October 1, 2020

Quick Takes 2020 October

Important Dates and Deadlines:


Loss of IH Titan - William Burgess (1924 - 2020)

William A. Burgess of Lincoln, Massachusetts, died on September 14. William received his B.S. from Tufts University in 1945 as a graduate of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Center (NROTC) program and his M.S. in occupational health engineering from the Harvard University School of Arts and Sciences in 1951. He continued to serve in the U.S. Naval Reserve, was called to active duty for three years during the Korean War and ultimately retired as a Commander in the Allied Science Branch of the Medical Service Corps, USNR.

After a decade working in private industry, he returned to the Harvard School of Public Health as an Associate Professor for over 40 years. During this time, he published two textbooks on occupational health hazards that were widely used in industry. His book on respiratory protection and ventilation was also widely adopted to control health hazards in industry. He was recognized by his professional colleagues with a number of awards for his contributions to the field.

In addition to these awards, he was given the 2013 Professor Emeritus Award of Merit by the Harvard School of Public Health and was named an Honorary Fire Chief by the City of Boston.

William joined AIHA in 1955, a member for 65 years.


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

AIHA Board of Directors

AIHA is seeking nominations for four Board of Directors positions: one (1) Vice President, one (1) Treasurer-Elect, and two (2) at-large Director positions. Desired attributes include a demonstrated record of distinguished service and the potential for further contributions; demonstrated performance at the highest level in scientific, industrial, public sector, and/or educational communities; a commitment to devote the time necessary to effectively perform Board duties; and demonstrated expertise in industrial, environmental or occupational hygiene. Deadline: Friday, October 9 at 11:59 p.m. (ET).

AIHA Ambassador Program

The AIHA Ambassador Program supports the development of a cooperative infrastructure of IH/OH professionals in other countries; identifies needed education, products and services within the international community that AIHA technical and professional development committees can develop and market; and promote the profession and the association’s products and services to the international community. AIHA is currently looking for Ambassadors to serve in Mexico, Brazil, and Puerto Rico.

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); others in the committee include the 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).

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 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).

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).


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. Eight of these documents have been translated into Spanish, with more in the works. 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.

New Micro-Websites Launched: www.workerhealthsafety.org and www.OEHSCareers.org

www.workerhealthsafety.org: The three tenets of AIHA’s brand evolution launched in June this year are: public awareness, public education and recruitment. In July, AIHA launched a micro-website devoted to educating decisionmakers in various business sectors about the long-term investment of OEHS/IH and making the case for OEHS to be considered a core business value, not just an obligation. The first three business sectors targeted for this initial phase of the campaign are: Chemical Manufacturing, Construction and First Responders. In addition to launching this portal which contains industry-specific case studies, infographics and guidance documents, an accompanying media outreach effort yielded placement in various publications such as Construction Equipment and Chemical Engineering.

www.OEHSCareers.org: To support the public awareness and recruitment aspects of our brand evolution campaign, AIHA just launched on October 7 a one-stop-shop to build awareness and provide resources about the OEHS/IH profession to students, teachers and guidance counselors. The site features videos of young professionals discussing their jobs as well as a list of universities that offer a degree in OEHS. Included is reference to AIHA’s IH Professional Pathway program, an innovative resource that helps guide young professionals through the various stages of an OEHS career. And, for the younger students, AIHA’s IH Heroes initiative, a comic book style program that includes a web-based “smart” game, introduces the professional to students in a fun, educational manner. Updates will be provided to members as AIHA gains traction over the coming months when reaching out to the media and building coalitions with STEM-related organizations.

AIHA’s Buyer’s Guide is Now Available

The 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.

AIHA Member Efforts in the News During COVID-19

AIHA members are working towards public health and safety for every worker during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over a dozen COVID-19 related guidance documents, white papers and infographics have been developed by various AIHA volunteer groups over the past few months, all of which were recently translated into Spanish. Download any or all of these documents and share them with colleagues and employers.

If you or a fellow AIHA member are doing anything during the pandemic that you’d like us to showcase in The SynergistNOW, please contact Sue Marchese so we may give you proper recognition about these efforts.


Renewal Season is Here!

AIHA would like to thank all of you for continuing to be a member with us. We can’t accomplish our shared vision and mission without each and every one of you, especially this past year! We hope that you join us again in 2021 for another year of advancing the profession and promoting a world where all workers and healthy and safe. Click here to pay your dues today. Please note that local section dues need to be added to your cart.


Training Technicians

Larry Sloan, AIHA's CEO, writes: "In 2011, a NIOSH-commissioned report, the National Assessment of the Occupational Safety and Health Workforce, included a troubling finding about the future of workplace health and safety. According to the report, employers planned to hire more than twice as many occupational health and safety professionals as were expected to graduate from universities in the United States."


IMPORTANT NEWS: Joining or Renewing Local Section Dues in 2021

With renewal season upon us, we wanted to update you on a change for 2021 Local Section dues collected via National. Each year, we have open invoices for Local Section dues that are never paid, which results in a manual and time sensitive process to remove these invoices. With this in mind, we invite all AIHA National Members to join or renew their Local Section dues as follows. 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

Connecticut River Valley Local Section Annual All-Day Conference

The Annual All-Day Conference will be held on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, and it will be a Virtual Conference. The event opens at 7:30 a.m. with registration and networking. The program begins at 8:00 a.m (ET).

Rocky Mountain Local Section Virtual Meeting - Applying and Utilizing Industrial Hygiene Principles in Healthcare

Educational event dedicated to current trends and emerging issues related to occupational health and safety and infection control in healthcare settings. The virtual meeting will be held on October 8 at 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (MT).

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.

37th Annual AIHA Utah Local Section Virtual Conference on Safety and Industrial Hygiene

The AIHA Utah Section along with the Utah Section of ASSP and the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational & Environmental Health invite you to join us for our 37th annual conference which will be held 100% virtually for its first time ever. This event will be held October 14-16.

Florida Local Section Virtual Fall Conference

The AIHA Florida Local Section will be holding their Virtual Fall Conference on Oct 15-16, 2020. The conference is a joint event with the Florida Health Physics Society. We are including an ABIH approved Ethics Course as part of the curriculum.

AIHA Chesapeake Local Section Free Webinar

Join us for a free webinar with guest speaker, Larry Sloan, AIHA’s Chief Executive Officer on Emotional Intelligence on October 15 from 4-5 p.m. (ET).


Internships Wanted!

One of the best ways for IH/OEHS students to get hands-on practical knowledge is through internships. Did you know that internship job opportunities can be posted for free for a 30-day period by visiting the CareerAdvantage page and selecting “Internship Postings”. Help us support our students to prepare them for their career while getting the resources you need.

How to Make the Most of Student Membership
SynergistNOW blog by Gouhar Nayeem

AIHA student sections allow members access to resources and opportunities that can help them get a better start to their IH/OEHS careers. With leadership, engagement, and career opportunities available to you, now is the perfect time to make the most of being a student member with AIHA, and we’re here to help you get started.

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.


AIHce EXP 2020 OnDemand Recordings are Now Available

Get access to curated, peer-reviewed education from AIHce EXP 2020 with AIHce OnDemand! AIHce OnDemand session recordings bring the best of AIHce EXP directly to you. Choose from individual sessions, save 15% on our topic bundles, or save 50% with the full package. You can even earn contact hours! Tap into AIHce OnDemand to stay up to date on the latest OEHS topics. BROWSE NOW

Dermal Exposure Assessment Virtual Conference
October 8, 12, & 15, 2020 Earn 8 Contact Hours

Learn how to build a successful approach to dermal exposure assessment with four two-hour sessions spread over the course of 2 weeks. Registration is just $300 for AIHA members. Can’t make every session? With 60-day access to each session recording post-event, we’ve got you covered. Thank you to our generous sponsor SKC, Inc.

Women in IH Leadership Summit- Managing Change and Creating a Culture of Innovation
October 21 from 12-4 p.m. (ET)

While the course is sponsored by the Women in IH Committee and is geared toward the committee's mission, the content is applicable to the entire AIHA membership. The committee welcomes all interested individuals to attend the summit. As on homage to the original woman in IH, register by October 18 to receive a free PDF copy of Exploring the Dangerous Trades: The Autobiography of Alice Hamilton!*

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.

Ethics in Risk Management – Complex, Prickly, Paradoxical
Thursday, November 5, 2020 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (ET) Earn 2 Contact Hours

A core value for OHS professionals is ethical behavior, as they work towards a shared vision of healthier workplaces and a healthier world. Achieving this requires assessing and managing risk through a multi-faceted lens. Explore a wide range of topics regarding ethics in risk management, including examples of real-life outcomes. Various scenarios will be addressed using the AIHA code of ethics as a framework for discussion.

Exposure Assessment Education & Resources

Strengthen your ability to assess potential exposure risks to worker health and safety with these educational resources from AIHA. From exposure monitoring methods to communicating results and risks effectively, we've got you covered. Browse our self-study courses, webinars, presentation recordings, publications, and frameworks, tailored to your learning preferences.

Industrial Hygiene Reference & Study Guide, 4th edition – 2020 Best-Seller Award Winner!

This comprehensive tool is the ultimate quick reference that IH/OEHS professionals can use in their day-to-day business and is a must have for those planning to take certification exams. From toxicology and radiation, to ventilation and noise, this desktop reference summarizes the key information for all industrial hygiene rubrics.

CIH Exam Prep Resources

If you are working towards obtaining your CIH credential, AIHA University is here to help you succeed! Check out our curated list of education materials, accessible at your convenience.

Certified Professional Product Steward Exam Prep

If you’re planning to take the Certified Professional Product StewardTM(CPPS) credential exam, this prep course can help you get started. Face the exam with confidence by adding this course to your exam prep strategy.

NEW Virtual Events & Courses: Fall 2020

AIHA University eLearning is growing to meet your changing needs with cost-effective and accessible online education. We’ve added several new online events and courses to our Fall 2020 lineup. Join us virtually to keep your skills fresh while earning contact hours to maintain your certifications.

AIHA University’s Occupational Exposure Banding Virtual Conference On-Demand

If you missed this year’s Occupational Exposure Banding Virtual Conference, don’t worry you can access the recordings at AIHA University. 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.


Apply for a 2020 – 2021 AIHF Scholarship

Later this month, the AIHF 2020 – 2021 Scholarship Application Portal will go live. All full or part-time students are encouraged to apply if they met the following eligibility requirements. Applicants have until February 1, 2021 to apply.

Students attending a school that does not meet the current AIHF eligibility standards are still eligible to apply. In order to qualify for a scholarship, a school administrator must complete a separate application justifying why their program should be considered for an AIHF scholarship. The deadline to submit a school application is January 10, 2021.

Consider Recognizing a Peer by Making Donation to the Foundation

Thinking of how to recognize an IH or OEHS peer? How about making a donation in their name to the Foundation? Donations are tax-deductible and will go towards supporting deserving IH/OEHS students in their pursuit of making a difference to the profession.


Introducing 5 On the Frontline, AIHA’s New Video Podcast

In his latest SynergistNOW blog post, Mark Ames, AIHA’s director of Government Relations, describes the association’s new video podcast, 5 on the Frontline. Its goal is to spark change in occupational health practices by focusing on workplace health and safety problems, encouraging people who have experienced those problems to talk about them, and discussing how to solve them together.

OSHA to Hold Whistleblower Stakeholder Meeting

OSHA will hold a whistleblower stakeholder meeting on October 13, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., (ET) via telephone to discuss how OSHA can improve its whistleblower program.

Independent Contractor Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

The U.S. Department of Labor has released its proposed rule to revise its interpretation of independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Comments must be submitted on or before October 26, 2020.

CDC Meeting: Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health

The CDC's Subcommittee for Dose Reconstruction Reviews Subcommittee of the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health will meet on November 4, 2020, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., (ET). The meeting is open to the public and written comments must be submitted in advance of the meeting on or before October 28, 2020.


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!

Face Masks with Exhalation Valves- Lawrence S. Sloan, CAE from Washington Post

Welding Fume Exposure Assessment-Manganese – Denis Logie

Modified Surgical Masks With A Clear Plastic Window to Facilitate Lipreading - David J. Eisenhardt

Hearing Protection OSHA Target – David S. Abrams, CIH, FAIHA

Reminder - Catalyst Code of Conduct

The impact of COVID-19, the highly-political landscape, and differences of opinion can result in discussions that are not professional in nature.

A gentle reminder... the Catalyst community was created to bring members together for discussions about the profession and the science of IH. What the Catalyst community is not is a platform for personal politics, personal attacks, or demeaning comments.

The Code of Conduct summarizes the behavior expected of members and volunteers representing AIHA in any forum.

While AIHA does not want to censor our members, any discussion thread that veers into personal politics, personal attacks, or demeaning comments will be closed. Continued behavior along this vein could result in the loss of access to the community.

The goal is to keep members connected and having those value-added conversations that help to educate, provide solutions, and move the profession forward.


Psychological and Social Determinants of Health, Safety, and Well-Being: The Occupational Health Psychology Perspective
SynergistNOW blog by Christopher J.L. Cunningham
Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) is the practice of applying psychological theories, principles, and evidence to manage worker health, safety, and well-being, in accordance with the WHO’s definition of health as more than the absence of negative symptoms. Understanding OHP will aid the IH in implementing a Total Worker Health (TWH) program. READ MORE

Pandemic Product Stewardship
The Synergist
Since at least the turn of the century, increasing globalization had raised concerns that supply chains have become so lean and efficient that they are vulnerable to disruptions. When the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency on Jan. 30, these fears began to come true. READ MORE

Refining Hydrocarbon Exposure Assessment Strategy
The Synergist
Traditionally, assessing personal exposures in the oil and gas industry was performed using the concept of “total hydrocarbons,” or THCs. But an alternative exposure assessment strategy drops the use of THCs and adds analysis of hydrocarbon mixtures such as gasoline, kerosene, and diesel, also known as light, middle, and heavy distillates. FULL STORY

What Does Hazardous Mean to You?
Scott Dunsmore and Roger Marks of Lion Technology, Inc., write: "When the EHS world speaks of something being 'hazardous,' it is not enough to know only one definition of the word. Regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), EPA, and OSHA use terms like hazardous materials, hazardous wastes, hazardous substances, and hazardous chemicals. Each describes a different class of regulated article and carries its own connotation of what makes the thing it describes 'hazardous.'" READ MORE

Q&A with Bill Geer: New Guidance for Construction Work During COVID-19
Ina Xhani, AIHA's communications specialist, writes: "In August, the AIHA Construction Committee issued a guidance document, 'Focus on Construction Health: COVID-19,' intended to help the construction sector deal with the challenges of COVID-19. Recently, AIHA talked with Bill Geer, member of the committee, about what motivated the working group to draft the guidance document, how it fits with other 'Focus on Construction Health' documents, and what the working group hoped to achieve with it." READ MORE

Smoke from Wildfires Can Worsen COVID-19 Risk, Putting Firefighters in Even More Danger
The Conversation
Luke Montrose, Assistant Professor of Community and Environmental Health at Boise State University, writes: "Two forces of nature are colliding in the western United States, and wildland firefighters are caught in the middle. Emerging research suggests that the smoke firefighters breathe on the front lines of wildfires is putting them at greater risk from the new coronavirus, with potentially lethal effects." READ MORE

Ohio State Researcher Studying Effects of World Trade Center Dust on 9/11 First Responders
The Columbus Dispatch
A researcher at Ohio State University is studying the impact of the World Trade Center dust on first responders to see if there is a link to heart disease, early-onset Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's diseases. READ MORE