December 1, 2020

Quick Takes 2020 December

Important Dates and Deadlines:

COSHCON2020 National Conference on Worker Safety and Health - December 1-3 and 8-10

AIHA Strategic Planning Task Force: Focus on DEI – Deadline December 15

AIHA Named Awards Nominating Committee Open Call – Deadline December 18

IAC Emerging Economy Micro-Grant – Deadline December 31

AIHA Fellows Nominations – Deadline December 31

Human & Organizational Performance (HOP) Summit - January 12 -14

AIHA Named Awards Nominations – Deadline January 15

The Lens of the Minority Populations in the Workplace During COVID-19- February 4

The Power of Thought - Critical Thinking for Occupational Health and Safety Professionals - February 25

ABSA International’s 1st Biosecurity Symposium – New Date April 20-23


AIHA Strategic Planning Task Force: Focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
Deadline: December 15

The strength of IH/OEHS comes from our diversity and we want a representation that celebrates the multiple perspectives that reflect who we are. Accordingly, the Board has asked we launch this second call to identify members who wish to join our Strategic Planning Task Force, and who could bring their unique perspectives that the current members may not. To do this, we are seeking diverse applicants who represent (visibly and invisibly) all forms of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, ability, religion, national origin, gender identity, and other identities (including early career stage).

AIHA Named Awards Nominating Committee Open Call
Deadline to apply is December 18 by 11:59 p.m. (ET)

The selection of individuals for the Named Awards and Fellows designation is performed by the Awards and Fellows Nominating Committee. The committee includes six AIHA Full, Early Career, Emeritus, or International members in good standing. Complete the online application in full and upload requested documents i.e., CV/resume. You may also upload any supplemental materials you would like considered.

Nominate Your Colleagues for Awards and Honors

AIHA requests nominations for the 2021 Fellow and AIHA awards. The deadline for Fellows nominations is Dec. 31, 2020, and the deadline for AIHA Named Awards nominations is Jan. 15, 2021. AIHA’s awards honor individuals who provide significant contributions to the industrial hygiene and occupational and environmental health and safety professions.

Proposals for Projects in Developing Countries
Deadline is December 31

The Micro-Grants Subcommittee of AIHA’s International Affairs Committee (IAC) is accepting applications for funding for international projects and training in developing countries through Dec. 31. The IAC’s Emerging Economy Projects Fund was established to increase understanding of and build capacity for occupational hygiene in developing economies around the world.

Two Surveys Seek Input from EHS Generalists

AIHA is partnering with the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and global professional services firm Shirley Parsons to conduct a two-pronged survey: one aimed at environmental health and safety (EHS) academic program graduates and the other at EHS employers. The survey results will be used to inform the review and update of ABET academic criteria for EHS programs.

VOLUNTEERS: Fill Out a Conflict of Interest Form

All AIHA volunteers must have a current Conflict of Interest Form on file. Members can access the online form via the MY Member Dashboard.


Virtual Mark of Excellence Awards

On November 5-6, AIHA held its first virtual Mark of Excellence Awards celebrating the recipients of the 2020 AIHA Named Awards. The Mark of Excellence ceremony honors individuals who have significantly contributed to the industrial hygiene and occupational and environmental health and safety professions. If you missed them you can check them out on AIHA Network TV.

AIHA Member and Volunteer Code of Conduct Updated (October 2020)

This policy outlines the Code of Conduct for all members and volunteers of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and summarizes the behavior expected of members and volunteers representing AIHA in any forum, mailing list, public meeting, or private correspondence. An online form is provided for any individual to submit written complaints to the AIHA Office of Human Resources.

New Website Launched to Educate the Next Generation about OEHS

AIHA launched a new website with free resources for students, teachers, and counselors interested in learning more about this dynamic profession. The site features videos of young professionals discussing their jobs, a list of universities that offer a degree in OEHS, and additional resources.

NEW! AIHA Content Channel Policy

Content channels are the channels in which you share and promote the content you create. The channels you use to deliver your idea will vary based on your audience. When it comes down to putting your idea to paper, it can be difficult to decide which type of content channel you want to use. This document will cover the various content channels you can use to distribute your content. When submitting your proposal for review, you can choose one primary channel, as well as additional channels for the distribution of your content.

AIHA Registry Programs

Now is a good time to invest in your career. Discover the no-cost and low-cost options to sharpen skills, demonstrate competency, and increase marketability. And, in response to COVID-19, the $50 Remote Proctoring Fee is being waived for all qualified applicants for the SDS and Label Authoring and OHSMS Auditor Exams. The discount is good through March 31, 2021, and testing must be completed by April 2021. Contact for more information.

AIHA Fellow Elected as President of the International Occupational Hygiene Association

The International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) board of directors has elected Thomas P. Fuller, ScD, CIH, CSP, MSPH, MBA, FAIHA as its president. An AIHA Fellow as of this year, Fuller is also one of AIHA’s most accomplished members. At present, he is chair of the Emerging Economies Microgrants Subcommittee, a division of the AIHA International Affairs Committee (IAC), and he is the former chair of the greater IAC itself. He also serves as AIHA’s representative to the board of IOHA, the umbrella organization for 36 industrial and occupational hygiene organizations around the world.

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 17, 2020.

Practical COVID-19 Guidelines for Businesses

AIHA guidelines addressing COVID-19-related topics, including engineering controls and cleaning and disinfection in non-healthcare settings, are available on library, along with 26 re-opening guidelines for sectors. All guidelines will be available in Spanish by the end of 2020.

New Technical Framework on Legionella

As part of AIHA’s efforts to reduce the impact of Legionnaires’ disease throughout the United States, the Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Committee has initiated a series of educational and guidance efforts. A cornerstone of these efforts is education for industrial hygienists and others to establish a cadre of competent professionals and technicians. AIHA recently published the Legionella Body of Knowledge (BoK) document. The purpose of this document is to establish the roles and associated competencies needed to perform comprehensive evaluations of Legionella bacteria in building water systems. Be one of the first to tap into this free resource: download your copy today!

Best Practice Guide for Leading Health Metrics in Occupational Health and Safety Programs Now Available

This guidance document outlines examples of health protection and health promotion leading metrics, as opposed to metrics specific to safety or injury outcomes, and effective means of measurement to assess exposure or risk evaluation activities. Developed by a task force assembled by the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability (CSHS) and the AIHA, is intended for use by both practitioners and managers in the broad occupational health community, including industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, occupational health nursing, engineering, and human resources. Download your copy today!

AIHA and NIEHS Jointly Release Guidance Document for Disaster Relief Volunteers during COVID

AIHA/NIEHS collaborated on developing a Guidance to Protect Volunteers from COVID-19 During Natural Disaster Response and Recovery. This guidance, available in both English and Spanish is designed to provide unpaid natural disaster response volunteers, with information about protecting from COVID-19 and how volunteer organizations operate during a response to help understand the managerial and organizational systems volunteers encounter.


Renew Today for a Free E-Book!

December is already here, don’t miss your chance to claim a free copy of the first book of its kind: Essentials of Total Worker Health, valued at $19.95, if you renew before the end of the month! Together, we are doing great things to advance the profession!

2020 #IAMIH Challenge Winners

On behalf of AIHA, we sincerely thank everyone who participated and generated interest in the IH/OEHS field. Our first-place winner is... Tim Paz, CIH of the Potomac Local Section; coming in second is last year's winner... Michaela Hall, MPH of the Tennessee Valley Local Section; and in third place, Mike Starr, CIH, and the Rio Grande Local Section. We would also like to give an honorable mention to Ivory Iheanacho, MSPH, CIH of the Pacific Northwest Local Section, and Cory Briggs, CIH, CIT, FAIHA for their participation in the challenge. Want to learn more about the #IAMIH Challenge and how you can make it a goal of yours to spread the word about AIHA and the field of IH/OEHS?

Realigning Strategies to Better Serve Members in the Pandemic

While associations continue to struggle with engaging members in new ways, AIHA has turned the challenges of COVID-19 into an opportunity to connect with and develop a renewed sense of energy for its 8,500 members. In many ways, AIHA leveraged COVID-19 to become more introspective and realigned its strategies to serve its members in ways never possible before the pandemic.

Helping Those Who Help Us
SynergistNOW blog post by Don Delikat, CIH, CSP

During my Coast Guard service, I began working to protect first responders from benzene hazards during oil spill cleanups. This was my entry into industrial hygiene. Now, in my civilian career, protecting first responders is once again part of my job—presently, firefighters and their work environments are one of my chief health and safety concerns. While firefighters save lives and protect property, I help safeguard them and their equipment by providing education and inspecting their equipment.


EHS Generalists: Key Allied Partners in Occupational Health
Larry Sloan, CAE for the SynergistNOW

Did you know that AIHA is responsible for oversight of the ABET academic criteria not only for industrial hygiene programs but also for environmental health and safety programs? AIHA is working with ASSP to review and update the EHS criteria.


Virtual Conference: How to (Really) Reduce (Prevent) Transmission of COVID-19
December 8 from 12:00p.m.-2:00p.m. (ET)

The Seattle IAQA, Pacific Northwest Section - AIHA, and University of Washington Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety would like to invite you to attend a virtual seminar with some of our top local experts working on controlling the virus spread, vaccine development, and the latest discoveries in infection control.


Golden Seed Award Nominations

The Student and Early Career Professionals (SECP) Committee is seeking nominations for the Golden Seed Award. This award is to be given to an individual who has made significant contributions to industrial hygiene, above and beyond their typical job responsibilities. This can include contributions in the area of student development, mentoring, or early career guidance. Nominees must have demonstrated a commitment to promoting the profession of industrial hygiene, advancing the profession among students and early career professionals, and/or providing guidance and mentorship to students or early career professionals. Nominees must also be members of AIHA.

Nominations for the Golden Seed Award will be accepted until Friday 3/9/2021 and must be submitted via the online nomination form. Please send any questions to Maggie Murphy with the subject line “SECP Golden Seed Award”.

The Role of the NextGen IH in TWH, TWE, and TEH
By Chris Laszcz-Davis, MS, CIH, COH, FAIHA, AIC Fellow; Kirk Phillips, MS; Jenn Sahmel, MPH, CIH, CSP, FAIHA; and Deborah Nelson, PhD, CIH, FAIHA

As work patterns and environments change, the lines drawn between the workplace, home, and community blur. This enables workplace organizations to offer programs and policies that influence worker exposures both in the traditional workplace and outside of it. Often, doing so requires data collection from workers outside of work hours, which brings up ethical and privacy concerns.


AIHce EXP 2021 Registration Opens December 7

AIHce EXP 2021 will take place onsite in Dallas, TX, May 24 – 26, 2021 as well as virtually. We’ve taken all the things you love about AIHce EXP and elevated them to meet your needs, whether you’re headed for Dallas or homebound. Learn more about how this hybrid event will meet you wherever you are in 2021. Register soon to get the best registration rates and to be entered to win Bose Headphones or Travel to Dallas!

AIHA University's Year in Review
SynergistNOW blog by Alla Orlova, MA

2020 brought AIHA members, staff, and allied partners closer together. It reinforced the crucial roles played by IH/OEHS professionals in communities and businesses as well as the importance of virtual education in helping those professionals learn new skills. In this last AIHA University blog of the year, I’d like to celebrate the many accomplishments of the Education and Technical Initiatives (ETI) department.

Earn Up to 24 Contact Hours with an eLearning Subscription

An AIHA University eLearning Subscription is perfect for individuals and organizations looking for cost-effective training on the latest OEHS topics. You can earn up 24 contact hours with flexible access to select AIHA education webinars and AIHce OnDemand recordings. Train your entire team for the cost of one subscription, with pricing conveniently tailored to your group size. Or spend less than $19 per contact hour when you subscribe as an individual! Subscribe by Dec. 31 before our early bird rates expire. SUBSCRIBE NOW

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. BROWSE NOW

A Valuable Resource for Your DRI Operators

If you’re looking for direct-reading instrument operations training for your staff, AIHA University’s Field Use of Direct-Reading Instruments for the Detection of Gases and Vapors - Operations Level certificate program is an invaluable resource. This convenient online program is a great way for your staff to gain knowledge and skills that apply to their daily work. LEARN MORE


AIHF Online Scholarship Application Portal is Live!
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2021

Over the past 30 years, the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF) has awarded more than 680 scholarships totaling nearly $2 million to students dedicated to studying industrial hygiene and/or occupational and environmental health safety.

Include AIHF in Your End of Year Giving

Support the next generation of IH/OEHS professionals with a gift to AIHF. When you give $100 or more, you’ll automatically be entered to win an AIHA LEGO logo mini kit.* Your donation, big or small, enables talented students to complete their education and encourages scholars to remain in the profession. An investment in our students today means we’ll have more qualified professionals tomorrow to keep our communities healthy and safe. Make an impact with a tax-deductible gift to AIHF today.

DONATE NOW *All donations of $100 or more received in the month of December will be eligible for the prize drawing.


IH Data Standardization Analysis

A survey focusing on IH data standardization was developed in collaboration with NIOSH and distributed to 7,072 AIHA members and non-member customers in August. The purpose of this study was to determine current industrial hygiene (IH) practices related to air and noise sampling among IH professionals and their organizations. While the survey responses are still being analyzed, preliminary findings show that 89% of respondents indicated their organization stores or maintains IH data while 8% suggested their organization did neither. Nearly half of respondents (46%) indicated their organization does not analyze “big data.” Once the analysis has been completed, the findings will be shared with AIHA membership.


The Untold Story of the 2020 Elections
SynergistNOW blog post by Mark Ames

Recent election news has focused most on the parties that gained, lost, or maintained power, but there's a deeper story to be told—that the party in power matters less than the person in power. In other words, people and relationships matter. That is why building bonds with policymakers is one of the most important things an AIHA member can do.

Biden-Harris Transition Announces COVID-19 Advisory Board Members

Former OSHA Assistant Secretary David Michaels has been appointed to the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. The team of leading public health experts is helping President-elect Biden, Vice President-elect Harris, and the transition prepare to implement a robust and aggressive response to contain the virus. The COVID-19 Advisory Board is co-chaired by Dr. David Kessler, Dr. Vivek Murthy, and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith.

5 on the Frontline

Welcome to 5 on the Frontline with AIHA's Director of Government Relations, Mark Ames. From time to time, Mark will do a 5-minute interview with an expert in the public health and safety-related fields (such as industrial hygiene, occupational health and safety science, etc.) to talk about current and future policy action points that affect the lives of workers and their communities, worldwide.


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!

- The Great Divide Over a Piece of Cloth

- Room HEPA for COVID

- How Long Does Coronavirus Stay Viable on HEPA Filters?

- The Making of a Virus Test "Case"

- Ventilation and RH for COVID Control

Catalyst Open Forum

We need your help. Each day, the Catalyst Open Forum features discussion posts and questions by members seeking solutions and/or clarification from members with the technical and professional expertise in a given area. We are asking the volunteer groups to keep an eye on the Open Forum posts and when/where appropriate, provide comments/direction/resources on behalf of the volunteer group. This peer to peer interaction is invaluable, makes the Catalyst community the number one go-to resource, and raises the awareness of the volunteer groups.


Changing the World, One Course at a Time
The Synergist

Underlying the prevalence of occupational disease, injuries, and fatalities is the lack of adequately trained occupational hygienists who can not only anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control occupational hazards, but confirm their controls. Based on this pressing need, OHTA was formed in 2010 by a group of international colleagues. Read More.

The Future of Work and the Reimagined Industrial Hygiene Profession
Abby Roberts and Bernard Fontaine, CIH, CSP, FAIHA
SynergistNOW blog post

The world is entering the fourth industrial revolution and consequently, the nature of work is changing. In the future, the industrial hygiene profession will need to look somewhat different than it does today to account for new realities. Read More.

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 at Overnight Camps
The Synergist

A report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in August provides details about how four overnight camps in Maine used nonpharmaceutical interventions to prevent outbreaks of COVID-19 among campers and staff. Read More.

COVID-19 and Worker Fatigue
The Synergist

New routines and behaviors such as adhering to stay-at-home orders, wearing masks, and social distancing are constant reminders of our “new normal” and have been shown to increase anxiety. Terms such as “caution fatigue” and “quarantine fatigue” have emerged to describe the weariness we feel about our new restrictive circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More.

Decontamination and Reuse of PPE in Healthcare
The Synergist

Given the current environment, it is important to understand PPE reuse and extended-use guidance that has been shared by OSHA, CDC, and other United States governmental entities. Research, testing, and guidance for the use and reuse options are changing rapidly and will need to be monitored on an ongoing basis. Read More.