April 27, 2022

Quick Takes - May 2022

Important Dates and Deadlines:

AIHA University Webinar: Assessing Ventilation for COVID-19 Mitigation and Beyond: Proactively Identify Ventilation Vulnerabilities - May 4

National Occupational Research Agenda Online Symposium: Impacts of COVID-19 on our Health Care Workforce - May 5

The International Society for Respiratory Protection Virtual Conference - May 9-May 12

FutureTox V Contemporary Concepts in Toxicology - May 10-May 11

AIHce EXP 2022 - May 23-May 25

AIHA Annual Business Meeting - May 25

Open Call for Local Sections Advisory Group (LSAG) - Deadline May 25

2022 SPRING SYMPOSIUM: From the Great Resignation to the Great Reconfiguration: Connecting Research and Practice - June 3

Abstract Submissions for OH2022 (Belfast) - June 20-23

AIHA University Webinar: The Effects of the Pandemic on Physical Activity and Strategies to Prevent MSDs - June 23

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

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

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


Call for Experts: STAG-IH

The World Health Organization (WHO) is seeking experts to serve as members on its Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Infectious Hazards with Pandemic and Epidemic Potential (STAG-IH). This Call for Experts provides information about the advisory group in question, the expert profiles being sought, the process to express interest, and the process of selection. If you have any questions, please email [email protected] before the applicable deadline. Deadline to apply is May 16, 2022.

Open Call for Secretary, Secretary-Elect, and Vice-Chair on Mentoring & Professional Development Committee (MPDC)

The MPDC is looking for volunteers to serve as the Secretary, Secretary-Elect, and Vice-Chair for the upcoming year. It’s a great way to polish your leadership skills, get involved, network, and make a difference. For more information, contact Justin Hoover.

Call for Local Sections Advisory Group (LSAG)

AIHA is holding an open call to select 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 advance to become Chair. To apply, please complete the following application. Applications are now being accepted through May 25, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern (10:59 p.m. Central / 9:59 p.m. Mountain / 8:59 p.m. Pacific). If there are any questions about the open call, please contact Thursa Pecoraro.

Improving Exposure Judgment Accuracy

In collaboration with ACGIH, this initiative is intended to 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, for accurately interpreting monitoring data. To learn more, attend the AIHce EXP 2022 session on this initiative—Wednesday, May 25, 10:30 a.m. CT, Omni Nashville Hotel, Cumberland Ballroom 3 & 4.

AIHA’s Annual Business Meeting

To be held during AIHce 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday, May 25 from 4:45-5:15 PM CT. The purpose of the meeting is to introduce incoming officers and directors and address the state of the organization. To establish a quorum for the business meeting, please take a moment to submit your proxy vote at https://www.aiha.org/aiha-member-proxy-vote. If you plan to attend the AIHA Annual Membership Meeting, you do not need to submit a proxy vote. Please contact Thursa Pecoraro with any questions.

AIHA Representatives to NORA

AIHA is looking to appoint members to serve on NIOSH’s National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) sector councils and cross-sectors. To serve as a NORA representative for AIHA, we ask that you be an AIHA Full, Early Career Professional, International, or Emeritus national member in good standing and that you provide a recap of any council meetings to the AIHA staff liaison. If you have any questions, please contact Laurie M. Mutdosch, CAE via email at [email protected].

Standards of Care (SOC) Initiative

The overarching goal of this initiative is to 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. To learn more, attend the AIHce EXP 2022 session on this initiative—Wednesday, May 25, 9:00 a.m. CT, Omni Nashville Hotel, Cumberland Ballroom 1 & 2.  

Defining the Science / R&D VG Officers

In collaboration with ACGIH, Defining the Science (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) is being created to engage and leverage the expertise of our technical volunteer groups (VGs) this initiative. To learn more, attend the AIHce EXP 2022 session on this initiative—Wednesday, May 25, 1:00 p.m. CT, Omni Nashville Hotel, Cumberland Ballroom 1 & 2.

R&D VG Officer Role

Each research project submission is aligned with the practice area of an AIHA volunteer group in some instances, more than one. If your volunteer group aligns with a project, your group may be asked to discuss and, if necessary, further refine the idea. The group may also suggest the development of a guidance document, course, or another resource that would help address a “barrier to practice” based on an existing body of research.

The R&D Officer's role will be to facilitate the work of the committee as described above. In addition, the R&D Officer will assist the DTS-AG in matching potential research projects with researchers and funding organizations; matching funded research projects with practitioners and workplaces willing to participate; and matching research results with practitioners via a robust process. The R&D Officer position is open to any member of your volunteer group who is an AIHA member in good standing. The goal is to have an R&D Officer for each volunteer group named no later than May 15.


AIHA Selects Members to Be Honored as Fellows, Named Award Recipients

AIHA has selected the list of individuals and groups that will be honored this year with an AIHA Fellowship or Named Award for their significant contributions to the association and the occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) profession.


Shannon H. Gaffney, PhD, MHS, CIH, FAIHA
Nominated by Anders Abelmann, MS, PhD, CIH; Dana Hollins, MPH, CIH; and Jennifer Sahmel, MPH, CIH, CSP, FAIHA

Kathleen S. Murphy, CIH, FAIHA

Nominated by Jennifer Sahmel, MPH, CIH, CSP, FAIHA on behalf of the Fellows SIG

Thomas Peters, PhD, CIH, FAIHA

Nominated by Kent A. Candee, MS, CIH, CSP, ARM, CPCU on behalf of the AIHA Iowa/Illinois Local Section

Philip Platcow, CIH, BS, MS

Nominated by Bart Ellingsen, CIH on behalf of the AIHA New England Local Section

Named Awards:

● Paul Hewlett, PhD, CIH, FAIHA was selected by AIHA President John Mulhausen, PhD, CIH, CSP, FAIHA for the President's Distinguished Service to AIHA Award

● Pamela R.D. Williams, MS, ScD, CIH, was nominated by Alan Rossner, PhD, CIH, FAIHA for the Alice Hamilton Award for Social Responsibility

● Howard Spielman Howard B. Spielman, CIH, CSP, SMS, REHS (ret), FAIHA who was nominated by Joel I. Berman, CIH, CSP, CIAQM; Kathy S. Jones, CIH; and Mary Anne Messiha, MPH, CIH, CSP, CPH for the Donald E. Cummings Memorial Award for Outstanding OEHS Practice

● Charles “Gus” Manning Charles “Gus” Manning, PhD, CIH, FAIHA was nominated by Richard Mark O'Mara MS, CIH, CIHC, FAIHA for the Edward J. Baier Technical Achievement Award

● Beauregard Middaugh, PhD, MS, CIH, CSP was nominated by Neil Zimmerman, PhD, PE, CIH, FAIHA for the Kusnetz Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Early Career Professional

All recipients will be recognized via the Mark of Excellence Virtual Awards—more information will be forthcoming.

Ask the Experts: Tips for Attending Your First AIHce EXP

By Abby Roberts, Editorial Assistant

When three now-experienced OEHS professionals—Subena Colligan, CIH, CSP; Tim Paz, CIH; and Felix Boachie, MS, CIH, CSP—discussed their first AIHce EXP attendances, all three reported a common experience: being struck by the conference’s scale and high level of activity. Nonetheless, all three AIHA members looked back on the experience as generally positive and shared tips for how first-time AIHce EXP attendees could ensure pleasant and productive experiences.

2022 Upton Sinclair Memorial Lecture to Examine Cost of Heat-Related Illness on U.S. Workers

AIHA’s 2022 Upton Sinclair Memorial Lecture will be presented by Kristen Lombardi, who is the head of Columbia Journalism Investigations, the postgraduate reporting program of the Columbia Journalism School. The Upton Sinclair Memorial Lecture is one of the programmed events at AIHA’s annual conference and expo, AIHce EXP. Titled “Hot Days: How Data and Documents Shined a Light on Heat’s Mounting Death Toll on Workers in the US,” Lombard’s lecture will offer insight into how the lack of a national heat standard safeguarding workers against hot temperatures has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of American workers and enforced a system rife with problems.

AIHA Tech Talk: New Video Out Now

AIHA Tech Talks is a volunteer-driven resource brought to members by the Technology Initiatives Strategic Advisory Group. These informal talks are designed to help professionals like you figure out how to do common application functions with software you may have installed (or are considering) on your system or device. In this new video, AIHA member Mwangi Ndonga, CIH, CSP, CHMM, discusses using the Jupyter online tool.

Did You Miss the Mentoring Townhall?

If you missed the mentoring townhall on April 21 check out this recording on how to join, ways to best utilize the features, joining the Mentoring & Professional Development Committee, and how to participate in the Mentoring Speed Dating event at AIHce.

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 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 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.


A Membership that Grows with You

Your membership options change alongside each milestone you reach in your professional development. Check out the individual membership page to see which membership option best suits your current needs. We also offer Organizational Membership Options.


AIHA’s New Strategic Plan: The Advancement and Dissemination of Knowledge Domain

By Larry Sloan, MBA, FASAE, CAE

A previous blog post introduced AIHA’s new strategic plan, which covers the years 2022–24. Both the current plan and the new plan are built around five “domains,” or areas of focus: community, awareness, advancement, and dissemination of knowledge, the integrity of professional practice, and advocacy. Both plans identify strategic goals within each domain and the strategies AIHA will employ to meet those goals. The focus of this blog post is to highlight the third domain: advancement and dissemination of knowledge.


Pilot Project Research Training Program

Graduate Students and young professionals interested in studying 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. Application deadline is Thursday, May 5.

Student Local Sections Council Business Meeting

The Safety for Non-Profits program will be introduced, including the "what, why & how" of this community service program that delivers pro bono occupational health and safety professional services to charitable organizations. S4NP internships (unpaid) are available for students and emerging occupational hygiene professionals. Learn how a Student Local Section can participate and help the S4NP programs. Monday, May 23, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. CT, Omni Nashville Hotel, Cumberland Ballroom 1 & 2.

Don’t Miss the Career Advantage Fair at AIHce EXP, Nashville!

The AIHce EXP Career Advantage Fair is the perfect opportunity for you to advance your career and make important contacts – whether you are an OEHS professional or an employer looking for top talent. Get the tools you need to take your career to the next level with free counseling, resume critiquing, access the job listings, interviewing, and networking.


Explore Organ-Specific Toxicology Two Day Meeting
May 10-May 11, 2022 - 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM EST

FutureTox V will feature presentations and discussions of interest to regulatory toxicologists; those studying, developing, or using new approaches to improve, reduce, or replace animal testing; and individuals wondering how computational analysis and artificial intelligence can inform toxicology. Register now!

Local Sections Council Business Meeting

S4NP is a nonprofit comprised of safety and health professionals who deliver pro bono safety and health services to other nonprofits. We invite each AIHA Local Section to establish a local S4NP team to enable Local Section Members to deliver pro bono professional occupational health and safety services to nonprofits in their communities. We will describe how and why S4NP was established and how an AIHA Local Section can initiate a local S4NP team. Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 3:00 p.m. CT, Omni Nashville Hotel, Cumberland Ballroom 1 & 2.

35th Annual Alabama Governor's Safety and Health Conference
August 29-August 31, 2022 - 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM EST

Is safety your job or have you been thrust into safety? Are you a front-line supervisor responsible for other workers? Are you in workers’ comp or human resources? Do you work for a small company, and wear many hats? Are you involved with a safety and health program in your company? Then you should attend this conference. Register now!


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.

OPEN CALL: Project Team for Hierarchy of Controls White Paper

AIHA is seeking volunteers to develop a white paper on the implementation of the Hierarchy of Controls. The goal of this paper is to bring additional value to the AIHA community by going beyond the basics of implementation of the Hierarchy of Controls. The Hierarchy of Controls white paper will allow AIHA to take this key approach for industrial hygienists and consistently apply it to many different OEHS issues facing the public and workers today. The deadline for this open call has been extended to 11:59 PM EST, May 27, 2022. Learn more!


It's Time for the Annual AIHF Fun Run!

The American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF) will host its annual Fun Run during AIHce EXP, AIHA’s annual conference, in Nashville, Tennessee, on May 24, 2022. AIHF will also hold a virtual Fun Run between May 23 and June 10, for those unable to attend AIHce EXP 2022 in person. This year, AIHF’s goal is to raise $10,000. Registration costs $40 for individual participants, $170 for families of five, and $35 for “sleep-in” participants, who donate without participating in the athletic event. Individuals or families can register online for this event. This year’s Fun Run sponsors include Amazon, which is returning as the event’s Premier Sponsor, and Alliant Insurance and Half Draft Acres as silver and bronze tier sponsors, respectively.

Reflections From AIHF Scholarship Recipients

Scholarships make a real difference in the lives of hardworking students. They can help lessen the financial strain of school and help students concentrate on the most important thing: learning.

Since 1982, the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF) has awarded nearly $2.2 million to 825 students determined to protect worker health and safety. Your donation, big or small, can empower students like Audrey, Vishal, Miriam, Angela, and Katie to serve workers and their communities. Click here to learn more about how you can make a difference.


President Biden’s Budget Request Provides Reasons to Get Involved in Government Relations
By Mark Ames, Director, Government Relations

Budget increases of 15 percent for OSHA and 29 percent for EPA; the provision of more than $26 billion for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery; and a 2 percent budget cut for NIOSH. These are among the highlights of President Biden’s fiscal year 2023 budget request to Congress that are significant to OEHS.

VA Governor Signs AIHA-Supported Bill to Develop Heat Illness Guidelines for School Athletic Programs
By Mark Ames, Director of Government Relations

AIHA, the association for occupational and environmental health and safety in the workplace and community, welcomes Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin’s signing of Senate Bill 161. The newly signed legislation directs the Virginia Department of Education to work with stakeholders to develop guidelines that will be used by schools to create policies informing and educating coaches, student-athletes, and parents or guardians about the risks, recognition, and prevention of heat-related illness. These guidelines must be distributed to local school divisions by August 1, 2022.


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. Learn more!

Get Ahead of Emerging Health Hazards

As new technologies gain momentum, new health hazards are also being introduced into the workplace. Keep current on the latest in nanotechnology, 3D printers, biological engineering, and more to identify the appropriate control strategies to serve our changing workforce. Browse our self-study courses, webinars, presentation recordings, publications, and frameworks, tailored to your learning preferences.

Assessing Ventilation for COVID-19 Mitigation and Beyond: Proactively Identify Ventilation Vulnerabilities
May 4, 2022 | 1:00–3:00 PM EST
Earn 2 Contact Hours

Proper ventilation is key to fighting aerosol transmissible diseases. Join us and learn the basics of assessing ventilation and identifying vulnerabilities to keep people safe.

Technical Framework: A Resource for Respiratory Protection Programs

This invaluable resource provides Respiratory Protection Program Administrators (RPPAs) and respiratory fit testers a framework for developing training programs and skill assessments. Developed by key AIHA experts, representatives from NIOSH, occupational hygienists, and respiratory protection equipment and instrument manufacturers, this body of knowledge is invaluable for today’s RPPAs and Fit Testers. Be one of the first to tap into this free resource, download your copy today!