Quick Takes - December 2021
Important Dates and Deadlines:
Virtual Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene - December 6-10
IAC Emerging Economies Micro-Grants Submissions (Deadline) - December 31
Open Call: Fellows Nominations (Deadline) - December 31
Membership Renewal (Deadline) - December 31
33rd International Congress on Occupational Health 2021 (ICOH 2021) - February 6-11, 2022
2022 IRPA North American Regional Congress - February 20-23, 2022
2022 Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) 2022 Annual Meeting & Expo - February 22-25, 2022
AIHA Future Leaders Institute by invitation only - March 3-6, 2022
Virtual Leadership Workshop by invitation only - March 10, 2022
AIOH 2021 Conference Challenge for Change - March 19-23, 2022
AIHA wishes you and your families a safe and happy holiday season and thank you for your continued trust and membership with us! Please note that the next edition of Quick Takes resumes in February 2022…see you then!
CALL TO ACTION
Renew your membership by December 31st and claim your free copy of the eBook, The Essentials of Pandemic Response. Update your member profile before December 31st and be entered into a drawing for cool prizes as well. Simply log into your member dashboard and look for “Update Demographics” under your Profile Information. We’ll use this information to make your membership experience even better. RENEW TODAY!
AIHA Seeks Fellow Nominations
An AIHA Fellow, is a member in good standing, has 15 years of continuous Full membership, and has made recognized contributions to industrial hygiene or related disciplines. Do you fit that description or know a person who may? Submit your nominations here. The deadline to submit your nominations is Friday, December 31, 2021.
Coming Soon! AIHA Thermal Stress Working Group
Earlier this year, AIHA formed a Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, whose focus is 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. Currently, the task force’s main activity is to create a new Body of Knowledge—as such, a new Thermal Stress Working Group will help centralize and coordinate efforts across AIHA that address both heat and cold stress hazards. A working group was deemed favorable to enable both members and non-members SMEs to participate.
AIHA is looking to appoint members to serve on NIOSH’s National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) sector councils and cross-sector councils. To serve as an AIHA representative, we ask that you be an AIHA Full, Emeritus, Early Career Professional, or International member in good standing.
Additional Emerging Economies Grants Opportunities Available. Apply NOW. Last Call
Amazon to Support the Emerging Economies Grant with a $25,000 sponsorship! We are very excited to be able to have the opportunity to fund additional grants. The International Affairs Committee’s Emerging Economy Micro-Grants Program has been established to increase understanding and build capacity for occupational hygiene in developing economies around the world. Project proposals will be reviewed by the IAC Micro-grants Subcommittee, weighed against established criteria, and priority ranked. The deadline to submit is Friday, December 31, 2021.
AIHA Named Awards Nominations
Each year AIHA honors, recognizes, and celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) professionals of all career stages, who have demonstrated a commitment to preserving, advancing, and ensuring occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) in the workplace and communities around the world. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, January 15, 2022.
AIHA Ambassadors Needed for Brazil, Mexico, and Puerto Rico
AIHA is looking for members to serve as AIHA Ambassadors to Brazil, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Click on the link above to learn more about the AIHA Ambassador Program, eligibility, terms, criteria for service and to complete the online application. Help AIHA better serve these three regions, which have been prioritized for international engagement.
Open Call for Video Representations of Industrial Operations and Process to Align with IH Profiles by Market Segment
AIHA is looking for energetic volunteers to identify Internet videos that capture the work performed in each IH profile market segment constructed in the first phase of the project. These video presentations should:
• Provide background information about the overall market segment
• Discuss or show some of the hazardous industrial operations or process
• Discuss or show some of the occupational health hazards within the industry
• Reference industry consensus or governmental standards
If you are interested in working on this phase of the CPAG project, please complete the submission form found on AIHA’s website.
The Hunt is On!
The Synergist Vendor Directory Scavenger Hunt has started! Find the four items and be entered into the drawing for one of four Amazon e-gift cards each valued at USD $25. But you must submit your entry before December 31, 2021, to qualify for consideration. Learn more.
New Competency Framework from AIHA University
Competency Framework: SDS and Label Authoring Registry outlines the knowledge and skills a competent person should possess and demonstrate when authoring safety data sheets (SDS) and labels. Be one of the first to tap into this free resource; DOWNLOAD the SDS and Label Authoring Registry today! Download your copy today.
Support the Future of the Profession You Love
Be a part of #GivingTuesday today and open the door for more students to study industrial hygiene/occupational health and safety by helping us raise $10,000 for AIHF scholarships. DONATE TODAY.
Are you looking to promote the profession of OEHS? Love what you do and want to share your excitement about it?! The AIHA Outreach Center offers free resources and information you can use to help promote the profession as a rewarding and life-changing STEM-oriented career path to people from all walks of life.
Advertise in the AIHA Consultants Listing: An Exclusive Member Opportunity!
Are you looking for a low-cost solution to grow your business? Look no further than The Premier Directory of IH and OEHS Consulting Professionals. Feature your practice in the leading directory of industrial hygiene (IH) and occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) consultants. The deadline to be included in the print listing is Friday, December 17, 2021. To learn more, please click here.
IH Apps and Tools That You Can Use
AIHA has IH Apps & Tools for the practicing IH evaluating occupational exposures, such as Data Collection, Basic Characterization, and so on, click here to check them out. OSHA also has eTools based on standards or topics they regulate: eTools, eMatrix, Expert Advisors, and v-Tools | Occupational Safety and Health Administration geared toward the novice safety person.
By Gouhar Nayeem, Membership Marketing Specialist
According to member surveys, more than four in five current members, or 85 percent, report that they are satisfied or extremely satisfied with AIHA membership. We asked several members at each level between student and emeritus about their thoughts on AIHA membership and why they think it’s important to renew it in 2022.
Maximizing Potential through Organizational Membership
Managers are always looking for the best way to maximize employee productivity. They wisely allocate part of the company budget for professional development courses, training, conferences, and continuing education, because employees are the company’s greatest asset. Smart managers know that investing in employees increases their productivity and ensures that they are up to date with current information and standards. That’s why AIHA’s organizational membership is an investment worth considering.
AIHce EXP 2022 Assurance
To provide better control over how the virtual event platform will perform, we have contracted with a risk management firm. They will conduct extensive testing and evaluation of the various elements that make up this platform, thereby enhancing the virtual conference option for those unable to attend in person. We are confident this extra due diligence will enable us to deliver a superior virtual experience. For our virtual attendees, this means seamlessly connecting to our technology platform and accessing the first-class education and ample networking opportunities you would expect to enjoy in person.
STUDENT & EARLY CAREER PROFESSIONAL
Every year, the AIHF awards qualified students and young professionals with scholarships of varying types to help offset costs in their pursuit of a career in industrial hygiene. With a variety of scholarships available, students in undergraduate and graduate degree programs that lead to a career in industrial hygiene can find varying levels of awards and assistance to further their educational opportunities. Students who are not enrolled in any of the applicable programs/schools are still eligible to apply. To qualify, a school administrator must complete a separate application justifying why their program/students should be considered for an AIHF scholarship. The deadline to submit a school application form is Friday, January 7, 2022.
AIHce EXP 2022 Seeking Student Posters/Posters
Share your experience and knowledge at AIHce EXP 2022, where you can introduce participants to the latest OEHS information, trends, technology, and best practices. Contribute to the conference and the profession by submitting a presentation. Inspire and energize your colleagues with the information, solutions, and best practices they need to meet the challenges they face in their work. The deadline to submit is Thursday, March 17, 2022.
Join the Growing Mentoring Community!
Take advantage of being an AIHA member and be paired with an experienced and seasoned mentor who can help you navigate the professional waters and help you develop in the industry. Watch this video on the program for more information. It’s easy to join and the new platform makes it easy to connect and keep on track with your goals and is open to our international members as well.
The Importance of Renewing as an ECP Member
Membership doesn’t end when you graduate. Check out what Jennifer HSU, MPH, CSP has to say about the importance of renewing your membership as an early career professional member, “I enjoy engaging with fellow industrial hygienists and finding opportunities of sharing their knowledge and expertise with the wider safety community. I want to stay current on the latest discussions and continuing education in industrial hygiene. Now, more than ever, I believe it’s time to lean in and support AIHA in sharing our knowledge and expertise to address larger public health and environmental concerns.” If you are a student transitioning to an ECP, check this blog out. Renew online today!
In February 2021, the AIHA Board agreed that each AIHA volunteer group should have the option to establish its own named award. Recipients would receive a certificate of recognition, which would be presented at the group’s annual business meetings, typically held in conjunction with AIHce. By celebrating and reflecting upon the altruistic spirit of the volunteer community, we strive to recognize our committed volunteer leaders who make everything possible. The deadline to establish an award and/or submit recipient name(s) is Monday, March 14, 2022.
AIHA gives you the option to renew your local section membership through us. To do so you can email us here or contact us directly. Save time and email us to learn more on how to add a local section to your account.
Dec 2, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (EST)
The NJAIHA will be hosting Professional Development Courses (PDCs) on Thursday, December 2nd, the day before the Northeast Industrial Hygiene Conference (NEIHce). The PDCs will be presented virtually on Zoom.
Dec 3, 08:00 AM to 04:15 PM (EST)
To register for this event, please send an email to [email protected], with your name, company affiliation, preferred email address and your AIHA Local Section membership status.
December 6-8, 8 am - 5 pm (PST) - Long Beach, CA
In-Person Location: Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, 111 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
COVID vaccination will be required for in-person attendance. Proof of COVID vaccination must be presented onsite at the registrant check-in table. Virtual attendance is an option.
AIHce OnDemand session recordings bring the best of AIHce EXP directly to you. We have a number of offerings in the total exposure health/total worker health arena. Click here for more information.
Support the next generation of IH/OEHS professionals with a gift to AIHF. Your donation, big or small, enables talented students to complete their education and encourages scholars to remain in the profession. An investment in our students today means we’ll have more qualified professionals tomorrow to keep our communities healthy and safe. Will you help us make a difference with a tax-deductible gift to AIHF today? DONATE NOW
New AIHF Scholarships!
• The Bill Cleary Memorial Scholarship – established by MIHS (Michigan IH Society)
• Monica Melkonian Memorial Scholarship – As a tribute to Monica's legacy, this scholarship is made possible by her family, friends, and peers, including her husband, Stan Thomas.
• Eric N. Brown Scholarship- This scholarship is made possible thanks to a generous donation from Eric N. Brown, DrPh, CIH, CSP.
SynergistNOW blog by Mark Ames, Director of Government Relations
Early this fall, AIHA asked members to fill out a short survey to help us better understand the types of public policy issues they care about and the government relations actions they wish for AIHA to pursue. Now, the results are in, and they contained a surprise.
Nearly half of members chose the options for indoor environmental quality, COVID-19 and pandemics, and increased OEHS visibility in government. However—not in keeping with AIHA’s expected results but appreciated nonetheless—42 percent of respondents indicated they were interested in hearing loss prevention.
Join AIHA’s Government Relations Committee and Make a Difference!
Interested in learning about the resources you need to take action with local, state, and federal government representatives on the worker health and safety issues you care about the most? Your voice and expertise are needed. Government relations are fast-paced, exciting, and vital to our society. We truly depend upon you to realize our common goals. Together, we can achieve amazing things. If you'd like to join the Government Relations Committee or receive additional information on it, please contact Mark Ames, AIHA’s Director of Government Relations.
AIHA’s 2021 Education Program in Review
SynergistNOW Blog by Alla Orlova, Managing Director, Education and Technical Initiatives
AIHA’s strategic plan states that the association will explore, develop, and disseminate cutting-edge educational, technical, and career enrichment resources to advance the OEHS profession and professionals. In 2021, AIHA’s educational programming offered a variety of webinars, publications, and courses in support of advancing the association’s content priorities. Today, Alla Orlova, AIHA's managing director of education, shares some highlights from AIHA’s 2021 educational program.
Earn Up to 24 Contact Hours with an eLearning Subscription
An AIHA University eLearning Subscription is perfect for individuals and organizations looking for cost-effective training on the latest OEHS topics. You can earn up to 24 contact hours with flexible access to select AIHA education webinars and AIHce OnDemand recordings. Train your entire team for the cost of one subscription, with pricing conveniently tailored to your group size. Or spend less than $21 per contact hour when you subscribe as an individual! Subscribe for the 2022 program by Dec. 31 before our early bird rates expire. SUBSCRIBE NOW
AIHce EXP 2022 Advance Registration Opens December 6
Tap into quality OEHS education from leading experts, discover new technologies, and connect with thousands of your colleagues, all in one place. Register by March 20, 2022, for the best rates! Learn more!