thought leaders from business, policy, standards development, science and engineering to better understand current knowledge and identify opportunities to work together to control viral transmission in the built environment. The CLEAN2020 Summit will assess current challenges and pain points felt by industries from around the globe working to reopen their doors to customers and inspire innovative solutions to meet these challenges. Register today!

RT-qPCR For Definitive COVID-19 Cleanliness Testing

Bharat Chandramouli of SGS writes: "The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic presents an unprecedented industrial hygiene challenge. With workplaces facing operational challenges after extended shutdowns, ensuring that reopened facilities can be disinfected effectively is critical. This blog post addresses the science and uncertainty around the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus on surfaces and describes the benefits of Reverse Transcriptase-quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-qPCR) testing for ensuring post-disinfection safety." Read More.


Get Up to Three Individual Memberships through Organizational Membership

Organizational membership provides a cost-effective means of accessing AIHA resources and reputation to support your business and staff. Did you know that AIHA organizational members receive more than $2000 in savings? By taking advantage of everything available to members, your membership dues pay for itself. Making the investment in your business and staff is a solid commitment to the professional development and growth of your business.

Share the Membership Love

If you have co-workers, colleagues, students, acquaintances in the industry who don’t belong to AIHA, then why not share the membership love with them? You are our best advocates and your referral will help increase the strength and diversity of our membership.


It Takes a Village
SynergistNOW Post By Larry Sloan, MBA, CAE

We’ve just passed the halfway mark of 2020, and the first several weeks of the year (prior to the arrival of the pandemic) feel like a very distant memory to me—and perhaps to many of you as well. I wanted to take this opportunity to acknowledge the sweat equity invested by many of our technical committees and eager volunteers rising to the challenge of dispelling countless rumors and providing clear, practical guidance to the public.

26th Annual Semana de la Salud Ocupacional

The Asociación Colombiana de Higiene Ocupacional (ACHO) invited me to record a virtual presentation on AIHA’s content priorities and our collective response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their event will take place later this fall. In my remarks, I showcased AIHA member-created resources -- the Coronavirus Outbreak Resource Center and Back to Work Safely™ initiative. In addition, I highlighted our ongoing outreach and collaboration with allied organizations. I noted our success in advocating for the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to include OHS professionals in its “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce Advisory List”.


Virtual Safety & Cultural Heritage Summit
Half-days starting Oct 29, 2020

Risk mitigation case studies AND pandemic back-to-work-safely challenges within museums, historic houses, and other collection sites (e.g., universities). AIHA Potomac Local Section and the AIHA Museum and Cultural Heritage Industry Working Group are once again collaborating with the Washington Conservation Guild and Smithsonian Institution. See link for full details. Abstracts Due: August 7.

Five Ways to Be a Great Volunteer
SynergistNOW blog post by Gouhar Nayeem

There are many reasons to volunteer for AIHA, such as to earn CM points, advance the profession, gain leadership skills, develop professional contacts, and make a positive impact on the world. But with over 3,000 volunteers at AIHA, what makes a great one? Read more here.


Have You Downloaded the Catalyst App?

Life just got so much easier, you can access Catalyst from the convenience from your phone and check discussion threads, post, and stay on top of things anywhere and anyplace!

Get Your Classmates to Join Student Membership

Do you have classmates or know other OHS students that do not belong to AIHA? Before classes start in a few weeks be an advocate for AIHA and tell them how inexpensive it is to join and the doors it opens for you. Check out this video of fellow student member, Jake Shedd, speaking about the benefits of student membership.

Career Center Resources

Everything you need to make your resume stand out, ace the interview, advance your career, and navigate the digital world through social media and digital communication. Take advantage of your membership and utilize the resources


Submit a Proposal for AIHce EXP 2021

Presenting at AIHce EXP is the quintessential opportunity for you to share ideas, explore new concepts, and introduce your colleagues to the latest OHS information, trends, technology, and best practices. Submissions are currently being accepted through September 23, 2020. Student presentations and posters are also being accepted with a deadline of March 16, 2021.

2020 UPDATE: Developing and Maintaining a Laboratory Quality Management System

This online course was recently updated in compliance with ISO/IEC 17025:2017 and the AIHA Laboratory Accreditation Programs (AIHA LAP, LLC) requirements for implementing a QA/QC program. Learn More.

WEBINAR: Fighting the Risk of Worker Fatigue in a 24/7 Workplace

This webinar will provide a brief overview of the evolution of fatigue risk management practices and provide insight about active defenses companies should consider implementing to create a comprehensive fatigue risk management system. The presentation will close with a case study involving the implementation of a fatigue risk management program and resulting successes and challenges.

CPPS - Certified Professional Product Steward

Earning the Certified Professional Product Steward™ (CPPSTM) credential demonstrates your knowledge and expertise essential to the best practice of product stewardship as well as your commitment to professional development and a code of ethics. And we got the tools to help you prep for the September exam. Check out our online prep course.

Risk Assessment Education & Resources

Lead the way to a healthier workplace with risk assessment resources from AIHA University. Choose from a wide variety of price points and learning styles to integrate risk assessment into your OHS management plan with a self-study course, webinar/presentation recording, publication, or framework.

September Webinar: How to Organize and Win: Essentials for Effective Public Policy Advocacy Strategies

Join us September 29 for the webinar How to Organize and Win: Essentials for Effective Public Policy Advocacy Strategies. Public affairs experts will share their techniques for influencing policy and provide strategies to achieve policy wins. When you share your specialized knowledge as an OHS professional, winning means helping more people return home from work healthy and safe.

Industrial Hygiene Reference & Study Guide, 4th edition – 2020 Best-Seller Award Winner!

This comprehensive tool is the ultimate quick reference that OEHS professionals can use in their day-to-day business and is a must have for those planning to take certification exams. From toxicology and radiation, to ventilation and noise, this desktop reference summarizes the key information for all industrial hygiene rubrics. Buy Now!


What Is This “CPAG” I Keep Hearing About?

Want to know more about AIHA’s Content Portfolio Advisory Group (CPAG)? Access the recent Townhall recording, which explores the role of the CPAG, the 5 key content priorities identified through our environmental scan, and how members can contribute to the development and advocacy of AIHA content as it relates to the key content priorities.


Annual Fun Run

This year, the AIHF Fun Run went virtual, with more than 208 individuals participating. Our goal of raising $20,000 was achieved and then some. This year’s runners were quick to embrace the virtual platform and had fun doing so, including family members and pets. Here is how some of you did your fun run! AIHF thanks all who participated.

Call for Scholarship Applications

Mark your calendar—the call for scholarship applications will launch early October. To learn more about the scholarship program, as well as the eligibility criteria, please click here. Consider donating to an established scholarship or start your own through AIHF. To learn more, please click here. Donations are tax-deductible, as provided by law.


OSHA Issues the Final Rule Revising Beryllium Standard for General Industry

OSHA has issued a final rule that revised the beryllium standard for general industry. The updated standard makes several changes to provisions concerning definitions, compliance, PPE, medical surveillance, record keeping, and more. The compliance date for the final standard is Monday, September 14, 2020. To view the new final standard, please visit

Does Your Workplace Have a Health and Safety Program? Hold an Event and Get Recognized!

OSHA's Safe + Sound Week is all about encouraging every workplace to have a health and safety program and spotlighting the great work that employers and workers are doing. The Week runs from August 10 through 16, 2020, and registration is now open to promote your event. Register today and learn more at AIHA is one of the seven organizers of Safe + Sound Week and encourages everyone to participate.

COVID-19 and Emergency Temporary Standards: Right for the Nation?

Mark Ames, AIHA's director of Government Relations, writes: "In protecting workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19, the industrial hygiene and occupational health toolbox provides many options regarding means through which to build a COVID-19 response program. Some industry experts, politicians, and observers believe another should be added: an emergency temporary standard to protect workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19. But whether such a standard truly is necessary is the subject of intense debate." Read More.


Online Community Resource

The Catalyst Open Forum is a member-driven portal featuring a wealth of information and resources. Check out the top discussion threads going on right now or start your own!

HVAC Decontamination

OSHA’s Guide to Returning to Work

Cloth Face Mask Research

Pharmaceuticals in Drinking Water

NAS on Encouraging Adoption of Protective Behaviors to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19

AIHA Sección Virtual (en Español)

AIHA organizará un tutorial comunitario de Catalyst en español el miércoles 19 de agosto a la 1:30 p.m. (Hora del Este de EE. UU.). La capacitación mostrará a nuestros miembros nacionales de AIHA cómo acceder y navegar Catalyst en español.

AIHA Virtual Section (en Español)

AIHA will host a Catalyst Community Tutorial in Spanish on Wednesday, August 19 at 1:30 p.m. (US Eastern Time). The training will show our national AIHA members how to access and navigate Catalyst in Spanish.


Virginia Adopts Emergency Workplace Safety Standards for COVID-19 Pandemic

The Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board has adopted emergency temporary standards intended to help protect workers in the state from the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID‐19. The new standards—the first of their kind in the United States—will require all employers in the state to mandate social-distancing measures and face coverings for employees in customer-facing positions and when social distancing is not possible.

The Marijuana Dilemma—Drugs in the Workplace
The Synergist

Marijuana is legal for medical use in 33 states and the District of Columbia, but the federal status of cannabis hasn’t changed. Companies subject to the Drug-Free Workplace Act must prohibit the use of controlled substances in the workplace. How can employers reconcile the legality of cannabis in many states with the need to comply with drug-free workplace policies?

AIHA and ASSP Collaborate to Improve Worker Health and Safety

Longtime industry allies American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) have signed a three-year memorandum of understanding that outlines how the organizations will continue to collaborate on advancing workplace safety and health, and strengthening the occupational safety and health profession. ASSP and AIHA have worked together to improve work environments and advance the profession for more than 20 years.

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guidance to Ensure Uniform Enforcement of Silica Standards

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a compliance directive designed to ensure uniformity in inspection and enforcement procedures when addressing respirable crystalline silica exposures in general industry, maritime, and construction. The new directive provides OSHA compliance safety and health officers with guidance on how to enforce the silica standards’ requirements.

New Study: Health Risk Behaviors Among Construction Workers

New research from NIOSH suggests that several behaviors that contribute to higher health risks are more prevalent among construction workers than workers in other industries. Construction workers are in physically demanding jobs and are exposed to many chemical and physical workplace hazards. Falls remain the leading cause of work-related deaths in construction, accounting for about one-third of the total number of fatalities in this industry.

Working in Heat Safely, #BeatTheHeat

Summer is here! That means it’s time to take precautions to stay safe while working outside in the heat. Workers who are exposed to extreme heat or who work in hot environments may be at risk of heat stress. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (#HeatSafety #BeatTheHeat) for the latest information. Don’t forget to download the free OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool App!

Virginia's First-in-U.S. Worker Virus Safety Rule Takes Effect
Bloomberg Law

Virginia’s first-in-the nation COVID-19 emergency worker protection rule is set to take effect July 27, according to the state’s Department of Labor and Industry. The temporary standard requires employers covered by the department’s Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) program to immediately comply with guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state-issued instructions.

U.S. Disaster Response Scrambles to Protect People From Both Hurricanes and COVID-19

With peak hurricane season yet to come, southeast communities are grappling with uncertainty over whether it is possible to evacuate to shelters without risking coronavirus exposure.