Quick Takes - October 2022
Important Dates and Deadlines:
CALL TO ACTION
AIHA is seeking nominations for four Board of Directors positions: one (1) Vice President, one (1) Treasurer-Elect, and two (2) at-large Directors. AIHA's Board plays a critical role in the Association. The Board is the "face" of AIHA, establishes the organization's strategic direction and goals, and monitors progress toward reaching those goals on behalf of the membership. AIHA supports diversity and welcomes applications from all eligible candidates.
The deadline for nominations is October 14, 2022. Electronic submission forms are available for all positions.
If you have any questions, please contact Thursa La.
AIHA invites you to acknowledge a peer or colleague whose vision and exceptional contributions have made a profound and distinguished impact by expanding the profession through active collaboration via alliances and partnerships and creating tools beyond the OEHS profession. To submit an AIHA Named Award nomination, please complete the nomination form. The deadline is December 30, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Mutdosch, CAE.
In our continued efforts to build a diverse and inclusive community, we are pleased to announce the launch of our new AIHA PR(IH)DE special interest group! We believe when people bring their unique identities, backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences together, we can better achieve our goal of protecting worker health. If interested in participating, please complete the submission form. Participation is limited to AIHA members in good standing and open to members of the LGBTQ+ community and all supporters If you have questions, please contact Laurie Mutdosch, CAE.
AIHA is seeking volunteers to serve as ABET Program Evaluators (PEVs). Are you interested in preparing the next generation of industrial hygienists through improving technical education? This is your opportunity to get involved! The process of selecting new PEVs begins with an open call for applications for the AIHA membership. Applications are then reviewed, and the AIHA Academic Accreditation Panel makes selections. Apply today to be a PEV. If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Mutdosch, CAE.
The new Dermal and Surface Sampling Working Group will coordinate the occupational and environmental dermal exposure aspects to better respond to various expanding and emerging science and regulatory domains. This group will leverage existing efforts within and external to AIHA and liaise with allied professions such as toxicology. Participation is open to both members and non-members. To join, click here. If you have any questions, please contact Michele Twilley, DrPH, CIH.
Johns Hopkins University has launched a new program in product stewardship for sustainable product design. The Certificate in Product Stewardship for Sustainability is designed to help professionals promote responsible design, development, and management of products throughout their life cycle. This certificate program addresses the need for professionals trained to minimize the health, safety, environmental, and social impacts of a product and its packaging throughout all lifecycle stages while maximizing economic benefits.
AIHA President Donna Heidel to Present AIHA's Strategic Plan at MIHC'22
AIHA President Donna Heidel, MS, CIH, FAIHA, will serve as a keynote speaker and present AIHA's strategic plan at the Malaysian Industrial Hygiene Conference. She will focus her remarks on our four "advancing the science and practice of occupational and environmental health and safety.” Topics include Defining the Science, Standards of Care, and Improving Exposure Judgment. She will also touch upon the ongoing work of our Thermal Stress Working Group.
AIHA is pleased to announce the publication of El Rol del Higienista Ocupacional en una Pandemia, Segunda edición (PDF), the Spanish-language version of AIHA's guidance document, The Role of the Industrial Hygienist in a Pandemic, Second edition (PDF). Click here to read more about this free guide!
AIHA and the American Society of Peri-Anesthesia Nurses collaborated to produce a white paper and position statement on the recognition and control of waste anesthesia gases. To view both documents, please click here.
AIHA's First Free Workshop on Occupational Risk Assessment
On August 25, AIHA held the first of a planned series of workshops on occupational risk assessment. The workshop included presentations from representatives of EPA, OSHA, and NIOSH who discussed the ways these agencies approach risk assessment for various goals. The workshop was moderated by Andrew Maier, the principal health scientist at Cardno ChemRisk and director of the committee that oversees the setting of Workplace Environmental Exposure Levels (WEELs). Learn more about this workshop.
NEW Healthier Workplaces Show- Episode 1: Early Career IH Stories
Welcome to the first episode of Healthier Workplaces, a program dedicated to highlighting the efforts of the industry professionals who protect our workers and their communities from occupational and environmental hazards. Our Healthier Workplaces Show will come to you twice monthly. Each episode will cover various timely and informative topics about industrial hygiene and environmental health and safety issues as we speak with professionals from the various sectors of the industry. For our inaugural episode, we met with three OEHS professionals to share their professional journeys: Denese Deeds, Subena Colligan, and Vishal Nathu. They discuss how they ended up in the profession and touch on what industrial hygiene and OEHS mean to them professionally and personally. Industry veteran Bob Krell hosts the Healthier Workplaces Show. The series is produced for AIHA by Healthy Indoors® / IAQNET LLC.
September JOEH Available Online
Articles from the September issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene are available on the publisher Taylor & Francis website. Topics in the issue include wearable inertial sensors, pesticide practices in Vietnam, implementation of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation, the effects of UVGI on N95 and KN95 respirators, and more.
To access the articles, AIHA members can access the JOEH directly from their profile.
Renewal Season Begins October 1!
AIHA would like to thank all of you for continuing to be a member! We can't accomplish our shared vision and mission without every one of you, especially this past year! We hope that you join us again in 2023 for another year of advancing the profession and promoting a world where all workers and healthy and safe. Have one less thing to think about by paying your dues today. Please note that local section dues need to be added to your cart.
Nothing brings more satisfaction than recognizing (or being recognized) superior professional leaders. So why not nominate a peer or colleague who has impacted the IH/OEHS profession today? 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. Visit the nomination portal here! If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Mutdosch, CAE, AIHA Director of Membership & Professional Communities.
Did you know that AIHA offers emeritus membership at half price for former full members who have retired from occupational and environmental health and safety? AIHA recognizes the importance of everyone in the OEHS profession, from students to retired practitioners, and the valuable input and expertise they bring. The Association is especially grateful to our emeritus members for continuing to stay involved, connected, and on the front lines of the OEHS field. Your influence on the next generation of professionals is invaluable to the future of the field. Read more about the benefits of being an emeritus member!
Check out and contribute to the new discussion threads in the members-only Catalyst Open Forum! Make sure you're logged in to gain access.
- Monkey Pox Disinfection of Library Books
- Fentanyl Dollar
- Do you want to encourage more students to pursue careers in OEHS and improve schools' and libraries' learning and working conditions?
- Formaldehyde Direct Read Instruments
Your Input Needed – Is Catalyst Working for You?
As you know, Catalyst is AIHA's exclusive online community. You can network, talk to experts, join a conversation with people who share your interests, and find what you need throughout your journey with AIHA. AIHA's Membership team is always looking for ways to improve Catalyst so that we can better serve members like you. We have developed a survey, and we'd love a chance to hear from you. It takes less than 5 minutes and would help us improve Catalyst. The survey will close 11:59 p.m. ET (Eastern Time), on September 30. Take the survey today!
AIHA GUIDELINE FOUNDATION
ERPGs are air concentration guidelines for single exposures to agents. They are intended for use as tools to assess the adequacy of accident prevention and emergency response plans, including transportation emergency planning, community emergency response plans, and incident prevention and mitigation. AIHA is deeply appreciative of the financial support from the American Chemistry Council.
Emergency Response Planning Guidelines (ERPGs) are air concentration guidelines for single exposures to agents. They are intended for use as tools to assess the adequacy of accident prevention and emergency response plans, including transportation emergency planning, community emergency response plans, and incident prevention and mitigation.
Did you know the AIHA® Guideline Foundation is the only North American organization responsible for establishing and publishing these community-based exposure limits? Applying ERPG values helps ensure that local and national authorities will not question the community-wide protections you put into place.
The reality is that we need funding to help defray the costs of this important work, and we are asking for your company's help. Your annual donation will support literature searches, document retrievals, and the ERP committee's annual meetings as they prepare each year's handbook. For more information, contact Laura Cilano Garcia or complete the donor form.
By Larry Sloan, FASAE, CAE
As referenced in the story above, ERPGs are prepared by a committee of passionate volunteers representing OEHS and toxicology fields. These guidelines are referenced in EPA's Risk Management Plan rule and incorporated into the Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations (CAMEO) software suite, which was developed jointly by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Response and Restoration, the EPA Office of Emergency Management, and the Department of Energy. Read the rest of the article!
STUDENT & EARLY CAREER PROFESSIONALS
As syllabus week kicks off, it's not too late to get the books you need to make your semester successful. Visit the AIHA Marketplace to check out our popular education materials and publications! You can visit our online store to find what you need to aid you in your studies. Check out the marketplace now!
SynergistNOW blog by Gouhar Nayeem, AIHA Membership Marketing Specialist
AIHA student sections allow members access to resources and opportunities to help them get a better start on 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.
3rd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health®
Date: October 11-14, 2022, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET.
More information is coming soon!
Identifying Exposures and Controls of Welding Fume as a Carcinogen - Fall 2022
Date: November 7, 2022, TBA
More information is coming soon!
Understanding Exposure Statistics and Variability in IH - Fall 2022
Date: November 11, 2022, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET.
More information is coming soon!
As new technologies emerge, OEHS professionals are challenged with new health hazards being introduced to the workplace. Browse AIHA University's offerings to keep current on the latest in nanotechnology, 3D printers, biological engineering, and more.
Thanks to your generous donations, deserving students can pursue their educational goals, overcome hardships, and achieve their dreams. We hope you'll continue impacting the lives of aspiring IH students facing various challenges in their pursuit of professional development. Meet some of the students you have impacted with your generosity.
Make your donations before the end of the year for deductions on your tax return by considering making a gift to AIHF. You would be helping a future OEHS professional who may need financial assistance in pursuing their studies. Donate today!
Does Your Company Have a Matching Donation Program?
Did you know that many companies offer a matching gift program to encourage philanthropy among their employees? And that some companies will match donations made by spouses or retirees? Find out if your company will double or triple your donation to the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation. Contact Thursa La for details.
By Mark Ames, AIHA Director of Government Relations
What do you value? What's most important? What public policies should AIHA focus on? What states should we be particularly active in? Your answers to all these questions and more will help inform AIHA's government relations strategy in 2023. Recently, a public policy survey was sent to AIHA's Government Relations Committee and posted in the Open Forum on Catalyst. To participate, go to the AIHA Catalyst webpage. In the coming months, we will publish the summarized results of the public policy survey and roll out a new advocate training program and new government relations projects, building on the feedback received from the survey.
Get on-demand access to curated, peer-reviewed education from AIHce EXP 2022!
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.
November 7-11, 2022
Earn 7 Contact Hours per course
Your favorite professional development courses are going virtual next month! The most popular PDCs offered at AIHce EXP 2022 come to your home or office. Immerse yourself in live, in-depth instruction from OEHS industry experts. View the schedule and register today.
October 12, 2022 | 1:00-2:00 PM ET
Earn 1 Contact Hour
Register now to review the 2nd edition of the Welding Field Guide for improved knowledge on exposure monitoring and ventilation strategies.
The upcoming NIOSH Personal Protective Technology Program two-day virtual workshop will be held on November 8 and 9 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. ET to highlight ongoing activities and discuss prominent issues regarding the equitable PPE protections of all United States workers. This will be a 100% virtual workshop using the Zoom meeting platform. Presentations will highlight pertinent issues, ongoing advocacy efforts, research, and knowledge gaps in this area. Additionally, facilitated discussions will be held throughout the workshop to advance understanding the most important issues in the field. Please pre-register for each day individually on the workshop homepage or by using the registration links below:
OSHA Regional Emphasis Program Focuses on Warehousing, Storage, and Distribution Yards
In August, OSHA launched a Regional Emphasis Program (REP) to reduce worker injuries and illnesses in the warehousing, storage, and distribution yards industries. For more information, read the OSHA press release.
EPA Seeks Comments on Risk Management Program Revision
EPA requests comments on the proposed Safer Communities by Chemical Accident Prevention rule, which proposes revisions to EPA's Risk Management Program. Learn more..