Quick Takes

Important IH/OEHS Highlights In One Place

Find all the news you can use in Quick Takes, published monthly to provide AIHA members with important updates regarding events; education, networking, and volunteer opportunities; and industry news.

December 2019

One Month Left for Membership Renewals. Renew Today!

Important Dates and Deadlines:

CALL TO ACTION

AIHA Seeks Nominations: AIHA Named Awards and Fellows Nominating Committee
AIHA values the profession and is proud of the accomplishments of our members. Each year, excellence is recognized and celebrated through the nominations and selection of recipients for the Named Awards and Fellows recognition. Deadline: Dec. 20 (11:59 p.m. ET)

AIHA Fellow Award Nominat ions
AIHA Volunteer Groups, Local Sections, Special Interest Groups, and/or other formal AIHA entitites may nominate one individual for consideration. At-large nominations will be accepted; self-nominations do not qualify. Any nominations received after the deadline will not be considered. Deadline: Dec. 31

Nominate a Deserving Peer for an AIHA Named Award
Recognize a deserving peer by nominating them for one of AIHA's Named Award at the 2020 AIHce Mark of Excellence Breakfast, held at AIHce EXP. Deadline: Jan. 15

Application to Receive AIHA Micro-Grants for Emerging Economy Projects
Project proposals will be reviewed by the Micro-Grants Sub-Committee under the AIHA International Affairs Committee (IAC). Applications will be evaluated against established criteria, and priority ranked. You do not have to be an AIHA member in order to submit the online application form.
Application Deadline: Dec. 31 (11:59 p.m. ET)

Now Accepting Scholarship Applications
Over the past 30 years, the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF) has awarded more than 680 scholarships totaling nearly $2 million to students dedicated to studying industrial hygiene and/or occupational and environmental health safety. Deadline: Jan. 31

NATIONAL & MEMBERSHIP

Join Our Mentoring Program!
Without mentors we can’t fill the need or demand of those seeking mentorship and guidance. Consider taking a few minutes of your time to join the mentoring program by completing a mentoring profile. You have the opportunity to be a leader and make a difference in the future of the profession.

Have You Checked Out the Improved Member Center and Catalyst Site?
Now featuring easy access member center and a more efficient and better designed layout your user experience has just gotten a whole lot better! Renew your membership to continue connecting and networking on Catalyst and stay tuned for a new Catalyst mobile phone app in 2020!

Protect Your Business
Alliant has partnered with AIHA to offer the AIHA Professional Liability Program. This customized policy provides the most comprehensive and affordable liability insurance coverage to AIHA members.

List Your Business in the 2020 AIHA Consultants Listing
List your business in the 2020 AIHA Consultants Listing, a trusted resource for businesses and consumers looking for your expertise in industrial hygiene and other OEHS-related professions. Apply by Dec. 12 to ensure you're included in the 2020 directory!

Thank you to All Our Hamiliton Club Partners
Do you know AIHA’s Hamilton Club Partners? Through their alliance and cooperation we are better able to serve our members and the IH community. As many are active in our local chapters, should you meet a Hamilton Club Partner, please thank them for their support!

A recent visit with our Platinum Hamilton Club Partner, President Doug Dowis and his team at SKC Inc.

Become a Registered OHSMS Auditor
Do you audit Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems for your company, clients, or customers? Showcase your knowledge and skills by becoming a Registered OHSMS Auditor!

Membership

One Month Left to Renew Your Membership!
Don't forget to renew your membership before December 31 to get your complimentary eBook of Essentials of Exposure IV as well as your chance to be one of the first 26 members to submit a blog on why you are Proud to be an IH and you will be published on Catalyst in 2020.

Local Section Membership Information for Renewals
If you joined a local section through national last year, you’ve already been billed for it for 2020 and will not see that specific local section listed on your invoice. If you did not join a local section last year through national, please use the check boxes to add a new local section membership. To find billed invoices, click here.

Special Interest Groups Information for Renewals
There are no longer fees involved with SIGs. If you would like to join a SIG, or any volunteer group, the option resides here: Volunteer Now.

Set Up Automatic Payment Option for Membership Renewals
Make things easier for yourself by setting up automatic membership renewal payments.

• Select Add/Edit Your Payment Options from your account menu.

• Click on Add Account, name your account, and add your billing information.

• Under Authorization, check the box next to Automatic payment for Membership, and submit.

PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP

New Credential for Product Stewardship
The Board for Global EHS Credentialing® and the Product Stewardship Society® are pleased to announce the collaborative development of a new product stewardship credential:Certified Professional Product Steward™ (CPPS™). CPPS™, the first credential of its kind, will provide product stewardship professionals with an opportunity to distinguish their expertise and build professional credibility within their organizations.

Product Stewardship Society Has Launched a New Website
The new website incorporates a modern mobile-friendly design and enhanced accessibility features, while also providing greater flexibility as we continue to add new content and resources.

Industrial Hygiene and Product Stewardship: An Intertwined Future
Ina Xhani writes in the SynergistNOW blog, “Earlier this year, AIHA's Stewardship and Sustainability Committee sponsored production of an educational video on industrial hygiene and product stewardship. The video encourages IHs to expand their focus to include product stewardship and sustainability, for a greater impact on their communities, as well as to elevate their profession.”

STUDENTS & EARLY CAREER PROFESSIONALS

Get the Help You Need- Connect with the Student Local Sections Council
The AIHA Student Local Sections Council is the national oversight board for all student university sections. We are currently working on connecting students with the rest of AIHA’s membership for mentoring, professional development/internships, and other topics. If you are interested in collaborating with the SLSC, please email the Chair, Lexi Pratt, at prattlexi@gmail.com.

Now Accepting Scholarship Applications
Over the past 30 years, the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF) has awarded more than 680 scholarships totaling nearly $2 million to students dedicated to studying industrial hygiene and/or occupational and environmental health safety. Deadline: Jan. 31

Student Posters at AIHce EXP 2020
Gain visibility among professionals in the field by submitting and presenting a student poster. The submission portal is open until March 2020. Contact Kathryn Christoe for more information.

Get Your Collegues and Peers to Join as a Student Member
At $32 for the entire year, let your peers and collegues know the benefits and advantages of becoming an AIHA student member. How has it made a difference in your life? How has it benefited you?

Check out this video of Jake Shedd talking about how membership has impacted him.

Choose Your Path Using IH Professional Pathways
Evolve Your Career. Advance the Profession. Protect Workers. Change the World. Whether you are still in school, a recent grad, or have been in the OEHS field for years and want to grow your management and leadership skills, Visit the IH Professional Pathways page for a vast array of valuable resources and tools to help you get to the next stage of your career.

AIHF

Giving Tuesday
Get ready for the biggest giving day of the year on December 3. Your opportunity to help AIHF through the gift of your donations.

Support Future Generations of IH/OHs
Did you hear about the prestigious President's Leadership Award, made possible thanks to a generous $150,000 endowment and annual donation by AIHA Past President John Henshaw, MPH, CIH, FAIHA? This Giving Tuesday you can follow John’s lead and support future IH/OHs through donations to AIH Foundation.

How to Apply for a Scholarship If You Attend a Non-Eligible School
Students attending a school that doesn't meet the current AIHF eligibility standards are still eligible to apply. In order to qualify for a scholarship, 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: Jan. 10.

Life Got Easier: Online Scholarship Application Process
New this year! AIHF is launching an online scholarship application portal which will make it even easier to apply and attach all supplemental material. The application program is open. Deadline: Jan. 31

End of Year Giving
Thinking of a great holiday gift to give? How about donating to AIHF on behalf of a loved one? Donations are tax-deductible and will go towards supporting deserving IH/OEHS students in their pursuit of making a difference to the profession.

LOCAL SECTION

Local Sections Advisory Group
The purpose of the Local Sections Advisory Group is to promote continued growth, well-being and operating efficiencies of AIHA Local Sections. The members of this group are John Moore, III, CIH, CSP; Hillary Waterhouse, CIH; Alessandra “Lexi” Pratt and Savannah Jones. AIHA Board Liaisons are Bradley S. King, CIH and Srinivas Durgam, CIH, CSP.

What are the Benefits of Joining a Local Section?
Membership in an AIHA local section provides you with a wide range of networking opportunities in the occupational health and safety field. AIHA national membership is not required in joining an AIHA local section, but membership in both organizations is strongly encouraged to maximize benefits.

29th Annual California Industrial Hygiene Council (CIHC): Professional Development Symposium
Dec. 4-6
Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, 999 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108. Sponsored by the California IH Council

YUMA Pacific Local Section Annual Meeting
Jan. 22-24
The Bay Club Hotel and Marina, 2131 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106

VIRTUAL SECTION

Building a Globally Applied, Risk Assessment Tool (Webinar Recording)
Risk assessment is a universal approach to health and safety program development. Global development of programs requires that we wrap our arms around large sets of information and extract the bottom lines for past, current and future status of our progress. This session will teach a proven approach to global industry risk assessment and extraction of bottom line information.

• Virtual Section members, please click here.

• Virtual Section (en Español) members, please click here.

Do You Reside in a Country With a Developing Economy?
Do you or your colleagues reside in a developing/emerging economy, as identified by the US World Bank, if so, you/they are eligible to join the virtual section without an AIHA national membership for only $10 USD per year. Click here for the membership form.

AIHA UNIVERSITY

AIHA University 2020 eLearning Subscription Early Bird Pricing
Securing a 2020 eLearning Subscription is the best way to ensure your team has the training they need lined up for next year, at an affordable cost. When you register for a 2020 eLearning Subscription before the end of the year, you can save up to $250 on your subscription!

Cyber Week
It’s almost here… AIHA is celebrating Cyber Monday all week long from Dec. 2 through Dec. 6! Save 40% off select publications and eLearning products. The Cyber Week sale starts next Monday with new deals every day through Friday. Stay tuned!

GUIDELINE FOUNDATION

Seeking Input
The AIHA® Guideline Foundation is the ONLY operating organization responsible for establishing and publishing up-to-date airborne levels for risk assessment of a single brief exposure to chemicals, more commonly known as Emergency Response Planning Guidelines™ (ERPGs). We are seeking input from interested stakeholders on high production volume chemicals currently used in commerce that have the potential to be released and generate significant adverse exposures to workers, emergency response personnel, and communities at large.

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

Urge Your Governor to Support Wildfire Recovery Efforts
Your help is needed today to raise awareness about the hidden hazards that may exist during the cleanup and recovery phase of wildfires, especially in urban areas. Please take a moment to send a message to your governor, urging them to help protect families, workers, pets, and communities during wildfire recovery efforts.

Tell Congress to Pass the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act
AIHA has issued a new action alert. In less than one minute, you can make a difference today by urging Congress to pass the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act! Take action now at http://bit.ly/PassHR1309.

Celebrating the Harvest and Preparing for the Future
Mark Ames writes in the SynergistNOW, “AIHA has a lot to be thankful for. Because of our members, we have achieved considerable success this year alone. Here's what we've accomplished so far in 2019…” Read more here.

Updates on Notable and Key Bills

Visit the weekly GR Announcements page on Catalyst.

CATALYST

Your New Member Center Experience / Catalyst
We are pleased to announce that the AIHA Member Center and Catalyst have joined forces! You will now be able to access your member dashboard, update your profile, pay or print invoices, access members-only content and/or the Catalyst online community, all in one location. You will be prompted to log-in just like you did when accessing the Member Center via aiha.org, using your username and password.

Please note… if the log-in screen does not pre-populate with your username and password and/or you are requested to re-enter this data each time you try to re-access the site through the day (you did not log-off), this is usually all based on your web browser settings per computer.

• Some do not allow saving PWs;

• Some will save them, but will clear their cache automatically when they close their web browser;

• And some keep their PW and not clear their cache.

Trending on Catalyst This Month—The IH/OEHS Online Community

1. Sit-Stand Desks- Kevin Zhang

2. IH Software - Philip Goff

3. Refractory Ceramic Fiber Management in Electrical Utility Industry - Rayna Brown

4. Teflon - Keith Boyd

5. IAQ in Hospital - Mold - Lindsey Sue McFarland

Get Involved in the #IAMIH Challenge!
The #IAMIH challenge is a fun and easy way to get your local section or just yourself involved in spreading awareness of the profession to the community during STEM and career fairs. Use our free resources or create your own and then post pictures of your presentation on the IAMIH Challenge Catalyst page. The more presentations you deliver and post, the more likely you and/or your local section will be awarded a gift card at AIHce!

Do you have questions regarding our online community? Need additional training? Please contact Janice Allen.

IN THE NEWS

"What Do You Do, Again?"
Larry Sloan writes in the SynergistNOW that, “The issue of awareness is key to everything else we want to accomplish, so we've incorporated it into AIHA's strategic plan for 2019–21. Awareness is one of the plan's five "domains," along with community, advancement and dissemination of knowledge, integrity of IH practice, and advocacy. Today, I'll dig into the awareness domain to shed some light on what AIHA is doing in this area.” Read more here.

From The Synergist – Dermal Sensitizers
Skin sensitization is one of the most frequently encountered hazards in the workplace, yet one of the most perplexing to predict and prevent. Why is it so difficult to predict if an individual will react with a skin sensitization, and how can sensitization be prevented? Read more here.

Battling the Reptilian Brain
Carl Sall writes in The Synergist, "Distractions are all around us. Between work assignments, meetings, emails, family issues, social media, and the current political climate, it's a wonder any of us accomplish anything. Fortunately, becoming a top performer in a world of distractions is quite simple. We just need to refine a few basic skills."... Read more here.

What Every IH Should Know about AIHA’s Content Priorities
Ben Kollmeyer writes in the SynergistNOW blog, "Content priorities are a critical component of AIHA’s strategy for ensuring organizational success and relevance into the future. Likewise, understanding these content priorities can help shape strategies for individual career success and globally promote the relevance of the industrial hygiene profession in the marketplace of tomorrow."... Read more here.

November 2019


Membership Renewals Have Begun. Don't Lose Your Benefits. Renew Today!

IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES:

CALL TO ACTION

AIHA Board of Directors Nominations

AIHA is seeking nominations for four Board of Directors positions that will be vacated in May 2020: Vice President, Secretary-Elect, and two at-large Director positions. Electronic submission forms are available for all positions. Deadline: Nov. 1.

NEW Synergist Town Hall Webinar

Get the Answers to Your Top FR/CP Questions

Nov. 6 from 2-3 pm (ET)

Ever wonder which is the better choice for your team: a reusable or disposable lab coat? Or how to test the repellency of your lab coat? Find out the answers to these questions and more during Bulwark's FR/CP Town Hall Webinar, presented by Mark Saner. Mark brings over 35 years of experience to the table. Tune in as he answers many of the questions you’ve submitted for this special free webinar.

AIHA Fellow Award Nominations

The Fellows designation is limited to no more than five percent of the AIHA membership. To be eligible, an individual must be in good standing with 15 years of continuous AIHA membership and has been recognized for contributions to the industrial hygiene profession or related disciplines, either through research, leadership, publications, education, or service to AIHA. Deadline: Dec. 31

Application to Receive AIHA Micro-Grants for Emerging Economy Projects

The International Affairs Committee’s Emerging Economy Projects Fund has been established to increase understanding and build capacity for occupational hygiene in developing economies around the world. You do not have to be an AIHA member in order to submit the online application form.
Application Deadline: Dec. 31 (11:59 p.m. Eastern)

AIHA Named Award Nominations

Recognize a deserving peer by nominating them for one of AIHA's Named Award at the AIHce Mark of Excellence Breakfast, held at AIHce EXP.
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020

Call for Abstracts for XXII World Congress on Safety & Health at Work

The call for abstracts for the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work is now open! We welcome contributions to a broad range of topics related to the Congress themes and sessions. The conference will be held in Toronto, Canada, Oct 4-7, 2020. For more information, please visit their website.
Deadline: Dec. 15

NATIONAL & MEMBERSHIP

Are You Using the 2019 Salary and Compensation Tool?

Have you ever wondered how your salary and compensation compares to the market? As an AIHA member you have access to the full interactive salary and compensation tool where you can compare your data to the industry, explore the data from any angle, and create personalized data visualization dashboards. Check it out and see how it can benefit you professionally.

Advertise in the AIHA Consultants Listing

An exclusive member opportunity

The AIHA Consultants Listing is a low-cost solution to grow your business and is a trusted resource for those looking to connect with qualified IH & OEHS professionals. List your business in the 2020 printed or online directory today! The deadline to be included in the print listing is December 12, 2019. Learn more.

New Improved Look on Catalyst

Have you seen the new improved look for Catalyst? With easy to access member center and a more efficient and better designed layout your user experience has just gotten a whole lot better! Renew your membership to continue connecting and networking on Catalyst and stay tuned for a new Catalyst mobile phone app in 2020!

Six AIHA Website Updates That Will Make Your Day

Sue Marchese writes in the SynergistNOW blog, "In September, we rolled out our newly redesigned website. Here are six new things that will make your day just a little easier next time you visit AIHA.org." Read more here.

Preparing for the Future: AIHA’s 2019 Environmental Scan

Dina Siegel writes in the SynergistNOW blog, "Earlier this year, AIHA conducted a comprehensive environmental scan of the industrial hygiene profession. But what is an "environmental scan," and what does it mean for us as industrial hygienists?" Read more here.

Community Building, AIHA-Style

Larry Sloan in the SynergistNOW blog says, "Strategic plans rarely make for exciting reading, yet they are essential to setting an organization's priorities. AIHA's recently adopted strategic plan for 2019–2021, which I introduced in July, incorporates new mission and vision statements and discusses AIHA's endeavors in five broad domains, which we call community, awareness, advancement and dissemination of knowledge, integrity of IH practice, and advocacy." ...Read more here.

#IAMIH Challenge Presentation Resources

Creating presentations doesn't have to be stressful. All you have to do is plan the event, show up and present using the materials we have available to you.
Visit our Outreach Resource Center which is available to you. Download whatever you need to create some cool presentations. We even have a ready-made Powerpoint you can use - or even modify!

Membership

Membership Renewals Have Begun

Let’s keep that momentum going in 2020; renew your AIHA membership before December 31 and receive a free copy of our new Essentials of Exposure Assessment IV e-book valued at $19.95 (get the download upon its release in 2020) and we’ll also email you a special link to be one of the first 26 members to tell us why you’re proud to be an IH and be showcased on Catalyst in 2020!

Belong to a Local Section?

If you joined a local section through national last year, you’ve already been billed for it for 2020 and will not see that specific local section listed on your invoice. If you did not join a local section last year through national, please use the check boxes to add a new local section membership. To find billed invoices, click here.

Set Up Automatic Payment Option for Membership Renewals

Make things easier for yourself by setting up automatic membership renewal payments.

• Select Add/Edit Your Payment Options from your account menu.
• Click on Add Account, name your account, and add your billing information.
• Under Authorization, check the box next to Automatic payment for Membership, and submit.

How to Make the Most of Your Membership

Gouhar Nayeem writes in the latest SynergistNOW blog, "As the membership marketing specialist at AIHA, I have learned a lot about our members, and the more I’ve heard from you, the clearer it’s become to me that the members who actively engage, connect, and strive for growth are the ones who make the most of membership." Read more here.

STUDENTS & EARLY CAREER PROFESSIONALS

Take Control of Your Development

A critical tool for every professional (not just early-career professionals) is a formal development plan—a roadmap that helps ensure you meet your personal and professional goals. Even seasoned professionals need to review their development plans and their career progression...read more here.

Collaborate with the Student Local Sections Council

The AIHA Student Local Sections Council is the national oversight board for all student university sections. We are currently working on connecting students with the rest of AIHA’s membership for mentoring, professional development/internships, and other topics. If you are interested in collaborating with the SLSC, please email the Chair, Lexi Pratt, at prattlexi@gmail.com.

There’s Still Time: Student Posters at AIHce EXP 2020

Gain visibility among professionals in the field by submitting and presenting a student poster. The submission portal is open until March 2020. Contact Kathryn Christoe for more information.

Get Involved! Join a Student Local Section

Participation in a student local section is one of the primary paths to association leadership and is an excellent way for interested students to get active in AIHA and in the industrial hygiene profession.

AIHF

AIHF Launches President’s Leadership Award

AIHF has established the President's Leadership Award, the highest scholarship and professional development honor, starting in 2020. The prestigious President's Leadership Award is made possible thanks to a generous $150,000 endowment and annual donation by AIHA's Past President, John Henshaw, MPH, CIH, FAIHA.


Does Your School Not Meet the AIHF Scholarship Eligibility Standards? You Can Still Apply!

Students attending a school that doesn't meet the current AIHF eligibility standards are still eligible to apply. In order to qualify for a scholarship, 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 January 10, 2020.

Life Got Easier: Online Scholarship Application Process

New this year! AIHF is launching an online scholarship application portal which will make it even easier to apply and attach all supplemental material. The application program is open. Deadline: January 27, 2020.

Get Ready for Giving Tuesday

This year Giving Tuesday is on December 3, consider donating to the Foundation and help a struggling IH/OEHS student with their studies to help pave a brighter future for the profession. Donating is easy, just submit an online donation here.

LOCAL SECTION

Invite a Board Member to your LS Event

Invite a Board member to your event/meeting and they can provide an update on AIHA national and can also provide a technical presentation that would qualify for CM points. If you would like a Board member to attend your local section meeting, please let us know at tla@aiha.org.
Cynthia Ostowski, MS,CIH, FAIHA, was invited to present 'Leading the Charge to Protect Worker Health & Safety', at a recent Alabama LS event.

AIHA Tennessee Valley Section Fall PDC & Conference

Nov. 6-8 (CT) Knoxville, TN
More information is forthcoming.

AIHA Georgia Local Section Fall Meeting

Meeting will include live stream of AIHA Ethics Webinar (2 contact hours for ABIH Ethics Requirement), as well as other fantastic speakers and topics on Nov. 7th.

AIHA Idaho Local Section: 5th Annual Fall Professional Development Conference

Nov. 14 from 8 am - 4 pm (MT) Springhill Suites- Boise, ID
Please join us for presentations on industrial hygiene technical topics and opportunities to network with environmental, health and safety professionals from across the state.

AIHA Upper Midwest (UMS): Fall 2019 22nd Annual Professional Development Conference

Nov. 14 from 7:30 am - 4:15 pm (CT) Double Tree by Hilton- Roseville, MN
Agenda highlights include a roundtable on respirable crystalline silica, with perspectives from industry, construction, and enforcement; discussion of an emerging issue in healthcare.

29th Annual California Industrial Hygiene Council (CIHC): Professional Development Symposium

Dec. 6 in San Francisco, CA

VIRTUAL SECTION

Educational Virtual Presentation Session

Building a Globally Applied Qualitative Risk Assessment Tool presented by Nancy M. McClellan, MPH, CIH, CHMM on Thursday, November 21 at 2:00 pm (ET)- (Virtual section members only).

AIHA UNIVERSITY

The Role of Context in Ethical Decision-Making for the Industrial Hygienist

Nov. 7-1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)
This webinar satisfies the 2-hour ABIH Ethics requirement.
Attendees will better understand the drivers influencing ethical decision-making and the theoretical frameworks supporting the use of such drivers.

Featured Education in IAQ

Breathe easier with the tools you need to combat poor indoor air quality (IAQ). Exposure to indoor air pollutants or lack of fresh air can cause short and long-term health effects. Keep our workspaces, schools, and homes healthy with these indoor air quality resources from AIHA University.

EIH II: Practical Applications of OEHS Math

Online Course- (Experienced) - 40 Contact hours
The course follows the book Useful Equations which covers topics such as: calculation and estimation approaches related to airborne contaminants, TLV and TWA, OA for dilution, fans, system testing, sound and noise, radiation, ventilation, statistics, ventilation, IAQ, and more.

Earn Contact Hours at Your Convenience

Did you miss attending this year's AIHce EXP? Access that world-class educational programming year-round with AIHce OnDemand! OnDemand session recordings allow you to learn on your own time and are conveniently bundled by topic. Sessions from AIHce EXP 2019 are already available, including bundles and individual sessions.

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

Comments for EPA Review

Submit your comments to Mark Ames by November 15 in the Healthcare Working Group on Catalyst.

Fall Means Pumpkin-Spiced Heaven for Some, Wildfires for Others

Mark Ames writes, "Fall is a treasured time of year. For many parts of the country, fall means cooler temperatures, shorter days, a panorama of motley-colored leaves, and pumpkin-spiced everything. (I had my first pumpkin-spiced latte of the season just last week!) Yet, while some people are cozying up to fireplaces, others are preparing for an annual spike in wildfire activity"...read more here.


AIHA Submits Comments on OSHA Request for Information on Possible Updates to Table 1 of OSHA's Respirable Silica Standard for Construction


OSHA is weighing if it should update Table 1 of its respirable crystalline silica standard for construction to include additional tasks or equipment. In response to this request for information (RFI), AIHA submitted comments earlier this week to the Administration.

Help Support Safe Wildfire Cleanup & Recovery

Your help is needed today! Please take a moment to send a message to your Governor, urging them to help protect families, workers, pets, and communities during wildfire recovery efforts.

FEMA to Hold National Advisory Council Meetings in November

Are you interested in hearing what advice the National Advisory Council is providing to FEMA? Will you be in Washington, DC in early November? If so, then you're welcome to attend the Council's meeting, which is open to the public and occurs from November 5 through 7, 2019.

MSHA to Hold Stakeholder Meetings on Standards for Examinations of Working Place in Metal and Nonmetal Mines

Do you have an interest in OSH and metal or nonmetal mines? If so, then you may be interested in attending any one of the five upcoming stakeholder meetings of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). The meetings will be held on October 29, and November 7, 12, 14, and 21 throughout the United States. For additional information, please visit https://bit.ly/2MN8c5f

President Trump Nominates Amanda Wood Laihow to Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

Curious about who President Donald J. Trump nominated to serve on the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC)? Then visit https://bit.ly/32gHQig to learn about Amanda Wood Laihow, whose career has focused on OSH and government relations.

Updates on Notable and Key Bills

Visit the weekly GR Announcements on Catalyst.

CATALYST

Trending on Catalyst This Month—The IH/OEHS Online Community

1. IH Software - Philip Goff

2. Wildfire PM2.5 Air Monitor - David Friedman

3. Low-Cost Respirable Silica Monitor - Corey Bender

4. Second Hand Tobacco Smoke - Passive Dosimeter - Guillaume Gatefait

5. Access to IH Mod 2.0, Skin Perm, Others- Steven Jahn

Join the #IAMIH Challenge 2020 on Catalyst to raise awareness of the profession, enhance your presentation skills, win prizes and earn CM credit. For more information, please contact Gouhar Nayeem.

Do you have questions regarding our online community? Need additional training? Please contact Janice Allen.

IN THE NEWS

Elevating Industrial Hygiene into Product Stewardship

Industrial hygienists ensure regulatory compliance, but more importantly, protect the people doing the work. But what if an industrial hygienist's contribution went further? Check out this video produced by AIHA’s Stewardship and Sustainability Committee.

AIHA and Five International Associations Join Forces for a Better Indoor Environment

The mission of the new alliance is to promote and advocate for indoor climate and health in buildings. The new global association on indoor environmental quality will serve as a global platform to facilitate the exchange of indoor environmental knowledge and information, promoting related education and research for indoor environmental quality and health in buildings.

Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) Auditor Registry

If you perform OHSMS audits for your company, clients or customers, or prepare, review and communicate audit results, the OHSMS Auditor Registry might be right for you.

California Enacts AIHA-Assisted Bill on Fentanyl Cleanup

California has passed a law that establishes interim standards for the cleanup of fentanyl labs – a measure intended to protect those who live in or near properties contaminated by the substance. AIHA lent its support for the legislation as it moved through the California state legislature.

Hunting for the Cause of Mystery Vaping Illnesses

No one knows for sure why more than 1,000 previously healthy individuals in the US, half under the age of 25, have developed serious lung injuries that require hospitalization and in many cases, mechanical ventilation and intensive care... read more here.

Soft Skills

Carl Sall writes, "Soft skills, which AIHA CEO Larry Sloan defined as "personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people" in a SynergistNOW post earlier this year, are not typically taught in classrooms or in training courses."...Read more here.

October 2019

IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES:

CALL TO ACTION

Open Call for Board Nominating Committee

We are using an open-call process to add four (4) at-large members to the Board Nominating Committee. We’re looking for four at-large members who are active AIHA Full Members and who are committed to helping us find the best nominees for Board officer and director positions. Deadline: Oct. 10 (5 p.m. Eastern)

ByLaw Amendments Response to Member Concerns

The voting portal for the bylaws amendments is open via a third-party provider. Voting will close on Oct. 11 (11:59 p.m. Eastern). If you didn’t receive an email with login information please contact, Lynae Brown.

AIHA Board of Directors Nominations

AIHA is seeking nominations for four Board of Directors positions that will be vacated in May 2020: Vice President, Secretary-Elect, and two at-large Director positions. Electronic submission forms are available for all positions. Deadline: Nov. 1.

AIHA's IAC Micro-Grants Subcommittee on Emerging Economy Projects Fund Review Protocol

Application Deadline: Dec. 31 (11:59 p.m. Eastern)
The International Affairs Committee’s Emerging Economy Projects Fund has been established to increase understanding and build capacity for occupational hygiene in developing economies around the world. You do not have to be an AIHA member in order to submit the online application form.

NATIONAL & MEMBERSHIP

New AIHA Website

Have you checked out AIHA’s new improved website? Life has just gotten easier, with our easy to use search function which will always be on the top right-hand side of site pages. Leave your comments in our feedback section and let us know what you think.

Celebrate AIHA’s 80th Anniversary

AIHA is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, share your memories on social media and tag us on Facebook and Twitter using #AIHAis80.

American Industrial Hygiene Association Publishes 2019 Salary and Compensation Study

The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) released today the 2019 Salary and Compensation Study, a national survey of the salaries, benefits, other compensation structures, and demographics of industrial hygiene and occupational health (IH/OH) professionals. The purpose of the survey is to provide members of the IH/OH community with detailed information on industry compensation practices, including salaries, bonuses, and benefits, among other related metrics. Contact Adam Seery for more information.

Get an Edge on Your Career

Seeking a change in your career? Looking for that new position, company, or mission that strikes passion in your heart? Stay connected to a trusted online job board with premiere IH/OEHS opportunities across all industries.

Preparing for the Future: AIHA’s 2019 Environmental Scan

Dina Siegel writes in the SynergistNOW blog, "Earlier this year, AIHA conducted a comprehensive environmental scan of the industrial hygiene profession. But what is an "environmental scan," and what does it mean for us as industrial hygienists?" Read more here.

Your Vote is Needed

Bradley King writes in the SynergistNOW blog, "In a few days, all AIHA members will be invited to vote online for two new amendments to the association's bylaws, as proposed by the AIHA Board of Directors. AIHA's bylaws are frequently reviewed by the Board to ensure that they reflect best practices and meet the needs of its members. Read more here.

Important TSA Travel ID Changes Starting October 1

October 1, 2020 is the deadline for all air travelers to comply with REAL ID. That means, if you typically fly with your driver’s license as your only form of identification, your driver’s license must be REAL ID compliant, OR you will need to bring another form of federally accepted ID (a passport). For more information on REAL ID and to tell if your license is compliant, see https://www.tsa.gov/real-id.

Be an IHHero

The #IAMIH Challenge is an easy way for our members, as an individual or local section, to inspire students, hone your own leadership and presentation skills, and be part of a larger, ongoing movement to raise the public awareness of industrial hygiene. Click here to find out how to participate. The 2020 challenge includes actual prizes, recognition and CM credit. If you have any questions contact Gouhar Nayeem.

We’re Looking for Good Mentors

Do you remember what it was like just starting out in the profession or maybe looking to switch careers or specializations? Wouldn’t it have been helpful to have someone wiser with more experience helping guide and mentor you? Give back by becoming a mentor and develop leadership skills and gain a new perspective.

Membership

Membership Renewals to Begin

Thank you got being a committed, engaged and invested AIHA member. Over this past year we have accomplished so much with your help and we look forward to doing even more in 2020, including a new Catlayst and AIHA mobile app to make connecting even easier! Membership renewal to begin early October, we look forward to achieving even more together in 2020.

AIHA Membership Dues to Increase in 2020

We believe that worker safety is a fundamental human right and that is why we tirelessly work to promote and advance the occupational health and safety profession and those who practice it. To ensure that we have the resources and technology to support this work, the AIHA Board of Directors has made the decision to increase the annual membership dues for 2020 by 3.99%.

2020 Dues Structure

$223 Full

$111 Early Career Professional

$111 Emeritus (Retired)

$56 E-International

$32 Student

New Automatic Payment Option for Membership Renewals

Make things easier for yourself by setting up automatic membership renewal payments. Go to your ‘MY Member Dashboard’. Select 'Add/Edit my Payment Options' and then 'Add payment'.

How to Make the Most of Your Membership

Gouhar Nayeem writes in the latest SynergistNOW blog, "As the membership marketing specialist at AIHA, I have learned a lot about our members, and the more I’ve heard from you, the clearer it’s become to me that the members who actively engage, connect, and strive for growth are the ones who make the most of membership." Read more here.

STUDENTS & EARLY CAREER PROFESSIONALS

Student Posters at AIHce EXP 2020

Gain visibility among professionals in the field by submitting and presenting a student poster. The submission portal is open until March 2020. Contact Kathryn Christoe for more information.

Student Local Sections Council (SLSC) Newsletter

The Student Local Sections Council is excited to share our most recent Fall 2019 Newsletter. Want to learn more about how to get involved, click here.

The Benefits of Being a Student Member

Discover the possibilities of a career in industrial hygiene through AIHA, including support, mentorship, guidance, leadership development and next steps. As a member of a student local section, you have the opportunity to network with other IH/OEHS students, explore new ideas, and gain valuable insights.

How Can I Advance My Career

AIHA issued its first IH Professional Pathway eGuide (PDF), which provides industrial hygienists and occupational hygienists with recommendations on how to advance their careers.

Get the Help You Need. Register to Find a Mentor.

One of the most rewarding achievements one can experience is mentorship. Being new to the profession, and the Association, can be daunting to a student or early career professional. Commit to being a life-long learner by being mentored, regardless of your career stage. Join AIHA’s member only mentoring program, just takes a few minutes to set up your profile. Invest in yourself!

AIHF

American Industrial Hygiene Foundation Names Member-at-Large for Board of Trustees

The American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF) announced today that Barbara J. Dawson, CIH, CSP, has been selected to serve as the new member-at-large for the Foundation's board of trustees.

New for 2020: Online Scholarship Application Process

New this year! AIHF is launching an online scholarship application portal which will make it even easier to apply and attach all supplemental material. The application program will open in early October.

How Do I Donate?

Donating is easy. Just visit our online donation portal and set up the donation amount, you can even schedule recurring payments so you don’t need to think about it. The future of IH depends on all of us.

LOCAL SECTION

Presentation Resources

For those of you who have volunteered to present on behalf of AIHA National, staff regularly updates a series of presentations that are all available to you anytime:

1. A comprehensive AIHA National update PPT (generally takes 30 to 45 min)
2. A more streamlined AIHA National update PPT (could be covered in 15 min or less)
3. A detailed CPAG content priorities PPT (generally takes 30 to 45 min) -- NOTE: Many local sections are interested in this 'deeper dive'; all of my pending visits have requested this from me.
4. A slightly modified AIHA National update PPT designed for Student audiences (generally takes 30 mins)

Contact Laurie Mutdosch for more information.

Connecticut River Valley Local Section: All Day Conference

Oct. 3
The Annual All-Day Conference will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville. The event opens at 7:30 with registration, networking, vendors and a continental breakfast.

Lehigh Valley Local Section: PDC and Conference

Oct. 10- Oct. 11
Contact Albert Bielli for more information

The Iowa-Illinois and Nebraska-Western Iowa Local Section Meeting

Oct. 11 from 9-4 p.m. (Central)
Dr. Mike Harris, PhD, CIH, of Hamlin and Harris, Baton Rouge, LA, will present a seminar on Health Aspects of Welding, including the recent news about the carcinogenic classification of welding fumes being changed to Group 1 by IARC. Dr. Harris is a leader and well-known expert in this area. This is a critical presentation for those of you who do welding fume assessments.

Northwest Occupational Health Conference sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Local Section

Oct. 23-25 in Bend, OR

2019 Oklahoma Local Section Fall Conference: The Blunt Facts about Medical Marijuana

Oct. 24-25 in Oklahoma City, OK

Registration open. Early-bird rates expires on October 11th. The annual meeting brings you the latest in education, practice, and policy of industrial hygiene, and specifically around medical marijuana and its implication in industrial hygiene and environment.

Idaho Local Section: 5th Annual Fall Professional Development Conference

Nov. 14 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Mountain)

Please join us for presentations on industrial hygiene technical topics and opportunities to network with environmental, health and safety professionals from across the state.

AIHA Upper Midwest (UMS): Fall 2019 22nd Annual Professional Development Conference

Nov. 14 in Roseville, MN

29th Annual California Industrial Hygiene Council (CIHC): Professional Development Symposium

Dec. 6 in San Francisco, CA

AIHA UNIVERSITY

Welding Fumes: Suggestions for Future Research

Oct. 3 at 1-2 p.m. (Eastern)- Webinar
Earn 1 Contact Hour
Presenter Mike Harris will explain why the International Association for Research on Cancer (IARC) has recently categorized welding fume as a Group 1 Carcinogen, including all welding fume types in the category. Also covered is the need for future research to define welding fume exposure outcomes, and analyze the welding process that comes associated with elevated exposure risk.

Exposure Assessment and Engineering Control Evaluations: Lessons learned from Additive Manufacturing Field Studies

Oct. 22 at 1-2:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Earn 1.5 Contact Hours
This webinar will address the current state-of-the-science on potential emissions and exposures from 3D printers. You’ll receive an overview of how to plan and conduct an industrial hygiene assessment in both metal and polymer additive manufacturing environments.

Exposure and Chemical Monitoring—Beyond IH Fundamentals (face-to-face education)

Oct. 21-23 in Westerville, OH. This course is designed to take your knowledge to the next level with additional training in industrial hygiene and chemical monitoring. Receive 24 CM contact hours.

The Role of Context in Ethical Decision-Making for the Industrial Hygienist

Nov. 7-1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Explore the role of context in ethical decision-making. Earn 2 contact hours.

Online Unlimited Access to Publications - eLibrary Subscription

The AIHA University eLibrary provides online access to 50 of our top publications, including newly released titles. View entire publications or full chapters via our responsive subscription site on your desktop, tablet, or mobile device – perfect for the IH/OEHS student or professional on-the-go!

Strategic Framework: Enterprise Risk Management

This essential body of knowledge establishes a baseline for all IH/OEHS professionals on what enterprise risk management means within the sphere of safety and environmental health. Members get a discounted rate.

Did You Miss AIHce EXP This Year?

AIHce OnDemand session recordings bring the best of AIHce directly to you. Choose the topics that best meet your needs and tap into the latest IH/OEHS trends and research using your computer, tablet, or smartphone and earn CM points. Full in-person conference attendees have access to OnDemand recordings until end December 31 as part of your registration.

CIH Crash Course

Focus your studies with AIHA's CIH Crash Course, an online exam prep with access to 24 hours of presentations, videos, and practice questions. Easily fit your study time into your busy schedule with 24/7 web access for up to 12 months.

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

Congratulations & Welcome New Secretary of ACTIONS Committee

Congratulations and welcome to Anthony Oliveri, PhD, MPH, who has been elected the new Secretary of the ACTIONS Committee!

Appreciating the Role of IH in Infectious Diseases

Mark Ames writes in the SynergistNOW blog, "It was staff appreciation week at AIHA, and to be honest, I was looking forward to the celebratory breakfast. Instead, I found myself heading into Washington, DC to engage in a fascinating discussion about the United States' preparedness for pandemics".... read more here.

Updates on Notable and Key Bills

Visit the weekly State and Federal Government Relations update page on Catalyst.

CATALYST

Trending on Catalyst This Month—The IH/OEHS Online Community

1. Sampling Volume NIOSH 7500- Richard Wattson Saenz

2. Intrinsically Safe Ventilation Test Instrument- Chad McClimans

3. Vaping Health Hazards- Walter Garrow

4. Respirator Full Medical Evaluation Frequency- Rayna Brown

5. Help with Diazo Compounds- Terese Anderson

Join the #IAMIH Challenge 2020 on Catalyst to raise awareness of the profession, enhance your presentation skills, win prizes and earn CM credit. For more information, please contact Gouhar Nayeem.

Do you have questions regarding our online community? Need additional training? Please contact Janice Allen.

IN THE NEWS

A Modeling Toolbox for Product Stewards

Featured in the Synergist, Steven Jahn and John Lowe writes, "With the growth of industry’s sustainability and product stewardship programs, traditional industrial hygiene practices may increasingly extend beyond the workplace environment. The same approaches for assessing risk and identifying risk management options may also apply to downstream users of chemicals and products."...Read more here.

Top Five Lab Safety Tips

Mark Saner of Bulwark writes in the SynergistNOW, "From fires and explosions to sharp objects, pathogens, and dangerous chemicals, laboratories are home to a variety of hazards." Read more here.

From Consciousness to Conscience

Mary O'Reilly and Bob Deist writes in the Synergist, "Demonstrating a robust and effective health and safety program is foundational in organizational sustainability. Documented compliance with applicable regulations, development of comprehensive risk management strategies, and status reporting around key program performance indicators are other examples of the direct link between IH and sustainability." Read more here.

Ethics and Product Stewardship

By Thomas Grumbles in the Synergist
The profession of product stewardship is growing. One indication of this growth is the formation of the Product Stewardship Society, an affiliate of AIHA launched in 2012 to provide resources, professional development, and networking opportunities for product stewardship professionals. Read more here.

Trump’s Labor Pick Kept Workers in Pain

A recent American Industrial Hygiene Association paper notes, “Although many factors have contributed to the opioid crisis, the role of workplace musculoskeletal injuries has been overlooked.” Read more here.

September 2019

Important Dates and Deadlines

CALL TO ACTION

ByLaw Amendments Response to Member Concerns

The AIHA Board would like to thank those of you who took the time to express your concerns and comments online in response to the two proposed AIHA Bylaws amendments during the 30-day window. We understand the rationales presented may not be aligned with your thinking. At the Board’s July Strategic Planning Meeting, your feedback was shared (anonymously) and discussed. In the end, the Board has chosen to move forward with both measures; however, in the spirit of open communication, we would like to take this time to address some of the more commonly stated issues as well as clarify some apparent misunderstandings. Read for more.

Get Out the Vote

The voting portal for the bylaws amendments will open on September 16, 2019, via a third-party provider. Members will receive information via email, including a unique link and password assigned to them, prior to the launch of the voting portal. Voting will close on October 11, 2019 (11:59 p.m. Eastern).

Call for Applications: New IEQ Group’s BODs

IEQ-GA is organized and operated for the purpose of bringing together professionals from various disciplines that deal with the indoor environment. Nominations will be accepted until close of business on September 15, 2019. Self-nominations will be accepted.

Call for Applications: AIHA Volunteer Groups Assessment Task Force

A sustainable and vibrant volunteer community requires the need to look at critical success factors, applying best practices and fostering activities that support the pillars of the AIHA National strategic plan. The Board is calling for the formation of this new task force to be populated via “Open Call” process and provide recommendations to the Board. Deadline: September 30 (11:59 p.m. Eastern).

AIHce EXP 2020 PDC/Technical Submission Portal

There is no better opportunity to share experiences, expertise, and knowledge with the largest international gathering of industrial hygienists and occupational and environmental health and safety professionals than AIHce EXP. The portal will close on September 18.

Open Call for AIHA’s Total Worker Health Task Force

The TWH Task Force will be comprised of up to five (5) AIHA members representing a cross-section of the membership. Each member is expected to commit to a three-year term. Applications will be reviewed and selection made by the AIHA Board. Deadline: September 30, 2019 (5pm EST)

Open Call for Board Nominating Committee

We are using an open-call process to add four (4) at-large members to the Board Nominating Committee. We’re looking for four at-large members who are active AIHA Full Members and who are committed to helping us find the best nominees for Board officer and director positions. Deadline: October 10 (5pm EST)

AIHA Board of Directors Nominations

AIHA is seeking nominations for four Board of Directors positions that will be vacated in May 2020: Vice President, Secretary-Elect, and two at-large Director positions. Electronic submission forms are available for all positions. Deadline: November 1, 2019.

Call for Virtual Section: Educational Content & Presentation Committee

Be a part of the educational and presentation committee of AIHA’s Virtual Section (requires no commute). Contact Thursa La for more information. Virtual Section is a new online opportunity for AIHA members who don’t have access to a local section. Everyone, no matter the location, has the same opportunities to make a difference!

AIHA's IAC Micro-Grants Subcommittee on Emerging Economy Projects Fund Review Protocol
Application Deadline: December 31, 2019 (11:59 p.m. Eastern)
The International Affairs Committee’s Emerging Economy Projects Fund has been established to increase understanding and build capacity for occupational hygiene in developing economies around the world.
You do not have to be an AIHA member in order to submit the online application form.

Call for Virtual Section: Educational Content & Presentation Committee

Be a part of the educational and presentation committee of AIHA’s Virtual Section (requires no commute). Contact Thursa La for more information. Virtual Section is a new online opportunity for AIHA members who don’t have access to a local section. Everyone, no matter the location, has the same opportunities to make a difference!

AIHA's IAC Micro-Grants Subcommittee on Emerging Economy Projects Fund Review Protocol

Application Deadline: December 31, 2019 (11:59 p.m. Eastern)

The International Affairs Committee’s Emerging Economy Projects Fund has been established to increase understanding and build capacity for occupational hygiene in developing economies around the world.

You do not have to be an AIHA member in order to submit the online application form.

NATIONAL & MEMBERSHIP

American Industrial Hygiene Association Unveils Its New Website

The new AIHA.org adds content resources that are easily accessible. The modern design and revamped navigation system make it more intuitive so that in just a few clicks visitors can find the information they need.

AIHA’s 80th Anniversary

AIHA is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, share your memories on social media and tag us on Facebook and Twitter using #AIHAis80.

NEW! AIHA University eLibrary

Imagine having the latest IH/OEHS trends and research directly at your fingertips. Well, now you can—with the new AIHA University eLibrary! A 6-month or 1-year subscription grants you unlimited online access to 50 of our top publications in one convenient location.

AIHA Offers Recovery Guidance for Areas Affected by Hurricane Dorian

As Florida and Puerto Rico prepare for Hurricane Dorian, AIHA has reached out to the local media offering resources on planning and preparedness for the storm.

Featured in SynergistNOW: AIHA’s New Technical Staff Structure

Larry Sloan writes, "As many of you may know, earlier this year, AIHA’s Managing Director of Scientific and Technical Initiatives, Russ Hayward, CIH, left to pursue other endeavors that we have learned will take him across the globe."

Featured in SynergistNOW: The Roadmap to a Successful Mentoring Relationship

Ina Xhani writes, "While working on a video project at AIHce EXP 2019, I had the opportunity to meet Chrissy Hoehn, an AIHA member since 2004, and Melanie Nembhard, a member since 2013. They are both part of the AIHA Mentoring Program..."

AIHA Membership Dues to Increase in 2020

We believe that worker safety is a fundamental human right and that is why we tirelessly work to promote and advance the occupational health and safety profession and those who practice it. To ensure that we have the resources and technology to support this work, the AIHA Board of Directors has made the decision to increase the annual membership dues for 2020.

2020 Dues Structure

$223 Full

$111 Early Career Professional

$111 Emeritus (Retired)

$56 E-International

$32 Student

Product Stewardship 2019

The Product Stewardship Conference offers an experience like no other by bringing together professionals from more than a dozen different industry sectors and throughout the value chain to deliver unique education and networking opportunities. For the lowest rates and best value year-round, join the Product Stewardship Society as a Premium member. Forgot to renew your membership? Renew today to reinstate your benefits immediately!

Chance to Win Prizes And Be Recognized For Raising Awareness of IH

The #IAMIH Challenge is an easy way for our members, as an individual or local section, to inspire students, hone your own leadership and presentation skills, and be part of a larger, ongoing movement to raise the public awareness of industrial hygiene. The 2020 challenge includes actual prizes, recognition and CM credit. If you have any questions contact Gouhar Nayeem.

Seeking a Change in Your Career? Looking for a New Position?

CareerAdvantage provides IH/OEHS job seekers access to exclusive benefits designed to give you the extra edge in securing your next position. From specialized job boards to superior career resources...its now today's premier professionals move up to success. Please contact Wanda Barbour for more information.

I Am a Thought Leader

The Distinguished Lecturer Program features renowned thought leaders in academia, industry and government, speaking about the most important topics in industrial hygiene. Learn more about the program, benefits and how to become a distinguished lecturer.

Is your Local Section looking for SME’s to present at your event? Consider an AIHA Distinguished Lecturer. Contact Thursa La for more details.

STUDENTS & EARLY CAREER PROFESSIONALS

Student Posters at AIHce Exp 2020

Gain visibility among professionals in the field by submitting and presenting a student poster. The submission portal is open until March 2020. Contact Kathryn Christoe for more information.

Student Membership Benefits

Discover the possibilities of a career in industrial hygiene through AIHA, including support, mentorship, guidance, leadership development and next steps. As a member of a student local section, you have the opportunity to network with other IH/OEHS students, explore new ideas, and gain valuable insights.

Looking to Advance Your Career?

AIHA issued its first IH Professional Pathway eGuide (PDF), which provides industrial hygienists and occupational hygienists with recommendations on how to advance their careers.

Why Struggle Alone?

One of the most rewarding achievements one can experience is mentorship. Being new to the profession, and the Association, can be daunting to a student or early career professional. Commit to being a life-long learner by being mentored, regardless of your career stage. Join AIHA’s member only mentoring program, just takes a few minutes to set up your profile. Invest in yourself!

AIHF

New Scholarship: Frederick W. Boelter Risk Science Scholarship

Dedicated to the advancement of risk science in the practice of industrial hygiene. Created by the partners of RHP Risk Management in recognition of the contributions by Fred Boelter and all those he mentored and inspired.

New for 2020: Online Scholarship Application Process

New this year! AIHF is launching an online scholarship application portal which will make it even easier to apply and attach all supplemental material. The application program will open in early October.

How to Donate

Donating is easy. Just visit our online donation portal and set up the donation amount, you can even schedule recurring payments so you don’t need to think about it. The future of IH depends on all of us.

LOCAL SECTION

Carolina Local Section Fall 2019 PDC and Conference

September 11-13
Topics include tools for ethical decision making, effective management of the “under-exposed,” nanotechnology and more.

Chicagoland Safety, Health & Environmental Conference

September 16-19
Over 80 sessions. This annual educational event features excellent speakers on relevant topics in safety, health and environmental issues. Full and half day seminars in addition to shorter topic sessions.

Scientific Liaison Coalition Presents Health Hazards of Electronic Cigarettes

September 17, 2019, 11:00 AM–12:00 PM ET
Presented by Neal L. Benowitz, MD, Professor Emeritus of Medicine, University of California San Francisco. Free live webinar open only to members of SLC and requires registration. A recording of the webinar will be available on a future date for AIHA members.

AIHA DSS Meeting - A IH Discussion of Occupational Welding Fume Exposure

September 17 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (CT)
AIHA DSS will be hosting a regular meeting on September 17th, 2019 between 6:00 and 7:30 pm sponsored by 3M/Scott Fire & Safety at Mike Anderson's in Gonzales, LA (1500 Louisiana 30 W, Gonzales, LA 70737). Mike Harris will be presenting the discussion topic "Welding Fume is a Group I Carcinogen with no OEL and no Method: What is the Path Forward?"

Rocky Mountain (AIHA-RMS) & ASSP CO Chapter-Fall Technical Conference

September 17-18
The 2019 Fall Technical Conference will be held at the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts. Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are available.

Canadian Society of Safety Engineers 2019 Professional Development Conference

September 22-25
This is Canada’s “must attend” safety event! Sessions are designed to expand your knowledge and provide practical insights on emerging issues. Our goal for the 2019 conference is to be the best professional development event you attend this year.

Lehigh Valley Local Section PDC and Conference

Oct. 10- Oct. 11, 2019
Contact Albert Bielli for more information

The Iowa-Illinois and Nebraska-Western Iowa LS

October 11 from 9-4pm (CT)
Dr. Mike Harris, PhD, CIH, of Hamlin and Harris, Baton Rouge, LA, will present a seminar on Health Aspects of Welding, including the recent news about the carcinogenic classification of welding fumes being changed to Group 1 by IARC. Dr. Harris is a leader and well-known expert in this area. This is a critical presentation for those of you who do welding fume assessments.

EDUCATION

Did You Miss AIHce EXP This Year?

AIHce OnDemand session recordings bring the best of AIHce directly to you. Choose the topics that best meet your needs and tap into the latest IH/OEHS trends and research using your computer, tablet, or smartphone and earn CM points.

CIH Crash Course

Focus your studies with AIHA's CIH Crash Course, an online exam prep with access to 24 hours of presentations, videos, and practice questions. Easily fit your study time into your busy schedule with 24/7 web access for up to 12 months.

Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene

September 16-19- Westerfield, OH
Gain exposure to the broad field of industrial hygiene through sampling and workshop sessions, hands-on lab experiences, demo sessions, and problem-solving exercises. This four-day course is not only designed for OEHS professionals new to industrial hygiene or who have newly acquired IH responsibilities, but also serves as an excellent refresher.

Opioids and Protection of Workers Involved in Opioid Response

September 26-1:00 - 2:00 PM ET/ Earn 1 Contact Hour
This webinar will benefit opioid responders (including police officers, hazmat personnel and forensic analysts), industrial hygienists involved in keeping American workers safe, EHS experts, and professionals concerned with the use of opioids in the workplace.

Exposure and Chemical Monitoring—Beyond IH Fundamentals (face-to-face education)

October 21-23 in Westerville, OH. This course is designed to take your knowledge to the next level with additional training in industrial hygiene and chemical monitoring. Receive 24 CM contact hours.

The Role of Context in Ethical Decision-Making for the Industrial Hygienist

November 7-1:00 – 3:00 PM ET
Explore the role of context in ethical decision-making. Earn 2 contact hours.

Occupational Exposure Assessment Certificate Program

Prove that you've mastered the skills required to assess workplace exposures and hazards at the industrial hygiene technician level. Earn 4 contact hours!

Basic Principles of Occupational Hygiene

AIHA’s newest eLearning course provides an excellent introduction to the broad principles in occupational hygiene as the basis for anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of hazards that can be encountered in the workplace. With all materials accessible online, this course is also ideal for our counterparts from around the world.

Professional Certificate Programs

AIHA’s certificate programs offer training on specialized IH/OH topics that are aligned with the technical frameworks outlined in the corresponding AIHA Bodies of Knowledge (BoK).

Welding: An Exercise in Applied Industrial Hygiene (e-learning)

Adapted from a popular PDC, this course describes common welding and thermal cutting processes and the health/safety hazards associated with these processes. Earn 8 contact hours.

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

New from SynergistNOW: Your Story Has Power - Use It!

Mark Ames, "Let’s take a stroll down memory lane. Looking back at the important moments of our lives, there’s probably something that many of us have in common: a thirst for knowledge and understanding." Read more here.

Importance of Hearing Protection - October 3 (Michigan State Capitol)

The 85-3 Hearing Protection Coalition is organizing a day to speak with legislators about the importance of hearing protection, with a focus on encouraging legislators to introduce and enact legislation that would lower the PEL for occupational noise to 85 dBA and the exchange rate to 3 dBA. Taking this action would align the State with the NIOSH REL for occupational noise exposure. Michigan's PEL is currently set at 90 dBA.

OSHA Issues Request for Information on Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica

OSHA is seeking feedback on Table 1 of its Standard for Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction.
Do you believe that AIHA should submit comments on this request for information (RFI)? If so, what, specifically do you believe AIHA's comments should address? Please provide your feedback via a short survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/95JBQRM.

EPA Proposes Significant New Uses for 17 Chemical Substances

Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the US EPA has proposed significant new uses for 17 chemical substances. Comments on this action must be submitted to EPA on or before September 13, 2019.

For additional information please visit https://bit.ly/2TAFWph.

Action Alert: Send a Letter to Your Governor Today Urging them to Support Safe Cleanup & Recovery of Urban Wildfires!

The hazards present during a wildfire are hard to ignore, with heat and smoke being some of the most obvious. But what about the hazards that may exist long after the last ember has been extinguished? All too often in the rush to rebuild and reclaim that which was lost, it can be easy to forget that hidden dangers may remain. Take action today by visiting https://bit.ly/2NYSrvO

Updates on Notable and Key Bills

Visit the weekly State and Federal Government Relations update page on Catalyst.

CATALYST

Trending on Catalyst This Month—The IH/OEHS Online Community

1. IH Statistics - Taylor Von Colln

2. Interpretation of Total Silica Results - Edward J. Kahal

3. Welding Ventilation Inside of Confined Space Follow - Denis Logie

4. Octave Band | Hearing Loss Frequency - Marcus Vinícius Nunes

5. PIDs with 11.7 eV Lamps- Robert A. Brounstein

Join the #IAMIH Challenge 2020 on Catalyst to raise awareness of the profession, enhance your presentation skills, win prizes and earn CM credit. For more information, please contact Gouhar Nayeem.

Do you have questions regarding our online community? Need additional training? Please contact Janice Allen.

IN THE NEWS

Pure Management: How to Apply Risk-Based Thinking in Laboratories ISO/IECC 17025

By Bob Lieckfield, Jr., CIH, FAIHA as featured in The Synergist
ISO/IEC 17025 introduces the concept of “risk-based thinking,” a management model that places responsibility for defining and organizing a laboratory’s policies and procedures directly on laboratory management.

Sampling for Drugs in Uncontrolled Enviornments: Accessing Hazardous and Highly Potent Drug Exposures in Nontraditional Workplaces

By Matthew J. Meiners, CIH and Donna Heidel, CIH, FAIHA as featured in The Synergist
Illicit manufacture and use of opioids have led to concerns that workers in uncontrolled environments as well as the general public are at risk for potential exposures. What can we learn from the pharmaceutical industry about assessing exposure risks to hazardous drugs, including illicit drugs, in these uncontrolled environments?

What's Behind a Cluster of Vaping-Related Hospitalizations?

When Dylan Nelson was admitted to the ICU in July with difficulty breathing, his mother, Kim Barnes, figured it was his asthma acting up. But when she got to the hospital in Burlington, Wis., he couldn't speak. He was intubated. His blood oxygen level was only 10 percent. He was put into a medically induced coma. Read more here.

Why Are People Still Dying from Legionnaires' Disease?

The Conversation

Brian Labus, assistant professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, writes: "In the nearly 50 years since epidemiologists first discovered Legionnaires' disease, we have learned how to test for it, treat it, and prevent it. So why are people still dying from it, and why are more and more people becoming sick with it every single year?" Read more here.

Notre-Dame Construction Resumes in Paris, but Worries About Lead Remain
The New York Times

Construction resumed at the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris on Monday, weeks after authorities had shut the site down over worries about lead contamination linked to the fire in April. The work restarted with stricter decontamination measures in place, but amid concerns that authorities still weren't doing enough to contain the blaze's toxic fallout. Read more here.

Global Study Explores Best Practices for Recent Immigrant Safety
Canadian Occupational Safety

"I'm working at the freezer and I stay for eight hours, not giving us a break. I feel sick one day, sick like I can't breathe, and the cold... one day I passed out. Somebody came in and told me, you'd better not say words. You're not allowed to talk." ... [This is] just [one] of the comments that the Institute for Work and Health heard from recent immigrants and refugees in the Greater Toronto Area as part of a study it conducted a few years ago. Read more here.

August 2019

Important Dates and Deadlines

Call to Action

Call for Questions: Synergist Town Hall Webinar on Flame-Resistant Clothing

The Synergist and Bulwark FR are asking AIHA members for their help in creating the next presentation in our Town Hall Webinar Series. You can submit your questions by emailing the Synergist staff. The webinar is scheduled for mid-August and is free

Call for Virtual Section: Educational Content & Presentation Committee

Be a part of the educational and presentation committee of AIHA’s new virtual section (requires no commute). Contact Thursa La for more information.

Help Shape the AIHce EXP 2020 Education Program

Each of AIHA’s volunteer groups will need to submit the names of 4 reviewers + 2 alternates by Monday, August 12 to Erin Breece.

AIHce EXP 2020 PDC/Technical Submission Portal

There is no better opportunity to share experiences, expertise, and knowledge with the largest international gathering of industrial hygienists and occupational and environmental health and safety professionals than AIHce EXP. The portal will close on September 18.

Product Stewardship 2019 – September 10-12

The Product Stewardship Conference offers an experience like no other by bringing together professionals from more than a dozen different industry sectors and throughout the value chain to deliver unique education and networking opportunities. For the lowest rates and best value year-round, join the Product Stewardship Society as a Premium member. Forgot to renew your membership? Renew today to reinstate your benefits immediately!

National & Membership

AIHA Website Announcement

We are very excited to announce that we are launching our new website in late August. Stay tuned!

Featured SynergistNOW Blog: "AIHA'S Strategic Plan For 2019–21: An Introduction"

Larry Sloan, AIHA's CEO, writes: "The AIHA Board adopted a new strategic plan last summer, which took effect January 1, 2019. The new plan reflects the total enterprise, which includes our three LLCs, two foundations, local sections, and the Product Stewardship Society”… read more here.

Latest SynergistNOW blog- “What You Do Matters

Gouhar Nayeem writes, "I hadn’t heard of industrial hygiene until I was preparing to interview for a job in the marketing department at AIHA. The first thought that came to mind was cleanliness and dental hygiene on an industrial scale. I was relieved to learn that industrial hygiene ... "

AIHA’s 80th Anniversary

AIHA is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, share your memories on social media and tag us on Facebook and Twitter using #AIHAis80.

AIHA Offers Guidance for Flood Response

AIHA is reaching out to local media, offering resources on planning and preparedness prior to a storm, as well as guidance to the public and workers during flood recovery and cleanup.

AIHA Launches Think and Act Fire Smart Resource Center

AIHA’s Think and Act Fire Smart Resource Center aims to raise awareness about the hidden dangers in the cleanup process that follows a devastating wildfire, especially in urban areas.

Outstanding Volunteers, Professionals Recognized at AIHce EXP

Recipients of AIHA awards, volunteer group awards, volunteer star awards, and volunteer service awards were honored at AIHce EXP 2019, along with outstanding volunteer group project teams, student poster award winners, and recipients of local section awards.

Get Your Membership Through Organizational

Organizations comprised of more than 2 IH/OEHS employees are eligible for organizational membership which would provide member benefits for a number of individuals, as well as the organization. Contact your HR department or the decision maker to see if its an option. Call (703) 849-8888 to join today.

#IAMIH Challenge 2020

The #IAMIH Challenge is an easy way for our members, as an individual or local section, to inspire students, hone your own leadership and presentation skills, and be part of a larger, ongoing movement to raise the public awareness of industrial hygiene. The 2020 challenge includes prizes, recognition and CM credit. All you have to do is use our outreach resource center and create and post your cool presentation on Catalyst.Catalyst

Volunteering - What's in it For You

Want to get involved in a different way? Consider joining one of the more than 48+ technical and professional development committees and working groups. The volunteer experience is rewarding and reaps many benefits, both personally and professionally.

Be a Mentor/Get a Mentor

One of the most rewarding achievements one can experience is mentorship. Being new to the profession, and the Association, can be daunting to a student or early career professional. Commit to being a life-long learner by being mentored, regardless of your career stage.

AIHA Issues IH Professional Pathway eGuide

AIHA issued its first IH Professional Pathway eGuide (PDF), which provides industrial hygienists and occupational hygienists with recommendations on how to advance their careers.

Distinguished Lecturer Program

Our program features renowned thought leaders in academia, industry and government, speaking about the most important topics in industrial hygiene. Learn more about the program, benefits and how to become a distinguished lecturer.

Is your Local Section looking for SME’s to present at your event? Consider an AIHA Distinguished Lecturer. Contact Thursa La for more details.

AIHA's Bodies of Knowledge

AIHA and its appointed members and volunteers worked collaboratively to develop the technical framework, known as the Body of Knowledge (BoK), which outlines the knowledge and skills a competent person should possess and be able to demonstrate in a specific topic or specialty. BoKs are complimentary!

Students & Early Career Professionals

Student Posters at AIHce Exp 2020

Gain visibility among professionals in the field by submitting and presenting a student poster. The submission portal is open until March 2020. Contact Kathryn Christoe for more information.

Career Counseling

When is the last time you updated your résumé or wrote a cover letter? Can you make a great first impression at that new job interview? Do you want great career transition counseling? Please contact Wanda Barbour for more information.

Student Membership Benefits

Discover the possibilities of a career in industrial hygiene through AIHA, including support, mentorship, guidance, leadership development and next steps. As a member of a student local section, you have the opportunity to network with other IH/OEHS students, explore new ideas, and gain valuable insights.

Five Levels of an IH Career

Each stage of an IH professional's career can be defined by an individual's knowledge area, career level, and stage of progression. Refer to this handy infographic PDF of the various professional stages of an industrial hygienist.

Join the Mentoring Program – (AIHA Members Only)

As an AIHA member you have access to our mentoring program—search for experienced professionals by location, topics of interest, subject matter, designation and more! Want to be a mentor? Complete your mentoring profile today!

AIHF

Impact Newsletter: Summer 2019

Read the latest news, updates and message from the AIHF President.

New for 2020: Online Scholarship Application Process

New this year! AIHF is launching an online scholarship application portal which will make it even easier to apply and attach all supplemental material. The application program will open in early October.

Why Do I Donate?

"I support the Foundation for two reasons. The first is charitable in that I want to give back to the profession that has provided me a very rewarding career. The second is I want to be able to find qualified and motivated hygienists to hire and the Foundation scholarships help keep talent entering the profession." -Thomas G. Grumbles, CIH, AIHF Donor

Local Section

A Way to Network with Other IH/OEHS Professionals in Your Area

Membership in a local section does more than just keep you informed—it provides you with a total spectrum of activities that enhance your professional growth, while promoting the IH/OEHS profession in your local community.

Join AIHA’s Virtual Section

Are you an AIHA member with no access to a local section in your area? Join our virtual section with its own dedicated online community section in Catalyst, personal one-on-ones with industry thought leaders, coffee talks, educational virtual workshop, and more! Call 703-849-8888 or email us at infonet@aiha.org.

Alabama AIHA Summer Conference

August 16 at 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (CT)

Hear how changes to safety, health and environmental practices will affect the future of the safety and health profession. Earn CIH/CSP points.

San Diego (SDAIHA) Professional Development Symposium: Health, Safety, Industrial Hygiene… Oh My!

August 30 at 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PT)

A full day symposium with 7-hours of learning and development opportunities followed by a “Sites and Sips” cocktail networking boat tour on the harbor. Breakfast and lunch included and symposium eligible for CEUs.

Carolina Local Section Fall 2019 PDC and Conference

September 11-13 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort, Myrtle Beach,

S.C. Topics include tools for ethical decision making, effective management of the “under-exposed,” nanotechnology and more.

Chicagoland Safety, Health & Environmental Conference

September 16-19 - Registration open

Over 80 sessions. This annual educational event features excellent speakers on relevant topics in safety, health and environmental issues. Full and half day seminars in addition to shorter topic sessions.

Rocky Mountain (AIHA-RMS) & ASSP CO Chapter-Fall Technical Conference

The 2019 Fall Technical Conference will be held at the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts on September 17–18. Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are available.

Education

Never Stop Learning

Katie Robert, AIHA Manager, Product Development writes, "To do their best work, it's important that IH/OEHS professionals stay on top of the latest trends in the industry. There are several ways to go about it, whether you're interested in an online course, a workshop, or simply curling up with a great read on (let's say) Bayesian statistics"… read more here.

New Webinar: Communicating with Impact

Monday August 12 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET (Earn 1 Contact Hour). This webinar will cover questions such as how industrial hygienists can clearly and persuasively communicate complex information to colleagues, stakeholders and business partners. Attendees will gain valuable presentation techniques to make the case for their technical decisions and business needs.

AIHce OnDemand

Did you miss AIHce EXP this year? AIHce OnDemand session recordings bring the best of AIHce directly to you. Choose the topics that best meet your needs and tap into the latest IH/OEHS trends and research using your computer, tablet, or smartphone and earn CM points.

CIH Crash Course

Applications for the Fall CIH exam are due August 1. Are you ready? Focus your studies with AIHA's CIH Crash Course, an online exam prep with access to 24 hours of presentations, videos, and practice questions. Easily fit your study time into your busy schedule with 24/7 web access for up to 12 months.

Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene—September 16-19

Gain exposure to the broad field of industrial hygiene through sampling and workshop sessions, hands-on lab experiences, demo sessions, and problem-solving exercises. This four-day course is not only designed for OEHS professionals new to industrial hygiene or who have newly acquired IH responsibilities, but also serves as an excellent refresher.

Exposure and Chemical Monitoring—Beyond IH Fundamentals (face-to-face education)

October 21-23 in Westerville, OH. This course is designed to take your knowledge to the next level with additional training in industrial hygiene and chemical monitoring. Receive 24 CM contact hours.

Professional Development Courses in Chicago, IL

If you'll be in or around the Chicago area October 27 or 28, join us for our inaugural AIHA University Pop-Up, located at the University of Illinois at Chicago. This provides an opportunity for IH and OEHS professionals to access high quality education outside of AIHce EXP.

The Role of Context in Ethical Decision-Making for the Industrial Hygienist

Explore the role of context in ethical decision-making by attending our November 7 webinar at 1:00- 3:00 pm ET. Earn 2 contact hours.

Affordable Technical Training for Your Staff

AIHA certificate programs are a convenient and affordable way to invest in your staff and add to their skill sets.

New to AIHA eLearning: Occupational Exposure Assessment Certificate Program

Prove that you've mastered the skills required to assess workplace exposures and hazards at the industrial hygiene technician level. You'll also earn 4 contact hours!

NEW in eLearning: Basic Principles of Occupational Hygiene

AIHA’s newest eLearning course provides an excellent introduction to the broad principles in occupational hygiene as the basis for anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of hazards that can be encountered in the workplace. With all materials accessible online, this course is also ideal for our counterparts from around the world.

AIHA Launches New Professional Certificate Programs

AIHA’s certificate programs offer training on specialized IH/OH topics that are aligned with the technical frameworks outlined in the corresponding AIHA Bodies of Knowledge (BoK).

Welding: An Exercise in Applied Industrial Hygiene (e-learning)

Adapted from a popular PDC, this course describes common welding and thermal cutting processes and the health/safety hazards associated with these processes. Earn 8 contact hours.

Featured in Risk Assessment

Integrate risk assessment into your OEHS management plan with one of our self-study courses, webinar/presentation recordings, or publications.

Government Relations

SynergistNOW Featured Blog by Mark Ames: Stranger Things Meets Industrial Hygiene

“If you're like me, you recently finished watching season three of Netflix's hit series Stranger Things. Without giving anything away, this latest season was a feast for the IH/OH eye, featuring countless instances of the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, prevention, and control of hazards…” read more here.

Announcing AIHA's Conversation Commitment Challenge

Great storytelling lies at the heart of improving public policies, which is why AIHA has launched a "Conversation Commitment Challenge". AIHA is encouraging everyone to have at least one conversation with someone who may not understand the important role that IH/OH plays in their daily life.

CDC Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee to Meet in August

CDC’s Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee will meet via conference call on August 20 at 2:00 to 4:00 PM Eastern. The call is open to the public.

MSHA Extends Comment Period on Respirable Coal Mine Dust

MSHA is extending the comment period (July 9, 2022) to provide interested parties with additional time to submit feedback on the development of its framework for a study to assess the impact of the rule.

Updates on Notable and Key Bills

Visit the weekly State and Federal Government Relations update page on Catalyst.

Catalyst

Trending on Catalyst This Month—The IH/OEHS Online Community

  1. Elevated Benzene Levels (Offshore Drilling) - Jans Babkevics
  2. Real-Time Monitoring of Metals- Cynthia Timbie
  3. Basic Chemistry for IH - Jans Babkevics
  4. IH Pioneers - Andrew Seal
  5. Recommendations Wanted - Aerosol Monitor with Screen - Spencer Pizzani

Join the IAMIH Challenge 2020 on Catalyst to raise awareness of the profession, enhance your presentation skills, win prizes and earn CM credit. For more information, please contact Gouhar Nayeem.

Do you have questions regarding our online community? Need additional training? Please contact Janice Allen.

In the News

From The SynergistThe Global Toll of Occupational Accidents and Diseases

A new report issued by the International Labor Organization quantifies the number of people who die each year around the world from work-related accidents and work-related diseases. The report, "Safety and Health at the Heart of the Future of Work: Building on 100 Years of Experience," summarizes the evolution of occupational health and safety… read more here.

JOEH Presents "Virtual Issue" On Head Stress

A "virtual issue" of articles on the topic of heat stress is now available online from the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH). The heat stress article collection will be freely available through the remainder of 2019... read more here.

New NIOSH Report Outlines Its Occupational Exposure Banding Process

A new technical report published by NIOSH describes the agency's voluntary occupational exposure banding process for chemical risk management… read more here.

A Battle Plan for the Construction Sector’s Health Hazards

Matt Gillen writes in the SynergistNOW blog, "Industrial hygienists know the importance of occupational health. We know the national estimates suggesting that fatal occupational illnesses occur ten times more than fatal occupational injuries"… read more here.

EPA Lowers Limits on Lead in Dust on Floors and Windowsills

A new final rule announced by EPA on June 21 will revise the federal limits for lead in dust on floors and windowsills… read more here.

Report: Workers Experience Secondhand Smoke Exposure Despite Smoke-Free Laws

Laws that prohibit smoking in workplaces appear to have little effect on the prevalence of secondhand smoke exposure in certain occupations... read more here.

OSHA Urges Employers to Protect Workers from Exposure to Measles

OSHA recently published a new web page to provide information about preventing and reducing workers' exposure to measles as well as information on vaccination and treatment... read more here.

NIOSH Podcast Addresses Infectious Diseases in the Workplace

NIOSH recently published a podcast episode on infectious diseases in the workplace for CDC’s “Emerging Infectious Diseases” series... read more here.

July 2019

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Call for Questions - Synergist Town Hall Webinar on Flame-Resistant Clothing: Ongoing
  • AIHce EXP 2020 PDC/Technical Submission Portal: Opens July 8
  • Call for Comment - Proposed By Laws Amendment (Local Sections Council (LSC)): Deadline July 12
  • Call for Comment - Proposed Changes to Board OFFICER ONLY Nominations: Deadline July 12
  • Safe + Sound Week 2019: August 12-18
  • Product Stewardship 2019: Registration Now Open
  • Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene: September 16-19
  • AIHA-RMS & ASSP CO Chapter-Fall Technical Conference: September 17-18
  • Exposure and Chemical Monitoring—Beyond IH Fundamentals: October 21-23
  • The Role of Context in Ethical Decision-Making for the Industrial Hygienist: November 7
  • Leadership Workshop (by invitation only): November 15-17

Call to Action

AIHA Seeks Comments on Proposed By Laws Amendment, Changes to Board Officer Nominations

AIHA seeks comments from members in two areas: a proposed by laws amendment regarding the Local Sections Council and proposed changes to Board officer nominations. Details about each of the proposals are available via the Member Center. AIHA will accept comments on these proposals until 5 p.m. ET on Friday, July 12, 2019. LEARN MORE (AIHA member login required)

AIHce EXP 2020 PDC/Technical Submission Portal Opens July 8

Be part of the AIHce EXP 2020 program and submit your PDCs and potential educational session(s). The portal will open July 8 and will close on September 18.

Call for Questions: Synergist Town Hall Webinar on Flame-Resistant Clothing

The Synergist and Bulwark FR are asking AIHA members for their help in creating the next presentation in our Town Hall Webinar Series. You can submit your questions by emailing the Synergist staff. The webinar is scheduled for mid-August.

Product Stewardship 2019 - Registration Now Open!

The Product Stewardship Conference offers an experience like no other by bringing together professionals from more than a dozen different industry sectors and throughout the value chain to deliver unique education and networking opportunities. For the lowest rates and best value year- round, join the Product Stewardship Society as a Premium member. Forget to renew your membership? Renew today to reinstate your benefits immediately!

Safe + Sound Week 2019

August 12–18 is Safe + Sound Week. Safe + Sound Week encourages every workplace to have a health and safety program. As an organizing partner, AIHA encourages all members, Local Sections, and others to join in attending or even hosting events related to the campaign.

National & Membership

AIHA Rings the Alarm on Four Construction Health Hazards

This new guidance document highlights the significant impact that health hazards have on workers and businesses and to provide practical steps that can be taken to control them.

AIHA Code of Conduct

This document outlines the Code of Conduct for all members and volunteers of the American Indust rial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and summarizes the behavior expected of members and volunteers representing AIHA in any forum, mailing list, public meetings or private correspondence.

AIHA Announces its 2019-20 Board of Directors

AIHA inducted its new Board of Directors at the 2019 American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce EXP). The following leaders have completed their terms of service on the AIHA board: past president, Deborah Imel Nelson, Ph.D., CIH, FAIHA; secretary, Michael Rosenow, MPH, CIH, CSP; and past directors, Cathy Hovde, CIH, CSP, and Joselito S. Ignacio, M.A., MPH, CIH, CSP, FAIHA, REHS. Nelson, Rosenow, Hovde and Ignacio will remain active volunteers with AIHA.

Conflict of Interest Policy

Because a volunteer group structure tends to be project team focused, all active volunteers are required to submit a Conflict of Interest Disclosure form (located via Member Center, My Dashboard), so potential conflicts are disclosed prior to a product or document development. Additionally, AIHA frequently calls upon its members to provide review and comments on pending legislation, regulation, and other documents – often with very tight deadlines. Having updated forms on file for all active volunteers ensures potential conflicts are known prior to comment submission.

Are You an AIHA Member and Belong to an Organization?

Do you have the contact information for the person in your organization responsible for membership? Would you mind forwarding us their information because you could get your membership through the organization you belong to? Please contact infonet@aiha.org.

“Please Cancel My Membership, I’ve Just Retired”

“Having worked my whole life and paid for membership for years, why would I want to continue paying when I’m retired?” ... find out why you should stay an AIHA member here.

Consultants Listing

A searchable print and online directory of AIHA consultant members. This listing is the leading directory of industrial hygiene (IH) and other occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) consultants and is available to anyone to use FREE of charge.

Change Lives. Be a Mentor.

We need you! Give back to the profession and help guide and influence the next generation of IH/OEHS students and early career professionals by becoming a mentor. They are looking to you to expand their network and professional opportunities. Enroll yourself today.

AIHce EXP Highlights

Looking Back on AIHce EXP 2019

Ed Rutkowski writes, “Each year at AIHce EXP, Synergist staff attend a number of sessions, gather copious notes, and publish as many articles as time allows about the things we learned.”

Science and Storytelling

“We think in stories,” Edward Saxon told attendees during the closing session of AIHce EXP 2019 in Minneapolis. It was an unsurprising declaration given Saxon’s day job as a Hollywood producer... read more here.

First Responders Describe Cave Rescues in Saint Paul

Since the 1980s, eight people have died in a complex system of artificial caves on the banks of the Mississippi River in Saint Paul, Minn. Read what two firefighters from Saint Paul had to say about what they learned from participating in cave rescues at AIHce 2019 in Minneapolis.

Cardiologist Paves the Way for Virtual, On-Demand Healthcare

Is wearable technology the future of healthcare? According to Dr. Leslie Saxon, a cardiologist who addressed attendees at the Closing General Session of AIHce EXP 2019 in Minneapolis, the answer is an emphatic yes... read more here.

Students & Early Career Professionals

You are Not Alone

As an AIHA member you can find the latest tools and resources on CareerAdvantage to help land the job of your dreams. You don’t have to manage on your own when you have all the tools you need at your fingertips. Check out our career development tools page to help you beef up your career! Please contact Wanda Barbour for more information.

Join the Students and Early Career Professional Committee

The mission of the committee is to support student and early career professional retainment in the field of industrial hygiene and increase involvement in AIHA, by providing tools and opportunities to be engaged and grow professionally. Join us!

What’s the Future Leaders Institute?

The Future Leaders Institute (FLI) focuses on strengthening the leadership skills of young industrial hygiene and OEHS professionals. The program is designed for those with 3–15 years of applied work experience. Learn more here.

Utilize Our IH Professional Pathways™

A program for IHs created from a desire to align association resources and development opportunities at the various career stages of the profession which encourages and supports the attainment of credentials such as certifications and registrations. For the pdf infographic of the five levels of an IH career, click here.

Find a Mentor

Everybody needs a road map to get on the right track. Find out how to get paired with a mentor in the industrial hygiene profession. Mentorship can help you climb the ladder of success.

Soft Skills to Pay the Bills

Emotional Intelligence is just one element of what are commonly referred to as “soft skills.” Soft skills are personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people. Developing these skills is a crucial element for personal and professional success, especially for early-career professionals and students entering the profession.

AIH Foundation

FunRun 2019

This year over 200 people registered to participate in the FunRun in Minneapolis, Minnesota, helping to generate over $9,500! A very special thank you to our sponsors: Amazon, Boeing, Alliant, Cardno ChemRisk, REPSS, SevenGen, Sherwin Williams, ALS, CHUBB, Half Drafts Acre, Steel Dynamics, and Workplace Health Without Borders–US.

Congratulations to all our participants that passed the finished line. This year's winners were:

Best Overall:
Male: TJ Lentz, Kurt Prieve, and Jason Kunz
Female: Lillian Fry, Jocelyn Walton, and Laura Riley

Masters (Those Over 40):
Masters Male: Cody Lallatin, Phillip Geoff, and Carter Ficklen
Masters Female: Julia Norris, Katriona MacNeil, and Angela Windau

Recognition of 2019 AIHF Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to our AIHF Scholarship Recipients who were recognized onstage at the Mark of Excellence Awards Ceremony at AIHce More than 25 scholarship recipients attended AIHce EXP.

Leaving a Legacy

Consider leaving an impression on the profession by adding AIHF in your will and join the other individuals who have included AIHF in their estate planning as part of our Legacy Circle. Contact Thursa La for more information.

Donations are Tax-Deductible

Donate today to help a student achieve their goals and dreams of becoming an IH/OEHS professional. Your donations support the future of the profession!

Local Section

AIHA-RMS & ASSP CO Chapter-Fall Technical Conference

The 2019 Fall Technical Conference will be held at the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts on September 17–18, 2019.

Welding Fume Is a Group I Carcinogen with No OEL and No Method: What Is the Path Forward?

July 17, 2019 Sponsored by the Deep South Section, contact Tuan Nguyen.

Interested in Contributing to the Synergist?

Check out the submission and author guidelines page to see how you can share your research, opinions and articles with the greater IH/OEHS community and beyond and be sure to contact the editors before writing to ensure the topic meets the needs of the magazine.

Education

New to AIHA eLearning: Occupational Exposure Assessment Certificate Program

Prove that you've mastered the skills required to assess workplace exposures and hazards at the industrial hygiene technician level. You'll also earn 4 contact hours!

AIHA Launches New Professional Certificate Programs

AIHA’s certificate programs offer training on specialized IH/OH topics that are aligned with the technical frameworks outlined in the corresponding AIHA Bodies of Knowledge.

Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene—September 16-19, 2019

Gain exposure to the broad field of industrial hygiene through sampling and workshop sessions, hands-on lab experiences, demo sessions, and problem-solving exercises. This four-day course is not only designed for OEHS professionals new to industrial hygiene or who have newly acquired IH responsibilities, but also serves as an excellent refresher.

Exposure and Chemical Monitoring—Beyond IH Fundamentals (face-to-face education)

Building on IH fundamentals, this intermediate three-day course is designed to provide additional training and knowledge in the aspects of industrial hygiene chemical monitoring through group exercises and discussion on October 21-23 in Westerville, OH. Receive 24 CM contact hours.

CIH Crash Course

This online CIH review course is designed to help you focus on the key areas you need to know and has been updated to reflect the current CIH Exam.

The Role of Context in Ethical Decision-Making for the Industrial Hygienist

Explore the role of context in ethical decision-making by attending our November 7 webinar from 1:00-3:00 pm ET. Earn 2 contact hours.

Welding: An Exercise in Applied Industrial Hygiene (e-learning) 8 Contact hours

Adapted from a popular PDC, this course describes common welding and thermal cutting processes and the health/safety hazards associated with these processes.

Featured in Risk Assessment

Integrate risk assessment into your OEHS management plan with one of our self-study courses, webinar/presentation recordings, or publications.

Government Relations

Helping Communities in Times of Need

Mark Ames write, "To those impacted by floods, fierce winds, and other severe weather—thoughts and words too complex to capture go out to you. With hope, these words will be a long-distance embrace, and while they cannot provide you with food or shelter, perhaps they can deliver comfort and strength to you and yours.” Read more here.

US House to Vote on Funding Package

The US House of Representatives is expected to vote on one of the largest funding bills for the upcoming 2020 fiscal year.

FEMA Funding Bill Approved by US House Subcommittee

If enacted, the bill would provide $18.9 billion for FEMA, an increase of $2.4 billion over current levels. The bill will soon be scheduled for consideration by the full House Appropriations Committee and then considered on the House floor.

EPA Announces Brownfield Grant Recipients

The EPA is awarding 151 grants to 149 communities to help improve public health, the environment, and jumpstart economic growth through the Brownfields Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup Grants Program.

Resources for Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery

AIHA has a number of disaster related resources designed for IH professionals, as well as the public other less technical audiences. Check out our Disaster Response Resource Center.

OSHA Requests Information on Possible Updates to the Lockout/Tagout Standard

OSHA is considering updates to its Lockout/Tagout Standard and has a bevy of questions they are seeking answers to. You can find these questions and much more in OSHA's request for information (RFI).

Updates on Notable and Key Bills

Visit the weekly State and Federal Government Relations update page on Catalyst.

Catalyst

Trending on Catalyst This Month—The IH/OEHS Online Community

  1. The Occupational Health and Safety Professional Capability Framework A Global Framework for Practice - Michele Kim Kutz
  2. Buffered Solution - Denis Logie
  3. Displacement Ventilation for Removal of Weld Fumes Follow - Tambra Rene Williams
  4. Feedback on Comprehensive IH Courses - Michelle Wolfe
  5. Fatigue Risk Management- Brad Jones

In the News

JOEH Special Issue on Welding Available Online

According to an editorial by Editor-in-Chief T. Renee Anthony, the idea for the special issue stemmed from the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s reclassification of welding fume in 2018 from Group 2A (probably carcinogenic to humans) to Group 1, carcinogenic to humans… read more here.

Legionella Regulations in New York - FEATURE 2019 June/July Synergist

By Megan Canright, Madeleine Rebullida, David Kahn, and John Martinelli

Legionnaires’ disease is a serious but preventable illness. The rising incidence in cases over the last two decades is a critical, yet almost wholly avertible public health crisis... read more here.

A New Approach to the Exposure Sciences - FEATURE -2019 June/July Synergist

By Richard Hartman and Mark Oxley

As industry continues to move toward greater automation, an increasing number of work environments have removed the human from the exposure or the exposure from the human. But is our work force becoming healthier as a result of this freedom from occupational exposures… read more here.

Resource Guide Focuses on Hazardous Energy Control in Manufacturing

The National Occupational Research Agenda Manufacturing Sector Council has created a resource guide intended to help companies start a hazardous energy control program or improve and maintain their existing program… read more here.

CDC Seeks IH to Serve on World Trade Center Health Program Committee

CDC seeks nominations for candidates to serve on the World Trade Center Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee, or STAC. The agency is seeking individuals who are industrial hygienists, occupational physicians with experience treating WTC rescue and recovery workers, representatives of WTC responders, and physicians with expertise in pulmonary medicine… read more here.

MSHA Upgrades Its Mine Data Retrieval System

MSHA announced the completion of an upgrade to its Mine Data Retrieval System, or MDRS, an online tool that provides access to data such as coal dust samples, noise samples, and personal health samples. MDRS gathers current and historical data from several agency databases and provides mine-by-mine data for all coal and metal/nonmetal mines and contractors in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands… read more here.

How Much Progress Have We Made?

OSHA Urges Employers to Protect Workers from Cytomegalovirus Exposure. A new web page published by OSHA provides information on protecting workers from Cytomegalovirus, or CMV, a common virus that is often spread through saliva and other body fluids of young children... read more here.

NIOSH Outlines Information on Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

A new “Workplace Solutions” document published last week by NIOSH provides general information about medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, for opioid use disorder... read more here.

OSHA Considers Possible Updates to Lockout/Tagout Standard

OSHA is considering whether to initiate rulemaking that would revise its standard on the control of hazardous energy, also known as OSHA’s lockout/tagout standard... read more here.

WHO Classifies Burn-Out as an "Occupational Phenomenon"

The 11th revision of the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases, ICD-11, defines “burn-out” as “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” Read more here.

UN Declaration on Universal Health Coverage to Include Language on Worker Health

On April 29, 2019, the president of the General Assembly of the United Nations convened a hearing in New York to prepare for an upcoming meeting on universal health coverage... read more here.

NIOSH Webinar to Focus on Disseminating and Implementing Research in the Workplace

On July 2, NIOSH will host a free webinar in its Total Worker Health webinar series that will focus on the theory and practice of research dissemination and implementation in the workplace... find out more here.

OSHA Rules on Emergency Response, Workplace Violence Stalled

OSHA rulemaking activities related to emergency response and workplace violence remain in the pre-rule stage on the agency’s Spring 2019 regulatory agenda, which was released in late May... read more here.

June 2019

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Call for Nominations - AIH Foundation Board of Trustee Member-at-Large: May 31
  • Honorarium Payment Forms Due: June 10
  • Leading Health Metrics F2F Core Team Meeting: June 12-13
  • Seeking Nominations for ABIH Board Deadline: June 15
  • Safe + Sound Week 2019: August 12-18
  • Product Stewardship 2019: Registration now open
  • Leadership Workshop (by invitation only): November 15-17
  • Calling All Mentors: Ongoing

Call to Action

Call for Nominations: AIH Foundation Board of Trustees Member-at-Large - Deadline May 31

The AIHF Board of Trustees is issuing a Call for Nominations for the position of Member-at- Large Trustee. This position serves a two-year term, to commence after the annual Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

Seeking Nominations for ABIH Board - Deadline June 15

ABIH is seeking CIHs or QEPs to serve a four-year Board of Director positions term beginning January 1, 2020.

Honorarium Payment Forms Due Deadline June 10

PDC instructors receive an honorarium for course delivery to help offset travel expenses. Forms will be provided on-site by the PDC monitor and are due back to AIHA by June 10. Requests received after this date will not be honored and will result in a forfeiture of payment.

Leading Health Metrics F2F Core Team Meeting

The meeting will be held on June 12-13, 2019 at the AIHA office in Falls Church, VA. Feel free to email mscalhoun@aiha.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Product Stewardship 2019 - Registration now open!

Registration for the Product Stewardship Society's annual conference is now open, which will be held September 10-12 in Columbus, Ohio. The conference will bring together professionals to share expertise, best practices, challenges, and developments in product stewardship.

Safe + Sound Week 2019

August 12-18 is Safe + Sound Week. Safe + Sound Week encourages every workplace to have a health and safety program. As an organizing partner, AIHA encourages all members, Local Sections, and others to join in attending or even hosting events related to the campaign.

Change Lives. Be a Mentor.

We need you! Give back to the profession and help guide and influence the next generation of IH/OEHS students and early career professionals by becoming a mentor. They are looking to you to expand their network and professional opportunities. Enroll yourself today.

Students & Early Career Professionals

Join a Student Local Section

Participation in a student local section is one of the primary paths to association leadership and is an excellent way for interested students to get active in the association and the industrial hygiene profession. For more information on how to join a student local section, please contact AIHA at (703) 846-0768 or via e-mail.

Navigate your Way Using Our IH Professional Pathways

A program for IHs created from a desire to align association resources and development opportunities at the various career stages of the profession which encourages and supports the attainment of credentials such as certifications and registrations.

Volunteering- What's in it for You

All AIHA members in good standing can join and actively participate on any volunteer committee and earn CM points while doing so. By helping others, you help yourself—we all win when we volunteer!

Find a Mentor

Everybody needs a road map to get on the right track. Find out how to get paired with a mentor in the industrial hygiene profession. Mentorship can help you climb the ladder of success.

National

Tennessee Valley Local Section Wins the #IAMIH Leadership Challenge

The second #IAMIH leadership challenge concluded with the naming of the top regional winner who went above and beyond with their presentations and outreach. We congratulate them on their efforts and their contribution to the movement to raise public awareness of IH. To find out more about the #IAMIH challenge visit our page on Catalyst and find out how you can participate.

Marketplace & Resource Center

  • Publications marketplace: when you need books and you need them now.
  • Buyers guide: all the information you need to make your purchasing decisions.
  • Formaldehyde, mold resource center and disaster response resource center: where to go for facts, questions, guides and more.

Our Best-Selling Publications

Check out our top 20 best-selling publications from the AIHA marketplace to help you find the titles on topics you care about.

Who are the IH Heroes?

An award-winning comic book series following one of our 8 IH Heroes in the field, of various career stages, as they work through challenges to protect workers and the public from various dangers.

CareerAdvantage

Calling all job seekers...the Career and Employment Services Committee assists AIHA members in identifying employment and career opportunities and provides forums such as the development fair, online job board, career counseling, and webinars to enhance career transition skills. Open to AIHA members.

Member-Get-a-Member

Actively share your personal and professional experiences as an AIHA member with colleagues, peers and prospects to stimulate the growth and long-term sustainability of the Association.

Find out more how you can help raise awareness and visibility of the profession.

Consultants Listing

A searchable print and online directory of its consultant members. This listing is the leading directory of industrial hygiene (IH) and other occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) consultants and is available to anyone to use FREE of charge.

AIHce EXP Highlights

Beyond Exposures: Cummings Lecturer Calls for New Focus on Employment Quality

Industrial hygienists must shift their focus toward the social aspects of work in order to protect workers in the new economy, argued Noah Sexias at the Donald E. Cummings Memorial Award Lecture at AIHce EXP … read more here.

Researcher Sketches Grim Outlook for Fight Against “Superbugs”

The already alarming number of deaths caused by organisms resistant to prescription drugs is likely to rise unless significant resources are directed to address the problem, according to Aurora Le, a researcher from the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington who discussed the challenges of so-called “superbugs” at AIHce EXP 2019 … read more here.

AIHce Speakers Focus on Industrial Hygienists' Role in the Opioid Crisis

Industrial hygienists and environmental health and safety professionals have the ability to make worthwhile contributions to combat the opioid crisis, even as daily attention at the national, state, and local levels remains high, members of AIHA’s Opioids Responder Working Group stressed at an AIHce EXP 2019 session focused on emergency preparedness and training for workers at risk of exposure to opioids … read more here.

Dunn Lecturer Shares Advice for Lowering Noise Exposure, Measuring Return on Investment

Dennis Driscoll, a noise prevention and hearing conservation specialist, discussed practical ways to lower occupational noise exposure and quantify the benefits of hearing conservation and prevention programs during the Derek E. Dunn Noise Lecture at AIHce EXP 2019 … read more here.

Reporter Highlights Dangers of Neglecting Farm Safety at AIHce EXP

Investigative reporter Jeffrey Meitrodt of Minneapolis' Star Tribune became the nineteenth journalist to present the annual Upton Sinclair Memorial Lecture at AIHce EXP 2019.

Meitrodt’s reporting behind his award-winning series of articles “Tragic Harvest” and its impact on farm safety in Minnesota spurred AIHA's Social Concerns Committee, which sponsors the lecture, to invite him to speak at the conference … read more here.

Fighter Pilot Brings Lessons in Leadership to AIHce EXP

Opening keynoter Carey Lohrenz kicked off AIHce EXP 2019 by sharing lessons learned from her career in the U.S. Navy, where she made history by becoming the first female F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot...read more here.

Late-Breaking Session Addresses 2018 Nerve-Agent Attack

John Koerner of the Department of Health and Human Services and Jennifer Hornsby-Myers of NIOSH addressed attendees at AIHce EXP 2019 today to share what they had learned about the dangers of fourth-generation nerve agents and the ways emergency responders can protect themselves if they encounter these highly toxic substances ...read more here.

AIH Foundation

Make a Donation

Donate to AIHF and help advance the profession by awarding scholarships to deserving students for funding education and professional development in industrial hygiene and related disciplines. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Thank You for Coming to AIHce EXP

Thank you to those of you who made it to AIHce EXP and participated in all the sessions, FunRUN, headshot café, and other events. It was great seeing you and also recognizing our scholarship recipients this year and the generous donors who made it happen!

Local Section

What are the Benefits of Joining a Local Section?

Membership in an AIHA local section provides you with a wide range of networking opportunities in the occupational health and safety field. AIHA national membership is not required in joining an AIHA local section, but membership in both organizations is strongly encouraged to maximize benefits.

Distinguished Lecturer Program

The AIHA Distinguished Lecturer Program focuses on providing lectures on national and international occupational and environmental health issues that affect the practice of industrial hygiene.

Virtual Section

Virtual Webinar: Freeze Frame- Focus on Health & Safety

June 20 at 1:00 p.m. ET

This interactive presentation, given by Corey Briggs, MSPH, CIH, CET, FAIHA, takes virtual members through a tour of a fictitious worst workplace using photographs of various hazards, risks, and compliance issues. The overall goal of this presentation is to educate participants about hazard and risk identification and discuss examples of both common and uncommon compliance audit and assessment scenarios.

Education

Webinar: Requirements of 2019 Edition of NFPA 652 Standard on Combustible Dust

On Your Way Towards Compliance? Join us Thursday, June 20 at 1 PM ET for a breakdown of the key requirements and how the new standard directly applies to facilities and operations.

New to AIHA eLearning: Occupational Exposure Assessment Certificate Program

Prove that you've mastered the skills required to assess workplace exposures and hazards at the industrial hygiene technician level. You'll also earn 4 contact hours!

Exposure and Chemical Monitoring - Beyond IH Fundamentals (Face to Face education)

Building on IH fundamentals, this intermediate three-day course is designed to provide additional training and knowledge in the aspects of industrial hygiene chemical monitoring through group exercises and discussion on October 21-23 in Westerville, OH. Receive 24 CM contact hours.

The Role of Context in Ethical Decision-Making for the Industrial Hygienist

Explore the role of context in ethical decision-making by attending our November 7 webinar from 1:00 - 3:00 PM ET. Earn 2 contact hours.

Welding: An Exercise in Applied Industrial Hygiene (e-learning) 8 Contact hours

Adapted from a popular PDC, this course describes common welding and thermal cutting processes and the health/safety hazards associated with these processes.

Featured in Risk Assessment

Integrate risk assessment into your OEHS management plan with one of our self-study courses, webinar/presentation recordings, or publications.

Government Relations

OSHA Nominee Withdraws

After years of frustration, President Donald J. Trump's nominee to lead OSHA, Scott Mugno, has finally thrown in the towel, withdrawing his nomination from consideration...read more here.

OSHA Requests Information on Possible Updates to the Lockout/Tagout Standard

OSHA is considering updates to its Lockout/Tagout Standard and has a bevy of questions they are seeking answers to. You can find these questions and much more in OSHA's request for information (RFI) at https://bit.ly/30n5xFn.

... Member Testifies Before Michigan House Education Committee

It's always exciting when we're able to tell you about an AIHA member who testified before a government entity! This time it was Anthony Oliveri, PhD, MPH, who testified before the Michigan House Education Committee in support of House Bill 4282...read more here.

Funding for OSHA NIOSH Approved by House Appropriations Subcommittee

Members of Congress on the House Appropriations Committee are recommending $346.3 million for NIOSH for fiscal year 2020 (a $10 million increase over the current, FY 2019 level) and approximately $661 million for OSHA (an increase of $103 million over the FY 2019 level) ... read more here.

DOL Secretary Testifies on FY 2020 Budget Request Before Senate Appropriations Subcommittee

Fielding an array of questions about his department's budget request for Fiscal Year 2020 and related activities, Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta testified on May 2 before the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee...read more here.

FEMA Acting Administrator Testifies Before Congress on FY 2020 Budget Request

Acting Administrator Peter Gaynor took to the Hill earlier this week to discuss FEMA's FY 2020 budget request...read more here.

Money, Money Everywhere…

Appropriations season is in high gear on Capitol Hill, with lots of things to read and watch on every issue imaginable. If you're interested in a bit of fun and want to be amazed at the ease with which Members of Congress talk about shuffling millions of dollars around, then check out https://appropriations.house.g... and https://www.appropriations.sen... on Catalyst This Month—The IH/OEHS Online Community

  1. Cority/Medgate Industrial Hygiene Module - Hooman Golshahi
  2. VOC Concentration Calculation- Robert F. Cashins
  3. Cr+6 Sampling - Ron B. Read
  4. Preventing Hearing Loss in the Workplace - Social Media Post
  5. Safety Aspects of Benchtop X-ray Diffraction System - Sophie Naftalovich

In the News

Can Ergonomics Programs Help Solve the Opioid Crisis?

Much attention is being paid to the opioid crisis in the United States, and rightfully so. In 2017, opioid-related overdoses caused 47,600 deaths, an average of 130 every day...read more here.

Something Worth Hearing

Mark Ames, AIHA's director of Government Relations, writes: "My father is losing his hearing. ...

For years he worked at a circuit board processing facility where he was surrounded by loud noise for much of his shift. I know because I often visited him as a child, and can still remember the sound, as well as the slightly acrid smell of chemicals that pervaded his workspace and would seep into his uniform." read more.

New Draft Toxicological Profile for Lead Published

A new draft toxicological profile for lead is now available for review and public comment from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry … read more here.

Final Rule to Revise Existing Provisions in OSHA Standards

OSHA issued a final rule to make 14 revisions to existing provisions in its recordkeeping, general industry, maritime, and construction standards. These revisions are part of OSHA’s Standards Improvement Project...read more.

ISO Surveys Users on Global Management Systems Standard ISO 45001

The International Organization for Standardization has launched a survey on the use of the global standard ISO 45001 ... read more here.

OSHA: $10.5 Million in Training Grants Available

OSHA announced the availability of $10.5 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants to fund training and education for workers and employers on workplace safety and health hazards, responsibilities, and rights ... read more here.

Report Calculates Global Toll of Occupational Accidents, Diseases

A new report issued by the International Labor Organization quantifies the number of people who die each year around the world from work-related accidents and work-related diseases … read more here.

Big Data in EHS

The AIHA Rocky Mountain Local Section and the ASSP Colorado Chapter recently hosted a two- day workshop on Big Data in the EHS field...read more by Ben Kollmeyer here.

Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemic May Be Result of High Heat, Toxins

A mysterious epidemic of chronic kidney disease among agricultural workers and manual laborers may be caused by a combination of increasingly hot temperatures, toxins, and infections, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus … read more here.

OSHA Aims to Keep Young Workers Safe This Summer

The social media campaign #MySafeSummerJob educates young workers about safety rights in the workplace, how to speak up about dangerous work conditions, and how to protect themselves on the job ... read more here.