October 28, 2020

Quick Takes 2020 November

Important Dates and Deadlines:


In Memory of Robert “Bob” W. Wheeler

Born in 1942 in Wheeling, Bob entered the ROTC program at West Virginia University in Morgantown and went on to serve in the Army for four years in both Japan and Washington, DC. Following his time in the Army, Bob became a commissioned officer in the Public Health Service, stationed more than 20 years at NIOSH in Morgantown, retiring as a captain in 1991. During his time in the Public Health Service, Bob earned a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.

Following his retirement from the Public Health Service, Bob began a consulting career, working to improve worker conditions around the world.

Bob was an active member of several professional organizations through-out his life and was named an American Industrial Hygienist Association fellow for his lifetime career accomplishments in 2006. He will be greatly missed by colleagues from all over the world, many of which he developed strong and lifelong friendships with along the way. Bob was an AIHA member since 1977.


AIHA encourages qualified members to consider applying for, or nominating a peer for the following open calls:

AIHA Named Awards & Honors Nominating Committee

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. The committee chair is the current AIHA Past President (Board member); AIHA Past, Past President (non-Board member) and four members from the general membership. In addition, the AIHA CEO and AIHA President participate in the final discussions by the committee to ensure objectivity and fairness. Deadline: Friday, December 18 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

AIHA Fellows Nominations

Do you know a peer that is deserving of the Fellow designation? The AIHA Fellows designation recognizes those who are AIHA members in good standing, have 15 years of continuous Full membership, and have made recognized contributions to industrial hygiene or related disciplines, either through research, leadership, publications, education, or service to AIHA. Fellows are nominated by an AIHA local section, special interest group, committee, or peers. The Fellow designation is limited to no more than five percent of the membership. Deadline: Thursday, December 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

IAC Emerging Economy Micro-Grant Program

The International Affairs Committee’s Emerging Economy Projects Fund has been established to increase understanding and build capacity for occupational hygiene in developing economies around the world. Project proposals will be reviewed by the IAC Micro-Grants Subcommittee, weighed against established criteria, and priority ranked. The subcommittee will weigh available funds budgeted in the current fiscal year against those projects that show the most promise in achieving their stated goals. Final recommendations will be prepared and presented by the CEO to the AIHA Board of Directors for ultimate approval. Deadline: Thursday, December 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

AIHA Named Awards Nominations

AIHA values the profession and our members by providing opportunities and resources to share about the profession and recognizing those professionals who have exemplified excellence and leadership. AIHA Named Awards are given to industrial hygienists and other occupational and environmental health and safety professionals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in contributing to the growth and development of the profession. Deadline: Friday, January 15, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET.


Mark of Excellence Virtual Celebration

Mark your calendar and plan to join us on November 5 & 6 as we celebrate the extraordinary contributions made by members and the volunteer community to the industry and the profession. The Mark of Excellence will feature a compilation of remarks from some of the awardees, and showcases the recipients and nominators, including the AIHA Named Awards, new Fellows, Local Sections and Volunteer Groups. Look for more details coming soon.

OEHS Experts Clear Up the Confusion and Urge Businesses to Adopt Practical COVID-19 Guidelines

As COVID-19 cases spike across the country and schools and businesses brace for the cold winter months ahead, occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) experts urge business owners and schools to implement practical science-based guidelines. AIHA has expanded its library of comprehensive Back to Work Safely ™ guidelines for employers with the addition of 18 new sectors, including higher education, schools K-12, dental offices, bars, amateur sports and more. Many of the guidelines are available in both English and Spanish.

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 OEHS professionals. List your business in the 2021 printed or online directory today! The deadline to be included in the print listing is December 17, 2020. Learn more.

AIHA and CSHS Release Best Practice Guide for Leading Health Metrics in Occupational Health and Safety Programs

To fill the gap caused by few leading health metrics, the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability (CSHS) and AIHA developed Best Practice Guide for Leading Health Metrics in Occupational Health and Safety Programs guidance document, identifying leading health metrics for use by the broad community of occupational health and safety professionals. Leading metrics can assist with prediction of and influence on health and safety performance related to occupational illness and worker health. Many common leading metrics currently in use focus on safety-related injuries and outcomes. Leading health metrics—those that focus on disease prevention and health preservation—are not as prevalent, often due to the complexities related to human health. However, leading health metrics could be extremely useful and important in promoting behaviors and actions shown to correlate with improved worker health.

AIHA Frameworks—Free Resources!

AIHA Frameworks outline the knowledge and skills a competent person should possess and be able to demonstrate in a specific topic or specialty. Broken into three categories: Strategic, Competency, and Technical, these free reference materials are accessible to OHS professionals at all stages of their career. Download your free copy today…or pass them onto someone you know!

The Role of a Product Steward

If you are looking to find more about how product stewards help their organization develop more sustainable products and minimize negative impacts on workers, consumers, and the communities, check out this video from the Product Stewardship Society.

More than a Logo
The Synergist

During AIHce EXP 2020, AIHA leadership revealed a change to the organization’s branding, including its tagline, logo, and the way the name of the organization is positioned to the public. This article reflects on AIHA’s history, mission, and role in the field of occupational and environmental health and safety and discusses the impetus for the changes.

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 December 15, 2020, and testing must be completed by December 31, 2020. Contact registries@aiha.org for more information.

AIHA’s Buyer’s Guide is Now Available

The AIHA Buyer’s Guide offers all the information you need to make your purchasing decisions. This dynamic online version includes all the information that is in the printed guide as well as additional companies that preferred to be in the online-only listings. The categorical listings conveniently provide company names that offer products or services in those specific categories. Download a PDF version.

Back to Work Safely™ - Free Resources

As communities across the country are having to draft their own re-opening strategies, the 26 Back to Work Safely guidance documents and posters, part of AIHA's public education effort, continue to help employers and their employees return to work safely with industry sector-specific guidelines and resources. AIHA has also joined efforts with CDC, NIOSH and other allied associations to further educate the public about returning to work safely by hosting a series of free webinars.

Frank M. Renshaw, PhD, CIH, CSP, FAIHA Named Recipient of the Henry F. Smyth, Jr. Award

Frank has a lot of passion for industrial hygiene and has made many contributions to the field. He is a Past President of AIHA and the Academy of Industrial Hygiene. He has served on the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, the NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors, as President of two local AIHA sections, and on numerous AIHA technical committees. Frank was nominated by Barbara J. Dawson, CIH, CSP, FAIHA

This award recognizes individuals who have made substantial, evidence-based solutions and contributions in recognizing the diverse needs of the industrial hygiene profession, thereby making a major impact on, and the improvement of, the public welfare.

Steven Verpaele Named Recipient of the Yant Award

Global industrial hygiene (IH) projects have always been hampered by the lack of necessary IH equipment, knowledgeable people and affordable analysis. Steven Verpaele, Founder and President of the non-profit Belgian Center for Occupational Hygiene (BeCOH), has found solutions to all these problems and in doing so, has demonstrated outstanding contributions to the industrial hygiene profession and promotion of global occupational health. Steven was nominated by Marianne Levitsky, MES, CIH, ROH, FAIHA and Jennifer Galvin, PhD, CIH.

The Yant Award recognizes outstanding contributions in industrial hygiene or allied fields through academic research, teaching, professional practice, solving major Industrial Hygiene issues, and service to professional societies and/or international stature. The award recipient must reside outside the United States. This award is sponsored by the Mine Safety Appliances Company.


Should I Renew My Membership?
blog by Laurie Mutdosch
Are you on the fence about whether to renew your AIHA national membership for 2021? Maybe you have not yet found the value you were looking for in volunteering, are struggling to fit the membership fees within your budget, or are soon retiring. Whatever your conundrum, I would like to reassure you of the value of your volunteering commitment. AIHA's notable accomplishments this year would not have happened without the dedication of our members and the volunteer community—and AIHA will offer members more opportunities and support in 2021.

Have You Renewed Your AIHA Membership?
According to member surveys, nine in ten current members are likely or extremely likely to renew their AIHA membership next year. Renew before December 31st and get a free e-copy of Essentials of Total Worker Health, worth $19.95! Don’t be the one who doesn’t renew. Renew Online Today!

IH Pride
The Synergist
Bernard Fontaine, Jr., CIH, CSP, FAIHA; Jennifer Holliday, CIH; Denise Trabbic-Pointer; and Todd Allshouse, CIH, CSP

Last year, AIHA members were invited to share stories about how their job affected an individual worker, a group of people, or the profession as a whole. Several of these stories have been published on the SynergistNOW blog as part of a series called “Proud to Be an IH.” On these pages, The Synergist presents edited versions of four recent posts in the series.


Filling the Pipeline

The impetus behind the IH Professional Pathway program was a desire to align AIHA’s many resources and leadership development opportunities with the various career stages of the profession. AIHA CEO Larry Sloan’s latest blog post covers the association’s efforts related to engaging future leaders in industrial hygiene and occupational and environmental health and safety.


IMPORTANT NEWS: How to Join or Renew Your Local Section Dues in 2021

AIHA National membership renewals are in full swing so here is how you add a local section/s to your renewal invoice. Thank you, in advance, for your understanding. If you encounter any issues, please contact AIHA Member Services at 1+ (703) 849-8888 or via email at infonet@aiha.org.

Go to your Member Center Dashboard and log-in using your AIHA username and password

• Click ‘Renew my Membership’

• Select Your Membership Classification

• Select your Core Package

• Add Your Local Sections on the ‘Additional Memberships’ Page

• Checkout - Consider Adding a Donation to AIHF

California Industrial Hygiene Council (CIHC) - AIHA National—Pivoting in Times of a Pandemic

CIHC is pleased to announce a series of monthly webinars for our stakeholders. The webinar topics will be based on the program agenda that was being planned for the annual 3-day Professional Development Seminar.


AIHA Launches Website to Drive Interest in OEHS Careers

A new AIHA outreach initiative is intended to create awareness and drive interest in careers in occupational and environmental health and safety. AIHA recently launched a new website that provides free resources for students, teachers, and counselors interested in learning more about the industrial hygiene and OEHS professions. Read More.

AIHce EXP 2021 Seeks Student Posters and Abstracts

AIHce EXP 2021 is seeking student posters, presentations, and pop-up sessions (25-minutes each). Deadline is March 16, 2021. Acceptance notification for student posters will be sent in April 2021.


Ethics in Risk Management – Complex, Prickly, Paradoxical

Thursday, November 5, 2020 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET Earn 2 Contact Hours Need to satisfy your ABIH ethics requirement? Join AIHA University for this unique webinar focused on the multiple ethical perspectives involved in risk management. Learn how to approach ethics in risk management from a multi-faceted lens as risk profiles become more complex and interconnected. Register Now.

NEW Virtual PDC Week November 16-20

Your favorite hands-on courses are going virtual this month! Earn 3.5 Contact Hours for Half-Day\Earn 7 Contact Hours for Full-Day. Choose from 7 half and full day professional development courses focused on topics affecting OEHS professionals today. Register by Nov. 6 to receive 30% off a 2nd PDC of your choice!* Learn More.

* You will receive an email on 11/9 with instructions on how to register for your next PDC at 30% off, which will be good to use through 11/20.

Catch Up On Contact Hours With OnDemand

Access the highly rated education shared at AIHce EXP with the AIHce EXP 2020 Full OnDemand Package. AIHce OnDemand session recordings bring the best of the conference to your desktop. With the full package, you have the potential to earn 64 contact hours and gain access to bonus content typically reserved for conference attendees. This package is only available through November 30, 2020, so get it today before it’s gone! Get it Today.

IH and OEM: Optimizing Collaboration Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

Do you work in a healthcare setting? Does your institution continue to struggle with the rapidly changing recommendations related to COVID-19? How do different departments work together to keep employees and others healthy and safe? On November 5, 2020, join experts from AIHA and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) as they discuss how they and their institutions continue to navigate workforce management and regulatory compliance issues. They will explore how the two disciplines collaborate in their mission to protect the health and well-being of employees, more critical today than ever before in the face of the ongoing pandemic. Register today!

IH Controls Education & Resources

Take control of workplace hazards with curated education resources from AIHA University. Learn how to choose and apply the appropriate industrial hygiene control methods with our self-study courses, webinars, presentation recordings, and publications. Browse Now.

Improve Your Occupational Exposure Assessment Operations

The OEA Certificate Program provides education in the competencies required to assess workplace exposures and hazards at the IH technician level. Successful completion of the course will showcase that participants have mastered the skills required to gather, document, and report monitoring data and make exposure judgments. Learn More.


Give Back to the Profession

The mission of the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF) is to advance the profession by awarding scholarships for funding education and professional development in industrial hygiene and related disciplines. Donations to AIHF help ensure that deserving students preparing for careers in IH can pursue their educational goals. Learn More.

"My name is Taiwo Oyadiran. I am honored to be one of the recipients of an AIHF scholarship. I would like to thank you for your generosity in funding my education this year. Thanks to this donation I am a step closer to paying for my tuition and needed supplies. This scholarship will go towards alleviating some of my financial burden, allowing me to focus more on my studies. With this current climate, I lost both my jobs, so this scholarship will go a very long way for me. Thank you for donating [to] this scholarship and providing a platform for students and young professionals to experience what this industry has to offer."


Supplemental Air & Noise Sampling for IH Data Standardization Survey

AIHA and NIOSH have collaborated on a survey aimed at gathering the input on the standardization of industrial hygiene (IH) data collection and analysis. This survey is focused on the data elements that should be collected in relation to air and noise sampling. The goal of this survey is to get feedback on a list of data elements that represent the minimum, essential information needed for accurate reporting of air and noise sampling results and for potential, future data aggregation.

Please visit the Big Data & Sensor Technology webpage to complete the short survey, located at the bottom of the page.


5 on the Frontline Focuses on the Health and Safety of Young Workers During the Pandemic

In his 5 on the Frontline video podcast, AIHA's director of Government Relations, Mark Ames, interviews experts in public health and safety-related fields about current and future policy actions that affect the lives of workers and their communities. This week’s episode features an interview with Jennifer Maclachlan, chair of the AIHA Teen Workplace Health and Safety Committee, about young worker health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch Episode.

The Delicate Topic of Elections
SynergistNOW by Mark Ames

In my role as director of Government Relations, you’ll often hear me say that AIHA leaves politics to the politicians—in other words, that AIHA, as a nonpartisan nonprofit organization, does not become involved in election politics and doesn’t say that one political party or politician is better than another. Yet, who’s in office does matter. With this in mind, on the eve of elections that will shape our country’s history for years to come, we’re here to discuss the delicate topic of what the elections will mean for AIHA. Read More.

MIOSHA Issues Emergency Rules to Clarify Requirements for Employers to Control, Prevent, and Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) within the Michigan Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) is one of the first state OSHA programs to promulgate rules which clarify the safety requirements employers must follow to protect their employees from COVID-19. Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed her concurrence of the need for a comprehensive set of Emergency Rules that will help protect Michigan workers, businesses, customers and communities from the spread of COVID-19. What do you think of these rules? Please share your thoughts or send me an email at mames@aiha.org.


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!

Room HEPA for COVID – Michael Geary

Does Nitrous Oxide Need It’s Own Hazardous Chase? – Kelci Knight, MS

The Great Divide Over a Piece of Cloth - Tammy L. Blakeslee, CIH

Lab Hoods and Issues with Scales/Balances - Michael Schmieder, CIH

Indoor Air Quality- Philip Fontenelle, CIH

Bi-Polar Ionization (BPI)- Richard Quenneville, B.Sc., CIH, ROH


Total Exposure Health: The Role of the IH in the Future of Exposure Management

By Kirk Phillips, BSc, John Suter, CIH, CSP, ARM, Larry Sloan, CAE, and Ben Kollmeyer, MPH, CIH

IHs pursuing Total Worker Health (TWH) policies, programs, and practices may also find a second, related concept useful in conceptualizing their TWH approach: Total Exposure Health (the). TWH and TEH are both frameworks—analytical tools for organizing one’s priorities in occupational and environmental health initiatives. TEH accounts for physical, chemical, biological, and other factors that have negative impacts on a person’s health and which anyone might encounter in daily life. Topics relevant to the TEH framework include clean drinking water, environmental contamination, and household products free of harmful chemicals. Read More.

CDC Acknowledges Coronavirus Can Spread via Airborne Transmission

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says the coronavirus can be spread through airborne particles that can linger in the air "for minutes or even hours"—even among people who are more than six feet apart. Read More.

More Companies Are Using Technology to Monitor for Coronavirus in the Workplace

As more and more businesses look to reopen, technology firms have an array of monitoring systems to try to keep the coronavirus out of office buildings, medical facilities, and industrial plants. Read More.

Synergist Solutions: Are Those the Right Gloves?
Synergist Solutions

Skin represents the largest organ in the human body. As such, skin injury and illness, including exposure, can have great impact. Over the past eight years, dermal injury and illness have increased compared to respiratory-related occurrences in full-time workers. This article explores dermal exposures and possible assessment strategies and tools to aid in proper PPE selection. Read More.

How EHS Professionals Make a Difference
Lorraine Sedlak, CIH, CSP, FAIHA

At various times, the expectations of leadership overwhelm us all, but especially those who are responsible for managing EHS and the day-to-day challenges presented in their role. Occasionally we become frustrated when we are trying to change a culture or tackle a problem. The temptation is to throw up our hands and blame management for our inability to effect change. All of us, no matter our experience, have fallen into this trap. Read More.