February 4, 2020

Quick Takes 2020 February

Forgot to Renew Your Membership? Don’t Lose Your Benefits. Reinstate Today!

Important Dates and Deadlines:


Last Call - Scholarship Applications
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. Deadline: Jan. 31

Call for Volunteers: AIHA Academic Advisory Group
Will serve to inform and recommend strategies which strengthen the profession.The group will be comprised of 8 to 10 members representing a cross-section of occupational health / industrial hygiene academic programs. Each member serves a three-year term.
Deadline: Jan. 31.

Open Call for Standards AIHA Representative
If you would like to be considered as an AIHA representative on any of the standard developing bodies/groups, please complete the online application form by February 3. If selected to participate, you will be contacted by February 17th. Deadline: Feb. 3.

Open Call for Body of Knowledge (BoK) Development on Big Data (open to all)
AIHA is seeking up to 10 subject matter experts to participate on a new project to develop a Body of Knowledge (BoK) to assist industrial hygienists in understanding, communicating, and applying concepts of data analytics and big data for the prevention of injury and illness.
To volunteer for this team, please fill out and submit the online application by Feb. 3.
Should you have any questions or wish to discuss your participation further, please contact Stacy Calhoun. Deadline: Feb. 3.

The 7th Central Industrial Hygiene Association International IH Conference
Feb. 3-Feb. 5 in Delhi, India
Industrial Hygiene: Key to Reduce Health Risks
Kathy Murphy, CIH, AIHA president, and keynote speaker will address AIHA content priorities, "What they are, how they impact the IH profession".

Bulwark FR Town Hall: Your Burning FR Questions, Answered
Get your burning questions about FR/AR clothing answered during an exclusive Synergist Town Hall Webinar on Feb. 11. Bulwark's Technical Training Manager, Derek Sang, will address topics ranging from laundering and lifespan to heat stress and employee training. Register today for free!

HFES 2020 International Annual Meeting Call for Proposals
Participate at the 64th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) by submitting a proposal for consideration of presentation. The new proposal management platform will make it easier than ever to submit a proposal. Deadline: Feb. 24.

Open Call: Continuing Education Committee (CEC) Membership
The goal of the CEC is to provide OEHS professionals with education and instruction designed to enhance, attain and retain core IH and technical competencies, as represented by the membership’s volunteer groups through identification and promotion of new educational programs; monitor the quality of courses presented under the auspices of the committee; and to improve communication with other AIHA technical committees. Deadline: March 18.

NIOSH Manual of Analytic Methods NMAM Survey
The editors of the NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods (NMAM) are collecting feedback about the 5th edition of the NMAM to learn more about how customers use analytical methods in their work and their use of the NMAM. The survey is anonymous, and no individually identifiable data will be collected, published, or released. If your Institution is an NMAM user, we are inviting you to complete the NMAM Customer Satisfaction Survey. Please forward to individuals who may be users. NIOSH very much wants to hear from our international colleagues!

Register for the 2020 Human & Organizational Performance (HOP) Summit today!
The 2020 HOP Summit will be held on June 9-11, 2020, at The Westin Houston, Memorial City in Houston, TX. It will be an unforgettable learning event dedicated to moving from PRINCIPLES to PRACTICE through the sharing and discussion of human and organizational performance implementation and deployment strategies. To register or learn more about this one-of-a-kind event, go to hop.orchse.com.



Membership Renewal Invoicing

With the holidays behind us, it’s time to get back to business! For members who may have forgotten to renew prior to the December 31, 2019, deadline, we will be mailing you an invoice for your convenience; you may also renew online. Those who do not renew by Jan. 31 will be considered lapsed members and will no longer have access to members-only content, Member Center, and Catalyst.

If you are serving on an AIHA volunteer committee, membership is required. If you have any questions, please reach out to our member and customer relations team via email at [email protected] or by phone at (703) 849-8888.

Proud to be an IH

If you renewed your AIHA membership before the end of 2019, we invited you to tell us why you’re proud to be an IH by sharing a personal quintessential #IAMIH story about how your job impacted an individual worker, a group of people, or the profession as a whole. These “Proud to Be an IH” stories will be showcased on both Catalyst and our SynergistNOW blogs, starting this month throughout the year.


AIHA Releases Second Edition of Recognition, Evaluation, and Control of Indoor Mold
AIHA has published the second edition of Recognition, Evaluation, and Control of Indoor Mold. This second edition of the book, edited by Ling-Ling Hung, PhD, Steven M. Caulfield, CIH, PE and J. David Miller, PhD, FAIHA provides health information which is aligned with the current epidemiology and medical information on environmental allergens, updated taxonomy of the fungi and mold remediation guidelines, and the most current and comprehensive discussion on the basic practice of identifying mold damage, the evaluation of the samples that are collected, and the process of remediation.

Soft Skills Webinars Case Studies Input Requested
The Leadership & Management Committee is working on two webinars with topics Emotional Intelligence and Conflict Management that will be broadcast during AIHce2020. In order to make these webinars specific to our profession, we are seeking input from YOUR LIVES as OEHS professionals when you had either a good or bad experience related to these soft skills. We promise to change names to protect the guilty and the innocent. Please share your stories with Celia Booth.

We Need Mentors!
Without mentors we can’t fill the need or demand of those seeking mentorship and guidance. Consider taking a few minutes of your time to join the mentoring program by completing a mentor bio. You have the opportunity to be a leader and make a difference in the future of the profession.

Find Your Next IH/OEHS Position
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 IH/OEHS job here.

AIHA Member Center
AIHA Member Center is the place for members to access ‘MY Member Dashboard’. Your dashboard is the place to go to update your information and communication preferences, access and pay invoices, or get a receipt, add or update a payment option and more. The Member Center also features the member directory, online publications, Catalyst, governance, policies and resources. Consider joining a technical or professional development committee (and earn CM points). Helping you be the best you can be in your profession.


Reinforcing the Integrity of IH Practice
Larry Sloan writes in SynergistNOW, ""Is it safe?" This is perhaps the most important question an industrial hygienist has to answer. The workers you're responsible for want to know that the hazards they're exposed to on the job won't harm them. To determine risk, you look to standards, regulations, and guidelines." … Read more here.

Visit With AIHA Gulf Coast LS & AIHA-ASSP
Larry Sloan visited the monthly AIHA-ASSP meeting last November, along with the AIHA Gulf Coast LS where he presented the CPAG content priorities after which he was invited to participate in the AIHA Gulf Coast board meeting. Invite an AIHA Board Member or CEO to present at your next meeting. Reserve the date and time by contacting Thursa La.


Product Stewardship Society Announces New Name for Annual Conference: PSX
The Product Stewardship Society announced the rebranding of its annual conference from Product Stewardship to PSX. The rebranding of the conference reflects the Society’s commitment to driving the profession forward by providing even more resources, professional development, and networking opportunities than before that serve the needs of this growing global profession.


Connect with the Student Local Sections Council
The AIHA Student Local Sections Council is the national oversight board for all student university sections. We are currently working on connecting students with the rest of AIHA’s membership for mentoring, professional development/internships, and other topics. If you are interested in collaborating with the SLSC, please email the Chair, Lexi Pratt, at [email protected].

Now Accepting Scholarship Applications
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. Apply by: Jan. 31.

Student and Early Career Professional Member Sponsorship

AIHA is sponsoring up to five student or early career professional members to attend AIHce EXP 2020 which includes complimentary conference registration, round-trip coach airfare within U.S. Canada and hotel accomodations for 3 nights at a pre-selected conference hotel. Deadline: Feb. 28 (accepted applicants will be notified by mid-March 2020).

Call for Student Presentations and Posters at AIHce EXP 2020

As a student, it’s hard to find opportunities to let others in the field know you’re preparing to enter the workforce when you complete your studies. Speaking or displaying a poster at a major conference like AIHce EXP is a fantastic way to gain visibility for your research and ideas. It demonstrates your expertise in the subject and brings notice to you, your mentor and your institution. Contact Kathryn Christoe for more information. Deadline: March 16.


Why Do You Donate?
"I support the Foundation for two reasons. The first is charitable in that I want to give back to the profession that has provided me a very rewarding career. The second is I want to be able to find qualified and motivated hygienists to hire and the Foundation scholarships help keep talent entering the profession." - Thomas G. Grumbles, CIH, AIHF Donor. Donate today!

Life Got Easier: 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 is open. Deadline: Jan. 31.


Local Section Advisory Group
We are pleased to announce the members of the new Local Section Advisory Group (LSAG)! The AIHA Board recognizes the vital importance of the local sections (LS) and the student local sections (SLS) to national. The vision was the creation of a smaller, more nimble, advisory group that can operate in an efficient manner to present issues of importance from LS and SLS to the AIHA Board. The purpose of the LSAG is to promote the continued growth, well‐being, and operating efficiencies of AIHA Local Sections (LS). This in turn will ensure that the relationship between LS, SLS, and national is effective and supportive. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the members of the LSAG via email:

Local Sections

• John Moore, III, CIH, CSP and Chair of the LSAG ([email protected])
• Hillary Waterhouse, CIH ([email protected])

Student Local Sections
• Lexi Pratt ([email protected])
• Savannah Jones ([email protected])

Local Section Events

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/eve... and is viewable by all AIHA members.

Georgia Local Section Winter Meeting
Register today to join us, and bring a friend or colleague.
Please join us for the annual GLS AIHA Winter Meeting at the KSU Center and GT Savannah Campus on February 6, 2020. Many of the topics for this meeting will revolve around industrial hygiene challenges in the healthcare industry and work environment and we hope to see you there!

Alabama AIHA Future of the Profession Conference

An excellent conference program is being prepared for you at the 8th annual Future of the Profession in Florence at the University of North Alabama (March 13). We have multiple speakers from our very our local section membership planning to deliver technical presentations tailored for EHS/IH professionals and students.

Join a Local Section?
Membership in an AIHA local section provides you with a wide range of networking opportunities in the occupational health and safety field. AIHA national membership is not required in joining an AIHA local section, but membership in both organizations is strongly encouraged to maximize benefits.


Add Virtual Section for Only $25
Do you want to participate in a local section but are having trouble finding one where you reside? You can join a virtual section with your membership for only $25 with an exclusive Catalyst community (also in Espanol), coffee-talks, webinars, and more!

Do You Reside in a Country With a Developing Economy?
Do you or your colleagues reside in a developing/emerging economy, as identified by the US World Bank, if so, you/they are eligible to join the virtual section without an AIHA national membership for only $10 USD per year. Click here for the membership form.


Asbestos and Nanoparticles: Using Benchmark Dose Methodology for Risk Assessment
Webinar on Thursday February 27, 2020  from 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET 
Earn 1.5 Contact Hours 
This webinar will immerse you into the fascinating areas of the quantitative risk assessment! You’ll learn how benchmark dose modeling, based on toxicological studies and epidemiological evidence, can improve our knowledge about dose-response relationship and their applicability to workplace risk measurement.
It's Not Too Late to Secure a 2020 eLearning Subscription!
An AIHA University eLearning Subscription is perfect for organizations looking for convenient, cost-effective training on the latest IH/OEHS topics. Train your entire team for the cost of one subscription, with pricing conveniently tailored to your group size.

AIHce EXP 2020 Educational Program

Did you know that the AIHce EXP 2020 education program is already available? Browse education sessions and professional development courses to see what's in store before you register. Early birds get the best rates, so start planning your agenda today!

Occupational Exposure Banding Virtual Conference
March 3-5, 10-12, or 17-18.
All sessions held in our online classroom with recording made available for 60 days following the conclusion of the conference. Learn how to apply occupational exposure banding strategies and tools for chemical exposures in the workplace. Choose one week only based on your interests or for all three weeks. Contact [email protected] with questions.

Free Webinar: Occupational Exposures and Pregnancy: A Balancing Act
Women in the workplace are confronted by so many issues from this current topic to the use of opioids, vaping, smoking and therapeutic medications when preparing to conceive; however, it is well known that 50% of pregnancies are unplanned. Thus, these women and their health care providers are confronted with how the workplace exposures will impact their pregnancy and baby. Yet many working women accept and do not question their working conditions and exposures until they are pregnant. Webinar Date: Feb. 11.


Australia's Wildfires
Mark Ames writes in the SynergistNOW blog, "The scale of Australia's wildfires defies comprehension. As of this writing, approximately 12 million acres have burned. That's roughly equal to the combined size of Maryland, New Jersey, and Delaware...read more here.

AIHA has reached out and offered its assistance to the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH) as well as made a $5,000 contribution to the Australian Red Cross Relief and Recovery fund. We encouraged AIOH to share the link to our Think and Act Fire Smart Resource Center with their local news outlets.

Do You Have a Story to Share?

Stories are powerful. They inspire people to start career journeys, take actions to protect their communities, and improve our understanding of the important roles that each of us plays in society. Start here.

Updates on Notable and Key Bills
Visit the weekly GR Announcements page on Catalyst.


Win a Free Gift Card - Join the #IAMIH Challenge!
The #IAMIH challenge is a fun and easy way to get your local section or just yourself involved in spreading awareness of the profession to the community during STEM and career fairs. Use our free resources or create your own and then post pictures of your presentation on the #IAMIH Challenge Catalyst page. The more presentations you deliver and post, the more likely you and/or your local section will be awarded a gift card at AIHce 2020 in Atlanta!

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

1. Misunderstanding in IH Roles/Function- Hooman Golshahi

2. Choosing the Right TLV for Chromium - Daniel Martinez

3. Hearing Conservation Program Question - Andrew Gondzur

4. Eye Protection - Robert Stewart

5. Annual Fatalities Caused by Occupational Disease in the U.S. - Keaton Northington

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


AIHA Contributes to USA Today's Workplace Health & Safety Supplement
We are very pleased to announce that an article that AIHA contributed to USA Today's Workplace Health & Safety supplement was published on December 31, 2019, bylined by Kathy Murphy. When you get to the landing page, scroll down and click on the box that says: How Wildfire Hazards Can Impact You and Your Family. Have feedback? Please reach out to Sue Marchese via email at [email protected].

From The Synergist – Advances in Understanding Noise Exposures
The new NIOSH agenda for hearing loss prevention research contains significant new insights from the latest science concerning hearing loss, which impacts communication in the workplace. The document also presents critical new information regarding age correction and vulnerable populations… Read more here.

From The Synergist – Updates to the Code of Ethics
Earlier this year, the AIHA announced the creation of a new, high-level umbrella organization called the Board for Global EHS Credentialing, or BGC, to more accurately reflect its enhanced credential offerings. BGC credentials include the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH); the Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) and Environmental Professional In-Training (EPI) adopted from the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice (IPEP); and the Certified Professional Product Steward (CPPS), currently in development… Read more here.

From The Synergist Blog – What’s Next for GHS Hazard Communication
Sponsored by Lion Technology Inc.

In December 2019, OSHA representatives traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, to participate in international meetings at the United Nations for the 38th session of the U.N. Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (UNSCEGHS)… Read more here.

From The Synergist - Exercising Judgment with Office Furniture
More employees are requesting to incorporate treadmills, stationary bicycles, exercise balls, and sit-stand desks into workstations. While the health benefits of these "active" workstations may appear obvious, occupational health and safety professionals need to consider their potential impacts on workplace safety and productivity… Read more here.


Researchers to Help Diversify STEM with Program for Hispanic Educators

Source: UTSA® Today

A team of UTSA researchers is helping to bring more diversity to the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields by growing the Hispanic population of teachers in these areas. A team from the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Sciences is teaming up with San Antonio ISD to create a teacher professional development program that would train in-service teachers to become high school computer science teachers with support from a $999,556 three-year grant from the National Science Foundation.

Four Things You Need to Know About STEM and Education for 2020

Source: Forbes

If 2018 was the year that teachers walked out, scientists and teachers ran for office in unprecedented numbers, and the news was filled with a steady stream of reports on the value of a STEM degree, and 2019 was the year that the public’s respect for teachers grew, walkouts waned, education was increasingly defined by its relationship to the (STEM) workforce, and more schools started to integrate soft skills because of a growing focus on the whole child, what does 2020 have in store for us?

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