Quick Takes - June 2022
Important Dates and Deadlines:
Abstract Submissions for OH2022 (Belfast) - June 20-23
35th Annual Alabama Governor's Safety and Health Conference - August 29-31
Asia Pacific Occupational Safety & Health Organization - November 23-25
CALL TO ACTION
Open Call for Content 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 seeking potential authors interested in contributing to the book. Authors are needed for a new technical content area providing an overview of environmental issues relevant to industrial hygiene or OEHS professionals. Authors are also needed for the technical content related to non-ionizing radiation, ionizing radiation, and lasers. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM ET on June 3, 2022.
Occupational heat exposure increases the risk of heat illness and injuries and decreases worker performance. According to OSHA, heat is the leading cause of death among all weather-related phenomena. A recent study suggests a 1% increased risk of occupational injury for every 1°C increase in temperature above reference values. The newly formed Thermal Stress Working Group will develop tools and educational materials for thermal stress, with a focus on occupational heat exposure. The heat safety app, such as a WBGT-based risk tool, is one such product that has been deemed a top priority for heat stress. Open to members and non-members. To join please click here.
Interested in serving as a leader within the Association, or know someone who would? AIHA has open calls for members to serve in various volunteer leadership capacities throughout the year. Check out the latest AIHA open calls for volunteer opportunities, updated regularly. If you have any questions, feel free to contact [email protected].
A crowdsourcing competition launched by NIOSH seeks to find new ways to increase the percentage of U.S. workers with access to better-fitting personal protective clothing. The challenge, which is being hosted by the online platform HeroX, seeks solutions to improve fit in three specific types of protective clothing: medical gowns, firefighter turnout gear, and coveralls used in a variety of sectors. NIOSH will award up to five prizes totaling $55,000 to individuals or teams who submit the best solutions. The deadline for submitting proposed solutions is June 30, 2022.
This month, AIHA is launching a “Tell Me Without Telling Me” social media challenge. The goal of this challenge is to inspire and excite existing and future OEHS professionals. You may be familiar with this popular social media challenge: participants use images or videos, rather than words, to demonstrate their point. To get this challenge off and running, we’re encouraging you to highlight the unique aspects of your career in OEHS through a photo or a video. Essentially, tell us you’re an OEHS professional without telling us! Please visit AIHA’s website for a step-by-step guide with a variety of ideas and messages to help get you started.
AIHA Announces 2022 Hamilton Club Members
AIHA is pleased to announce the 2022 members of the Hamilton Club, the Association’s exclusive partner program. This program, accessible by invitation only, is comprised of corporate partners that bolster AIHA's initiatives on the highest levels and across many platforms, through sponsorship, advertising, foundation support, and other methods. Read more.
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.
The work of the Association could not be accomplished without the driving force of our volunteer community. The Volunteer Groups Named Awards honor those who transcend the norm, bringing a heightened focus and passion to the success and advancement of the OEHS profession through their body of work.
The Role of the Industrial Hygienist in a Pandemic, second edition has been named the 2021 Critics’ Choice Award recipient. The Critics’ Choice Award honors publications that are noteworthy for their originality, impact on the occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) profession, and quality of work.
The Industrial Hygiene Reference and Study Guide, the fourth edition has been named the Association’s 2021 Bestseller. This title sold 284 copies in 2021, making it AIHA’s Bestseller for last year, and is touted as the ultimate quick reference guide for OEHS professionals to use in day-to-day business.
AIHA New Initiatives Aimed at Advancing OEHS Science & Practice
|Defining the Science||Seeks to advance our science to improve the ability of practitioners to protect workers and communities.|
Standards of Care
|Defines minimum practice performance expectations for ensuring acceptable worker protection.|
State of the Art vs. Practice
|Implements a continuous improvement strategy to close gaps between current practice and the state of the art and minimum standards of care.|
|Improving Exposure Judgements||Accelerates adoption of the use of IH statistical and other tools to improve the accuracy of worker exposure assessments.|
We are excited to announce four new initiatives that will further AIHA’s mission to empower and advance our members who apply scientific knowledge to protect all workers and their communities from occupational and environmental hazards. These initiatives will improve our practice to better protect workers and communities.
- Defining the Science (DTS)
A collaborative initiative with ACGIH. DTS seeks to identify research needed to advance OEHS science to address gaps in effective and efficient practice and identify areas where current practice has not kept up with risk-critical scientific findings. We can then improve practice performance through advocacy for new science, and focused outreach, promotion, and training to facilitate the implementation of current science. A new Research & Development (R&D) officer position for all volunteer groups (VGs) was created to engage and leverage the expertise of the technical volunteer groups (VGs) in support of this initiative.
- Standards of Care (SOC) Initiative
This initiative will document a concise, easy-to-use summary of the minimum recommended global standards of care for the professional practice of OEHS that incorporate best risk management practices whenever feasible. Standards of Care are defined as minimum expected standards of practice and performance established for a particular profession or function. They differ from competencies, which pertain to what we know (e.g., CIH rubrics), to focus on the performance of what we do. For example, one can think of a standard of care that recommends control strategies that go beyond regulatory requirements to meet an OSHA PEL; instead, it aims higher to increase worker risk protection afforded by using the lower of an ACGIH TLV or PEL. A new SOC Advisory Group has been formed.
- State of the Art vs. Practice Initiative
This initiative reflected directly in our Strategic Plan under Integrity of Professional Practice, will define, and implement a continuous improvement strategy that will identify and address gaps between current and state-of-the-art OEHS practice. It builds upon the Standards of Care initiative to understand barriers preventing state-of-the-art or minimum standards of care practices to put in place plans to address those barriers and empower practitioners to achieve best-in-class performance. The Noise Committee has already stepped up to serve as a beta test group for this effort.
- Improving Exposure Judgment Accuracy Initiative
Another collaborative venture with ACGIH, this initiative will drive a significant shift in OEHS practice from one where tools and activities that improve exposure judgment accuracy are rarely or sporadically used, to one where their use is routine and expected. This translates into greater use of AIHA’s suite of tools for improving exposure decisions, such as the Checklist Tool and IHMOD2.0 for qualitative judgments, and statistical tools, such as IHSTAT or the Bayesian decision analysis tool IHDA-AIHA, and for accurately interpreting monitoring data.
Are you looking for a low-cost solution to grow your business? Feature your practice in the Premier Directory of IH and OEHS Consultants. Published once a year, the Consultants Listing is a comprehensive print and online directory of industrial hygiene and occupational and environmental health and safety experts worldwide. To list your practice, submit the Consultants Listing Order Form. If you need further assistance, please contact Wanda Barbour.
On Thursday, June 9, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences will host a free webinar about opioids and the workplace with a focus on risk factors and solutions. The webinar, which is sponsored by AIHA, will highlight potential strategies to reduce the negative impact of workplace factors on the opioid crisis and reform punitive policies into supportive ones. Scheduled presenters include AIHA members, Jonathan Rosen and Aurora Le. Click here to learn more.
AIHA membership allows you to serve in leadership and key volunteer positions, where you will stand out among your peers. From micro-volunteering to the more traditional volunteer model, you have more than 48 technical and professional committees to choose from. Volunteer now and earn CIH maintenance points.
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 https://academic.oup.com/journ... and click the ‘Sign in’ link at the top of the page. Enter your username and password in the fields provided. Use the 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.
STUDENT & EARLY CAREER PROFESSIONAL
Ever wonder what kinds of work our IH Heroes do? Well, here's your chance to join one of them during an emergency call to a refinery. Earn your Hero Gear to become an IH Hero! Along the way, you'll learn about the 5 core tenants of industrial hygiene and occupational health and safety science: Anticipate, Recognize, Evaluate, Control, and Confirm (ARECC). Got what it takes to get the gear and save the city? Click the link to find out how you can be an IH Hero!
35th Annual Alabama Governor's Safety and Health Conference
Date: August 29-31, 2022, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. ET
Are you an OEHS professional collecting data, but aren’t sure if you’re using it to its fullest capability? Does the term “big data” seem too vague or subject to interpretation? Join this webinar to learn how to take your data analysis to the next level - whether you are just starting to clean out your data sets, focusing on creating metrics and goals for monthly safety meetings, or turning your attention to aggregating data sets for better project planning. Click here for more information and to register.
In case you weren’t able to participate in the in-person Fun Run at the AIHce EXP conference in Nashville then don’t miss your chance to sign up for the virtual AIHF Fun Run through June 10.
OSHA Is Taking Action on Heat Hazards—And AIHA Is Here to Help
By Ina Xhani, Communication Specialist
In the first week of May, OSHA hosted a virtual public stakeholder meeting focused on the agency’s activities to protect workers from heat-related hazards. This half-day-long meeting allowed stakeholders to learn about and provide feedback on OSHA’s various efforts to protect workers from heat-related hazards. Mark Ames, AIHA’s head of government relations, attended this virtual meeting and delivered AIHA’s comments on heat injury and illness prevention in outdoor and indoor work settings. Click here to read more.
EPA Proposing Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Asbestos Under TSCA
EPA is proposing a one-time reporting requirement for asbestos under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). You can find additional information here. If you'd like to submit comments, the deadline is on or before July 5, 2022. Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2021-0357, through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Additional instructions on commenting or visiting the docket, along with more information about dockets generally, are available at https://www.epa.gov/dockets.
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