March 1, 2021

Quick Takes 2021 March

Important Dates and Deadlines:

AIHA Board of Directors Annual Election- March 5

AIHA Color Council Q1 Meetings- March 8-11

Webinar: Lessons Learned from Quantitative Exposure Assessments Conducted Globally- March 9

Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting- March 12-26

Open Call for Volunteers: AIHA Content Portfolio Advisory Group (CPAG)- March 15

AIHce EXP Rebroadcast: The Future of Work and the Re-imagined IH Profession- March 16

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

Open Call: AIHA Continuing Education Committee- March 17

Cost-Justifying Ergonomics: Methods and Tips for Calculating ROI (Synergist Webinar)- March 17

AIHce EXP Rebroadcast: The Future of Machine Learning in IH- March 18

Metrics That Matter – Building a Balanced Set of Health Metrics- March 30

AIHA Student and Early Career Professionals Virtual AIHce EXP 2021 Sponsorship- March 31

IOHA 2021: Call for Abstracts- March 31

Human Capital/ESG Task Force- April 2

Climate Change Adaptation Task Force- April 2

Open Call: AIHA Conference Program Committee- April 7

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

Virtual AIHce EXP - Now fully virtual- May 24-26

PSX 2021- September 28-30

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


AIHA’s Annual Election of the 2021 AIHA Board of Directors is Now Open!

The election will be open until Friday, March 5, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Only Full, e-International, Early Career Professionals, Emeritus, Retired Honorary, and Full Honorary members can vote in this election. Eligible voters will receive an email from [email protected]

This email will contain a unique voting access key that can only be used to vote once. If you don’t see the email in your inbox, please check your spam and/or junk folder. After voting, you will receive confirmation that your vote was registered, and you will receive a verification code to verify that your ballot was properly included and tallied.

If you have election questions or feedback, please email Thursa Pecoraro at [email protected].

Thank you for your participation in this important activity.

Open Call for Continuing Education Committee Membership
Deadline - March 17

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.

IOHA 2021: Call for Abstracts
Deadline- March 31

The 12th IOHA International Scientific Conference will now be fully virtual and will be held on September 11-15th, 2021. The theme of the conference is "Bridging Gaps in OH Development, Opening New Horizons.

Open Call for Climate Change Adaptation Task Force
Deadline- April 2

This task force is being established to serve as a strategic advisor to the AIHA Board in defining how we as an association and the OEHS profession should approach our role in the realm of climate change adaptation. You must be an AIHA member with experience/familiarity in addressing climate change issues, including how they relate to OEHS.

Open Call for Human Capital/ECG Task Force
Deadline- April 2

This task force is being established to serve as a strategic advisor to the AIHA Board in defining how we as an association and the occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) profession should approach ongoing dialogue that pertains to the human capital/ESG space. The term “ESG” refers to environmental, social, and governance considerations -- three key factors when measuring the sustainability and ethical impact of an investment in a company.

Open Call for Conference Program Committee Membership
Deadline- April 7

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.

Improving User Experience for Our Members

AIHA is pleased to announce that it is upgrading its email preference center to better meet the needs of our members and partners. Because of this change, as of March 1, 2021, some of our communications will come from a new domain. To ensure that you receive AIHA notifications in your inbox, you should whitelist our new domain This will prevent important AIHA announcements from automatically going to your Spam folder. Please ask your IT team to add our new domain 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!

NIOSH Marks Its 50th Anniversary

NIOSH is commemorating its 50th anniversary by celebrating successful collaborations with its partners. As a close partner of NIOSH, AIHA has been asked to join in the celebration by highlighting some joint achievements. AIHA members can help select the best AIHA-NIOSH projects by taking a brief survey. Please choose your favorite projects from the drop-down menus.


AIHA Tasked by CDC to Develop Public Education on Workplace Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases

AIHA has received a Notice of Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Under CDC’s program “Improving Clinical and Public Health Outcomes through National Partnerships to Prevent and Control Emerging Infectious Disease Threats,” AIHA will develop more public education resources aimed at various working populations to complement the Association’s current library of Back to Work Safely resources, which were developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.

Leading Health Organizations call on OSHA and CDC to Issue Guidance on Preventing Occupational Exposures Due to Aerosol Transmission of SARS CoV-2

AIHA and eight other leading scientific organizations have endorsed recommendations for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and other federal agencies to create specific guidelines for workers and communities related to the aerosol transmission of the virus SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease COVID-19.

OEHS Experts Urge Businesses, Schools to Adopt Engineering Controls Despite COVID-19 Vaccination Program Roll-Out

Despite vaccination programs taking place throughout the country, AIHA, the association for scientists and professionals committed to preserving and ensuring occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) in the workplace and community, strongly recommends practical science-based engineering controls, including ventilation and enhanced filtration, to ensure safe workplaces and schools.

AIHA PAT Programs Announces New Brand Identity

AIHA PAT Programs, the proficiency testing authority for laboratories specializing in Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Analysis, unveiled its new brand identity on February 2, 2021. The rebranding includes a new logo, mission statement, vision, and updated website.

Keeping Our Homes and Families Safe and Mold-Free

Mold in residential homes can be responsible for an increased risk of respiratory disease. Unfortunately, mold in residential homes is a common occurrence. 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. We encourage you to share these assets, thanks to the efforts of the IEQ Committee, with your colleagues and friends.

AIHA Candidates' Forum

Read what the candidates for the AIHA Board of Directors had to say to the following questions: The COVID-19 pandemic has been a major disrupter, and AIHA is no exception. How do you think AIHA can better support AIHA members in this more virtual world (in the absence of in-person events)? What is your vision for how you (as a potential Board member) can help AIHA use what we have learned through our experiences in this pandemic to launch AIHA into the future as a leader in the field of occupational health and safety?



AIHce EXP 2021 Will Now be Fully Virtual

AIHA has announced that the annual AIHce EXP 2021 and professional development courses (PDCs) will be fully virtual (May 24-26). The virtual conference will be packed with thought-provoking keynotes, practical case studies, and actionable education sessions related to COVID-19 as well as dozens of other cutting-edge OEHS topics to help attendees stay up to date. Many of the professional development courses will be held virtually as well. Every full registration automatically comes with access to AIHce OnDemand session recordings, enabling attendees to catch up on sessions they missed or earn additional contact hours through December 31, 2021.


Not Receiving Volunteer Group Emails? Can’t Access Catalyst?

If you are unable to access the member center and benefits, then you most likely forgot to renew your membership. Reinstate your membership today and don’t lose another minute of the member benefits you are accustomed to. Pay safely and quickly online here today.

Affordable Professional Liability for AIHA Members

Alliant has partnered with the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) to offer the AIHA Professional Liability (E&O) Insurance Program. This customized policy provides the most comprehensive and affordable liability insurance coverage to AIHA members.

Ask Your Employer to Join AIHA’s Organizational Membership

Did you know that AIHA offers Organizational Membership which includes Full Membership for up to 3 employees, including subscriptions to The Synergist and JOEH, access to Catalyst, the online membership directory, mentoring program, and benefits and discounts? The organization will receive a webinar of choice, an AIHce OnDemand bundle, a listing on the online Organizational Membership directory, and more! Click here to find out how to join!

Volunteer Opportunity for AIHA Members- Mentoring

Join AIHA’s mentoring program and earn CM credit for a sustained successful mentoring relationship and make a lasting difference in the growth and development of upcoming IH/OEHS students and early professionals. Your expertise is valuable in the nurturing of future IH/OEHSs. Gain leadership skills, develop meaningful relationships, and help others succeed in the industry.


Every month Quick Takes will be highlighting the various projects our volunteer groups are working on, if you would like to join please visit the Volunteer Now page. To learn more about the roles and responsibilities of AIHA volunteers, please see the AIHA Member Groups Policy.

Aerosol Technology Committee is working on the following projects which are in various stages of progress:

• Fact sheet on The Selection and Use of Low-Cost Dust Sensors

JOEH article on the use of direct-reading instruments

• PDC session on Real-Time Aerosol Monitors with Specific Focus on Health-Care Monitoring and Viruses

Synergist/JOEH article on Real-Time Aerosol Monitor with Specific Focus on Health-Care Monitoring and Viruses.


AIHA Northern California Local Section Students' Night: Presentation of the 2021 Awards
April 1 from 9 p.m. - 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 6:00 p.m. PST with local section announcements and business followed by the presentation of the awards and the students' short presentations. There will be an opportunity for an open-mic after the presentations. An agenda will be provided before the meeting.

AIHA Northern California Section Evening Meeting - Potent Compound Safety of Antibody-Drug Conjugates
April 22 from 9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. ET

The meeting begins at 6:00 PM with local section announcements and business followed by a technical presentation by Allan W. Ader, Ph.D., DABT, and Debbie Keys, CIH, CHMM. There will be an opportunity for open-mic after the presentation.


Virtual AIHce EXP Student Opportunities

Are you an OEHS student? AIHce EXP is dedicated to supporting your success with exclusive resources and discounts! Join us virtually to access education and networking options geared toward launching your career.

Submit a Student Poster or Presentation
Deadline - March 16

Gain visibility among professionals in the field by submitting a student poster or presentation.

Virtual PAL Program

Let an experienced AIHce attendee show you the ropes! Sign up during registration.

Academic Track

The academic track, developed in partnership with faculty advisors, includes education content designed to help you map out your career.

AIHA Student and Early Career Professionals Virtual AIHce EXP 2021 Sponsorship

AIHA is committed to inspiring the next generation of students and early career professionals to become industrial hygienists and will sponsor up to five individuals to attend the Virtual American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition (AIHce) from May 24 - 26, 2021.

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. ET March 31


Share Your Expertise with Your OEHS Colleagues!

If you’re interested in adding public speaking to your list of skills, consider a speaking role at Virtual AIHce EXP. We are currently accepting proposals for pop-up sessions, student presentations, and student posters through 11:59 p.m. ET on March 16. Pop-up sessions are new to the Virtual AIHce EXP program, offering an interactive and casual way to share your knowledge with your peers. Student posters and student presentations are both fantastic ways for students to bolster their presentation skills, deepen their knowledge, and build their network as they prepare to enter the workforce.

Lessons Learned from Quantitative Exposure Assessments Conducted Globally
Tuesday, March 9 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET Earn 1 Contact Hour

Major decisions on employee health protection, exposure controls, and respiratory protection are made based on the outcome of exposure assessment findings.

Maharshi Mehta, CIH, CSP, FAIHA and Ankit Sharma, CIH, LFOH have learned from industrial hygiene assessments conducted at 300+ sites in 30+ countries that more than 50% of exposure assessment results are not reliable, representative, or reproducible.

Join us for this webinar to learn how to utilize exposure monitoring results and reduce potential health risks more effectively.

Metrics That Matter – Building a Balanced Set of Health Metrics
Tuesday, March 30 | 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET Earn 1.5 Contact Hours

All well-run OEHS programs use metrics as part of their program management toolbox. Leading metrics can assist with predicting and influencing health and safety performance. Learn how you can implement leading health metrics to reduce health risks and improve your health protection program.

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

AIHA University’s Risk Assessment Virtual Conference brings comprehensive risk assessment education directly to you, with three instructor-led online courses tailored to your experience level. Choose from introductory, intermediate, and advance course work, or attend the entire conference to earn up to 26 contact hours! Our panel of OEHS experts will share several free interactive tools and case studies.

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.


Get Ready to Move - 35th AIHF Virtual Fun Run

The American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF) presents the 35th Annual Fun Run/Walk in a virtual format. Have fun, get exercise, and support the AIHF! You don’t have to be a marathon runner to participate; you can bike 10K, run 5K, or walk 2.5K and know that you are helping the Foundation serve IH/OEHS professionals in need.

Do Something Amazing Today – Donate to AIHF!

Donate to AIHF and help advance the profession by awarding scholarships to deserving students for funding education and professional development in industrial hygiene and related disciplines. Contributions are tax-deductible.


Open Call for Volunteers: AIHA Content Portfolio Advisory Group (CPAG)

AIHA is seeking one new member to serve on the Content Portfolio Advisory Group (CPAG). CPAG provides input and advice to the AIHA board and staff regarding the association's body of content on industrial hygiene and occupational and environmental health and safety. Content may include documents, articles, white papers, fact sheets, etc. Click here for more information. Submissions will be accepted through March 15, 2021.


AIHA Letter to the White House: Reopening America’s Schools and Businesses Depends on Worker Health and Safety

As the Biden Administration has settled in, AIHA has reached out to policymakers and shared our Back to Work Safely guidelines. AIHA stands ready to assist the administration in communicating the overall importance of workplace health and safety, combating vaccination myths, and emphasizing the need for continued vigilance during the pandemic.

Coming Soon: An Emergency Temporary Standard on COVID-19 SynergistNOW blogpost by Mark Ames

In 2020, then-presidential candidate Joe Biden called for the immediate release and enforcement of "an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to give employers and frontline employees specific, enforceable guidance on what to do to reduce the spread of COVID.” Shortly after being sworn in, President Biden issued an Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety, which required OSHA to determine whether an ETS on occupational exposure to COVID-19 is needed. If an ETS is deemed necessary, OSHA is required to issue it by March 15.

5 on the Frontline: Exploring the Challenges Hispanic Workers Face During the Pandemic

In this episode, Mark Ames talks with Jessica Martinez, Co-executive Director of National Council for Occupational Health and Safety about the challenges Hispanic workers face during the pandemic.

Make sure that you subscribe to 5 on the Frontline wherever you get your podcasts, or on AIHA's YouTube Channel.

5 on the Frontline: Fire Fighter Exposure Hazards

In this episode, Mark Ames talks with Shannon Meissner, director of Governmental Affairs at the International Association of Fire Fighters.

5 on the Frontline: Fire Fighter Exposure Hazards will be published March 8, 2020.

Make sure that you subscribe to 5 on the Frontline wherever you get your podcasts, or on AIHA's YouTube Channel.

5 on the Frontline: PPE Shortage and the Defense Protection Act
In this episode, Mark Ames talks with Chuck Johnson, President of International Safety Equipment Association, about how manufacturers are responding to PPE shortages and President Biden's use of the Defense Protection Act.
Make sure that you subscribe to 5 on the Frontline wherever you get your podcasts, or on AIHA's YouTube Channel.


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!

Health Issues with Double and Triple Face Masks

N95 Respirators, Required or Voluntary, Medical Clearance, and Training or Not

Bipolar Ionization Technology in HVAC- IAQ

Theater Shop Inspections

Get Started: #IAMIH Virtual Challenge 2021

Are you looking for a fun and rewarding micro-volunteering opportunity? Organize virtual events and presentations for schools, STEM, and career fairs to a non-IH/OEHS audience. To get started, visit the outreach center for resources, organize a virtual presentation, take a screenshot of the event, 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.


Generation Gap
The Synergist
Robert Johnson & Mona Shum, CIH

The latest cellular phone communication standard, commonly referred to as 5G or the fifth generation of cellular technology, has generated a lot of interest, with some observers concerned about its safety. Compared to older generations, 5G provides a significant increase in the speed of communication and allows greater numbers of connected devices.

The Monthly Weekly: This Winter, a Flurry of EPA Activity
Blogpost by Kay Bechtold

Rules and risk evaluations top EPA’s list of announcements this winter, and traffic to AIHA’s website shows that the agency’s recent news has been of increased interest to professionals in the fields of industrial hygiene and occupational and environmental health and safety.

Nation's Public Health Service, Deploying to Fight COVID-19, Waits on Vaccines
The Washington Post

Two months after federal officials authorized the first coronavirus vaccine for use, there is still no plan to allot vaccine supply to fully inoculate the commissioned corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, a 6,000-person force that has been deployed to care for coronavirus patients, set up vaccination sites, and perform other health tasks on behalf of the federal government.

How Will COVID-19 Affect the Traditional Office?
OHS Canada

Flexible plans and a firm understanding of what workers require to do their jobs well are key to making in-person office work succeed throughout the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

How to Develop and Foster a Sustainable Culture of Health in Business
SynergistNOW blogpost by Abby Roberts

A culture of health exists when an organization maintains stakeholder health as a priority. All organizational members have less illness and fewer unhealthy behaviors; the organization totally and equally supports their health, safety, and well-being. This blog post covers concepts and tools that can help bring entire organizations on board with health as a value.