March 3, 2020

Quick Takes 2020 March



2020 AIHA Board Elections
Online voting is now open for the 2020 AIHA Board of Directors Election. You will need your AIHA member number and last name to log on. You will be asked to cast your ballot for one AIHA Vice President, one Secretary-Elect, and up to two Director positions. Instructions on how to vote in the election will be emailed to members by VoteNet—look for an email from [email protected], with subject line: 2020 AIHA Board Election is Open. IMPORTANT NOTE: Please use either a Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser to open up VoteNet. Unfortunately, VoteNet is not compatible with Microsoft Edge or Explorer.
If you have any questions, please contact Lynae Brown at (703) 846-0745.
Deadline: March 6 (11:59 p.m. EST)

AIHA Ambassadors Needed for Targeted Regions
AIHA is looking for members to serve as AIHA Ambassadors to Columbia 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.

AIHA Seeks Session Moderators for AIHce EXP 2020
AIHA seeks volunteers to moderate education sessions at AIHce EXP 2020 in Atlanta, GA. Moderators' primary responsibilities include introducing speakers and ensuring that all sessions proceed on schedule. This opportunity allows volunteers to serve in a leadership role, develop relationships with fellow colleagues, and contribute to the success of the conference.

Open Call for Volunteers: AIHA Content Portfolio Advisory Group (CPAG)
AIHA is seeking two new members to serve on the Content Portfolio Advisory Group (CPAG). CPAG provides input and advice to the AIHA board and staff regarding the association’s body of content on industrial hygiene and occupational and environmental health and safety. Deadline: March 2 at 5pm EST.

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.

2020 Human & Organizational Performance (HOP) Summit
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



Unpaid Dues Invoices Sent
If you have an unpaid balance for your AIHA membership in 2020, you should have received an invoice in the mail. We would hate to see you leave and lose all the member benefits you are used to, such as your subscription to The Synergist, access to Catalyst, discounted educational offerings, publications and more. Reinstate your membership online before March 1st to keep your member benefits!


2020 AIHA Board Candidates’ Forum
Each year, The Synergist asks candidates for the AIHA Board of Directors to participate in a candidates’ forum; each of the candidates are asked to respond to a question. This year's ballot includes two candidates for vice president, two for secretary-elect, and four for director.

AIHA Joins OSHA's Ambassador Program
The program will be used to improve workplace health and safety by sharing information and guidance and providing access to vital training resources. The program builds upon OSHA's Alliance Program and will be used to improve workplace health and safety by sharing information and guidance and providing access to vital training resources.

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.

Be Careful What You Click On!
If you have received an email from AIHA President Kathy Murphy please do NOT click on any links or provide any information. This is a phishing email! Don’t take the bait—learn more about how to spot a phishing email and ways to protect yourself by visiting our website.

Proud to Be an IH: The Virtue of Perseverance
Denise Trabbic-Pointer writes in the SynergistNOW Proud to be an IH series, "As a now-retired EHS professional, I look back at the more than 20 years I was a practicing occupational health professional in the chemical manufacturing industry, and I ponder the question of my impact on the lives and health of the people in those facilities." ... read more here.


A Deeper Bond
Larry Sloan writes in SynergistNOW, "In the association world, we often talk about the importance of "engagement." People today have so many demands on their time; an organization like AIHA needs to figure out how to cut through the noise, not only to reach different audiences and attract new members, but to deepen our bond with current members, volunteers, and stakeholders... read more.

On the Road
In January 2020, AIHA CEO, Larry Sloan traveled to California to meet with students from UCLA, local section members and a corporation. Based on requests, he provided updates on AIHA national and the Content Priorities, provided presentations on Emotional Intelligence (EI), and engaged c-level leaders on the value of the profession and the Association. If you’re interested in having Larry or an AIHA Board Member speak at your event, please contact Thursa La.


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 industrial hygiene (IH) / occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) job here.

Call for Student Presentations and Posters at AIHce EXP 2020
Its not too late to put yourself out there and speak or display a poster at AIHce EXP. It’s 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.

New Catalyst App
Based on recommendations from the Student Local Sections Council (SLSC) and students like you, AIHA is pleased to announce that we will be rolling out the new Catalyst app! We are looking for students to serve as beta testers before the app is rolled out to the full membership. If you’re interested, please contact Janice Allen.

Student Opportunities at AIHce EXP 2020
The newly created academic education track was developed with students and early career professionals in mind to help enhance your career goals, build work skills and gain real-world experience as a presenter in front of peers and experienced professionals.

On-Site Mentoring and First Time Attendee Programs
Planning to attend AIHce EXP for the first time? Check out the First Timers’ webinar, sponsored by DuPont. Sign up for the PAL program and be introduced to a seasoned attendee to provide you a better overall conference experience. Check out the CareerAdvantage Fair, the Head Shot Café, pop-up sessions and take on the EXP Quest!


Donate 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!

Join us for Fun Run 2020
We want to see a great turn out in Atlanta (location to be announced) on Tuesday June 2 at 6:30 am bright and early for our 34th annual AIHF Fun Run! You don't have to be a marathon runner to participate and if you are not an early riser you can still contribute by registering as a "Sleep In" entry. Be sure to register for the Fun Run during the online registration process for AIHce EXP. We are also still looking for sponsors, download the Fun Run Partnership Prospectus for more information.


Lock in Your Group Rate
Did you know that you can save your company big bucks with our group registration rates? If you plan to send 10 or more people to AIHce EXP, this savings opportunity means you don't have to leave anyone behind.
To lock in your group registration, contact Bethany Chirico at 703-846-0746.

AIHce EXP 2020 Keynote Speaker Announced
As a battalion surgeon during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Dr. Sudip Bose's service earned him the Bronze Star for the distinction of completing one of the longest combat tours by a physician since World War II. He is also the U.S. physician who treated Saddam Hussein after U.S. forces captured him from the spider hole. Sponsored by SGS Galson

Navigating AIHce EXP As a First-Timer
For Subena Colligan, attending AIHce EXP for the first time was life-changing. Colligan had previously avoided AIHce EXP due to fear of being overwhelmed. That changed in 2019, when she attended her first conference event and her expectations were shattered. Click on the link for reasons why you should consider attending.

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!


Local Section Events
Want your local sction event listed on the AIHA master calendar? Simply email Sue Marchese ([email protected]) with the who, what, why, when and where of your event and it will be added. The Catalyst events calendar can be accessed via and is viewable by all AIHA members.

Local Section Advisory Group Update
We officially started the Local Section Advisory Group (LSAG) that now includes some of our student leaders. If Local Sections (LS) have any questions or suggestions about AIHA or best management practices, please contact us. LSAG is here to serve the LS. Most LS are having winter meetings and planning spring conferences, please communicate on social media as it is a great avenue to promote upcoming meetings. Also, use Catalyst to discuss the meetings and best management practices with other LS… read the full posting and view the video here.

Alabama AIHA Future of the Profession Conference: Early Bird Registration
March 13 from 8:30- 3:30pm EST
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. We have multiple speakers from our local section membership planning to deliver technical presentations tailored for EHS/IH professionals and students.

AIHA Georgia Local Section in Action
Members of the AIHA Georgia Local Section spent time at the Georgia Capital (Atlanta), meeting with state legislators and the governor, talking about the importance of industrial hygiene to the many Georgia businesses. Thank you to Robert "Bob" Hendry, Jenny Houlroyd, Hilarie Warren, CIH, John Moore, CIH, CSP, Kerry Ann Jaggassar, CIH, and Stacy Brooks, CSP, CHMM.

FL AIHA Spring Conference 2020 - Treasure Island, FL (St Pete)
Registration is open for the 2020 Spring Florida Local Section of the AIHA from April 16-17.


No Local Section Near You? 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!


Comprehensive Industrial Hygiene Review
March 9-13 in Ann Arbor, MI
This 4.5-day course provides an intensive, high-level review of a wide range of industrial hygiene topics by more than a dozen experts.

AIHA University Occupational Exposure Banding Virtual Conference
March 3-5, March 10-12, March 17-18
There are just a few days left to register for the AIHA University Occupational Exposure Banding Virtual Conference. This virtual conference is perfect for IH/OEHS professionals looking for guidance as they approach risk management decision-making for unregulated chemicals that do not have an OEL established.

NEW Webinar: "The Ear Poisons: An Introduction to Ototoxicants"
Learn how to address the etiologies of hearing loss, be it by exposure through noise or chemicals, by attending AIHA's April 9 webinar and earn 1 contact hour.

Heat Stress: Assessment and Control
April 23 from 1-2:30pm EST
In this webinar, with 1.5 Contact Hours, learn how to develop effective controls to mitigate heat stress conditions and related illnesses among workers.

Exclusive Group Training Benefit - eLearning Subscription
The eLearning Subscription is an excellent opportunity for companies and organizations, AIHA Local Sections, and IH/OEHS professionals to cost-effectively stay on top of the hottest topics and issues affecting the profession.


President Trump's FY 2021 Budget Request Would Cut Funding for Key OSH Programs
The document represents the President's vision for the Federal government, serving as a point of discussion, and little more. There's even an old saying about the budget: "The President proposes, and Congress disposes." Congressional committees are now holding hearings on the President's budget to learn more about his plans, but ultimately, funding decisions are a negotiation between Congressional leaders on the House and Senate appropriations committees, and the President, who wields veto power.

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


Win a 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. Benzene Exposures While Pumping Gasoline Into Your Car or Vehicle? - George Alan Brown
2. Qualification of Ventilation System in Manufacturing Plant - Tambra Rene Williams
3. A Nod to Garrett Morgan, African-American Inventor, Contributor to Modern Respiratory Protection - Boyd Rose
4. N95 Fit Test for Healthcare Workers - Tony Chung
5. Hazardous Chemical Determination - Ashley Augspurger

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


Remote Industrial Hygiene
The Synergist
Interest in remote industrial hygiene is growing among occupational hygienists, who are contributing to scientific discussions about occupational health and safety at remote sites and designing practical solutions. How can hygienists best protect workers involved in oil and gas operations, mining facilities, crews for ships and planes, and scientific expeditions? … Read more.

Bloodborne Pathogens Outside the Healthcare Setting
When reading OSHA’s bloodborne pathogens (BBP) standard, it’s easy to visualize a hospital or other medical setting bustling with nurses and physicians and the occasional phlebotomist with a cart full of needles and syringes. However, it is imperative for industrial hygienists to step back and consider where BBP and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) may be present in workplaces outside the realm of healthcare… read the full article here.

A New Tool for Preventing Combustible Dust Incidents
Combustible dust explosions have long been a recognized hazard in many industries, including agriculture, mining, power generation, and food processing. The United States Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board conducted a study of dust explosion incidents between 1980 and 2005, which identified 281 incidents that killed 119 workers and injured 718… read the full article here.

JOEH to Publish Combined February/March Issue
The February and March issues of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene will publish as a combined issue this year. Taylor & Francis, the publisher of JOEH, expects the combined February/March issue to ship to print subscribers in early March. Please direct any inquiries about the Action Level quiz to [email protected].

NIOSH Addresses Use (and Misuse) Ofensors
By Brigette Polmar
NIOSH is working to ensure the proper use of sensors through an initiative called "Right Sensors Used Right," which is intended to promote the competent development, adoption, and interpretation of real-time monitors and direct-reading methodologies, and to improve the interpretation of data when taking action in work environments. Read more here.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Healthcare Professionals
CDC continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation in the United States and around the world. CDC has taken early and aggressive actions to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in the United States, through a combination of proven public health actions. Read more here.

In Memoriam
David A. Sterling, PhD, CIH, FAIHA, passed away surrounded by family on January 23, 2020. David was an active member and leader in AIHA since 1981. He served as chair of nine committees and subcommittees for AIHA national and was also a director for the Tidewater, St. Louis, and North Texas local sections. He became an AIHA Fellow in 2017.

Dr. William H. Weems (Sr.), DrPH, CIH, passed away unexpectedly on December 10, 2019 at the age of 77. William was an active member in AIHA, joining in 1980. He served on four volunteer committees and became a Fellow in 2017.