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Quick Takes - July 2022

Important Dates and Deadlines:

VG Funding Requests Due - July 1

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

Open Call to Serve on the Defining the Science Advisory Group - July 22

Open Call to Serve on the AIHA TI-SAG - July 22

Open Call to Serve on the Academic Advisory Group - July 22

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

AIHA University Webinar: The Role of Context and Reason in Ethical Decision-Making for the Industrial Hygienist - September 15

Malaysian Industrial Hygiene Association International Conference & Exhibition 2022 - October 19-20

Asia Pacific Occupational Safety & Health Organization - November 23-25

CALL TO ACTION

VG 2023 Project Funding Request Deadline on July 1

Volunteer group officers must complete the project funding form completely for each project that will require any amount of funding no later than COB on Friday, July 1.

Share Your Expertise at AIHce EXP 2023

AIHce EXP is now accepting proposals through September 14, 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.  

Open Call for Defining the Science Advisory Group

Formed in 2021, the mission of the Defining the Science Advisory Group (DTS-AG) is to develop and maintain a national OEHS research agenda endorsed by the AIHA Board of Directors. The DTS-AG is a collaborative venture between AIHA and ACGIH and includes representatives from both organizations. This open call is to fill one (1) open seat, serving a three-year term (2022-25). Group members must be current and active members of AIHA. Please submit your application no later than Friday, July 22, 2022. If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact AIHA’s staff CIH Michele Twilley.

Open Call for AIHA TI-SAG

The AIHA TI-SAG was formed to drive the development and implementation of reliable, effective, and user-oriented technological tools for industrial hygiene/occupational and environmental health and safety (IH/OEHS) applications. This open call is to fill four (4) open seats, each serving a three-year term (2022-25). Group members must be current and active members of AIHA. Please submit your application no later than Friday, July 22, 2022. If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact AIHA’s staff CIH Michele Twilley.

Open Call for Academic Advisory Group
In late 2019 the AIHA Board supported the creation of an Academic Advisory Group that is now serving to inform and recommend strategies to strengthen our academic community and, ultimately, the profession. The group is to be comprised of up to 10 members. Currently, all members work as either full-time professors or part-time adjunct professors. However, we are open to expanding membership to industry practitioners, in particular those who maintain close ties with a university (e.g., serving on their advisory board). This group does not have specified term limits or officer positions, although we would like new members to commit to serving one or two year terms. Interested parties should apply by close of business on Friday, July 22, 2022.

Post Your Company’s Internship position on AIHA’s CareerAdvantage

Help the next generation of OEHS professionals get a step up in their career by posting your company’s open internship positions for free for 30 days on AIHA’s CareerAdvantage job board. You’ll be providing opportunities for these next-gen industrial hygienists to gain hands-on, real-world experience as well as mentor them into the next great hire. For more information, visit CareerAdvantage and select Internship Posting.

Take the Commit to C.A.R.E. Pledge Today!

Have you taken the Commit to C.A.R.E. pledge? Commit to C.A.R.E, launched by AIHA in partnership with the Integrated Bioscience and Built Environment Consortium (IBEC), is a public awareness campaign and repository for a comprehensive suite of assets designed to help educate employers, employees, and the public on how to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in the workplace and surrounding communities. We encourage you to share Commit to C.A.R.E with your colleagues and peers and invite them to take this pledge as well.

NATIONAL

Introducing AIHA President Donna Heidel 

It is a SynergistNOW tradition to interview the incoming AIHA president every summer. This year, we're very excited to introduce you to Donna Heidel, MS, CIH, FAIHA who's been a perennial leader in the industrial hygiene area, as well as on AIHA’s Board of Directors. You can read the interview on our website or watch the full interview on YouTube.

AIHA Laboratory Accreditation Programs Announces Rebrand

Internationally recognized accreditation body AIHA Laboratory Accreditation Programs LLC, also known as AIHA LAP, has taken on a new brand identity. AIHA LAP’s rebranding includes a new logo, mission statement, and vision, as well as an updated website. Click here to learn more.

AIHA Mark of Excellence Virtual Hall is Open!

Visit the AIHA Mark of Excellence Virtual Hall to celebrate the exceptional contributions and achievements of AIHA members and volunteer groups. Each year, AIHA members recognize and honor their peers for their dedicated commitments to the profession, the Association, and the communities they serve. The Mark of Excellence celebrates the distinguished accomplishments of OEHS professionals who have significantly strengthened and improved the health and safety of workers worldwide.

Membership

AIHA Announces New Military Membership

AIHA is offering all U.S. military personnel (with military ID) a special discounted membership rate of 50% off Full (an individual that has a business interest in or supports the IH/OEHS, or allied profession) or Early Career Professional (an individual with 10 years or less applied work experience) classifications. Being an AIHA member provides you with all the latest OEHS information and resources you need, at any time.

Is Your AIHA Membership Profile Up to Date?

When was the last time you updated your AIHA member profile? COVID brought many changes, especially in the business sectors. 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.

Now Available for AIHA Members: A Mini-Subscription to Annals of Work Exposures and Health

A mini subscription to Annals of Work Exposures and Health is now available for AIHA members. To activate your 14-days mini-subscription to the Annals of Work Exposures and Health, visit Oxford Academic and click the ‘Sign In’ link at the top of the page. Enter your username and password in the fields provided. Use access code AIHA2022 to activate the mini subscription. If you don’t have an Oxford Academic account, you can register for a new one. You can download here a step-by-step guide.

Sign-up for The Synergist Newswire

The Synergist Newswire primarily serves as a conduit for reporting on topics related to industrial hygiene and occupational health and safety by media organizations. The articles included in Newswire are chosen from a variety of sources to reflect media coverage of the IH and OHS industries. Each issue of the e-newsletter provides a recap of relevant stories from recent weeks. To ensure that you receive The Synergist Newswire and other important email communications from AIHA, add the email address [email protected] to your "safe senders" list. For questions about delivery, please contact the Synergist editors.

STUDENT & EARLY CAREER PROFESSIONAL

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. Membership as an early career professional allows you to get involved with AIHA by voting on Association-related issues and serving on committees. Here are some other ways AIHA can help you as an emerging OEHS professional. 

LOCAL SECTIONS

35th Annual Alabama Governor's Safety and Health Conference
Date: August 29-31, 2022, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. EST
Register Now!

The AIHA Deep South Section Skeet Shooting Event
Date: September 30, 2022, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Contact the Deep South Local Section for more information!

CPAG

Participate in the NIOSH Occupational Exposure Banding Evaluation Survey

AIHA invites members to participate in a survey about how the NIOSH occupational exposure banding process and e-Tool are used by industrial hygienists, toxicologists, risk managers, and other health and safety professionals. The survey is anticipated to take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Responses will be used to guide future outreach and dissemination efforts by AIHA and NIOSH. Take the survey.

AIHF

The AIHF Strategic Plan for 2022-2024

The mission of the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF) is to advance the profession by awarding scholarships for students in industrial hygiene and related disciplines, and funding training/professional development opportunities for industrial hygienists in the first fifteen (15) years of their professional careers. Help us support the educational needs of those pursuing and/or practicing IH and related disciplines.

Read The Strategic Plan

Donate Today

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

IAQ in Schools is a Focus of Parents, Government, and AIHA
By Ryanna Quazi, Advocacy Associate

The recent SynergistNOW blog post focuses on indoor air quality in schools and how if left unaddressed, poor IAQ in schools can lead to negative health effects for both staff and students. Read More Here.

EDUCATION

Engineering Techniques to Mitigate Chemical Exposure for O&G Chemical Laboratories

July 6, 2022, | 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET
Earn 1 Contact Hour

Protect your lab workers! Perform better risk assessments and improve best practices for chemical lab exposure after attending this webinar.

Cleaning Out Your Data Closet

July 20, 2022, | 1:00-2:00 PM ET
Earn 1 Contact Hour

Are you making the most of all your IH data? During this webinar, you’ll see all the possibilities available to you through creating unique data sets and more.

Use of Direct Reading Instruments Certificate Program – Update Released!

Earn 4 Contact Hours
This recently updated certificate program covers concepts that apply to a wide variety of DRIs. Complete with more interactive knowledge checks and new tools and checklists, you’ll learn the foundations of DRI use and how to avoid common misuses.

Member Price: $300
Non-Member Price: $350

Making Accurate Exposure Risk Decisions

Are you a student, early-career professional, or experienced practitioner, looking to improve your exposure risk decisions? Accurate exposure risk decisions are critical to risk management programs that protect workers and optimize the use of limited resources. This free online course will teach you a basic understanding of the properties of lognormally distributed exposure profiles and how to use traditional and Bayesian statistical analysis tools to make accurate exposure risk decisions based on monitoring data.

Upon completion of the webinar video series, you will have the knowledge needed for the successful completion of the exam for the AIHA Exposure Decision Analysis Registry. Learn more!