February 1, 2021

Quick Takes 2021 February

Important Dates and Deadlines:

The Lens of the Minority Populations in the Workplace During COVID-19- February 4

Gulf Coast LS Presentation with Larry Sloan & Mark Ames-February 4

AIHA Volunteer Groups Annual Report Submission Deadline (COB)- February 5

CIHA- 8th International Hygiene Conference- February 9-11

Probability Matters Podcast: An Ethical Hackers Guide to Digital Security- February 9

Probability Matters Podcast: Behavioral Economics- February 16

New York & New Jersey Education and Research Center’s 41st Annual Scientific Meeting- February 19

AIHce EXP Rebroadcast: New NIOSH Method Using Evacuated Canisters for Exposure & Indoor Air Quality Monitoring- February 22

AIHce EXP Rebroadcast: Results of Interesting & Unusual NIOSH Health Hazards Evals- February 23

The Power of Thought - Critical Thinking for Occupational Health and Safety Professionals- February 25

Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting- March 12-26

AIHce EXP Student Poster Abstracts Deadline 11:59 p.m. ET- March 16

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

AIHce EXP – On-Site (Dallas, TX) & Virtual- May 24-26

Product Stewardship PSX 2021- September 28-30

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


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

AIHA Volunteer Groups 2020 Annual Report Survey

We are requesting that each volunteer group complete the Annual Report Survey. Completing the survey helps to accomplish various initiatives, including the selection of Outstanding Volunteer Groups and the Star Awards. On behalf of the membership, the AIHA Board, and staff… THANK YOU! Deadline February 5.

Call for Pop-Up Session Proposals for AIHce EXP 2021

AIHce EXP is looking for proposals for pop-up sessions for AIHce EXP 2021, which will take place in-person and virtually. Pop-up sessions are short and interactive sessions designed to deliver bitesize, timely, targeted learning. These sessions are a great learning experience, especially for first-time speakers. They can be a single presenter, or up to a maximum of three presenters. The deadline for submission is March 16, 2021.

AIHA Continuing Education Committee

Would you like to get more involved? Are you looking for a way to connect with, and help, other members? Do you have valuable skills and perspectives that could benefit AIHA’s Continuing Education programs? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, consider responding to the Call for Volunteers. Contact Erin Breece, Program Director, Education. Deadline March 17.

AIHA Ambassadors to Mexico, Brazil, and Puerto Rico Are Needed

AIHA is seeking members to serve as Ambassador to Mexico, Brazil, and Puerto Rico. The Ambassador program supports the development of a cooperative infrastructure of IH/OH professionals in other countries. To learn more about the program and criteria for service, please visit https://www.aiha.org/get-involved/ambassador-program. Contact Gouhar Nayeem with questions.

AIHA Now Accepting Online Applications for the Conference Program Committee

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 is representative of 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.


AIHA Announces Hybrid Onsite and Virtual AIHce EXP 2021 Conference Association

AIHA has announced that the annual American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce EXP) will occur May 24-26, 2021, in Dallas, Texas, as a hybrid onsite and virtual event. Full registration to either onsite and virtual or wholly virtual experience includes access to session recordings on AIHce OnDemand six to eight weeks after the conference. Register today and take advantage of the advanced rates. Group discounts are now available for individuals from the same company. To learn more, visit Group Registration Rates.

Occupational and Environmental Health Experts Urge Business Owners to Implement AIHA COVID-19 Guidelines as New Virus Strain Emerges

While business owners and consumers closely watch how the new more readily transmittable variant of COVID-19 develops, the occupational environmental health and safety (OEHS) profession is urging business owners, schools, and other organizations to continue implementing practical science-based guidelines developed by AIHA. The comprehensive Back to Work Safely guidelines for small to mid-size businesses in 27 industry sectors (see below for comprehensive list) provide recommendations on PPE, engineering controls (e.g., ventilation, enhanced filtration, physical barriers), enhanced cleaning and disinfection, and personal hygiene and physical distancing. All guidelines are available in both English and Spanish. Read more.

Working from Home but Missing Your Synergist? Update Your Address

If you’ve been working from home during the pandemic, please consider updating your address with AIHA. You can change your address by editing your profile through AIHA.org. To ensure uninterrupted delivery of The Synergist, designate your home address as “preferred” on your profile. Update your address now.

Find Your Next IH/OEHS Position

Career opportunities in this field are endless, whether you're a fresh graduate or a seasoned professional making a career change; get a head start on landing your next dream industrial hygiene (IH) / occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) job here.

50 years since the establishment of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)!

As part of the 50th anniversary, NIOSH welcomes current and past partners to highlight successes and accomplishments, resulting from collaborations with our institute. Please contact mnioshenews@cdc.gov by February 19, if you would like to join NIOSH in recognizing five decades of improving the occupational safety and health of workers and transferring new knowledge into practice.

AIHA’s Public Resources Now Available in Spanish

AIHA is pleased to announce a new feature of its website: Recursos en español, which 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 for the translation and adaptation of the resources that already were available in English. We ask our members to share this feature with their peers and co-workers so that we can better serve and support the Hispanic/Latino community.

AIHA anuncia su nueva página en la web relacionada a recursos de salud y seguridad ocupacional en el idioma español

AIHA se complace en anunciar una nueva sección en su página de web llamada Recursos en español. Esta nueva página incluye una amplia gama de recursos, boletines y documentos para promover la salud y seguridad en nuestras áreas de trabajo y nuestras comunidades. ¡Todos estos recursos están disponibles en nuestro idioma español! Reconociendo la importancia de tener esta información accesible para la industria de la salud y seguridad ocupacional, AIHA trabajó con la Sra. Lucinette Alvarado, CIH en la traducción y la revisión de los recursos públicos. Esta colección que incluye: publicaciones, infográficos, boletines y documentos de orientación, están disponibles gratuitamente para nuestros miembros de la AIHA, socios, medios de comunicación y el público en general de habla hispana.

OHTA Global Link

Here is the first edition of Global Link, OHTA’s new, monthly newsletter. This has been distributed today to the OHTA stakeholder list, so hopefully, you will have already seen it. The link is posted on LinkedIn and Twitter. If you would like to share the newsletter with your networks, the link is https://mailchi.mp/ee533986e8ec/ohta-global-link-january-2021. The link for individuals to sign up for future editions/announcements is http://www.ohlearning.com/abou...

Make This the Year to Mentor

Earn CM credit, gain leadership skills, foster professional relationships while helping upcoming students and early career professionals navigate career paths and goals. Simply take a few minutes to enroll in the mentoring program and be on your way to finding the right mentee match and begin your mentoring journey today!


Reinstate Your Membership

Not receiving committee emails, access to Catalyst, Synergist, or other member benefits? This may be due to non-payment of dues. Please take a moment to reinstate your membership safely online today in a matter of minutes.

Membership Resolutions for 2021

SynergistNOW blog by Gouhar Nayeem
“The new year ushers in opportunities to establish better habits and accomplish personal goals. At AIHA, we pledge increased resolve in working toward our vision of a world where all workers are healthy and safe. Here are some ways AIHA members can make this year more prosperous and productive."

AIHA Membership Required for Participation in a Volunteer Group

If you have not renewed your 2021 membership you will no longer be eligible to be part of a volunteer committee (does not apply to working groups) and therefore removed from the committee roster emails. Don’t forget to reinstate today to continue your participation with the AIHA volunteer community! Reinstate today.

Volunteer Group Members: Is Your Conflict of Interest (COI) Form Up-to-Date?

AIHA volunteer group officers and members must have a current COI on file with AIHA. To access your member dashboard, please click here. Select Conflict of Interest Form and either add or update your information if needed.

Familiarize Yourself with the AIHA Membership & Volunteer Code of Conduct

New year, new you! Have a quick look through the Code of Conduct policy and make sure you are familiar with the behavior expected of members and volunteers representing AIHA in any forum, mailing list, public meeting, or private correspondence.


Expanding Our Reach Abroad
SynergistNOW Blog by Larry Sloan, CEO

In 2019, AIHA created an International Advisory Group (IAG) to review AIHA’s past and current international activities and prioritize future activities. The IAG achieved two important successes: it identified criteria the Board of Directors can use to determine whether AIHA should engage with a given country or region, and it recommended specific countries and regions AIHA should target for engagement.


Volunteer with AIHA

When you commit to a cause with passion, you are doing something great and wonderful, which is the first step in changing the world. AIHA volunteers do Great and Wonderful things to advance the profession and change the world. To learn more about the AIHA volunteer community and/or to join a group, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Janice Allen, AIHA Project Specialist, Professional Community.

Upcoming Volunteer Group Meetings

Many of the AIHA volunteer groups meet virtually monthly, and AIHA members who do not currently volunteer are welcomed and encouraged to attend a virtual group meeting to learn more about the mission and vision, as well as current projects, the group is working on. If you are interested in attending one of the following volunteer group meetings (all times listed are Eastern), please contact Janice Allen, AIHA Project Specialist, Professional Community.

• International Affairs Committee: February 4 at 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
• Construction Committee: February 4 at 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
• Mentoring and Professional Development Committee: February 8 at 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
• Toxicology Committee: February 10 at 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
• Stewardship and Sustainability Committee: February 11 at 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
• Nano and Advanced Technologies Working Group: February 16 at 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
• Safety Committee: February 16 at 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
• Confined Spaces Committee: February 16 at 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
• Museum & Cultural Heritage Industry Working Group: February 19 at 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
• Ergonomics Committee: February 22 at 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
• Women in IH Committee: February 22 at 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
• Oil and Gas Working Group: February 23 at 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
• Environmental Issues Committee: February 23 at 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
• Incident Preparedness and Response Working Group: February 23 at 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
• Non-Ionizing Radiation Committee: February 24 at 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
• Biosafety and Environment Microbiology Committee: February 26 at 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
• Sampling and Laboratory Analysis Committee: March 1 at 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.


What are the Benefits of Joining a Local Section?

• 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.

New England Section Holiday Drive a Success

The New England Section held a food drive over the holidays with donations going to the Greater Boston Food Bank… collecting over $1,100! Thanks to the members, families, friends, "teams", and all others who contributed during these difficult times for their generosity.

Gulf Coast Local Section

February 4 from 12:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (ET) with Larry Sloan, CEO and Mark Ames presenting from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Contact Stefan Malhotra, stefan.s.malhotra@gmail.com for more information.

Arkansas Local Section

February 5 at 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
For more information and an email invite, please contact lauraweems@yahoo.com or pnony@cteh.com.

Georgia Local Section AIHA Virtual Winter Meeting & Career Fair!

Friday, February 12 at 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (ET)
We're so excited to provide updates from our Equality in Workplace Safety, Surgical Smoke, and ScienceATL subcommittees along with intriguing presentations, panel discussion, networking sessions, and presentations from our Gold Sponsors! We thank you for joining us and look forward to your participation. To register, please visit https://hopin.com/events/georgia-aiha-virtual-winter-meeting.

Western Massachusetts Local Section Meeting

February 25 at 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (ET)
The presentation, Control Banding; Risk Communication to Risk Management, will introduce the topic and its range of applications. An example will be provided to further define control banding applications and its value. The presenter is David M. Zalk, Ph.D., CIH is a former IOHA President and the IOHA Envoy to the World Health Organization since 2005. For more information, please contact marcia.walsh@L3Harris.com.


Golden Seed Award Nominations

The Student and Early Career Professionals (SECP) Committee are seeking nominations for the Golden Seed Award. This award is to be given to an individual who has made significant contributions to industrial hygiene, above and beyond their typical job responsibilities. This can include contributions in the area of student development, mentoring, or early career guidance. Nominees must have demonstrated a commitment to promoting the profession of industrial hygiene, advancing the profession among students and early career professionals, and/or providing guidance and mentorship to students or early-career professionals. Nominees must also be members of AIHA.

Nominations for the Golden Seed Award will be accepted until Friday 3/12/2021 and must be submitted via the online nomination form. Please send any questions to Maggie Murphy with the subject line “SECP Golden Seed Award”.

Where Are They Now?

To show you what the SECP can do for you and highlight the accomplishments of our incredible members, we will be doing a regular “Where are they now?” segment with our former leaders and members. We hope this will help provide insight on how SECP and AIHA can help to promote and advance your skills and career while offering a window into some of the pathways we can take in the IH field.

Read the first in the new series featuring Nicole Greeson, CIH.

AIHce EXP 2021 Seeks Student Posters and Abstracts

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


Ergonomics Education & Resources

Need guidance for your ergonomics program? Optimize the well-being and productivity of your employees with cost-effective ergonomics resources from AIHA University. From recognizing risk factors to implementing best practices, we’ve got you covered. Browse now.

The Power of Thought - Critical Thinking for Occupational Health and Safety Professionals

February 25 | 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET
In the OHS profession, a framework for approaching complex issues and problem-solving is essential to making better decisions and achieving results. Join AIHA University on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. ET to improve your critical thinking skills using the mental models of world-class leaders. Register now.

The Lens of Minority Populations in the Workplace During COVID-19

February 4 | 1:00 – 2:00pm
ET Minorities have been the center of heightened fatality rates due to COVID-19 and the center of equity actions across the globe. Now is the time to bring awareness to health and safety program elements that may impact minority populations. Join Subena Colligan, M.S., CIH, CSP, AIHA, and Enjoli Degrasse, CIH, to discuss the effects of COVID-19 from the lens of minority populations in the workplace. As members of the Women in IH Outreach Committee and AIHA Social Concerns Committee respectively, both presenters are avid advocates within the IH/OEHS community. Register now.

Curated Exposure Assessment Education & Resources

Learn everything from exposure monitoring methods to communicating results and risks effectively with these exposure assessment resources from AIHA University. Browse our self-study courses, webinars, presentation recordings, publications, and frameworks. Learn more.


Support the Foundation

"I support the Foundation for two reasons. The first is charitable in that I want to give back to the profession that has provided me a very rewarding career. The second is I want to be able to find qualified and motivated hygienists to hire and the Foundation scholarships help keep talent entering the profession." - Thomas G. Grumbles, CIH - AIHF Donor

Thank You for Your End of the Year Donations!

AIHF relies on your support to help provide scholarships to deserving IH/OEHS students who are making their way into the industry. This past year we were able to raise $114,056.17 and we wanted to thank you!! The future of the profession depends on students making it through the pipeline and without your support it’s an extra challenge for many of them. We look forward to your continued support in 2021!


AIHA Invites You to Become a Content Author

AIHA invites members to submit their ideas as we are always looking for new topics and authors to help provide expert information and knowledge to our members and other audiences. Moreover, AIHA creates opportunities for professionals and students to publish intellectual, creative work; nurtures developing new authors for success; and fosters professional development. Get your name in front of your peers, exchange ideas, earn CE credit hours, and establish yourself as an expert. Learn more.


AIHA Calls for Action After Violence at U.S. Capitol

Workplace violence has been a serious problem in the U.S. for years. Each year, workplace violence results in hundreds of fatalities and thousands of nonfatal injuries. Despite the trauma caused by these incidents, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has no enforceable workplace violence prevention standard. AIHA urges the U.S. Department of Labor to swiftly issue a new rule on workplace violence prevention. Members of Congress can help speed the rulemaking along by approving legislation requiring the Department to issue such a standard.

5 on the Frontline: Two New Episodes Now Available

5 on the Frontline, AIHA’s podcast, is back with two new episodes: Recommendations for Essential Workers and Vaccine Distribution and Communicating with Workers About Covid-19 Exposure. 5 on the Frontline podcast episodes are 5-minute interviews with experts in the public health and safety-related fields (such as industrial hygiene, occupational health, and safety science, etc.) to talk about current and future policy action points that affect the lives of workers and their communities. Want to stay up to date with the 5 on the Frontline podcast? Subscribe to it on Google Podcasts, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Acast, Pocket Casts, TuneIn, Deezer, Stitcher, and Breaker. And you can always check out the video interviews on AIHA’s YouTube Channel.

President Biden Takes Actions to Protect Workers, Reopen Businesses and Schools

Shortly after being sworn into office, President Joseph Biden issued a National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness and signed Executive Orders on protecting more workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19 and reopening schools and businesses. For a summary of recent Presidential actions of interest to AIHA, please read more here.

Democratic Edge in Senate Opens Narrow Path for Workplace Bills

Bloomberg Law
Workplace legislation approved by the House that later died in the Republican-controlled Senate during the last Congress still faces a tough road to becoming law, even with Democrats holding slim majorities in both chambers. Read more here.


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!

There’s Still Work to Be Done…
CIH Online Study Group
Flow Rate When Collecting AHERA TEM Samples in a School
Bipolar Ionization Technology in HVAC- IAQ - Ashrae

#IAMIH Virtual Challenge 2021

COVID-19 won’t stop our outreach efforts because we’ve moved everything to the virtual platform! Are you ready to get creative and teach students and other non-IH/OEHSs about the profession, earn CM points and win great prizes for the most entries? This is a fun and rewarding way for individual members as well as local sections to get involved and spread awareness of what an amazing and rewarding profession you are in! You can use our handy, already developed PowerPoint presentations or create your own; or, get creative and create your own social media outreach using platforms like TikTok. 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). Contact Gouhar Nayeem for more information.


Ethics of Analysis

Synergist Article by Alan Leibowitz, CIH, CSP, FAIHA
Modern industrial hygienists and other occupational and environmental health and safety professionals have access to an unprecedented amount of data to inform their everyday decisions. Much of that data comes from sources that OEHS professionals could only have dreamt of decades ago. Read more here.

Biden Calls for Tougher OSHA COVID-19 Enforcement, Signs Order

Bloomberg Law
The Biden administration has ordered OSHA and another federal agency to determine whether there’s a need for emergency temporary standards protecting workers from on-the-job COVID-19 infections. Read more here.

Preparing Employees for Virtual Training Success

Bob Clarke and Roger Marks of Lion Technology write: "At the start of any in-person training, we ask ourselves questions like: Are there enough chairs? Is the lighting sufficient? Does the presentation screen work? Can everyone hear me in the back of the room? Virtual learning is no different: the number of factors determines how effective and the meaningful online training will be." Read more here.

Virginia Adopts First Permanent Workplace Virus Rule in U.S.

Bloomberg Law
Virginia became the first state in the country to enact a permanent rule requiring employers to take steps to protect workers from COVID-19 infection
on the job. Read more here.

Confronting Two Crises

The Synergist
Opioid overdoses in the United States have risen sharply during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program indicates a 17 percent increase in overdoses in April-June 2020 compared to the same period in 2019, and 70 percent of those overdoses are associated with opioids. Read more here.

Explore New Research at the 2021 Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting

By George P. Daston, PhD
A chief concern in the field of toxicology is understanding industrial, chemical, and environmental exposures in occupational settings and how they affect public health. On behalf of the Society of Toxicology, I would like to invite you and your fellow AIHA members to attend the Virtual 2021 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo to discover the latest toxicological research and innovations informing occupational and public health. Read more here.

A Ventilation Checklist

By D. Jeff Burton
The Synergist
Traditional HVAC systems, when used in conjunction with other methods like surface cleaning, social distancing, and face coverings, can help manage airborne disease transmission in offices, schools, and other indoor work locations where people are present. The recommendations in this article represent the best we can do to reduce airborne concentrations of disease vector particles. Read more here.