June 1, 2020

Quick Takes 2020 June

Important Dates and Deadlines:


Join Rotary’s Volunteer Surge
Volunteer Surge was established recently with partners to provide free, online training of volunteers, to perform the most basic care-taking tasks for vulnerable people so that healthcare professionals can focus on the most acute needs. How you help is up to you. And, whatever you end up doing will make a difference.

For more information, watch this short video or visit www.theglobalimpactgroup.org.

Be a Leader by Helping AIHA Reach out to Governors and Mayors to Help America Get Back to Work Safely

Your help is urgently needed. Throughout the country, States are reopening their economies and workers are going back to work. Please help us reach out to governors and mayors to raise awareness of AIHA's 8 back-to-work safely guidelines. Doing so will help protect the health and safety of the workers, their families, and the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you're interested in working on this project, please email Mark Ames at [email protected].

IOHA Postpones International Scientific Conference

The International Occupational Hygiene Association has tentatively rescheduled its upcoming conference. The 12th IOHA International Scientific Conference, which was originally scheduled for October 2020, is now set to be held Aug. 21–26, 2021, in Daegu, South Korea.

Register for the AIHA 2020 Annual Business Meeting

AIHA’s Annual Business Meeting will be held virtually on Thursday, June 11, from 12 to 1 p.m. ET, to introduce incoming officers and directors and address other association business. All members who wish to attend the meeting must register in advance.

To ensure a quorum for the meeting, a call for proxy votes was issued electronically. Through the proxy vote form, members who cannot attend the meeting may designate another AIHA member to vote in their place, including members of the AIHA Board of Directors.

Call For Nominations: Allan K. Fleeger Distinguished Service Award

The Product Stewardship Society seeks nominations for the 2020 Allan K. Fleeger Distinguished Service Award. The award is named after the society's first president, Allan Fleeger, CIH, CSP, and recognizes the contributions made by a product steward to support the growth and success of the society and the product stewardship profession.

AIHA Volunteer Groups Officers Training

The following training opportunities are available for all volunteer groups officers – click on the links below to learn more, as well as to add these events to your calendar. All volunteer group officers are encouraged to participate, especially new officers.

Level 3 Conferencing—Wednesday, July 8 at 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. (ET)
Catalyst Online Community—Wednesday, July 29 at 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. (ET)
Officers Training: Roles & Responsibilities—Wednesday, August 26 at 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. (ET)


AIHA’s New Brand Reflects the Future of the Occupational Health & Safety Profession
AIHA unveiled its “brand evolution” at Virtual AIHce EXP 2020, which better reflects its diverse membership today and looks toward the future of the profession. The new brand continues to reflect our acronym “AIHA”, with a more modern logo and new tagline: “Healthier Workplaces. A Healthier World.” This pivot is designed to help the association better communicate the value of our profession to “stakeholders who are not industrial hygienists”.

The name of the association will remain “American Industrial Hygiene Association”, and you’ll continue to see this moniker reflected on AIHA.org and in other capacities. However, the new logo and tagline will help create awareness of the mission critical role our members play in society, especially now as we continue to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. While we will always be the home for industrial hygienists, we are extending our reach to the broader realm of “occupational health and safety science”, which is in harmony with changes in names of degrees offered by colleges, as well as reflective of evolving job titles.

The "Courage Scale": Opening Session Speaker Calls for OHS Professionals to Lead by Example

Author and speaker René Rodriguez opened the first fully virtual AIHce EXP conference on Monday morning with a discussion of the central role occupational health and safety professionals can play in leading their organizations' response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

AIHA Announces Recipient of the 2020 President’s Award

AIHA is pleased to announce Perry W. Logan, PhD, CIH, as the recipient of the 2020 President’s Award. The President’s Award is given to an individual, task force, special interest group or local section for outstanding contribution to efforts to achieve the mission of AIHA during the presidency year. The award will be presented in the Fall at the 2020 Virtual Mark of Excellence.

AIHA Announces ‘Back-to-Work Safely’ Guidelines and Resources

As businesses begin to reopen, AIHA has made available industry specific guidelines and resources to help employers and employees get back to work safely. The guidelines and other resources are available to download on a new website – backtoworksafely.org. Additionally, COVID 19 resources on PPE and re-entry into the workplace hazards can be found at AIHA Media Outreach Center.

IH Careers for Vets

AIHA is seeking responses to five initial questions to help us start the conversation about serving veterans and encouraging them to pursue careers in IH. This new Catalyst community is open to all members. Thank you in advance for your feedback and we look forward to the conversation!

AIHA Joins National Safety Council SAFER Task Force

The "SAFER: Safe Actions for Employee Returns" initiative is a comprehensive, multifaceted plan developed to guide employers through the process of safely resuming traditional work and operations now and after the pandemic.

Volunteer Now

Volunteers are the lifeblood of AIHA and are needed more now than ever! Consider joining one of more than 50 volunteer groups, learn valuable leadership skills and earn CM points for active participation. Micro, macro, and virtual volunteer opportunities means you can volunteer on your time and on your terms.

COVID-19 Resource Center

Stay Updated On the Latest Developments Regarding COVID-19
Even as AIHA continues to provide accurate and timely resources to the public about the current coronavirus pandemic, the Association is also doing its part through partnerships, government relations, and member outreach to the public health sector. Check out what AIHA is doing in the framework of COVID-19.

AIHA Real Time Detection Systems Committee Provides Guidance Document

Use of Real Time Detection Systems to Protect the Public During COVID-19
is a guidance document the provides considerations where instrumentation and data could support the protection of public and occupational health during this pandemic.

Personal Protective Equipment for SARS-CoV-2

This fact sheet by member Tom Fuller and Michele Smith is for workers who expect to be in contact with known or potentially contagious clients or members of the public during their jobs, such as nurses, physicians, law enforcement, maintenance, etc.

Workplace for Cleaning for COVID-19 Guidance Document

This guidance, provided by AIHA's Indoor Environmental Quality Committee, details implementable procedures to reduce the risk of workers, contractors, vendors, customers, and members of the community becoming infected on their premises.

An Ergonomics Guide to Computer Stations

With so many people needing to telework during this crisis, the AIHA Ergonomics Committee wants to help you remain healthy while working from home. Follow these tips to make the most of your home office setup and stay healthy and fit while doing your best work.

COVID-19 and the Industrial Hygienist

The Synergist

The authors draw from their experiences on the front lines, their work with healthcare professionals caring for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients, and their knowledge and experience to answer frequently asked questions about disease transmission, controls, and the skills necessary for a successful response.

COVID-19 Conversations

The American Public Health Association (APHA) and the National Academy of Medicine is hosting a series of webinars, with six (6) currently pre-recorded. Brought to you by the American Public Health Association and the National Academy of Medicine, this webinar series is exploring the state of the science surrounding the current outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States and globally, with a focus on the emerging evidence on how to best mitigate its impact. Hear from trusted experts in such fields as public health, infectious disease, risk communication, and crisis standards of care.

Art As Public Health Communication During COVID-19

Steven Lacey, chief of the Division of Public Health at the University of Utah School of Medicine, writes: "Public health practitioners are constantly challenged to reach members of our community where they are, rather than where we want them to be. A part of the solution is crafting stories, which claim the attention and sympathy of a wide range of people while still communicating essential health information."

Occupational Health and Safety Professionals Recognized as “Essential Workers” by the Federal Government

AIHA applauds the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) for updating the language of its “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce” advisory list. The updated guidance now explicitly incorporates occupational health and safety workers, as recommended by AIHA.

Share Your COVID-19 Stories

We want to hear your stories about keeping workers healthy and safe in the midst of COVID-19. Share via social media and tag AIHA so we can amplify your message—follow #IAmIH.


Proud To Be An IH: Be a Part Of Something Bigger

AIHA member Jennifer Holliday, CIH writes: "Why did I become an IH? To help people on a broader scale and to be a part of something bigger than myself. I wanted to play a role in protecting people in any environment, workplace and community alike. My role as a CIH is not just to assist in workplace safety programs, but also to consider how individual health and hygiene can be impacted."

Tell Your Colleagues to Join AIHA
Are you proud to be a member of AIHA and the resources we provide? If so, why not share the love by telling your colleagues to join and become members of our association. Our members are the heart of AIHA, each bringing unique perspectives, knowledge and opinions in order to bring about healthier workplaces. We value you and would appreciate your recommendation to others!


Back to Work Safely™ Virtual Presentation
Larry Sloan and incoming Board member Bernard Fontaine presented Back to Work Safely™ initiatives to more than 50 members of the AIHA Metro New York Local Section. This initiative was launched in conjunction with Mark Cuban, entrepreneur, investor and owner of the National Basketball Association's Dallas Mavericks, and is the most recent addition to a public relations campaign to clarify misinformation on PPE ventilation and disinfection and to educate employers and consumers about the hazards associated with re-entry into the workplace.

AIHA Registry Programs ™

Become a Safety Data Sheet Registered Professional and OHSMS Auditor
In response to COVID-19, AIHA Registry Programs is waiving the $50 Remote Proctoring Fee for all qualified applicants for the SDS and Label Authoring and OHSMS Auditor exams. After submitting an approved application, the discounted testing fee will be shown in the cart when the remote proctoring testing option is selected. The discount is good through June 30, and testing must be completed by July 15.


AIHA Local Sections Business Meeting

With health and safety first and foremost, the annual Local Sections Business Meeting will be held virtually on Thursday, June 18 at 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET. The Local Section Advisory Group (LSAG) will conduct the business meeting, followed by a presentation entitled Building Highly Effective Performing Teams, led by Ted Gerber, professional speaker and facilitator. All AIHA local section officers are invited to this meeting.

If you have yet to receive dial-in details for either of these events, please contact Thursa La at [email protected].

AIHA Student Local Sections Council (SLSC) Business Meeting
The SLSC Business Meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday, June 10 at 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. ET via Level 3 conferencing. All student local section officers, as well as faculty advisors, are invited.
If you have yet to receive dial-in details for either of these events, please contact Thursa La.

Invite the AIHA CEO or Member of the Board of Directors to Your Next Local Section Meeting

Many local sections are looking for ways in which to still connect with their members, and to provide PDCs during COVID-19. The AIHA Metro New York Local Section just conducted a successful virtual session with more than 50 attendees. Members of the AIHA Board, the AIHA CEO and/or the AIHA Director, Government Relations is available to make virtual presentations. If you’re interested, please contact Thursa La to schedule.


Find Your Next IH/OEHS Position
AIHA collaborated with YM Careers—a leader in association career resources and career events—to create a job board that makes it easier for industrial hygiene (IH) and occupational health (OH) professionals to advance their careers and for companies to attract the best and brightest of the IH/OH field. The new platform provides a variety of employment resources, tools, and services for IH/OH job seekers and employers throughout the country.

Join Our Mentoring Program
Take a few minutes to enroll as a mentee and get matched with a mentor who can help you with your professional development, advise you on career pathways, job placement, and networking opportunities! Develop your leadership skills, get advice on how to interview and write a cover letter, research tips and more! Watch this mentoring townhall video for information on the program and how to enroll!


Virtual AIHce EXP PDCs
Expand your skill set and dive deep into the OHS subjects you're passionate about! AIHce EXP is offering virtual Professional Development Courses (PDCs), June 8–12, with topic areas ranging from sampling & analysis to exposure assessment strategies. Choose a half- or one-day course, whether or not you plan to register for the full virtual conference. The best part? Pricing starts as low as $295!

Featured Education in Hot Topics & Emerging Issues
What topics are currently shaping the OEHS industry? Stay on top of the latest trends with education resources focused today’s emerging issues.

Occupational Exposure Banding Virtual Conference Recordings
Learn how to apply occupational exposure banding strategies and tools for chemical exposures in the workplace. Recorded in March 2020, AIHA University's Occupational Exposure Banding Virtual Conference offered education facilitated by experts and designers of the NIOSH Occupational Exposure Banding methodology. Earn 8.5 contact hours and learn at your own pace!

AIHA University Bookstore Discounts
20% OFF June 1-30, 2020 on select, best-selling publications, new titles, online courses, webinar recordings, certificate programs. We're also offering an AIHA University eLibrary 30-day trial subscription for just $60, June 1-30! Access 50 of our best-selling publications, on the go. AIHA student members receive 25% off! Free shipping will be available June 1-14 only.


American Industrial Hygiene Foundation Doing a Virtual Fun Run

AIHF announced the 34th Annual Fun Run, taking place June 1-15 in a virtual format, with the proceeds raised from the event going toward scholarship funds for future industrial hygiene and occupational health professionals. Participants will choose to complete either a 2.5-kilometer walk, a 5-kilometer run, or a 10-kilometer bike ride via a route of their choice, tracking their distance via GPS apps and submitting their results to AIHF for a chance to win raffle prizes. Share your pictures and videos using #AIHFVirtualFunRun on our Facebook page!

AIHF Impact Newsletter

This year, AIHF will begin awarding the President’s Leadership Award. The award consists of a major scholarship and a professional development opportunity to attend an international conference on occupational health and safety. The prestigious President’s Leadership Award is made possible thanks to a generous endowment by John Henshaw, MPH, CIH, FAIHA, who served as president of AIHA from 1990 to 1991.


5th Coronavirus Aid Package Unveiled in Congress

U.S. House Democratic leaders have released the full text of the fifth coronavirus aid package. Entitled the "Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES)" Act (H.R.6800), the bill stands at a lengthy 1,815 pages, touching on an extensive set of COVID-19 related issues – including worker health and safety.

U.S. Senate Holds Hearing on COVID-19 and Returning to Work and School

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee convened a high-level meeting of government officials to discuss plans and concerns as business ramps back up and schools prepare for students to return throughout the nation.

CDC Tips for Stress & Coping with COVID-19

Managing stress is a huge aspect of succeeding in the COVID era. To help with this, the CDC has placed several useful tips, resources, and links in one place.

Maryland Enacts AIHA-Supported Bill Protecting Workers from Heat Stress

Maryland has enacted a new law that requires the Maryland Commissioner of Labor and Industry, in consultation with the state's Occupational Safety and Health Advisory Board, to develop and adopt regulations that require employers to protect employees from heat-related illness caused by heat stress. In February 2020, AIHA member Veronica Stanley, on behalf of AIHA's Chesapeake Local Section, testified before the Maryland House and Senate in support of the bill.

AIHA in the News
AIHA’s BackToWorkSafely.org website, which has guidance documents for various business sectors, is receiving well-deserved attention from CDC, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, NPR, Washington Examiner, and CNBC among other national media outlets, in addition to influencers such as billionaire entrepreneur and White House Re-open America Task Force Member, Mark Cuban. Click here to learn more about our Back To Work Safely initiative.


Download the New Catalyst App
Stay up to date on the latest news, events, and community happenings with the official Catalyst app. View and create forum threads, check your notifications, and manage your account via our brand-new app. Now available on Google Play and the Apple App Store.

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!

1) Sampling Volume NIOSH 7500- Richard Wattson Saenz
2) Cloth Face Mask Research- Cullen Charles Whittaker, CIH, CSP
3) Masks For All for COVID-19 Not Based on Sound Data- Laurence Svirchev, CIH
4) Protecting Medical Workers - Marc E. Kolanz, CIH
5) The Role of an Industrial Hygienist During a Pandemic- Nicholas Giardino, ScD, CIH


Fighting COVID-19 Using Data Science

Environmental Factor

NIEHS Superfund Research Program grantees and in-house scientists are lending their expertise in data integration and online tool development to explore how COVID-19 spreads and why some communities experience higher risk of infection.

Seven Ergonomic Tips to Help Save Your Aching Neck and Back While Working From Home

Speaking with WBUR's All Things Considered, Carolyn Herkenham, a senior specialist and industrial hygienist in the Environmental Health and Safety Department at Boston University, offered some tips on ergonomic best practices for those working from home in the pandemic.

Frequently Asked Questions About Controlling Dangerous Dusts

blog written by Brian Richardson
Dust particles become airborne during the manufacturing and processing of food, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and other dry products. Particles also become airborne during indoor metalworking processes like welding and plasma cutting.

CDC Publishes Instructions for Optimizing Disposable Glove Supply

With critical medical supplies dwindling, CDC has released instructions intended to help federal, state, and local public health officials and healthcare leaders optimize their stocks of disposable medical gloves during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Large Gatherings, Workplace Spread Contributed to Thousand-fold Increase in COVID-19 Cases

Over a three-week period from late February to early March the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States increased more than one thousand-fold, according to a new report from CDC.

OSHA Updated Interim Enforcement Response Plan for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

This plan provides instructions and guidance to Area Offices and compliance safety and health officers (CSHOs) for handling COVID-19-related complaints, referrals, and severe illness reports.

OSHA Revised Enforcement Guidance for Recording Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

This memorandum provides updated interim guidance to Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) for enforcing the requirements of 29 CFR Part 1904 with respect to the recording of occupational illnesses, specifically cases of COVID-19.

COVID-19 and the American Workplace—Temporary Rule: Paid Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On April 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor announced new action regarding how American workers and employers will benefit from the protections and relief offered by the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, both part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).