November 23, 2022
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Quick Takes - December 2022

Important Dates and Deadlines:

2022 Northeast Industrial Hygiene Conference and ExpositionDecember 2
AIHA Named Awards Nominations (Deadline)December 30
AIHA Fellows Nominations (Deadline)December 30
Open Call: Concept Papers in Support of Four Grand Challenge Initiatives (Deadline)December 30
End of Renewal ebook OfferDecember 31
Comprehensive Industrial Hygiene Review Course– Winter 2023January 10-March 16
AIHce Pop-Up Education Abstract Submissions (Deadline)January 18
Reckitt Global Hygiene Institute (RGHI) Global Hygiene Summit 2023February 15-16
IAQA 2023 Annual Meeting & ExpoFebruary 19-23
International Firefighter Cancer Symposium 2023February 23-24
Open Call for Continuing Education Committee MembershipMarch 15
Emerging Economies Microgrant Project Fund Application – NOW OPENOngoing
Renewal QT


CALL TO ACTION

AIHA Named Awards Nomination Portal is Now Open

The AIHA Named Awards and 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. There is nothing that brings more satisfaction than recognizing (or being recognized) superior leaders in the profession. View the AIHA Named Awards Policy. To nominate, visit the Nomination Portal. Nominations close Friday December 30. If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Mutdosch, CAE. 

Open Call for AIHA Fellows Nominations

We are now accepting nominations for AIHA Fellows. The renowned AIHA Fellows designation recognizes those who are AIHA members in good standing, have 15 years of continuous full membership, and have made recognized contributions to industrial hygiene or related disciplines. Nominations must be received by December 30. Any nominations received after this date will not be considered. All nominations will be evaluated by the Fellows Selection Committee, and recommendations will be sent to the AIHA Board of Directors for review and approval. The Fellow designation is limited to five percent of the AIHA. Please contact Janice Allen or Laurie Mutdosch, CAE. to check the nominee membership qualification.

Open Call for Authors of The Occupational Environment: Its Evaluation, Control, and Management

The editor of the fourth edition of The Occupational Environment: Its Evaluation, Control, and Management (“The White Book”) and AIHA press are holding an open call seeking potential authors interested in contributing to the book. Authors are needed for two new technical content areas:

1. Open Call for Content Authors of The Occupational Environment: Its Evaluation, Control, and Management-Public Health Section

2. Content Authors of The Occupational Environment: Its Evaluation, Control, and Management - Control by Design Section

AIHA Seeks International Ambassadors

Are you an AIHA member who resides, works, or has business dealings in Mexico, or Brazil? This important program provides a voice for those who work in the OEHS profession in other countries, identifies the need for OEHS capacity building, and helps AIHA to provide and develop education, products, services, and resources for the needs of an international community. If you have questions, please contact Gouhar Nayeem, AIHA Membership Marketing Specialist.

NATIONAL

Media Alert: AIHA Joins Coalition Urging Withdrawal, Redevelopment of Maryland’s Draft Heat Stress Standard

On November 4th AIHA was among 38 organizations and 35 individuals belonging to the Maryland Heat Illness Prevention Coalition (MHIPC) to sign a letter urging the withdrawal and redevelopment of Maryland’s proposed heat stress standard (Code of Maryland Regulations 09.12.32). According to the coalition’s letter, the draft standards “is completely inadequate and will not protect Maryland workers from heat-related illnesses and death. Nor, as written, will MOSH be able to effectively enforce the standard.” The draft’s flaws are such that a new standard must be rewritten that adequately protects Maryland workers from occupational heat exposures, MHIPC asserts.

Occupational Health Professionals Help Railroads Protect Worker Health and Safety

AIHA has announced the availability of free resources to support rail operators in reducing health risks associated with work conducted on railroads. OEHS professionals, traditionally known as industrial hygienists, work alongside railroad safety experts to reduce health risks to workers. Improved worker health and safety can reduce absenteeism, decrease turnover rates, thus resulting in a more efficient and productive workforce. 

AIHA and dBase Media Announce Healthier Workplaces, Healthier Communities Video Series on Impact of OEHS Professionals

AIHA, in partnership with dBase Media, has begun production of an online video series titled Healthier Workplaces, Healthier Communities. Scheduled to premiere in May 2023 during AIHce EXP, AIHA’s annual conference, this episodic docuseries aims to introduce the public to the key role the occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) profession plays in creating healthier workplaces and communities.

CDC Awards $110,000 to AIHA for Public Education Resources Combating Airborne-Transmitted Disease

AIHA received a notice of award for $110,000 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Distributed under CDC’s program “Improving Clinical and Public Health Outcomes Through National Partnerships to Prevent and Control Emerging Infectious Disease Threats,” these funds will enable AIHA to develop public education resources preparing society to prevent airborne disease transmission in future pandemics. This grant is the second awarded by CDC to AIHA, following $510,000 in funding issued under the same program in early 2021.

Over the next two years, AIHA will use the funds from the CDC grant to create resources on high-efficiency filters, germicidal ultra-violet disinfection, vaccines, and employee testing protocols. AIHA will also convert the Back to Work Safely guidance documents into a Healthier Workplaces ebook, which will include updated guidance generally applicable to airborne-transmitted diseases. These resources will be available to the public for free on the Commit to C.A.R.E. website.

NEW Episodes from AIHA Healthier Workplaces Show

AIHA’s new podcast, Healthier Workplaces Show, is a program dedicated to highlighting the efforts of industry professionals who protect our workers and their communities from occupational and environmental hazards. The fifth episode of the Healthier Workplaces Show, discusses the newly formed AIHA’s new PR(IH)DE Special Interest Group, and meets with Mike Lerardi, April Clayton, and Jake Shedd to learn about the SIG’s goals. The sixth episode of Healthier Workplaces Show will focus on PSX 2022, Product Stewardship Society’s annual conference. Lisa Marie Nespoli, CPPS, Society’s president-elect, and Tina Armstrong, chair of Conference Committee, take a retrospective look at this year’s conference, achievements and lessons learned. Discuss this episode and more in both the Catalyst and Healthy Indoors communities.

Occupational Health Professionals Help Railroads Protect Worker Health and Safety

Rail operators can find free resources or information on how to hire an OEHS professional at this new website. The website includes fact sheets, articles and journal studies that address ways in which OEHS professionals help mitigate occupational health risks, such as heart and lung problems, cancer, emotional stress, and mental illness. Visit the workerhealthsafety.org to see this new guide.

Resources For Academics

AIHA has created a new academic portal that contains a variety of free educational materials to assist academic faculty in supplementing their occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS)curricula. These topics are designed to enhance the student learning experience and help

them become better-prepared professionals as they embark on their careers. Read more about the topics on our website.

Advertise in the AIHA Consultants Listing

An exclusive member opportunity

The AIHA Consultants Listing, the premier directory of IH and OEHS consulting professionals, is a low-cost, high-impact solution to grow your business and is a trusted resource for those looking to connect with qualified OEHS 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 full digital listing is December 15. Learn more.

Be a True IH Hero

Support the next generation of OEHS professionals with a gift to AIHF.

Your donation, big or small, helps aspiring OEHS professionals get one step closer to their dream of protecting workers and our communities. Receiving an AIHF scholarship allows deserving students and early career professionals to excel in their studies and one day become valuable contributors to the profession.

We’re just shy of our goal to raise $250,000 by the end of this year. Will you help us make up the difference with a tax-deductible gift to AIHF today?

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MEMBERSHIP

Renew your AIHA Membership Today!

AIHA membership renewals for 2023 are still open! As this year is wrapping up, we have accomplished so much together. From our award-winning publications, exclusive webinars, research priorities, online community, career pathways, to so much more. We are thankful for your support that has kept us on the front lines of protecting worker health and safety. As you further your purpose, we're committed to your success!

RENEW before 11:59 p.m. ET on December 31 to receive a complimentary copy of a brand-new e-book in the Essentials collection, titled The Essentials of OEHS Communication (valued at $19.95).

Introducing AIHA Perks Marketplace

Attention AIHA Members! Did you know that your membership now comes with special, members-only, perks? Introducing the AIHA Perks Marketplace! It features a portfolio of exclusive member discounts and offers from brand-name merchants. Save big on business and/or personal needs just because you’re an AIHA member. Visit our website to learn more and start saving!

AIHA’s New Organizational Group Membership

By Gouhar Nayeem, AIHA Membership Marketing Specialist

AIHA is now offering organizational group membership as a cost-effective way of bundling multiple individual AIHA memberships into one organizational membership. Previously, organizational membership cost $999 for three individual memberships and additional organizational benefits. However, AIHA listened to members’ feedback and made membership more cost-effective than ever.

As part of the AIHA family, you can expect top-tier benefits and resources that will help you keep your workforce healthy and safe. 

Membership Highlights of 2022

By Gouhar Nayeem, AIHA's Membership Marketing Specialist

With 2022 coming to an end, AIHA would like to thank its members for their commitment and involvement. Their dedication and professionalism have made a tremendous impact on what AIHA has been able to collectively achieve this past year. Today, SynergistNOW highlights some of the new services AIHA offered its membership in 2022.

AIHA’s Commitment to You

By Donna S. Heidel, MS, CIH, FAIHA
AIHA President

On behalf of AIHA, I’d like to express my deepest gratitude for your continued support and membership. Without your commitment to the Association, we wouldn’t be able to provide all the tools, resources, and benefits that you are accustomed to receiving. To maintain this high standard of service and to help offset inflation’s impact on our operations, the AIHA Board did pass a motion earlier in the year to increase membership dues for three of our membership classes—full, early career professional, and emeritus—effective January 2023. Read More about the changes to come.

COMMUNITY

644 Members Participate in Catalyst Member Survey

The AIHA Catalyst community staff thanks each member who completed the Catalyst Member Survey. We are combing through the results and developing action plans to make Catalyst the best online community for our members. We also congratulate Harold S. Pratt, CIH; Kathryn Crawford, PhD, COHC; Earl Gregory, PhD, CIH, CSP; Divine Adika who were named the final winners of a $25 Amazon gift card.

Current Community Topics / Seeking Solutions or Guidance

The Open Forum discussion posts is the perfect way to seek or provide solutions, gain guidance, and learn about new and existing resources to help you as an OEHS professional stay at the forefront of workers health and safety. Below is just a sampling of current needs that you may just have the solution for or want to learn more!

Mercury Vapor Air Cleaner

Confused About Low Power Infrared Lasers

Pacemaker Use in Steel Mill

Covering Units of Portable Niton XFR for Surface Lead Contamination / Lead Paint

CEO CORNER

Our Voice in Standards Development

By Larry Sloan, MBA, FASAE, CAE
AIHA CEO

As you may be aware, AIHA exited the standards development business almost ten years ago. We no longer directly manage the development or revision of technical standards. However, we still play a key role in advancing standards that reflect occupational and environmental health and safety. Standards activities are housed under the AIHA Guideline Foundation. The AIHA Standards Advisory Panel (SAP) is tasked with identifying those standards committees that are most critical to AIHA’s interests and prioritizing where official AIHA representatives should be assigned. Read the rest of the article.

AIHA HAMILTON CLUB

AIHA Thanks our 2022 Hamilton Club Partners for their support!

AIHA would like to extend a thank you to our Hamilton Club Partners, comprised of corporations actively involved with AIHA’s initiatives via sponsorship, advertising, Foundation support, and more. If you have any questions regarding the Hamilton Club, please contact Laura Cilano Garcia, AIHA’s Program Director, Strategic Partnerships.

STUDENT & EARLY CAREER PROFESSIONAL

AIHF Scholarship Application Portal Now Open!

Every year, the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF) awards qualified students and young professionals with scholarships of varying types to help offset costs in their pursuit of a career in the OEHS profession. AIHF is still accepting scholarship applications for the upcoming Fall 2023 semester. All materials must be completed in full to be considered for all scholarships for which one is eligible. Application deadline is February 6, 2023. If you have questions, please contact Thursa La, AIHA Senior Manager, AIHF.

LOCAL SECTIONS

AIHA President and the AIHA Director of Government Relations to Speak at NEIHce

The 2022 Northeast Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition is coming up on December 2nd, at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal. Nationally recognized presenters have been invited including AIHA President Donna Heidel, MS, CIH, FAIHA who will provide the AIHA National Update and AIHA Director of Government Relations, Mark Ames. who will present on policy changes and updates in Washington.

Northeast Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition

Date: December 2, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. ET.

The NJ/NY/Philadelphia community will be hosting on December 2, an in-person all day event where our friend Dr. Emanuele Cauda will be presenting "The Adoption of Sensor Technologies in the Frame of Industrial Hygiene 4.0: NIOSH Visions and Future Directions".

Virtual Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene December 2022

Date: December 5

More Information to Follow

CIHC Professional Development Seminar

Date: December 5-7

Oakland Marriott City Center, Oakland, CA

Larry Sloan, MBA, FASAE, CAE, AIHA CEO and Donna Heidel, MS, CIH, FAIHA, AIHA President, to present.

NYC CLC-NYCOSH Occupational Health and Safety Series

Date: December 7, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. ET

As part of our NYC CLC-NYCOSH Occupational Health and Safety series, on Wednesday, December 7th, from 10 am – 1 pm, there will be a forum on Health and Safety issues faced by the Aging Workforce. 

CPAG

Updates to Content Priorities

Two significant changes to the CPAG content priorities are underway. Exposure Banding is being sunset as a content priority and will no longer be under the purview of CPAG and the Total Exposure Health content priority will be renamed Total Worker Health®. There will be more information about these changes in the coming weeks.

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

AIHA’s Public Policy Priorities: What Are They Used For?

Mark Ames, AIHA Director of Government Relations

Perhaps you’ve received an email from me asking for your input. Recently, I sent out three emails seeking feedback on AIHA’s possible public policy priorities on the OEHS professional pipeline and school infrastructure, noise, and thermal stress. In total, these messages were sent to more than a dozen volunteer groups and more than 1,000 AIHA members. Now, you might wonder, “What are AIHA’s public policy priorities used for?” Read the article to find out.

EDUCATION

Webinar: AIHA and the IH/OEHS Community: Your Role in Consensus Standards

January 26, 2023 | 1:00-2:00 PM ET
Earn 1 Contact Hour

Learn more about AIHA's involvement in the consensus standards development process during this webinar from the AIHA Standards Advisory Panel.

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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 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 to the 2023 program by Dec. 31 before our early bird rates expire.

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The Noise Manual, 6th Edition

Member $109 | Non-Member $153

Learn how you can prevent noise-induced hearing loss, both in the workplace and the community! This unique resource includes scientific content relevant to diverse disciplines, including students, physicists, safety managers, nurses, and so much more.

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How to Make Better Exposure Risk Decisions

Earlier this year, AIHA started offering a free course on using statistics for more accurate risk decision-making. This course is being taught by Andrew D. Perkins, MS, CIH, CSP, COHC; Jérôme Lavoué, PhD, MS; Paul Hewett, PhD, MS, CIH, FAIHA; and John Mulhausen, PhD, MS, CIH, CSP, FAIHA. Recently, we discussed the course and what the audience will gain from it.