Quick Takes - September 2022
Important Dates and Deadlines:
2022 Professional Development Symposium - September 9
AIHce EXP 2023 Call for Proposals - September 14
Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene - September 26-29
Asia Pacific Occupational Safety & Health Organization - November 23-25
CALL TO ACTION
AIHce EXP 2023 Proposal Deadline: September 14
Our first major deadline for AIHce EXP 2023 proposals is September 14, 2022! Don’t miss your chance to submit a proposal for a PDC, education session, or professional poster. We are looking for a diverse set of educational programming that will meet all career levels and learning styles. Be an influencer in the industry while equipping OEHS professionals worldwide with the ideas and practical skills they need to keep our workplaces healthy and safe! If you have questions, please contact Erin Breece, AIHA Program Director, Education or Diana Kane, CAE, AIHA Program Manager, Education. [SUBMIT NOW]
In our efforts to represent our membership population, we seek to build diverse and inclusive volunteer groups. We believe when people bring their unique identities, backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to our work, we can better achieve our goal of protecting worker health. We envision input from other volunteer groups whose interests align with the areas of concern noted above and allied associations. The AIHA Board recently approved the creation of a new AIHA PR(IH)DE Special Interest Group. If interested in participating, please click here and complete the submission form. Participation is limited to AIHA members in good standing and open to members of the LGBTQ+ community and their supporters). If you have questions, please contact Laurie Mutdosch, CAE, AIHA's Director of Membership & Professional Communities.
AIHA is seeking volunteers to serve as ABET Program Evaluators (PEVs). This is your opportunity to get involved in preparing the next generation of industrial hygienists through improving technical education. The process of selecting new PEVs begins with an open call for applications for the AIHA membership. Applications are reviewed, and the AIHA Academic Accreditation Panel makes selections. To apply to be a PEV, click here. If you have any questions, please reach out to Laurie Mutdosch, CAE.
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 Mutdosch, CAE.
Over the last two years, AIHA has developed and launched the Worker Health Safety initiative focused on educating employers in the construction, chemical manufacturing, and first responder industries about the value OEHS professionals bring to their organizations. We couldn't have done it without our Brand Ambassadors, industry experts who share their expertise on how OEHS professionals add value to a company in a specific area. They are critical to the success of the Worker Health and Safety initiative, working with our team to develop content, conduct media interviews, author articles, and speak at relevant conferences. This year we will be adding new industries to our outreach efforts. If you want to learn more about how you can become an AIHA Brand Ambassador, please visit our website, or contact Sue Marchese Lewis, AIHA Managing Director, Strategic Communications & External Affairs.
Four Grand Challenges were identified in a member survey conducted earlier this year. The purpose of this Townhall meeting is to present a synopsis of these ambitious but achievable goals that harness science, technology, and innovation to solve important national or global problems, as well as announce the formation of new working groups that will be charged with developing concept papers for each grand challenge over the coming year.
This members-only town hall meeting will be held Wednesday, September 28, 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET.
SCHC 2022 Annual Meeting
Learn more about the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication's Annual Meeting on September 17-22, 2022. The popular OSHA Update session will be in-person in Arlington, VA, or via web streaming. Visit schc.org/2022-annual-meeting for details.
AIHA Has a New Location!
With most AIHA staff taking advantage of the opportunity to work remotely, the current larger office space is no longer needed. AIHA will be moving to a more cost-effective workspace in the coming weeks. Our new address will be 3120 Fairview Park Drive, Suite 360, Falls Church, VA 22042, just across the street from our current location. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact AIHA's Customer and Member Services.
The NIOSH Personal Protective Technology Program will host a two-day virtual workshop 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. The workshop will address issues pertinent to underserved PPE user groups related to equitable PPE use, availability, accessibility, acceptability, or knowledge. Please pre-register for each day individually on the workshop homepage or by using the registration links below:
From September 30, AIHA members who add or renew a listing in the online Consultants Listing directory receive a special rate of $249.50. Take advantage of this AIHA member benefit where your business is placed in front of the public, government agencies, and media who need qualified consultants for OEHS matters. Visit the website or Wanda Barbour, AIHA Senior Manager, Member & Customer Relations, to set up today.
If you have questions on how to renew, change your classification, access your member dashboard, access your login information, and any other membership-related question, check out our updated Membership FAQ page. If you have a question you don't see an answer to, please contact member services at [email protected]
If you're an AIHA member recently retired, you may now qualify for the emeritus membership classification. Emeritus members maintain the same outstanding benefits they have come to enjoy, however at half the cost of full membership. Check out emeritus membership and find out how you can stay engaged and connected and share your expertise at half the cost!
STUDENT & EARLY CAREER PROFESSIONAL
As a new school year kicks off, check out the bestselling publications and resources that AIHA has to offer you. From our popular education materials and publications, visit our online store to find what you need in your studies. Check out the marketplace now!
Date: September 30, 2022, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET.
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Date: October 11-14, 2022, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET.
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Date: November 11, 2022, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET.
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Do you know 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, this archived webinar features four experts in the field—John Baker, CIH, FAIHA; Dr. Benjamin Roberts; Paul F. Wambach, CIH (retired); and Eric Adams.
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. Click here to meet some of the students you have impacted with your generosity.
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 Pecoraro, AIHA Senior Manager, AIHF 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.
September 15, 2022 | 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Earn 2 Contact Hours
Register now to fulfill your ethics requirement! Learn more about ethical decision-making through a review of four major ethical theories and real-world scenarios.
October 12, 2022 | 1:00-2:00 PM ET
Earn 1 Contact Hour
During this webinar, participants will review what's new in the 2nd edition and the impact of the recategorization of welding fumes as an IARC Group 1 carcinogen.
November 7-11, 2022
Earn 7 Contact Hours per Course
Mark your calendar for a week of virtual career advancement! From November 7-11, you can register for various courses that fit your schedule and budget and add to your skillset through live demonstrations, group activities, and practice exercises!
Take control of your workplace hazards with these education resources from AIHA University. Controlling exposures to occupational hazards is the fundamental method of protecting workers. Stay current on the latest risk assessment options and best practices for hearing loss prevention, respiratory protection, and more.