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Quick Takes - April 2022

Important Dates and Deadlines:

Town Hall Meeting: Advisory Groups -April 1-April 30

Call for Hierarchy of Controls White Paper Project Team Deadline - April 8

Open Call for Conference Program Committee Membership Deadline - April 11

Open Call for Continuing Education Committee Membership Deadline - April 11

Central Industrial Hygiene Association 2022 Conference - April 19-21

AIHA University Webinar: Assessing Ventilation for COVID-19 Mitigation and Beyond: Proactively Identify Ventilation Vulnerabilities - May 4

National Occupational Research Agenda Online Symposium: Impacts of COVID-19 on our Health Care Workforce - May 5

The International Society for Respiratory Protection Virtual Conference - May 9-May 12

FutureTox V Contemporary Concepts in Toxicology - May 10-May 11

AIHce EXP 2022 - May 23-May 25

Open Call for Local Sections Advisory Group (LSAG) Deadline -May 25

2022 SPRING SYMPOSIUM: From the Great Resignation to the Great Reconfiguration: Connecting Research and Practice - June 3

Abstract Submissions for OH2022 (Belfast) - June 20-23

AIHA University Webinar: The Effects of the Pandemic on Physical Activity and Strategies to Prevent MSDs - June 23

AIHA University Webinar: Engineering Techniques to Mitigate Chemical Exposure for O&G Chemical Laboratories - July 6

AIHA University Webinar: Cleaning Out Your Data Closet - July 20

35th Annual Alabama Governor's Safety and Health Conference - August 29-31

AIHce EXP Education Session Moderators *First Come First Served* Register Now!

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Notice: ACGI Outage Due to Scheduled System Maintenance Please be aware that on April 4th and 5th our IT team will conduct scheduled system maintenance. This means that certain services, like Online Marketplace, Dashboard, and Directories, will not be accessible during that time. We apologize in advance for the inconvenience that this might cause.

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CALL TO ACTION

Call for Hierarchy of Controls White Paper Project Team

AIHA is seeking volunteers to develop a white paper on the implementation of the Hierarchy of Controls, and how it relates to legislative and regulatory issues impacting the profession. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM ET on April 8, 2022, and are to be submitted via the link here. Should you have any questions or wish to discuss your participation further, please contact Tara Laptew.

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 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. Please submit your completed application by Monday, April 11, 2022. If you have any questions, contact Diana Kane, Program Director, Education.

Call for Continuing Education Committee Membership

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? Once a year, AIHA invites members to apply for a position on the Continuing Education Committee (CEC). The CEC is the volunteer group that provides one of the levels of technical peer review of AIHA’s professional development courses (PDCs). Prospective volunteers are asked to provide a current resume or CV and fill out an application listing their experience, knowledge, and primary areas of interest. The Deadline to apply is Monday, April 11, 2022. Contact Erin Breece, Program Director with any questions.

NIOSH Seeks Nominations: Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

NIOSH's Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC, NIOSH) is seeking nominations. "The BSC NIOSH consists of 15 experts in fields associated with occupational safety and health, such as occupational medicine, occupational nursing, industrial hygiene, occupational safety, engineering, toxicology, chemistry, safety and health education, ergonomics, epidemiology, biostatistics, psychology, wellness, research translation, and evaluation." If you're interested in nominating yourself, you may wish to do so via your own company, educational institution, etc. Please also let AIHA know of your intent to self-nominate by emailing Mark Ames, AIHA Director of Government Relations at [email protected]. Nomination deadline is Friday, April 15.

AIHA Guideline Foundation Launches Call for Public Comments

The AIHA Guideline Foundation (AGF) Emergency Response Planning (ERP). Committee develops Emergency Response Planning Guidelines (ERPGs) for responding to potential releases of airborne substances for use in community emergency planning. The committee seeks public comments on the following proposed ERPGs and rationale, as well as any additional references or resources that could be provided to them for consideration:

Monoethanolamide

Methyl Bromide

Butyl Isocyanate

The public comment period ends on Friday, April 22, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern (10:59 p.m. Central / 9:59 p.m. Mountain / 8:59 p.m. Pacific). If you have questions, please contact Michele Twilley, CIH.

Pilot Project Research Training Program

Young investigators interested in studying and reducing hazards in the workplace are encouraged to apply for a pilot project research training program grant from the University of Michigan. One-year grants of up to $20,000 are offered to doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty at colleges and universities in these 6 states Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Application deadline is Thursday, May 5.

Call for Local Sections Advisory Group (LSAG)

An open call process is currently underway for an individual to serve on the Local Sections Advisory Group (LSAG) as Vice-Chair. Involvement in LSAG is a two-year commitment as the Vice-Chair will eventually advance to become Chair. To apply, please complete the following application, Applications are now being accepted through May 25, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern (10:59 p.m. Central / 9:59 p.m. Mountain / 8:59 p.m. Pacific). If there are any questions about the open call, please contact Thursa Pecoraro.

NATIONAL

2022 AIHA Board of Director Election Results

The selection of individuals for the AIHA Board of Directors is performed by the Board Nominating Committee, as prescribed in the Association Bylaws. The committee consists of seven (7) AIHA full members. The AIHA Board is pleased to announce the membership elected the following individuals to serve on the 2022 AIHA Board of Directors:

● Vice President: Nicole M.H. Greeson, MS, CIH

● Secretary-Elect: Pamela A. Kostle, MS, CIH, FAIHA

● Director: Bryan Seal, PhD, CIH, CSP, CHMM, REHS

● Director: Eric R. White, MPH, CIH, CSP

Commit to C.A.R.E. Town Hall Recording

AIHA and Integrated Bioscience and Built Environment Consortium (IBEC) held a town hall on March 11, 2022, about Commit to C.A.R.E., the joint public health awareness initiative, funded by the CDC. This town hall aimed to raise awareness about the initiative, how you, your company, and your network can take the Commit to C.A.R.E. pledge. Please click here to view the recording.

AIHA’s New Apps and Tools Resource Center

The new resource center is nicely organized with new tools and web apps, including several from

NIOSH, which we believe you will find useful in your everyday work. AIHA aims to highlight our site of exposure risk assessment tools which will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of your exposure risk management programs and increase the accuracy of your exposure judgments. We highly

encourage you to visit the new resource center and check out the tools and apps that are now available.

Stock Up on the Latest OEHS Resources

SynergistNOW Blog by Jennifer Newell, Program Director, Digital Marketing

Do you need to refresh your occupational and environmental health and safety resource library? With new technologies and research constantly evolving, you can find the most up-to-date information in the AIHA University Bookstore. The publications offered to set the standard for the profession, from continuously updated text editions to white papers covering the latest research.

NEW! AIHA Tech Talks

AIHA Tech Talks is a repository of short instructional videos brought to members by the Technology Initiatives Strategic Advisory Group. The purpose of these short, informal, useful ‘talks’ is to help facilitate access to and use of common OEHS web applications and software. In the second video, Common Lingo and Definitions, AIHA member Mwangi Ndonga, CIH, CSP, CHMM, shares and defines commonly-used tech lingo. Learn more about this ‘for the members, by the members’ initiative.

Leading Health Organizations Urge Businesses to Follow the National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan and Continue Efforts to Control the Spread of New and Future Variants

Leading health organizations are calling on employers and employees to commit to continued risk mitigation efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 variants and to protect the future health and safety of workers. The call to action comes on the heels of announcements including President Biden’s new COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, which will help Americans move forward safely while also preparing for new variants, and the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announcement enforcing inspections in hospitals and nursing care facilities aimed at protecting the health and safety of healthcare workers at heightened risk for exposure to COVID-19. Learn more.

AIHA Supports EPA Clean Air in Buildings Challenge

On March 17, AIHA issued a press release in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air in Buildings Challenge, which calls for building owners and operators to take actions reducing risks from airborne viruses and other indoor contaminants by following the challenge’s provided set of guiding principles and best practices. Learn more.

NEW FACT SHEET: Decommissioning Process for Chemotherapy Hoods

The AIHA Healthcare Working Group Hazardous Drugs Project Team has published a fact sheet on decommissioning process for chemotherapy hoods. While several resources provide guidance on how to manage hazardous drugs, there’ is limited information on how to decommission primary engineering controls, including biological safety cabinets (BSCs) and compounding aseptic containment isolators (CACIs) that have reached the end of the equipment life cycle. This fact sheet, among other things, takes a look at what is the role of the Occupational Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) Professional in this process. Learn more!

Membership

Strengthen Your Business by Supporting Your Staff

An essential part of running an organization at optimal performance is being able to provide staff with the necessary resources and tools needed to network, learn and advance themselves. Becoming an AIHA organizational member does just that. It provides a useful and cost-effective means for staff to access the multitude of resources we provide, as well as the reputation associated with being an AIHA member.

Is Your AIHA Membership Profile Up to Date?

When was the last time you updated your AIHA member profile? The pandemic spurred many changes, especially in the workplace…where people get their mail or how they prefer to communicate. Making sure to keep your member profile updated increases the opportunities to make professional connections that matter, personalize your communication preferences, and ensures that you receive all member benefits available to you, like The Synergist.

CEO

Takeaways from the C.L.E.A.N. Summit on Protecting Our Most Vulnerable Workers
By Larry Sloan, MBA, FASAE, CAE and CEO, AIHA

On January 25, AIHA, in partnership with the Integrated Bioscience and Built Environment Consortium (IBEC), put on a half-day virtual symposium titled “Protecting Our Most Vulnerable Workers: Challenges, Solutions, and Invisible Barriers.” Nearly 300 people attended this unprecedented event, which featured industry-specific panel sessions on first responders, teachers, gig workers, and construction workers, moderated and presented by subject matter experts. James Frederick, the deputy assistant secretary of the Department of Labor, was the keynote speaker. The symposium was part of the C.L.E.A.N. Summit series, which highlights ways to help people get back to work safely by focusing on the parameters of confidence, leadership, exposure reduction, awareness, and next steps.

STUDENT & EARLY CAREER PROFESSIONAL

Pilot Project Research Training Program

Young investigators interested in studying and reducing hazards in the workplace are encouraged to apply for a pilot project research training program grant from the University of Michigan. One-year grants of up to $20,000 are offered to doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty at colleges and universities in these 6 states Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The application deadline is Thursday, May 5. Click here to learn more!

Don’t Miss the Career Advantage Fair at AIHce EXP, Nashville!
Get the tools you need to take your career to the next level with free counseling, resume critiquing, access the job listings, interviewing, and networking.

Looking for a Mentor? Join the Mentoring Program!

Your AIHA membership comes with free access to the newly improved AIHA mentoring program. Joining the program provides you with an avenue to connect with a seasoned mentor who can help you navigate the professional waters and help you develop in the industry. By joining the mentoring program, you can get expert guidance on:

● Personal and career goals and growth

● Interview tips and techniques

● Presentation and public speaking expertise

● Building your net worth and network

● Achieving excellence in leadership, diversity, and inclusion

Watch this video on the program for more information. With a new user-friendly platform, joining the mentoring program is easier than ever. Click here to learn more.

LOCAL SECTIONS

The Chicago Local Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association Student Night 2022

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 - 5:00 PM Central

Crowne Plaza Chicago SW, 300 South Frontage Road, Burr Ridge, IL 60527

Florida Local Section: AIHA Spring Conference

April 7-8, 2022 - 7:30AM - 5:00 PM Eastern

Marriott Hutchinson Island

Explore Organ-Specific Toxicology Two Day Meeting

May 10-May 11, 2022 - 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM Eastern

Register now or Submit an abstract (DEADLINE April 8th)

CPAG

Feedback for Serving the Changing Workforce Content Priority

AIHA’s Content Portfolio Advisory Group (CPAG) recognizes that there are some dramatic changes that have been taking place quickly in the workplace. Challenges such as meeting skilled labor shortages; overcoming communication and cultural barriers to create a safe environment; rapid adoption of new technologies and materials and the impact that has on workplace safety; are some of the areas being expressed by practicing OEHS professionals that need up-to-date knowledge and skills. This brief survey is an opportunity to give direct feedback on this challenging priority issue. Click here to take this brief survey.

AIHF

Reflections From AIHF Scholarship Recipients

Scholarships make a real difference in the lives of hardworking students. They can help lessen the financial strain of school and help students concentrate on the most important thing: learning.

Since 1982, the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF) has awarded nearly $2.2 million to 825 students determined to protect worker health and safety. Your donation, big or small, can empower students like Audrey, Vishal, Miriam, Angela, and Katie to serve workers and their communities. Click here to learn more about how you can make a difference.

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

White House Encourages Ventilation Improvements in New COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

By Mark Ames, Director of Government Relations
Shortly after President Biden delivered his first State of the Union address in early March, the White House released a new National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan (PDF). The plan, which “lays out the roadmap to help us fight COVID-19 in the future,” contains four goals: protect against and treat COVID-19, prepare for new COVID-19 variants, prevent economic and educational shutdowns, and continue to lead the effort to vaccinate the world and save lives. The plan also includes a clear call to Congress to do its part by providing implementation funding, noting that without funding, many of the activities proposed in the plan cannot be initiated or sustained.

EDUCATION

IAQ Training & Resources

Exposure to indoor air pollutants or lack of fresh air can cause short- and long-term health effects. Keep our workspaces, schools, and homes healthy with these indoor air quality resources from AIHA University. BROWSE NOW  

Smart Devices and the EHS Professional

April 19, 2022 | 1:00 – 3:00 PM ET

Earn 2 Contact Hours

EH&S professionals can utilize their smart devices in many ways to manage their daily regimens. Register for this webinar to learn how to streamline your workflow! REGISTER NOW

The Noise Manual, 6th Edition

Member $109 | Non-Member $153

Released earlier this year, this new edition includes updated information on hearing-loss prevention strategies relevant for professionals across multiple disciplines. Get your copy of this comprehensive resource today! GET YOUR COPY

PSX 2021 On-Demand Package

Earn Up to 27 Contact Hours

Catch up on the latest best practices in product stewardship with this collection of sessions from PSX 2021. PSX is where product stewards and experts across multiple industries converge to exchange bold new ideas shaping the product stewardship landscape. The full package includes access to the following for 1 year from the date of purchase. Ready to learn?

Access Interactive Case Studies in Product Hazard Assessment

The Product Stewardship Society’s newest online course explores the distinction between hazard and risk, different types of risks, and how to determine the corresponding exposures for workers and consumers. Learn at your own pace as you review real-world product hazard assessment approaches from ideation to market.