Quick Takes 2020 September
Important Dates and Deadlines:
- National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction - September 14-18
- Construction Safety Week - September 14-18
- PSX 2020 – Registration Open - September 15-17
- OSHA HAZWOPER Training - September 17
- AIHce EXP 2021 Call for Proposals – Deadline September 23
- Open Call for AIHA Strategic Planning Task Force - Deadline September 30
- AIHA Board of Directors 2021 Nominations - Deadline October 9
- American Chemical Society 2020 National Conference Call for Abstracts - October 18-21
- Exposure and Chemical Monitoring – Beyond IH Fundamentals - Cancelled - October 19-21
- Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene - November 9-12
- AIOH: 2020 40th Year Anniversary Symposium - November 30-December 1
- Human & Organizational Performance (HOP) Summit - January 12 -14, 2021
- ABSA International's 1st Biosecurity Symposium - New Date April 20-23, 2021
CALL TO ACTION
The purpose of the strategic planning task force is twofold: 1.) review the current plan and amend elements as warranted based on evolving circumstances which are impacting the association (this work is scheduled to be conducted in Q4 2020); and 2.) craft an updated plan that reflects the latest association priorities (scheduled for Q1 through Q2 2021). The plan should be sustainable, innovative, and accessible to its members, customers and other stakeholders. Deadline: Wednesday, September 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET
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 Defining the Science Advisory Group
AIHA seeks to define and manage a standing IH/OEHS research agenda. Through this agenda, we can then help inform and guide academics, third-party research organizations, AIHA volunteer groups, and even practitioners on what research is most critically needed to facilitate the partnerships necessary to get that research accomplished. Deadline: Wednesday, September 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET
AIHA Academic Advisory Group
On a foundational level, the state of the IH profession rests upon cutting-edge research, training, and ultimately practice—all elements of a self-improving system. Simplistically, the members of the system are AIHA—practitioners and academics. These academics should engage with AIHA, so they are in position to learn from the practitioners (who comprise the vast majority of AIHA members) about their needs. That way the academics can do the research needed and prepare their students, most of whom will become practitioners. Deadline: Wednesday, September 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET
AIHA Board of Directors Nominating Committee
The AIHA Board Nominations Policy reflects AIHA’s commitment to transparency and diversity. We continue to use an open-call process to add four (4) at-large members to the Board Nominating Committee. We are looking for people who are active AIHA Full Members and committed to helping us find the best nominees for Board officer and director positions. Deadline: Wednesday, September 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET
IEQ-GA Alternate Director
AIHA representatives must be a member in good standing and should have a strong background in Indoor Environmental Quality, as demonstrated by work experience, academic pursuits and other credentials. This opportunity is not available to AIHA student members. Deadline: Wednesday, September 30 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 ET
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.
AIHA has joined the Friends of National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS) coalition. This partnership will give AIHA access to vital information, the opportunity to network and collaborate with other supporting organizations. NIEHS and its Worker Training Program provides education and training to workers in various occupational sectors, including disaster preparedness, response and recovery, first responders, health care, construction, transportation, and more.
Have you checked out the new IH Heroes web-based game for all ages? Join our team of heroes as they try to save a refinery from exploding. Earn your Hero Gear to become an IH Hero! Download the IH Heroes game today! Share this link with a friend, or post about it on Twitter or Facebook! Please help share this new “edutainment” tool that is fun, yet educational.
The Synergist hosts free webinars throughout the year, and AIHA members can access past recordings at any time. Delivered by experts from sponsoring companies in three distinct formats, these webinars can help you learn about best practices and emerging technologies relevant to your work.
Dr. Corey Boles, Senior Health Scientist with Cardno ChemRisk will present a webinar on important risk mitigation aspects for both employers and their employees to incorporate during reopening and resumption of "normal" operations of office buildings. Dr. Boles is a member of the AIHA Biosafety and Environmental Microbiology Committee and is working with the AIHA COVID-19 Task Force to draft Back To Work Safely guidance documents. Register today for the webinar.
New Guidance to Protect First Responders from Dangerous Health Hazards
Emergency response leaders who are seeking occupational health resources, or want to hire an occupational health professional, can find help on a new website. The site includes information about identifying and reducing risks, connecting with an OHS professional, and a free infographic for employers. Check it out today.
AIHA has launched a new project inviting all IH/OEHS professionals to share their work experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of this initiative is to help the public better understand the work of IH/OEHS professionals when facing issues of public health. Share your experiences and spread awareness of what you do!
AIHA members are working towards public health and safety for every worker during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you or a fellow AIHA member are featured in the media, please contact Sue Marchese so we can showcase your efforts.
How the Pandemic Is Affecting Membership
SynergistNOW Blog by Gouhar Nayeem
AIHA and its members have been at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic response since the beginning of the outbreak, contributing by publishing guidance documents, consulting and advising organizations, individuals, and government bodies, working on the frontlines, and raising public awareness of the profession. How has the pandemic affected membership?
AIHA recognized by ASAE
AIHA has been named by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) as one of 100 Associations That Will Save the World. AIHA is listed under the Safety category. Thank you to all our members for their hard work in getting us noticed!
Michael Larrañaga and Larry Sloan write: "Climate change is the greatest threat facing humanity, and, as network scientist and futurist Ted Lewis notes in his Book of Extremes, 'the most extreme events lie ahead of us.' AIHA should not wait for the inevitable to take action. Well-established scientific data and research dictate that the time for action is now." Read More.
LOCAL SECTIONS & VOLUNTEER GROUPS
2020 AIHA-Rocky Mountain Section FALL TECHNICAL CONFERENCE
Date: Tuesday, Sep. 15, 2020 - Wednesday, Sep. 16, 2020
2020 AIHA-Rocky Mountain Section Fall Conference is scheduled to take place on September 15-16 in Arvada, Colorado.
AIHA VOLUNTEER GROUPS
Board Approves New Working Group for Museum and Cultural Heritage Industry
The Museum and Cultural Heritage Industry Working Group, an active community on Catalyst since 2017, was officially approved by the AIHA Board on May 30, 2020. The working group partners with the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) to create a forum that brings OHS professionals together with conservation, cultural heritage, and collection management professionals and their organizations to effectively address the risk management needs of this “industry.”
New Cleaning/Disinfection Guidance Documents from Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Committee
- Effective and Safe Practices – Guidance for Custodians, Cleaning and Maintenance Staff. This document provides cleaning and disinfection guidance for custodians, cleaning, and maintenance staff to reduce transmission of COVID-19 within workplaces.
- Employers Guide to COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfection in Non-Healthcare Workplaces. This document assists companies as they return to work within office buildings, retail centers, and other public places, with steps to reduce the risk of employees and customers contracting COVID-19.
- Both documents are available for free download on AIHA's COVID-19 resource center.
Early case reports and epidemiological studies of groups where SARS-CoV-2 has led to outbreaks of COVID-19 indicates that the primary means of disease transmission is the indoor spread of exhaled droplet aerosols. Armed with this knowledge, industrial hygiene professionals may limit SARS-CoV-2 transmission using the hierarchy of controls. Engineering controls that can keep infectious aerosols at very low levels indoors offer the greatest promise to protect non-healthcare workers and other vulnerable populations as we reopen our businesses and workplaces. Sponsored by the AIHA Indoor Environmental Quality Committee.
The AIHA Construction Committee has developed a new reference document: "Focus Four on Construction Health." The purpose of this guidance is to give construction employees a practical plan for protecting their workers from COVID-19. It includes a Job Safety Analysis (JSA) step to tailor precautions and controls to site-specific tasks and changing conditions. The guidance document is available for free.
This White Paper addresses only occupational exposures to UV light from artificial sources. UV radiation exposure of the public should be in accordance with applicable environmental and public health regulations. In the absence of state or federal limits, public exposures should be held to below ten percent of recommended occupational limits. This white paper was developed by Thomas P. Fuller, ScD, CIH, CSP, MSPH, MBA, FAIHA; Margaret L. Phillips, PhD, CIH; Clay M. Davis, CIH, CSP; and Bernard L. Fontaine, Jr. CIH, CSP, FAIHA.
A Conversation on Reopening America's Schools
This is a webinar on reopening America's schools with the 2020 National Principal of the Year. The webinar will take place on Monday, September 21 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Eastern, and will be followed by a Local Section government relations goals call, which will take place from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern. Please note that this webinar is for AIHA members only. Register today!
STUDENTS & EARLY CAREER PROFESSIONALS
Check out CareerAdvantage to scroll through the job board, get expert advice on how to interview, prepare your resume, use the salary survey, and discover different career pathways!
Match with an experienced mentor who can offer advice on career direction, leadership development, networking opportunities, and more. Interested in doing more? Join the mentoring and professional development community and take an active role in the development and future of the program.
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.
The deadline to submit your proposal for AIHce EXP 2020 is September 23, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET! Don’t miss your chance to submit a proposal for a PDC, education session, pop-up session, or professional poster. We are looking for a diverse set of education programming that will meet all career levels and learning styles. Be an influencer in the industry while equipping IH/OEHS professionals worldwide with the ideas and practical skills they need to keep our workplaces healthy and safe!
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET| Earn 1 Contact Hour
Learn how to turn your local legislators into valuable allies in preventing workplace injuries and fatalities. This webinar will be led by public affairs experts who will share their techniques for influencing policy and provide strategies to achieve policy wins. When you share your specialized knowledge as an IH/OEHS professional, winning means helping more people return home from work healthy and safe.
Get the tools you need to participate in your organization’s enterprise risk management process. AIHA’s Enterprise Risk Management Strategic Framework provides fundamental definitions, concepts, methodologies, and communications strategies you can use in your own practice. Get your copy today!
Lead the way to a healthier workplace with risk assessment resources from AIHA University. Choose from a wide variety of price points and learning styles to integrate risk assessment into your IH/OEHS management plan with a self-study course, webinar/presentation recording, publication, or framework.
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. Buy Now!
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. LEARN MORE.
Certified Professional Product Steward Exam Prep
If you’re planning to take the Certified Professional Product StewardTM (CPPS) credential exam, the CPPS Exam Prep Course can help you get ahead. Face the exam with confidence by adding this course to your exam prep strategy:
• Review the key areas of all four domains from the CPPS exam blueprint
• Learn online at your own pace
• Test your readiness with periodic knowledge checks
• Perform a dry-run with our 150 question practice exam
October 6, 8, 12, & 15, 2020 | Earn 8 Contact Hours
Access the strategies and tools you need to perform a dermal exposure assessment in just four two-hour sessions! The Dermal Exposure Assessment Virtual Conference will provide a comprehensive review of the qualitative, semi-quantitative, and quantitative approaches to dermal exposure assessment. Join us to learn how to incorporate dermal exposure assessment into a comprehensive strategy. LEARN MORE.
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 Competency Assessment. The discount is good through December 31, 2020. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Christopher Kuhlman, PhD, CIH recently presented in an AWO (The America Waterways Operators) webinar, sharing about his ongoing work with maritime employers during this crisis, and featured discussion on vessel decontamination, transmission prevention, and more. This is a complimentary recording.
Ventilation, surface disinfection and PPE considerations addresses gaps of knowledge regarding ventilation, respirators, construction issues, OH&S, and business.
Check out Our New Content Priority Webpages
Are you looking for resources on Big Data or Exposure Banding? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. AIHA now has dedicated web pages for each content priority and related resources—Big Data & Sensor Technology, Communicating IH Concepts, Exposure Banding, Serving the Changing Workforce, and Total Exposure Health.
The Call for Scholarship Applications will launch in mid- October and applicants will have until Monday, February 1, 2021, to submit. To view the eligibility requirements of receiving an AIHF scholarship, please visit the following site. Students who are not enrolled in any of the applicable programs/schools are still eligible to apply. In order to qualify, a school administrator must complete a separate application justifying why their program/students should be considered for an AIHF scholarship. The deadline to submit a school application form is January 8, 2021.
President’s Leadership Award Winner
AIHF has awarded its first President’s Leadership Award to Audrey L. Bowen. The award consists of a major scholarship and a professional development opportunity to attend an international conference on occupational health and safety. Audrey, a Masters candidate at Johns Hopkins University, will be attending the IOHA conference in Korea next August with the funds she received. This prestigious President’s Leadership Award is made possible thanks to a generous endowment by John Henshaw, MPH, CIH, FAIHA who served as AIHA president from 1990 to 1991 and recently completed a term as a trustee of the Foundation.
Does Your Company Have a Matching Donation Program?
Did you know that many companies offer a matching gift program to encourage philanthropy among their employees? And that some companies will match donations made by spouses or retirees? Find out if your company will double or even triple your donation to the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation. Contact Thursa Pecoraro for details.
Reopening America's Schools Together
Mark Ames, AIHA's director of Government Relations, writes: "Should schools reopen in-person during the COVID-19 pandemic? It seems that the question should have a straightforward answer, yet it's debated across the nation, making occupational health and safety part of dinner table conversation." Read More.
In the new "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. The first episode features Bernie Fontaine, Jr, COVID, and Amateur Sports. The second episode features an interview with Ed Primeau, past chair of AIHA's Incident Preparedness and Response Working Group, that focuses on natural disaster preparedness, response, and recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch episode 1 and 2 here.
Mark Ames, AIHA's director of Government Relations, writes: "In protecting workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19, the industrial hygiene and occupational health toolbox provides many options regarding means through which to build a COVID-19 response program. Some industry experts, politicians, and observers believe another should be added: an emergency temporary standard to protect workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19. But whether such a standard truly is necessary is the subject of intense debate." Read More.
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!
Research Questions for Aerosol Scientists Addressing COVID-19 and the Workplace
NIOSH Science Blog
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has raised many questions about the transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, including the possibility of aerosol transmission. Read More.
After Beirut, Experts Warn of 'Dangerous Gaps' In U.S. Oversight of Ammonium Nitrate
The catastrophic explosion in Beirut has renewed calls in the U.S. to strengthen oversight of ammonium nitrate, a chemical compound used in some farm fertilizers. Officials in Beirut believe the giant blast, which killed more than 200 people and damaged half of the city, was likely an accident caused by fire and negligent storage of some 2,750 tons of the chemical. Read More.
New Study: Health Risk Behaviors Among Construction Workers
New research from NIOSH suggests that several behaviors that contribute to higher health risks are more prevalent among construction workers than workers in other industries. Construction workers are in physically demanding jobs and are exposed to many chemical and physical workplace hazards. Falls remain the leading cause of work-related deaths in construction, accounting for about one-third of the total number of fatalities in this industry. Read More.
Working in Heat Safely, #BeatTheHeat
Summer is here! That means it’s time to take precautions to stay safe while working outside in the heat. Workers who are exposed to extreme heat or who work in hot environments may be at risk of heat stress. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (#HeatSafety #BeatTheHeat) for the latest information. Don’t forget to download the free OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool App! Read More.
Virginia's First-in-U.S. Worker Virus Safety Rule Takes Effect
Virginia’s first-in-the nation COVID-19 emergency worker protection rule took effect July 27, according to the state’s Department of Labor and Industry. The temporary standard requires employers covered by the department’s Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) program to immediately comply with guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state-issued instructions. Read More.
U.S. Disaster Response Scrambles to Protect People From Both Hurricanes and COVID-19
With peak hurricane season yet to come, southeast communities are grappling with uncertainty over whether it is possible to evacuate to shelters without risking coronavirus exposure. Read More.