September 27, 2021

Quick Takes - October 2021

Important Dates and Deadlines:

Open Call: Board Nominating Committee Nominations (Deadline) - October 1

7 Steps to Improve Your Industrial Hygiene Program - October 6

AIHA Ethics Webinar: Professional Ethics and Practice of Industrial Hygiene - October 14

Open Call: Board of Directors Nominations (Deadline) - October 15

Virtual Leadership Workshop by invitation only - October 16

Exposure and Chemical Monitoring - Beyond IH Fundamentals - October 18-20

3M Personal Safety Division International Hearing Protector Fit Testing Seminar - October 20

The Multi-Cultural Workforce (Webinar) - October 21

World Health Summit - October 24

Open Call: Local Sections Advisory Group (Deadline) - November 1

Kuwait International Conference on Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene - November 3

Equipment Laboratory—Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene - November 4

OH2021 Conference—British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) - November 8-11

Virtual PDC Week: Fall 2021 - November 8-12

Healthy Buildings 2021—America—America - November 9

AIOH 2021 Conference and Exhibition - November 28

EX4OSH 2021 Conference—Expanding Occupational Safety and Health - December 9

IAC Emerging Economies Micro-Grants Submissions (Deadline) - December 31

Open Call: Fellows Nominations (Deadline) - December 31

33rd International Congress on Occupational Health 2021 (ICOH 2021) - February 6-11, 2022

2022 IRPA North American Regional Congress - February 20-24, 2022

AIHA Future Leaders Institute by invitation only - March 2022  


2022 Board of Directors Nominations Open

AIHA is seeking nominations for four Board of Directors positions vice president, secretary-elect, and two at-large director positions that will be vacated in May 2022. All nominations should be submitted no later than Friday, October 15, 2021. Visit AIHA's website to find more information about submitting Board nominations. Electronic submission forms are available for all positions. Please email Thursa La with questions.

Local Sections Advisory Group (LSAG)

An open call process is 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 advance to become Chair. The deadline for nominations is Monday, November 1, 2021. Please email Thursa La with questions.

AIHA Seeks Fellow Nominations

The AIHA Fellows designation recognizes those who are AIHA members in good standing, have 15 years of continuous Full Membership, and have made recognized contributions to industrial hygiene or related disciplines in at least three of the following areas—also included below is the selection committee calibration of rankings as they review, rank, and recommend new Fellows for approval by the AIHA Board. The deadline to submit is Friday, December 31, 2021.

IAC/AIHA Emerging Economy Micro-Grants Program

The International Affairs Committee’s Emerging Economy Micro-Grants Program has been established to increase understanding and build capacity for occupational hygiene in developing economies around the world. Project proposals will be reviewed by the IAC Micro-grants Subcommittee, weighed against established criteria, and priority ranked.

The sub-committee will weigh available funds budgeted in the current fiscal year against those projects that show the most promise in achieving their stated goals. Final recommendations will be prepared and presented by the CEO to the AIHA Board of Directors for ultimate approval. The deadline to submit is Friday, December 31, 2021.

AIHA Named Awards Nominations

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. The deadline to submit is Friday, January 14, 2022.


AIHA Issues Latest Science-Based COVID-19 Back to Work Safely Guidelines to Address Employers Concerns

AIHA is pleased to announce revisions to its complete library of its Back to Work Safely (BTWS) guidelines. The new edition includes multiple updates, including reference to current scientific evidence indicating that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is spread primarily by fine particle airborne transmission; the hierarchy of health and safety controls; and alignment with the CDC’s new recommendations regarding vaccinated individuals.

AIHA Wildfire Disaster Center

As you are likely aware, parts of the country and the world are once again dealing with devasting wildfires. From the Pacific Northwest to the Mediterranean region, communities are facing the dangers of active wildfires and the hazards they leave behind after being extinguished. AIHA's Wildfire Disaster Center has extensive resources on how the general public can protect themselves and their communities after a fire.

Defining the Science

As part of our new Defining the Science initiative, AIHA and ACGIH invited members to participate in the first-ever AIHA/ACGIH Research Idea Brainstorming Roundtable Series, held September 21 and 23. More than 150 members registered to attend. If you were not able to attend, no worries! You can still participate by submitting your research ideas via the online form.

Occupational Health and Safety Scientists Association Lends Support to President Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan

Protecting the health of workers and their communities by pushing back against the aggressive spread of COVID-19 is among the highest priorities for occupational and environmental health and safety scientists and professionals. As the association for these experts, AIHA supports the workplace health and safety components of President Joe Biden’s new COVID-19 Action Plan. Read more!

Product Stewardship Society Now Offering Team Memberships

Organizations excel when employees have access to tools and resources that enable them to meet their challenges head-on. A team membership, available to corporations, non-profits, and academic institutions, is a simplified cost-effective way to provide your entire team with the best product stewardship resources available. Support your organization by providing your product stewardship team with Premium-level benefits. Click here to learn more.

The New AIHA Vendor Directory

Formerly known as the AIHA Buyer’s Guide, the new vendor directory provides a listing of companies that provide industrial hygiene and occupational and environmental health and safety products and services. A printed version will be available in the latest issue of The Synergist. Companies can also use the new easy-to-navigate digital version to regularly update their information. Check the Vendor Directory often to discover new products and services and stay up to date.

Synergist Webinars Available for October

Are you interested in improving your IH program for you and your team? Join The Synergist on October 6th for “7 Steps to Improve Your Industrial Hygiene Program” where representatives from AIHA, and VelocityEHS presenter Dave Risi explain what it takes to do industrial hygiene right. Registration for these events is free and all are pointed for contact hours.

The Role of the Industrial Hygienist in a Pandemic

The second edition of The Role of Industrial Hygienist in a Pandemic is now available for FREE. A revision of the 2006 version, this book provides resources, information, and tools to advise and assist general workers, health care workers, and management to protect workers in the case of a pandemic. The guide identifies hazards, risk groups, and recommended controls; offers a communication plan; describes the impact of a flu pandemic on organizations and lists key resources to contact for further information. Download your copy today!

Advertising with AIHA

Interested in advertising on our website, the monthly Synergist, and other various methods available? Partnering with AIHA means aligning your brand with one of the largest international associations serving and providing resources to a highly engaged audience who, with corporate partners, is actively shaping the future of industrial hygiene across the globe. Click here to learn more.

Recording of Healthy Schools Townhall Webinar Now Available

AIHA recently held a Healthy Schools Townhall webinar featuring experts in the occupational environment health and safety community. The webinar was moderated by Maria Godoy, science correspondent and senior editor with NPR news. Panelists included:

• Ally Bernstein-Talcott, Co-Owner, Step Up Advocacy;

• Devin Jopp, CEO, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology;

• Alex LeBeau, Certified Industrial Hygienist and Principal Toxicologist, Exposure Assessment Consulting, LLC;

• Carol Vance, Multi-Site Director for Infection Prevention, Advocate Health; and

• Tracy Washington Enger, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

If you missed this webinar, you can now watch the recording. We also invite you to share AIHA’s Healthy Schools Townhall Webinar with your members via email or your organization’s newsletter and/or social channels. Please use hashtag #AIHAhealthyschools.

JOEH Seeks Case Studies on Controlling COVID-19

The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene has issued a call for case studies on controls implemented to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Topics of interest include investigations that examined methods to quickly assess ventilation performance, aerosol transport studies in workspaces, flow studies around plexiglass barriers in the workplace, and studies of the effectiveness of local HEPA filtration units in shared spaces. Learn more!


Top Five Benefits of AIHA Membership
By Gouhar Nayeem, AIHA Membership Marketing Specialist

Summer is almost ending, and the membership renewal period is approaching. If you’re wondering how to make the most of your AIHA membership, I’ve compiled a list of AIHA’s top five-member benefits, based on the results of the 2020 survey on what matters the most to members.

AIHA Membership Renewal Season Begins October 1

Thank you for your continued membership with AIHA. We accomplished so much in 2021 together with you- the new AIHA mentoring program, multi-media educational tools in eight languages, revised guidance documents, recorded AIHce EXP sessions, Recursos en Espanol, twenty-six Back-to-Work Safely guidance documents translated in Spanish as well as another ten COVID guidance documents and more! Membership renewals begin on October 1, we look forward to welcoming you back in 2022.  

The Value of Membership

There is more to being an AIHA member beyond just membership. It also includes access to materials and platforms that will aid you in advancing your goals and careers as you see fit. With access to over 15 volunteer groups, discounts on education sessions, and publications, AIHA membership is more than just a membership.


AIHA’s New Strategic Plan: The Community Domain
By Larry Sloan, CAE, MBA, FASAE

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 first domain: community.


AIHA’s “IH Heroes Game” Receives Brandon Hall Group Human Capital Management Award
The Brandon Hall Group awarded AIHA the bronze in the Best Use of Games or Simulations for Learning category of the research and analyst firm’s annual Human Capital Management Excellence Awards. IH Heroes is based on the five core elements of industrial hygiene (IH): anticipation, recognition, evaluation, control, and confirmation.

How to Make the Most of Student Membership
SynergistNOW blog by Gouhar Nayeem, Membership Marketing Specialist

AIHA student sections allow members access to resources and opportunities that can help them get a better start to their IH/OEHS careers. With leadership, engagement, and career opportunities available to you, now is the perfect time to make the most of being a student member with AIHA, and we’re here to help you get started.


Volunteer Groups Named Awards

Each AIHA volunteer group now has the option to establish its own named award. Recipients would receive a certificate of recognition, which would be presented at the group’s annual business meeting, held in conjunction with AIHce. Read more here.

Volunteer Group Bodies of Work - NEW Search Tool Is Live

AIHA’s volunteer groups are the lifeblood of the association. Interested in learning more about the catalyst that makes AIHA the organization it is? Click here to view their bodies of work of the numerous volunteer groups and how you too can join in moving AIHA forward in protecting the health and safety of the workforce. We recently built a search tool on that part of the website to make it easier for you to find the amazing work that members have developed.

Micro-Volunteering for AIHA

Sometimes the concept of volunteering can be daunting. It conjures up visions of long hours and hard work in most people's minds. Some opportunities do—and are worth it. But there are ways to fit volunteering into even the busiest schedule. Enter…micro-volunteering!

Conversation Commitment Challenge

Stories are powerful. They inspire people to start career journeys, take actions to protect their communities, and improve our understanding of the important roles that each of us plays in society. Here are resources to help you start a conversation about your IH/OH story.


2021 Safety and Cultural Heritage Summit: Preserving Our Heritage and Protecting Our Health
FREE Virtual Professional Development Seminar - 19 October 2021 (1:00 – 5:00 pm ET) 20 October 2021 (1:00 – 5:00 pm ET)

The 6th Annual Seminar will again be hosted by the Washington Conservation Guild, the American Industrial Hygiene Association Potomac Section, and the Smithsonian Institution’s Lunder Conservation Center, National Collections Program, and Office of Safety, Health, and Environmental Management.

Please register at Safety & Cultural Heritage: Eventbrite by Oct 16, 2021.
Instructions for entering the virtual platform will be provided closer to the event.

2021 Safety and Culture Heritage Summit: Preserving Our Heritage and Protecting Our Health
9:00 am-1:00 pm: October 19-20. Presented Online - Free Registration!

California Industrial Hygiene Council: 30th Annual CIHC Professional Development Seminar
December 6-8, 8 am - 5 pm (PST) - Long Beach, CA
Online registration opens September 1.


Learning More About Occupational Exposure Banding (OEB)

Are you new to the health and safety field? Then you'll intersect with Occupational Exposure Banding (OEB) at some point. AIHA has produced a video that explains the three tiers of OEBs and how they are used by industrial hygienists (IH) and occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) professionals to better identify hazardous materials for employees and workers at the workplace. Want to learn more? Watch the video today, or visit for more information.

Open Call: Seeking Volunteers for the Serving Changing Workforce Working Group

AIHA is seeking members to serve on CPAG’s Serving the Changing Workforce Working Group. This working group is adjacent to the Content Portfolio Advisory Group (CPAG) and focuses on advancing the serving the changing workforce content priority. You don’t have to be a CPAG member to join this group; you just need to have an interest in the changing workforce! The deadline to apply is October 31.


Consider Recognizing a Peer by Making Donation to the Foundation

Thinking of how to recognize an IH or OEHS peer? How about making a donation in their name to the Foundation? Donations are tax-deductible and will go towards supporting deserving IH/OEHS students in their pursuit of making a difference in the profession.

Scholarship Time

The Call for Scholarship Applications will launch in mid-October and applicants will have until Monday, January 31, 2022, to submit. To view the eligibility requirements of receiving an AIHF scholarship, please visit the following site. Students who are not enrolled in any of the applicable programs/schools are still eligible to apply. To qualify, a school administrator must complete a separate application justifying why their program/students should be considered for an AIHF scholarship. The deadline to submit a school application form is Friday, January 7.


Learn, Connect, Act: How You Can Make a Difference in Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

By Mark Ames, Director of Government Relations

You may have seen on the news or know someone who’s been affected by one of the many recent natural disasters and wondered how AIHA can help workers, families, and communities in their time of great need. Make a difference today by responding to AIHA’s latest action alert. Send a message to your state policymakers urging them to do two things: secure a seat at the table for OEHS professionals on key disaster preparedness, response, cleanup, and recovery committees, councils, and incident management systems; and support funding for disaster preparedness and recovery.

AIHA Has a New Set of Infrastructure Worker Health and Safety Recommendations for Congress and the White House

We're on the cusp of a once-in-a-generation investment in our nation's infrastructure, which makes this a crucial time to invest in the health and safety of infrastructure workers. Learn about AIHA's Infrastructure Top Priorities for Congress (2021).

AIHA's Public Policy Agenda

Successfully navigating the waters of government relations requires focus, consistent effort, and relationship building. AIHA's Public Policy Agenda is built around four pillars: increasing worker protections, workforce development, knowledge, and public awareness. These pillars provide structure and focus for addressing some of the United States' most pressing occupational and environmental health and safety challenges. Read AIHA's Public Policy Agenda here.

AIHA Wildfire Disaster Center

As you are likely aware, parts of the country and the world are once again dealing with devasting wildfires. From the Pacific Northwest to the Mediterranean region, communities are facing the dangers of active wildfires and the hazards they leave behind after being extinguished. AIHA's Wildfire Disaster Center has extensive resources on how the general public can protect themselves and their communities after a fire.

Make a Difference by Joining AIHA’s Government Relations Committee

Interested in taking an active role with policymakers to apply scientific knowledge to help create a world where all workers are healthy and safe? Join AIHA’s Government Relations Committee. Government relations are fast-paced, exciting, and vital to our society. Your voice and expertise are needed. We truly do depend upon you to realize our common goals. Together, we can achieve amazing things. If you'd like to join the Government Relations Committee or receive additional information on it, please contact Mark Ames, AIHA’s Director of Government Relations.


Professional Ethics and Practice of Industrial Hygiene
October 14, 2021 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Earn 2 contact hours

Refresh your knowledge of the ethical practices of Industrial Hygiene during this webinar. Presenters will discuss ethical issues associated with emerging areas of practice and consulting, & review ethics code enforcement issues relevant to the industrial hygiene profession. REGISTER NOW

The Multi-Cultural Workforce: Challenges and Solutions for Occupational & Environmental Professionals
October 21, 2021 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Earn 1 Contact Hour

Learn more about global economic shifts, migration, racism, discrimination against women, and other historic injustices that contribute to complex changes in the workforce and how OEHS professionals and their allies can improve the overall health safety of workers. REGISTER NOW

The Role of the Industrial Hygienist in a Pandemic: Insights from the New Edition
October 28, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET
Earn 1.5 Contact Hours

The new edition of The Role of the Industrial Hygienist in a Pandemic has been released! This webinar will discuss key takeaways from the revised edition and share lessons learned that will aid industrial hygienists in protecting the working public from pandemic risks. Learn more!

Virtual PDC Week: Fall 2021
November 8-12, 2021 
Earn from 3.5 to 7 Contact Hours per course

Our favorite professional development courses are going virtual next month! Immerse yourself in live, in-depth instruction from OEHS industry experts – right from your home or office. View the schedule and register today. VIEW AGENDA

AIHce EXP 2021 OnDemand Recordings are Now Available

Get OnDemand access to curated, peer-reviewed education from AIHce EXP 2021! AIHce OnDemand session recordings bring the best of AIHce EXP directly to you. Choose from individual sessions, save 15% on our topic bundles, or save 50% with the full package. You can even earn contact hours! Tap into AIHce OnDemand to stay up to date on the latest OEHS topics. BROWSE NOW