February 27, 2022
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Quick Takes - March 2022

Important Dates and Deadlines:

Webinar: Toxmasters-Feedback Makes Perfect - March 1
AIHA Future Leaders Institute
by invitation only - March 3-6
AIHA University Webinar: Assessment, Remediation, and Post-Remediation Verification of Mold in Buildings
- March 3
AIHA Board of Directors Annual Election Deadline to Vote - March 4
Webinar: Planning and Deploying a Large-Scale Ergonomics Process Year by Year
- March 9
Virtual Leadership Workshop by invitation only - March 10
Commit to C.A.R.E. Townhall Meeting
- March 11
AIHA Student and Early Career Professional AIHce EXP Sponsorship Program
- March 11
Open Call: AIHA Content Portfolio Advisory Group (CPAG)
Deadline - March 15
Open Call for Volunteers: AIHA Standards Advisory Panel (SAP)
Deadline - March 15
Open Call: Continuing Education Committee
- March 17
AIOH 2021 Conference Challenge for Change
- March 19-23
Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals 2022 National Conference
- March 20-23
Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene
- March 21
Open Call: Conference Program Committee
- April 11
Central Industrial Hygiene Association 2022 Conference
- April 19-21
AIHA University Webinar: Assessing Ventilation for COVID-19 Mitigation and Beyond: Proactively Identify Ventilation Vulnerabilities
- May 4
Open Call: Local Sections Advisory Group (LSAG)
Deadline - May 25
Abstract Submissions for OH2022 (Belfast)
- June 20-23
35th Annual Alabama Governor's Safety and Health Conference
- August 29-31
AIHce EXP Education Session Moderators
*First Come First Served* - Register Now!


CALL TO ACTION

AIHA’s Annual Election of the 2022 AIHA Board of Directors is Now Open

AIHA Full, e-International, Early Career Professionals, Emeritus, Retired Honorary, and Full Honorary members are invited to cast their votes for the 2022 AIHA Board of Directors election. Eligible voters will receive an email from [email protected]. If you
haven’t received the email, please check your SPAM folder. If you have questions, please contact Thursa La via email at [email protected]. Voting Deadline: Friday, March 4 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Commit to C.A.R.E. Townhall Meeting

AIHA and Integrated Bioscience and Built Environment Consortium (IBEC) will hold on March 11, 2022, at 12:00-12:45 pm ET, a town hall about Commit to C.A.R.E., the joint public health awareness initiative, funded by the CDC. This town hall aims to raise awareness about the initiative, how you, your company, and your network can take the Commit to C.A.R.E. pledge. Register today!

Emerging Risk Impacting the OEHS Profession

AIHA is surveying to explore its members’ perspectives on emerging risks across industry categories. Take this 5-min survey and help us learn more about the new risks and hazards that you face in your workplace. Your feedback will provide effective inputs into strategic planning and resource allocation in support of safe, compliant, and successful workplace operations. Deadline: Friday, March 15.

Open Call for Volunteers: AIHA Standards Advisory Panel (SAP)

AIHA is seeking four new members for the Standards Advisory Panel (SAP). The SAP is responsible for making prioritized recommendations regarding AIHA's involvement in consensus standards-setting activities to ensure that industrial hygiene and occupational/environmental health and safety are represented. The deadline for applications has been extended till 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, March 15. Apply today!

Open Call for Continuing Education Committee Membership
The CEC is the volunteer group that provides one of the levels of technical peer review of AIHA’s professional development courses (PDCs). Once a year, AIHA invites members to apply for a position on the Continuing Education Committee (CEC). In addition to providing a review of the PDCs offered at AIHce EXP, you would also be asked to audit new offerings, providing you an opportunity for CM hours at no cost! All we ask is that you commit to participating in the CEC for a period of 4-years. Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, March 16.

Join the AIHA Thermal Stress Working Group

Officers for this new working group have been identified, but there’s still an opportunity to join. The purpose of the Thermal Stress Working Group is to develop new 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. There is no limit to the size of the group and participation is NOT limited to AIHA membership. Submit your application now!

Call for AIHce Education Session Moderators

Do you believe you have what it takes to moderate an education session at one of the most prestigious conferences in the OEHS industry? AIHA is looking for moderators at the upcoming AIHce conference. As a moderator, you will be responsible for speaker introductions, session announcements, and assisting speakers, as needed. For a copy of the detailed moderator instructions, click here. Available moderator positions can be found here where a moderator is not already listed.

AIHA Seeks Representatives to Serve on NIOSH NORA Sector Councils
NORA councils are a national venue for individuals and organizations with common interests in occupational safety and health topics to come together. 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. If you have any questions, please contact Laurie M. Mutdosch, CAE via email at [email protected].

Top 10 Imperatives for the AIHA Exposure Risk Management Process

Each of us seeks to ensure that we are effective in our efforts to protect workers from harmful exposures. We are also acutely aware of the need to be efficient in our efforts to do so. This one-hour video highlights ten of the most critical success factors that must be incorporated into our exposure risk management processes if we are to be both effective at ensuring that workers are protected and efficient in our use of resources. This is a complimentary webinar. Earn 1 contact hour.

NATIONAL

Needs Assessment of Vulnerable Occupations and Populations and Strategies for Resolution

In case you missed Protecting Our Most Vulnerable Workers: Challenges, Solutions & Invisible Barriers, a CDC-funded virtual C.L.E.A.N. Summit on January 25, 2022, you can now view the recorded session. The virtual summit, hosted by the Integrated Bioscience and Built Environment Consortium (IBEC), in partnership with the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), includes industry-specific sessions and James Frederick, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety, and Health, as the event keynote speaker. The recording is available on Back to Work Safely, an initiative started by AIHA in 2020.

AIHA Announces Amazon as 2022 Future Leaders Institute Co-Sponsor
AIHA is pleased to announce that Amazon will co-sponsor the 2022 Future Leaders Institute (FLI), which will take place March 3–6 in Tampa, Florida. Designed for attendees with 3–15 years of applied work experience, the FLI focuses on strengthening the leadership skills of young industrial hygiene (IH) and occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) professionals. "At Amazon, we believe leaders raise the performance bar,” said Dr. Peter Lee, MD, the company’s global medical director. “We’re delighted to support these emerging ‘bar raisers’ in their contributions to safer and healthier workplaces around the world.”

AIHce EXP+

Introducing AIHA's exclusive conference channel, AIHce EXP+. All the extra content you need from interviews, behind-the-scenes information, activity updates, and more. Your one-stop-shop for all the extra content you need. (For more info on the conference, visit https://www.aihceexp.org).

AIHce EXP 2022 Advance Registration Open
!

AIHA brings you 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!

Membership


Four Ways to Maximize Your Membership in 2022

By Gouhar Nayeem, Membership Marketing Specialist
Start the year off right by maximizing your member benefits: whether you are an occupational and environmental health and safety student, new to the field, a seasoned professional, or retired, the best way to optimize your professional growth is to make the most of your membership. Here are some essential resources and opportunities to take advantage of in the coming year.

STUDENT & EARLY CAREER PROFESSIONAL


AIHA Student and Early Career Professionals AIHce EXP 2022 Sponsorship Program

Are you a student or an early career professional member and interested in attending the AIHce conference? AIHA invites you to apply for a sponsorship to attend AIHce EXP 2022, May 23-25 either virtually or in person in Nashville, Tennessee. AIHce EXP 2022 is designed to support your continuing higher education as a student or your important work as an early career professional, keeping our workplaces and communities healthy and safe. Learn and earn CM points. Discover what is new and next. Expand your network. Make your career play. Enjoy the experience! Application deadline is Friday, March 11.

AIHce EXP Student Posters

AIHA highly encourages students to submit a poster proposal. Displaying a poster at a major conference like AIHce EXP is a fantastic way to gain visibility for your research, make connections with OEHS professionals, and gain recognition for your education institution. Download this worksheet to help prepare your online submission. The deadline to submit is Thursday, March 17.

Pilot Project Research Training Program

Young investigators interested in studying and reducing hazards in the workplace are encouraged to apply for a pilot project research training program grant from the University of Michigan. One-year grants of up to $20,000 are offered to doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty at colleges and universities in these 6 states Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The application deadline is Thursday, May 5. Click here to learn more!

Take Advantage of Your Membership by Joining the Mentoring Program
!

Your AIHA membership comes with free access to our mentoring program. Joining the program provides you with an avenue to connect with a 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. With a new user-friendly platform, joining the mentoring program is easier than ever. Click here to learn more.

Career Aspirations and Educational Needs of Students and Technicians in OEHS
AIHA and its independent research partner, Avenue M Group, are identifying participants for a by-invitation-only survey focused on understanding the career aspirations and educational needs of students and technicians in OEHS or related programs or fields. If you have been contacted about participating in this study, we encourage you to do so. If you have any questions, please contact Sue Marchese via email at [email protected].


VOLUNTEER GROUPS


NEW! The Defining the Science Initiative: A Guide for Members

A concise guidance document for members, including information on the background, purpose, methodology, process overview, research categories, scoring, frequently asked questions, and an appendix featuring similar OEHS programs and initiatives. AIHA Volunteer Groups are being asked to identify a volunteer group member to serve as the R&D Officer to assist with furthering the national OEHS research agenda, based on aligning projects with the appropriate volunteer group.

Establish an Award and/or Submit a Name for the Volunteer Groups Named Awards
Recipients would receive a certificate of recognition, which would be presented at the group’s annual business meetings, typically held in conjunction with AIHce. We strive to recognize our committed volunteer leaders who make everything possible. The deadline to establish an award and/or submit the recipient’s name(s) is Monday, March 14.

LOCAL SECTIONS


St. Louis LS & St. Louis ASSP Chapters to Host a Professional Development Conference

Monday, March 7 at 7:30 a.m. (Central)

The St. Louis AIHA in conjunction with the St. Louis ASSP chapters will be hosting a professional development conference on March 7 starting at 7:30 a.m. CT. We will have several speakers including an all-day welding seminar by Mike Harris, as well as other speakers talking about Hearing Conservation, Certifications, Medical Marijuana, and Working in Extreme Temperatures. We will also have an OSHA update by Bill McDonald.

2022 TVS-AIHA PDC & Conference

Wednesday, March 9- 11 at 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Central)

Registration is now open and in-person, live-virtual, and post-event virtual platforms available!
Technical talks include Managing the Ergonomic Process, IH Risk Assessment Tools, AIHA Ethics, Confined Space Rescue, Insight on Overseeing Construction Safety Oversight During a Pandemic, and more! Visit their website to learn more!

AIHA Alabama Local Sections Re-Rescheduled 8th Almost Annual Future of the Profession Occupational Safety and Health Symposium

March 11 at 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. In-Person / 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Central) Online

It is time for AIHA Alabama’s Future of the Profession Occupational Safety and Health Symposium. This year we have joined forces with ACGIH and ASSP to encourage cross-organizational collaboration and show students and emerging professionals that Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety is the best professional they just heard of!

CPAG


Open Call for Volunteers: AIHA Content Portfolio Advisory Group (CPAG)

AIHA is seeking three new members to serve on the Content Portfolio Advisory Group (CPAG). The Content Portfolio Advisory Group (CPAG) provides input and advice to the AIHA board and staff regarding the association's body of content on industrial hygiene and occupational and environmental health and safety. Applications are to be submitted online. Deadline for applications has been extended till 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 15.


AIHF


New Opportunities to Contribute

Without your generous donations throughout last year, we wouldn’t have been able to offer needed scholarships to qualifying students. The future of the profession depends on the students becoming OEHS professionals. Through your continued support, we can provide opportunities for more students in need.

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS


What’s Next for Pandemic Preparedness in Congress?

By Mark Ames, Director of Government Relations
When the next pandemic strikes, we want to be better prepared, but how can we achieve that state of readiness? Members of Congress are tackling that question now with a new bill that has one fleetingly rare feature in Washington, D.C.—it’s bipartisan.

EDUCATION

Assessment, Remediation, and Post-Remediation Verification of Mold in Buildings  

March 3 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET  

Earn 1.5 Contact Hours  
Maintain a safe working environment for you, your co-workers, and your community with a review of the comprehensive resource covering the best practice of managing indoor mold: Assessment, Remediation, and Post-Remediation Verification of Mold in Buildings, 2nd edition. Register for the webinar only or bundle your registration with the book for a $20 savings! REGISTER NOW!

Students: Share Your Expertise & Get Recognized 

AIHce EXP 2022 is accepting proposals for student posters and student presentations through 11:59 p.m. ET on March 17!   A speaking role is a fantastic way to bolster your presentation skills, deepen your knowledge, and build your network as you prepare to enter the workforce. GET STARTED! 

Attend AIHce EXP 2022 on AIHA

AIHA is sponsoring up to five student or early career professional members to attend AIHce EXP 2022, either in-person in Nashville, TN, or via our virtual program. Eligibility requirements and restrictions apply. Visit us here for more details!

March 2022 Virtual Conference 
The Role of OEHS Professionals in Emergency Prep and Response 

Earn Up to 12 Contact Hours 
Learn how you can successfully contribute to your organization’s continuity and emergency response plans. 
Comprised of three online courses, our panel of experts will guide you through continuity planning, building your planning team, and developing and maintaining your emergency response plan. You’ll also work in groups to participate in a simulated emergency response exercise.  Register today to take action and improve health and safety outcomes for your organization!  Can’t make every course? With 60-day access to each session recording post-event, we’ve got you covered.  LEARN MORE

Ergonomics Education & Resources 
Need guidance for your ergonomics program? Optimize the well-being and productivity of your employees with cost-effective ergonomics resources from AIHA University. From recognizing risk factors to implementing best practices, we’ve got you covered. BROWSE NOW!

New! The Noise Manual, 6th Edition
Member $109 | Non-Member $153 
The 6th edition is finally here! Protect your workplace and the community with the latest hearing-loss prevention strategies. This leading resource includes both fundamental concepts and advanced technical information.  See what’s changed and check out our NEW topic bundles!  LEARN MORE

Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene

March 21-24

Safex, Inc., 140 N Otterbein Avenue, Westerville, OH 43081
Immerse your staff in IH principles and practices with Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene, a four-day training course offering sampling and workshop sessions, hands-on lab experiences, demo sessions, and problem-solving exercises.

PSX 2021 On-Demand Package

Earn Up to 27 Contact Hours
Catch up on the latest best practices in product stewardship with this collection of sessions from PSX 2021. PSX is where product stewards and experts across multiple industries converge to exchange bold new ideas shaping the product stewardship landscape. The full package includes access to the following for 1 year from date of purchase. Ready to learn?