Quick Takes - July 2021
Important Dates and Deadlines:
Comprehensive IH Review Course - August 24
IOHA 2021: Bridging Gaps in OH Development, Opening New Horizons - September 11-15
Membership Town Hall: Content Priorities (CPAG) - September 14
AIHA/ACGIH Research Idea Brainstorming Roundtable - September 21 and 23
PSX 2021 (Product Stewardship Society) - September 28-30
World Health Summit - October 24
Healthy Buildings 2021—America - November 9
AIOH 2021 Conference and Exhibition - November 28
33rd International Congress on Occupational Health 2021 (ICOH 2021) - February 6-11, 2022
CALL TO ACTION
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. Click here to learn more about the work of our Local Sections Advisory Group. Deadline: Wednesday, July 7
The Synergist hosts free webinars throughout the year, and AIHA members can access past recordings at any time. Delivered by experts from sponsoring companies in three distinct formats, these webinars can help you learn about best practices and emerging technologies relevant to your work.
AIHce EXP 2021 was held fully online May 24–26. Synergist staff attended sessions, listened to thought-provoking presentations, and published coverage of the conference. This blog post includes links to the session writeups posted so far, with more to come.
AIHA has announced the members of its new Board of Directors during its annual business meeting on June 1. AIHA is pleased to welcome the new leadership and looks forward to working with them for the fulfillment of AIHA’s vision: a world where all workers are healthy and safe.
AIHA welcomed the decision of U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue its emergency temporary standard (ETS) on occupational exposure to COVID-19 for healthcare and healthcare support service workers. AIHA urges the White House and Department of Labor to issue an ETS, followed by a permanent standard for other industries as soon as possible.
AIHA has published a free resource for consumers titled “Facts About Mold: A Consumer Focus” (PDF). This is a downloadable guide to the issues of mold contamination and growth and what members of the public can do to prevent it. AIHA has also released a short video on issues related to mold in residential buildings. The document was sponsored by the AIHA Indoor Environmental Quality Committee and the AIHA Biosafety and Environmental Microbiology Committee.
AIHA have issued a new set of health and safety priorities for infrastructure and construction workers and employees (PDF), designed to inform congressionally and the White House policies. AIHA’s infrastructure and construction priorities address urgent needs such as workforce development; hazard communication and training; research, development, and deployment; and the enforcement of workplace health and safety requirements. For more information on AIHA’s infrastructure priorities and to access public resources for working with local, state, and federal government representatives on worker health and safety issues, please visit AIHA’s Government Relations and Advocacy website.
When the WHO declared the COVID-19 pandemic on March 11, 2020, occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) professionals swiftly mobilized. AIHA members worked tirelessly to draft guidance documents, fact sheets, posters, and infographics, addressed questions about PPE, and organized PPE donations for essential works. This booklet celebrates the hundreds of generous AIHA volunteers who raised awareness of the OEHS profession and our mission-critical role in fighting the pandemic. Learn more.
Recursos en español is a new feature of AIHA’s website that 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 you to share this feature with your peers and co-workers so that we can better serve and support the Hispanic/Latino community.
Over the years AIHA volunteers have developed IH tools and apps that provide the practicing industrial hygienist with quick and easy access to the information necessary to evaluate exposure profiles and determine if the exposures are acceptable, not acceptable or if more data is needed to determine acceptability. We encourage you to take advantage of these software tools developed by your peers. Learn more.
Transitioning from Student to Early Career Professional
By Gouhar Nayeem, Membership Marketing Specialist
As graduation season passes, students are preparing to begin a new chapter in their professional lives: a career. AIHA offers several resources to support students throughout this transitory process and a membership program specifically for early career professionals with 10 years of experience or less in occupational and environmental health and safety.
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. Click here to learn more about it.
AIHA Mentoring Program Tips & Tricks
Did you know that you can message and communicate with your mentor/mentee directly on the mentoring platform? Simply log in and click on the mentoring tab, you should see your notifications on the right and will receive an email notification as well that you have received a message. Chat directly, provide feedback, schedule meetings, sign an agreement, set goals and add files, links, or lessons.
Not yet enrolled? Find out how to join here.
NEW! AIHA Volunteer Groups Named Awards
At present, there are a number of established volunteer group awards that require formal Board approval (see https://www.aiha.org/about-aiha/awards-and-opportunities/aiha-volunteer-group-awards). In February 2021, the AIHA Board agreed that every AIHA volunteer group should have the option to establish its own named award. Click here to learn more!
The following volunteer groups project teams were selected for the project team awards:
AIHA Indoor Environmental Quality Committee COVID-19 Guidance Document Team—Tim Froehlig, CIH; David Krause, Ph.D., MSPH, CIH; Alex LeBeau, Ph.D., MPH, CIH; Cheri Marcham, Ph.D., CIH, CSP, CHMM, FAIHA; George (Jerry) McCaslin, IH; Robert Rottersman, MS, CIH; and John Springston, CIH, CSP, FAIHA.
AIHA Incident Preparedness and Response Working Group Role of OEHS Professional in Continuity Planning Framework Development Team—Steve Graham, CIH, CSP; Brian Harvey; Karen Jones, CIH, CSP; Alan Leibowitz, CIH, CSP, FAIHA; Eugene Satrun, CIH, CSP, FAIHA; Dana Stahl, CIH; and Laura H. Weems, CIH, CSP, CHMM.
AIHA Museum and Cultural Heritage Industry Working Group and the AIHA Incident Preparedness and Response Working Group Cultural Heritage Emergency Preparedness and Response Training—Ralph A. Froehlich, MS, CIH, CSP, QEP, FAIHA; Steve Graham, CIH, CSP; Matt Gross; Kimberly A. Harmon, CIH; Catherine Hawks, PA-AIC, FIIC; David Hicks, CIH, CSP, CHMM; Julie A. Kowalsky; Steven Maloney; Edward Primeau, CIH; Eugene Satrun, CIH, CSP, FAIHA; and Jane Smith Stewart.
Thank You Outgoing Chairs
The AIHA Professional community would like to express our sincere gratitude for your service as chair of a committee. Your time, expertise, and guidance of the committee made a real difference and helped to strengthen the mission and vision of AIHA. Thank you!
This is a chance to have your name noticed by your peers, exchange ideas, earn CE credit hours, and establish yourself as an expert. Creators should cover new, relevant developments in the OEHS field or in-depth, technically oriented, scientifically proven subjects with broad appeal and focus on practical matters.
If you are an AIHA member in good standing, travel to or reside in Mexico, Brazil, or Puerto Rico as part of your assignment, have a significant network of OEHS contacts in those countries, are willing to serve in the capacity of ambassador without the requirement of AIHA remuneration and submit a complete and executed application as well as a recent CV then apply today!
Congratulations to Kyle Naylor, CIH, CSP, AEMT who has recently been named AIHA ambassador to Bolivia, and Peter John-Jacobs to South Africa.
Become an AIHA Volunteer and Earn Valuable Contact Hours
The AIHA volunteer community is the lifeblood of the Association and the first line of defense in achieving our mission and vision. Don’t wait to be invited, consider joining an AIHA volunteer group today! To learn more about volunteering and our volunteer groups, please click here.
Q2 Color Council Virtual Meetings to be Held Mid-July
• Orange Color Council – July 20 at 1 – 2 pm (ET)
• Blue Color Council – July 21 at 1 – 2 pm (ET)
• Yellow Color Council – July 21 at 3 – 4 pm (ET)
• Green Color Council – July 22 at 1 – 2 pm (ET)
• Violet Color Council – July 22 at 3 – 4 pm (ET)
• Teal Color Council – July 28 at 1 – 2 pm (ET)
AIHA-Rocky Mountain Local Section
The section is extending a call for speakers for the 2021 Fall Technical Conference, tentatively scheduled to happen in-person (with appropriate social distancing, hygiene, and mask requirements) at the Arvada Center from September 8-9, 2021. There is an option to have virtual speakers so if you would like to submit an abstract to present virtually, please indicate that in your application. Deadline: Friday, July 16.
Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society Best Paper Award
The Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society Best Paper Award was established by MIHS in 1957 for recognition of an outstanding publication in the American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal. In 1989, the MIHS board of directors voted to also recognize the authors of the best paper in applied industrial hygiene from the Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene Journal. In 2004 both journals were combined to form the current Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH). MIHS continues to present a Best Paper Award each year. This year’s recipients are Lee Ann Greenawald, Kent C. Hofacre, and Edward M. Fisher for Fentanyl and Carfentanil Permeation through Commercial Disposable Gloves.
Thank you for participating in the 2021 Virtual Fun Run
The 2021 Virtual Fun Run came to a close with over 100 participants! We would like to thank you so much for participating and supporting the Foundation. We would also like to thank our sponsors:
• Premier: Amazon
• Silver: Alliant, Steel Dynamics Inc., and VelocityEHS
• Bronze: Chubb, Cority, and Half Draft Acres
Understanding, evaluating, and selecting flame-resistant clothing can be a challenge for many OEHS professionals. The new FR Assessment Tool, developed by members of AIHA’s Protective Clothing and Equipment Committee, provides step-by-step guidance for performing a flash fire risk assessment and helps users decide whether FR clothing is needed for a given work task. The FR Tool Development Team invites the AIHA community to beta test this new tool and provides feedback no later than August 31. Click here for more information.
Build America’s School Infrastructure Coalition (BASIC)
AIHA is now a member of the [Re]Build America’s School Infrastructure Coalition (BASIC)! BASIC “is a non-partisan coalition of civic, public sector, labor, and industry associations who support federal funding to help under-served public school districts modernize and build K-12 public school facilities.” For additional information, please visit https://www.buildusschools.org/. This coalition will help strengthen AIHA’s situational awareness and influence in school modernization, school construction, OEHS, and workforce development.
AIHA is pleased to see U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issue its emergency temporary standard (ETS) on occupational exposure to COVID-19 for healthcare and healthcare support service workers.
By Mark Ames, Director of Government Relations
It’s sweltering outside, which makes this the perfect time to talk about occupational exposure to heat stress. The numbers are staggering: each year, thousands of workers suffer from occupational exposure to heat stress, in some cases leading to death. This is a preventable workplace risk, but OSHA does not have a standard that specifically addresses heat stress. In the absence of federal leadership, some states have taken action.
AIHA has issued a new set of health and safety priorities for infrastructure and construction workers and employees (PDF), designed to inform congressionally and the White House policies.
AIHA members and others who are interested in taking action to improve infrastructure worker health and safety can use AIHA’s government relations advocacy center to send a letter to their members of Congress, urging them to prioritize worker health and safety as they draft a once-in-a-generation infrastructure package.
On June 4, AIHA submitted comments to the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry about its proposal to draft a new standard on occupational exposure to heat illness. AIHA supports Virginia’s intent to develop and adopt a standard "to reduce/eliminate employee injuries, illnesses, and fatalities due to exposure to excessive heat at indoor and outdoor places of work."
AIHA’s “5 on the Frontline” podcast is hosted by Mark Ames, director of Government Relations at AIHA. Each five-minute episode features insights from business leaders, experts, students, workers, and thought leaders on how to protect workers and communities from occupational and environmental health and safety hazards. Recent episodes have focused on infrastructure and construction worker health, women in occupational health and safety, and how to increase the number of OEHS professionals in the United States.
AIHce EXP is now accepting proposals through September 15, 2022! Consider presenting a PDC, education session, pop-up session, or poster to introduce your colleagues to the latest OEHS information, trends, technology, and best practices. Before you get started, check out our helpful tips on how to put your best foot forward when submitting your proposal, based on the needs and wants of our attendees.
August 5, 2021 | 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET
Earn 1.5 Contact Hours
This webinar will discuss a case study about a near-fatal MDI exposure, which occurred to an experienced company that specializes in cleanup activities. This case demonstrates the need to share lessons learned from this accident with the broad occupational safety and health community. You will learn more about the hazards of MDI, what methemoglobinemia is, and its impact on the body. REGISTER NOW
September 9, 2021 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Earn 2 Contact Hours
Learn why continuity planning with OEHS professionals is critical to an organization’s successful future.
This webinar will discuss the elements of continuity plans, why they are key to an organization’s success, how the OEHS department can better prepare itself, and more. REGISTER NOW