April 1, 2021

Quick Takes 2021 April

Important Dates and Deadlines:

AIHA Northern CA LS Students' Night: Presentation of the 2021 Award - April 1

Nominations for Outstanding Volunteer Groups Star Award- Deadline April 5

Nominations for Outstanding Volunteer Groups Project Teams- Deadline April 5

Open Call: AIHA Conference Program Committee- Deadline April 7

Risk Assessment Virtual Conference (Intermediate) - April 12-15

Open Call: Climate Change Adaptation Task Force- **New Deadline April 16

Open Call: Human Capital/ESG Task Force -**New Deadline April 16

Call for Student Poster Judges- Deadline April 16

AIHA University Risk Assessment Virtual Conference (Advanced Course) - April 19-28

AIHce EXP Rebroadcast: An Evaluation of Common Chemical Contaminants in the Air - April 20

ABSA International’s 1st Biosecurity Symposium – New Date April 20-23

AIHA Volunteer Groups e-Brochures Due - April 30

IOHA 2021: Call for Podium/Poster Abstracts – Deadline Extended April 30

AIHce EXP Virtual - May 24-26

IOHA 2021: Bridging Gaps in OH Development, Opening New Horizons - September 11-15

PSX 2021 - September 28-30

33rd International Congress on Occupational Health 2021 (ICOH 2021) - February 6-11, 2022


Open Call for Conference Program Committee Membership

The Conference Program Committee (CPC) is responsible for reviewing and selecting the education sessions for the annual American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce EXP). The CPC represents the AIHA membership and the AIHce EXP audience and brings the subject matter expertise and the conference attendee's perspective to the deliberations over which session proposals to choose. Deadline: April 7.

New Task Force to Focus on Human Capital and Environmental, Social, and Governance Considerations

AIHA establishes a new task force to advise the AIHA Board of Directors in defining how the Association and occupational and environmental health and safety professionals should approach ongoing dialogue about the human capital/ESG space. “ESG” refers to environmental, social, and governance considerations—three key factors for measuring the sustainability and ethical impact of an investment in a company. New Deadline: April 16 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Open Call for Climate Change Adaptation Task Force

AIHA seeks members with experience or familiarity in addressing climate change issues to join a new Climate Change Adaptation Task Force. The task force is intended to serve as a strategic advisor to the AIHA Board in defining how the Association and the OEHS and product stewardship professions should approach their role in the realm of climate change adaptation. New Deadline: April 16 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Call for Student Poster Judges

AIHA is seeking volunteers to judge student posters for the Best in Show awards.

This is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the profession. If you would like to serve as a judge for the Best in Show awards, please email Erin Breece, [email protected], no later than April 16, 5:00 p.m. ET.

We Are Looking for AIHA Ambassadors in Brazil, Mexico, and Puerto Rico

If you are an AIHA member and interested in:

• Supporting the development of a cooperative infrastructure of IH/OEHS professionals in other countries

• Promoting the profession and association's products and services to the international community,

and recruiting AIHA members

• Identifying needed education, products, and services within the international community that AIHA technical and professional development committees can develop and market, and more!

Apply today!


2020–2021 Board of Directors Election Results

AIHA is pleased to announce the results of the 2020–2021 Board of Directors. AIHA members elected the following candidates:

• Vice President: Dina M. Siegel, CIH, CSP, CBSP, FAIHA

• Treasurer-Elect: Nancy M. McClellan, MPH, CIH, CHMM

• Director: Justine R. Parker, CIH, SCP, CHMM, CPH

• Director: Courtney K. Tinner, CIH, CSP

AIHA’s new Board members will be inducted at the Association’s Annual Business Meeting, held virtually on Tuesday, June 1 at 12:00 p.m. ET (registration is required).

Coming Soon: New Email Preference Center

AIHA is pleased to announce that it is upgrading its email preference center better to meet our members' and partners' needs. Because of this change, some of our communications are coming from a new domain. To ensure that you receive AIHA notifications in your inbox, you should whitelist our new domain @email.aiha.org. This will prevent important AIHA announcements from automatically going to your Spam folder. Please ask your IT team to add our new domain @email.aiha.org to your safe sender list. If you’re on your own, here are a few easy tutorials for the most popular email clients, including Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, and more. As soon as the new preference center is ready, you’ll be the first to know!

AIHA’s Public Resources Now Available in Spanish

Recursos en español is a new feature of AIHA’s website that includes public resources in the Spanish language to promote safety in our workplaces and communities. Recognizing the importance of clear communications about the IH/OEHS resources available to our Spanish-speaking members and audiences, AIHA worked closely with Lucinette Alvarado, CIH, to translate and adapt the resources that already were available in English. We ask you to share this feature with your peers and co-workers to serve better and support the Hispanic/Latino community.

AIHA Announces Named Award Recipients

"These awards recognize some of the exceptional contributions made by our volunteers during this most difficult year," said AIHA President Lindsay Cook, CIH, CSP, FAIHA. "We wish only that we could recognize every member who contributed to the success of AIHA in 2020. Rest assured, the AIHA leadership deeply appreciates the great work done by all our dedicated and hard-working volunteers."

IH/OEHS Apps & Tools

Over the years, AIHA volunteers have developed IH/OEHS tools and apps that provide the practicing industrial hygienist with quick and easy access to the information necessary to evaluate exposure profiles and determine if the exposures are acceptable, not acceptable, or more data is needed to determine acceptability. We encourage you to take advantage of these software tools developed by your peers. Learn more.

Keeping Our Homes and Families Safe and Mold-Free

Mold isn't a subject to ignore—it presents health concerns and serious risks to homes. That’s why AIHA has released a video series to help the general public understand what mold is and how it affects them, what they can do to fix their mold problem and how to keep their families safe. AIHA’s Mold Resource Center offers more information and resources on this subject. Thanks to the IEQ Committee and the Biosafety and Environmental Microbiology Committee's efforts, we encourage you to share these assets with your colleagues and friends.

The Synergist: Reopening Guidance Available for Laboratories

A new guidance document published by AIHA in January is intended to provide clear, actionable guidance for the safe reopening of laboratory facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The document (PDF) is sponsored by AIHA's Laboratory Health and Safety Committee. It includes measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and maintain a healthy workplace while resuming or continuing laboratory operations.

Member Resources

Coming Soon...New Mentoring Platform!

The AIHA mentoring program is about to undergo an exciting new upgrade. Coming this month, AIHA will launch a new mentoring platform with features that will include one-step enrollment, algorithm-based matching of mentors and mentees, mobile accessibility, calendar syncing, and online chat, and video call capabilities. With the new platform, your user experience will be easier, faster, and more meaningful. Read more about the new platform in the SynergistNOW blog titled, The Future of Mentoring.

AIHA Outreach Center

Find various resources aimed at helping you represent the IH/OEHS profession. You'll find tips on doing a presentation, videos that showcase various disciplines within the profession, and resources to share with students and professionals looking for an exciting and rewarding career in industrial hygiene and occupational and environmental health and safety. 


Leading Health Metrics: A Step Toward Sustainable, Ethical Corporate Governance
SynergistNOW blog by Larry Sloan, CEO

Last year, AIHA convened a task force of professionals from the industrial hygiene, medical, and health, and wellness communities to complete the ‘Best Practice Guide for Leading Health Metrics in Occupational Health and Safety Programs.’ Our goal was to identify leading occupational health metrics for the broad community of OEHS professionals.

AIHA Volunteer Groups Awards

The AIHA volunteer community is the Association's lifeblood and the first line of defense in achieving our mission and vision. AIHA can best achieve our mission and goals through volunteers' active participation from the community we serve. Volunteers contribute their unique talents, skills, and knowledge of our community.


AIHce EXP 2021 CareerAdvantage Fair

Career Portfolio: How to Stand Out in an Interview or Performance Review
Monday, May 24, 11:00 A.M. – 11:45 A.M.
Isabel Bacarella, MPH, CIH, CSP; William Pockels; and William Nichols, CIH, CHMM

Have you ever been to a job interview where you were one of many candidates and left feeling like you needed an extra “something”? If so, a career portfolio is a perfect solution! This document collection showcases your characteristics, experience, accomplishments, knowledge, and skills with a more personal and unique approach. Not only can you use a career portfolio in an interview, but it is often useful when seeking a promotion, during performance reviews, and when changing careers or industries. It is best to start this collection early in your career; however, it is never too late. This session will review how to build your portfolio and is geared toward industrial hygienists and safety professionals at all career stages.

Looking for That First Job or Internship? What You Need to Know

Monday, May 24, 2:30 P.M. – 3:15 P.M.
Doug Pastore, CIH, MS; Franky Spangler, PHR, SHRM-SCP; and Nancy F. Lawrence, PhD

Looking for your first job or an internship can be challenging. Having guidance on how to prepare for your search and how to prepare for an interview is invaluable. What is essential? How do you find the right fit? Learn what you need to know from various perspectives: employer, human resources, and academia. Develop your search skills and gain a competitive advantage over your peers by joining this informative panel discussion for all you need to know to enhance your Job and internship knowledge.

Virtual Mock Interviewing

Tuesday, May 25, 10:00 A.M. – Noon
See yourself through an employer’s eyes when you meet virtually with an experienced hiring director during a mock interview. You will receive helpful feedback and learn the most effective presentation of skills, abilities, and professionalism. Reserve your slot today by contacting Wanda Barbour at [email protected] to schedule your session. 

Virtual Speed Networking

Tuesday, May 25, 3:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Connect with other professionals during this virtual speed networking session. This is an opportunity to learn about AIHA’s Career and Employment Services Committee while interacting with those looking for employees and/or new opportunities. There will be prizes for the top networkers! Be sure to register by contacting Wanda Barbour at [email protected] for this fun and exciting networking event.

Virtual Résumé Critiquing

Bring your résumé to the Career Advantage Development Fair to sign up for your résumé critiquing session with an experienced hiring director, or reserve your spot today by contacting Wanda Barbour at [email protected] to schedule your session. You will get helpful feedback directly related to style, length, focus, use of accomplishments, keywords, and more.

• Monday, May 24, 9:00 – 11:00 A.M. and 1:00 – 2:00 P.M.

• Tuesday, May 25, 9:00 – 10:00 A.M. and 1:00 – 3:00 P.M.

• Wednesday, May 26, 9:00 A.M. – Noon and 1:00 – 3:00 P.M.


Volunteer Groups Calendar 2021-2022

The volunteer groups calendar is now available via the officer's Catalyst community library under the Annual Calendar folder. You can also click here to access the pdf document.

Star Awards and Outstanding Volunteer Group Project Team Nominations

All AIHA Volunteer Groups selected as an AIHA Outstanding Volunteer Group for 2020 can be considered for a Rising, Soaring, or Shining Star Award and/or Outstanding Volunteer Group Project Team. All volunteer group officers have been notified and provided the nomination form links. Deadline: April 5 by 11:59 p.m. ET.

Volunteer Groups Annual Virtual Meetings Open to All!

Are you interested in learning more about an AIHA volunteer group? All AIHA volunteer groups annual meetings schedule is available via the Catalyst Open Forum Event module. You must be logged in to Catalyst to access the information.

AIHA Volunteer Groups Secretary Elections

Each year, volunteer groups seek individuals interested in serving as Secretary. This is an elected position. New secretaries and secretary-elects will receive training. Secretaries are invited to attend Leadership Workshop. If you are interested in serving as a Secretary or Secretary-elect, please contact Janice Allen.


Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society Best Paper Award

MIHS established the Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society Best Paper Award in 1957 to recognize an outstanding publication in the American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal. In 1989, the MIHS board of directors voted to also recognize the authors of the best paper in applied industrial hygiene from the Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene Journal. In 2004 both journals were combined to form the current Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH).

MIHS continues to present a Best Paper Award each year. This year’s recipients are Lee Ann Greenawald, Kent C. Hofacre, and Edward M. Fisher for Fentanyl and Carfentanil Permeation through Commercial Disposable Gloves.

AIHA Northern California Local Section Students' Night: Presentation of the 2021 Awards
April 1 from 9:00- 10:30 p.m. ET

Please join AIHA Northern California Local Section in celebrating the students receiving the Bernard D. Tebbens, Robert T. Legge, and Charles H. Powell awards for 2021. The meeting begins at 9:00 p.m. EST with local section announcements and business, followed by the awards presentation and the students' short presentations. There will be an opportunity for an open-mic after the presentations.

AIHA Northern California Section Evening Meeting
April 22 from 9:00 - 10:30 p.m. ET

The meeting begins at 9:00 p.m. ET with local section announcements and business followed by a technical presentation by Allan W. Ader, Ph.D., DABT, and Debbie Keys, CIH, CHMM. We'll provide an opportunity for open-mic after the presentation. Attendees will discuss principles used in the systematic and scientific approach to pharmaceutical occupational health and safety about antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs). We will discuss hazard determinations of all parts of the ADC and containment and control of these compounds in pharmaceutical operations.

Register at https://aiha-ncs.org.

Join a Local Section!

Membership in an AIHA local section provides you with a wide range of networking opportunities in the occupational health and safety field.

• Meet and network with other OEHS professionals and vendors in your region

• Sharpen your skills with professional development opportunities

• Learn and exchange best practices at local section meetings

• Make key contacts and interact with local allied groups

• Gain potential access to webinars, local PDCs, technical sessions, and other learning opportunities

For more information on how to join a local section, contact AIHA at (703) 846-0768 or via e-mail ([email protected])


AIHA University Risk Assessment Virtual Conference
April 2021 Earn up to 26 Contact Hours

The Risk Assessment Virtual Conference kicks off on April 6 with our introductory course! Learn the fundamental principles of risk assessment with two 2-hour sessions on April 6 and 8. Registration is just $240 for AIHA members! Or learn more about internationally recognized IH/OEHS risk assessment processes and communicating risks to decision-makers with our intermediate or advanced course. Can’t make every session? With 60-day access to each session recording post-event, we’ve got you covered. LEARN MORE

Get Ahead of Emerging Health Hazards

As new technologies gain momentum, new health hazards are also being introduced into the workplace. Keep current on the latest in nanotechnology, 3D printers, biological engineering, and more to identify the appropriate control strategies to serve our changing workforce. Browse our self-study courses, webinars, presentation recordings, publications, and frameworks, tailored to your learning preferences. BROWSE NOW

Communicate Science Effectively by Using Risk Perceptions, Narrative, and Persuasion Theory
April 6, 2021 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET Earn 1 Contact Hour

As an OEHS professional, you’ve most likely been challenged with communicating complex concepts in tricky situations to a non-IH audience. Learn how you can use the sciences of risk perceptions, narrative, and persuasion theory to develop your skills as an effective communicator. REGISTER NOW

Your Exposure Assessment Toolkit

Strengthen your ability to assess potential exposure risks to worker health and safety with these educational resources from AIHA University. 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. BROWSE NOW

AIHce EXP 2021 Educational Program

Did you know that the AIHce EXP 2021 education program is already available? Browse education sessions and professional development courses to see what's in store before you register. Start planning your agenda today!

Total Exposure Health/Total Worker Health Track at AIHce EXP 2021

The virtual AIHce EXP 2021 offers a Total Exposure Health/Total Worker Health track featuring 19 events over 6 days: four Professional Development Courses and 15 educational sessions. This track is very comprehensive in scope, offering attendees a chance to learn about a variety of topics, from occupational health hazards in the developing world to skills needed in decision making when managing risk, to the participatory approach to hearing protection to use and training, to leading health metrics, to the changing workforce demographics and much more. Register today!

AIHA Registry Programs

Are you a safety data sheet author? Now is a good time to invest in your career. Discover this low-cost option to sharpen skills, demonstrate competency, and increase marketability by sitting for the SDS and Label Authoring exam this Spring. Because we are currently offering remote-only proctoring, we are waiving the $50 fee associated with it for all qualified applicants. The discount is good through May 31, 2021. Contact [email protected] for more information.


Get a Free T-Shirt When You Add Fun Run to Your Virtual AIHce EXP Registration

Add the Fun Run to your Virtual AIHce EXP registration by April 19 to get your commemorative T-shirt before the event! Limited quantities are available, so act now! Run, bike, or walk anytime from May 10-June 8 and submit your times to win a raffle prize! We’d like to thank this year’s sponsors, Amazon, Alliant, Steel Dynamics, Inc., Velocity EHS, CHUBB, and Half Draft Acres.

New Scholarship Coming Soon!

Eric N. Brown/Indoor Environments Scholarship will be awarded in 2022, more information on eligibility requirements to be announced. Are you interested in creating a scholarship? Contact Thursa La for more information on how to get started and leave a lasting impact on the profession for the future.


Communicate Science Effectively by Using Risk Perceptions, Narrative, and Persuasion Theory
April 6, 2021 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET
Earn 1 Contact Hour

As an OEHS professional, you’ve most likely been challenged with communicating complex concepts in tricky situations to a non-IH audience. Learn how you can use the sciences of risk perceptions, narrative, and persuasion theory to develop your skills as an effective communicator. This webinar is connected to CPAG’s Communicating OEHS Concepts priority (link to https://www.aiha.org/get-involved/volunteer-groups/content-portfolio-advisory-group/communicating-ih-concepts), which focuses on developing the “soft skills” of OEHS professionals to listen, relate, communicate and collaborate effectively with a broad spectrum of stakeholders to promote the influence and value of the profession.


5 on the Frontline: Women in Occupational Health and Safety

In the latest episode of AIHA’s “5 on the Frontline” podcast, Mark Ames, AIHA's Director of Government Relations, talks with Nicole Greeson, MS, CIH, about women in occupational health and safety. Greeson has more than 20 years of industrial hygiene experience and is currently division director of occupational health and safety at Duke University and Health System. She also serves as treasurer on AIHA's Board of Directors.

5 on the Frontline: One Company's Path to COVID-19 Vaccination

In the latest episode of AIHA’s “5 on the Frontline” podcast, Mark Ames, AIHA's Director of Government Relations, interviews Assured Bio Labs’ owner and vice president of business development, Ed Sobek and Ryne Dlouhy, about their company’s path to vaccinate their employees against COVID-19.

5 on the Frontline: Workforce Pipeline Series-How Can We Improve the OEHS Workforce Pipeline

In this episode, Mark talks with AIHA member Savannah Jones about increasing the number of OEHS professionals in the pipeline. Savannah Jones graduated summa cum laude in 2019 from the University of North Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Hygiene and Chemistry. She then pursued a Master of Public Health in Accelerated Industrial Hygiene at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she graduated in December 2020. She currently serves as the Vice-Chair for the AIHA Local Student Section Council.

If you are a student and want to find out more about a career in OEHS, please visit www.oehscareers.org. 


Online Community Resource

The Catalyst Open Forum is a member-driven portal featuring a wealth of information and resources.

1) IAQ Question - When Old Oil Meets New Concrete Coatings...

2) Bipolar Ionization - DEBUNKED!

3) Adjusting Exposure Limits for Short Sample Times

5) Temperature Check for Workers at Place of Business

6) ACGIH Proposed Titanium Dioxide fine-scale and nanoscale TWAs (respirable)

Check out the top discussion threads going on right now, or start your own!

Download the Catalyst Community App

The Catalyst Community mobile app is now available for iPhone and Android devices. 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. Learn more.

Micro-Volunteering Opportunity: #IAMIH Virtual Challenge 2021

The Virtual #IAMIH Challenge is an easy way for you, our IH/OEHS leaders, to inspire others, hone your leadership and presentation skills, and be part of a larger, ongoing movement to raise awareness of industrial hygiene amongst our newest generation. To get started, visit the outreach center for resources, organize a virtual presentation, take a screenshot, and post to the #IAMIH Virtual Challenge 2021 page (for social media videos, please share the link and use hashtag #IAMIH).

Are you are looking to join the #IAMIH challenge but don't know where to start? Then don't miss this video from AIHA member and last year's Challenge winner, Tim Paz, CIH. Contact Gouhar Nayeem for more information.


COVID-19 and the Art of Anticipation

The Synergist by Evidence-based science takes us many places and should never be abandoned. But its reductionist tendencies and statistical nature often keep us focused on the past, analyzing data instead of building our professional judgment and looking ahead.

Workplace Health and Safety Is Moving Up on Wall Street
SynergistNOW by Charles Redinger, PhD, MPH, CIH, FAIHA

Worker health and safety continue to gain visibility and significance in organizational governance norms and practices. Governmental regulations, civil liability, consensus standards, and so on have had increasing impacts since 1970. We have entered an era where the investment community is demanding attention be brought to the issue of human capital. 

Implementing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace
The Synergist by Bernard Fontaine, CIH, CSP, FAIHA, Timothy Paz, CIH, and Lucinette Alvarado, CIH

Today, diversity, equity, and inclusion are part of the fabric of the work environment. DEI improves productivity, performance, profitability, and morale; and reduces health and safety risks; limits liability; and promotes a greater sense of self-worth and belonging.

Bringing Employees Back to Work: Ways to Mitigate Risk of Infection
SynergistNOW by Edward Sobek, PhD

Assured Bio, a lab in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, needed all its employees on-site during normal business hours throughout the entirety of the pandemic to maintain daily operations. In a new blog post from SynergistNOW, Edward A. Sobek, laboratory director of Assured Bio Labs, discusses how they accomplished this while mitigating the spread of the virus.

COVID-19 Transmits Through the Air: Mitigate Your Risk
SynergistNOW by Sarah Hunter

During the pandemic, many businesses have increased their sanitization and safety protocols with the hope of preventing the transmission of SARS-CoV-2. But how do we know those protocols are working?

Spraying Disinfectants
The Synergist by Ashley Augspurger, PhD, CSP, Nancy Wilson, CIH, and Kee-Hean Ong, PhD, MPH, CIH, CSP

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, some employers and contractors worldwide have used sprayers to apply disinfectant to people entering their facilities. But while spraying is a great method for disinfecting surfaces, it was never intended for application to people. As IHs, we should not allow intentional worker exposure to harmful chemicals.

A New Agenda
The Synergist—an Interview with Mark Ames and Kay Bechtold

A year ago, on March 13, 2020, the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States was declared a national emergency. But COVID-19 wasn’t the only thing in the spotlight during the past year: the 2020 U.S. elections saw record voter turnout, and the world watched to learn the outcome.