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.

July 2020

Important Dates and Deadlines:

AIHA Volunteer Groups Business Plans/Funding Requests Deadline (COB): July 1

NIEHS Webinar: Minimizing Workplace Exposures Through Design and Engineering: July 1

Open Call for ABET EHS Criteria Working Group: July 15

AIHA Volunteer Group Officers Training- Catalyst: July 29

AIHA Volunteer Group Officers Training: Roles & Responsibilities: August 26

PSX 2020 – (Registration Opens in July): September 15-17

OSHA HAZWOPER Training: September 17

Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene: September 21-24

AIHce EXP 2021 Call for Proposals – Deadline: September 23

American Chemical Society 2020 National Conference Call for Abstracts: October 18-21

Exposure and Chemical Monitoring – Beyond IH Fundamentals: October 19-21

Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene: November 9-12

AIOH: 2020 40th Year Anniversary Symposium: November 30-December 1

Human & Organizational Performance (HOP) Summit: January 12 -14, 2021

ABSA International's 1st Biosecurity Symposium - New Date: April 20-23, 2021

CALL TO ACTION

AIHA Awards Task Force

Deadline to apply is July 3 at 11:59 p.m. ET. AIHA values the profession and our members by providing opportunities and resources to share about the profession and recognizing those professionals who have exemplified excellence and leadership. AIHA Named Awards and Recognitions are given to industrial hygienists and other occupational and environmental health and safety professionals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in contributing to the growth and development of the profession.

The purpose of the AIHA Awards Task Force is to:

• Assess current awards and recognition
• Recommend ways to broaden, re-define or sunset of awards
• Consider proposals for new awards
• Brainstorm ways to increase nominations
• Offer recommendations to streamline the Nominating Committee Review Process

Legionella JTA Survey

This survey contains a comprehensive list of important tasks and knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) necessary for occupational/environmental health professionals to efficiently assess and manage the risks associated with Legionella in the workplace and the community at large. This survey is open to both members and non-members.

Open Call for ABET EHS Criteria Working Group

Online applications will be accepted until 5:00 PM ET on Wednesday, July 15. Self-nominations will be accepted.

AIHA has served as a co-lead organization along with ASSP for EHS Generalist academic program ABET accreditation. AIHA and ASSP have agreed to the need to review and update these criteria, and consequently this new ABET EHS Criteria Working Group is being formed.

AIHA Volunteer Groups Officers Training

The following training opportunities are available for all volunteer groups officers – click on the links below to learn more, as well as to add these events to your calendar. All volunteer group officers are encouraged to participate, especially new officers.

Catalyst Online Community—Wednesday, July 29 at 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. (ET)

Officers Training: Roles & Responsibilities—Wednesday, August 26 at 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. (ET)

Next Synergist Product DEMO Scheduled for July 21

Synergist Product Demos are short presentations of practical tips for using a specific product, similar to the demonstrations that take place at conference exhibits. The next Product Demo will be held on Tuesday, July 21, when Gensuite's Susan Boone will highlight the company's industrial hygiene module. Registration is free. Learn More.

NATIONAL

AIHA Announces 2020-2021 Board of Directors

AIHA announced its 2020-2021 Board of Directors during the Annual Membership Meeting on June 11, 2020. Lindsay Cook, CIH, CSP, FAIHA will serve as the new President of AIHA. Follow the link to see the roster of members of the 2020-2021 AIHA Board of Directors.

AIHA Frameworks—Free Resources!

AIHA Frameworks outline the knowledge and skills a competent person should possess and be able to demonstrate in a specific topic or specialty. Broken into three categories: Strategic, Competency, and Technical, these free reference materials are accessible to OHS professionals at all stages of their career. Download your free copy today…or pass them onto someone you know!

Apps and Digital Tools from NIOSH

The NIOSH apps and software tools provide the practicing industrial hygienist with quick and easy access to the information necessary to evaluate exposure profiles and determine if the exposures are acceptable, not acceptable or if more data is needed to make the determination of acceptability. Follow the link to see these free available apps and tools.

In Case You Missed It: "Lessons from Our Reader Survey"

Ed Rutkowski, editor-in-chief of The Synergist, writes: "In February, AIHA conducted the latest in its series of Synergist reader surveys. The survey asked respondents to assess both the print and digital versions of The Synergist magazine, as well as the Synergist Weekly and Synergist Newswire e-newsletters, and the SynergistNOW blog. In this post, I'll focus on what survey respondents had to say about the magazine." Read More.

COVID-19 and the Back to Work Safely ™ Outreach and Engagement Project

Goal: Get AIHA’s Back to Work Safely™ guidelines into the hands of as many employers, workers, governmental and other community leaders as possible ASAP. Here are the specific audiences we’re targeting our outreach and engagement to. If you’re interested in working on this project, please send an email to Mark Ames, AIHA’s director of government relations, at mames@aiha.org.

COVID-19 and Natural Disasters

The combination of natural disasters and COVID-19 create tough challenges that occupational health and safety professionals are well-equipped to address. AIHA is exploring developing guidance or related documents on natural disasters and COVID-19, perhaps with a focus on evacuation care centers. In the meantime, here are some helpful resources:

• AIHA’s Disaster Response Resource Center: https://www.aiha.org/public-re...

• AIHA’s Guidance Document on Health and Safety Issues in Natural Disasters: (PDF) https://aiha-assets.sfo2.digit...

• AIHA’s White Paper on the Industrial Hygienists’ Role and Responsibilities in Emergency Preparedness and Response: (PDF) https://aiha-assets.sfo2.digit...

• AIHA SynergistNOW Blog post entitled “Natural Disasters, COVID-19, and Occupational Health and Safety”: https://www.aiha.org/blog/natu...

IH Careers for Veterans

AIHA continues to support efforts to encourage both traditional and non-traditional students to pursue careers in OHS. For instance, AIHA is seeking to better understand the needs of the veteran community and how we can help meet them. To begin collecting this information, AIHA has created a new Catalyst community on this topic.

Changing the Narrative to Protect Vulnerable Workers

Health professionals’ success in battling the COVID-19 pandemic depends on that of the story we tell about it, and we are entering a new phase of the narrative. Although the risk of COVID-19 is still present in every community, the burden of the disease is increasingly being pushed on workers—including the staff in a restaurant—who have to rely on the actions of others to maintain their own safety.

Share Your COVID-19 Stories

We want to hear your stories about keeping workers healthy and safe in the midst of COVID-19. Share via social media and tag AIHA so we can amplify your message, and remember to tag #IAmIH.

AIHA Coronavirus Outbreak Resource Center

This resource center is updated daily with inks to official resources regarding public health resources available for IH/OEHS professionals, and others working to support front-line workers and personnel fighting the pandemic. AIHA would like to thank the volunteer community for their contributions to this resource center. AIHA has been in the news for all our volunteers’ efforts and members’ expertise during the pandemic. Check out the curated newsfeed on this page (incl. WSJ, Washington Examiner, CNBC, etc.) to follow the coverage.

Membership

Members Making a Difference: Laurence Svirchev, CIH

Protecting the health and safety of people at work has never been as critical as it is now during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our members have used their expertise and knowledge to collaborate online, at work, in communities, and in households. Take Laurence Svirchev, CIH, an AIHA member since 2003, and AIHA’s ambassador to China. In early February, he appealed to the AIHA membership through Catalyst for donations of PPE that would go directly to emergency medical staff in Wuhan. Read about his altruistic effort.

Get Your Company to Join AIHA and Save Big Time

Did you know that AIHA offers organizational membership? And right now, your company can take advantage of 50% off the standard rate of $999 until the end of the year. AIHA Organizational membership includes 3 individual memberships (access to Catalyst, subscriptions to Synergist & JOEHS, CareerAdvantage, and more) and organizational benefits such as:

• a webinar of choice

• one AIHce OnDemand bundle

• a listing on the online Organizational Membership directory

• 10% 1st Marketplace publication order

• use of AIHA Organizational Member logo

• and an Organizational Membership Certificate

Check out the Organizational Membership page and get 50% off by joining today!

Calling All Students

Our student members get the best discount on membership! At $32 for a full year (almost 75% off full membership!), you can’t beat that price for all the member benefits you get including access to the Mentoring Program and CareerAdvantage, not to mention the opportunity to network with industry experts and leadership opportunities that are available. Check out this video from student member, Jacob Shedd on the benefits of student membership. Share AIHA student membership with your classmates and friends and expand your network to others!

CEO CORNER

Pivoting in Times of a Pandemic—LS Presentation

Larry Sloan, CEO will be virtually presenting to the Connecticut River Valley LS in October on a updated AIHA National update on how the business has and is being affected by COVID, the past, present, and future shifts in both the internal (day-to-day) and external lenses. Some topics that will be included are on member programming, the brand refresh, collaboration with allied associations, vision for the future and more. If your local section is interested in inviting the CEO or Board to do a virtual presentation at your next LS meeting, email Thursa La.

LOCAL SECTIONS

Invite the AIHA CEO or Member of the Board of Directors to Your Next Local Section Meeting

Many local sections are looking for ways in which to still connect with their members, and to provide PDCs during COVID-19. Larry Sloan, CEO will be virtually presenting to the Connecticut River Valley LS in October on a updated AIHA National update on how the business has and is being affected by COVID. Members of the AIHA Board, the AIHA CEO and/or the AIHA Director, Government Relations is available to make virtual presentations. If you’re interested, please contact Thursa La to schedule.

Local Section Virtual Business Meeting

The annual Local Section Business Meeting was conducted virtually this year due to COVID-19. John Moore, CIH, CSP and Chair of the Local Section Advisory Group led the business meeting. Ted Gerber, a professional facilitator led the attendees through a session entitled, Managing Effective Teams.

Tell Us Your Story (OR SHOWCASE YOUR LOCAL SECTION)

AIHA is looking for stories on how local sections are coping with COVID-19. How is your local section keeping members engaged and what plans do you have for any future PDCs and/or meetings? Share your stories so we can share them with other local section officers.

AIHA’s New Brand Evolution and Impact on Local Sections

By now you've probably heard about the new AIHA branding and public awareness campaign that was announced June 1. These are truly exciting times for the association and profession! The AIHA Marketing department has prepared a few reference tools specifically for the Local and Student Local Sections to help answer some questions you may have and to guide you as we fully roll-out the rebrand. If you have any general questions or want to watch some videos about AIHA's Brand Evolution, please click here.

Growing the Grassroots and Helping Local Sections Achieve Their Government Relations Goals

In January of this year, AIHA leadership asked every Local Section to establish one government relations goal for 2020. Many Sections were either in the process of establishing their goals or had planned to meet with students in elementary, middle or high schools, speaking to them about young worker health and safety and/or encouraging them to pursue careers in OHS. Other Sections had planned to attend or host science, technology, engineering, and mathematics or career fairs. Others had planned to invite policymakers to attend or present at their meetings and conferences. All of this changed when the pandemic hit. Local Sections are now adjusting their government relations goals to reflect the new world we find ourselves in. Consider reaching out to your local schools or districts to offer a virtual presentation about OHS/IH and Teen Workplace Health and Safety. Check out AIHA’s FREE Outreach materials to make this so easy and interesting for the next generation of IHs!

STUDENTS & EARLY CAREER PROFESSIONALS

Join the Mentoring Program!

Part of your membership includes access to the mentoring program. Enroll as a mentee and get matched with a mentor who can help you with your professional development, advise you on career pathways, job placement, and networking opportunities! Watch this mentoring townhall video for information on the program and how to enroll!

AIHA Volunteer Community

You don’t have to wait to be invited! Check out the AIHA volunteer community and consider joining one today. This is an excellent opportunity to acquire new skills, expand your network, and be a part of the community that is giving back to the profession to advance a healthier workplace, a healthier world.

EDUCATION

Share Your Expertise at AIHce EXP 2021

AIHce EXP is now accepting proposals through September 23, 2020! Consider presenting a PDC, education session, pop-up session, or poster to introduce your colleagues to the latest OEHS information, trends, technology, and best practices. Before you get started, check out our helpful tips on how to put your best foot forward when submitting your proposal, based on the needs and wants of our attendees.

2020 UPDATE: Developing and Maintaining a Laboratory Quality Management System

This online course was recently updated in compliance with ISO/IEC 17025:2017 and the AIHA Laboratory Accreditation Programs (AIHA LAP, LLC) requirements for implementing a QA/QC program. Learn More.

Demonstrate your Stewardship and Sustainability Knowledge and Expertise with New CPPS™ Credential

The Product Stewardship Society® and the Board for Global EHS Credentialing® have announced the new Certified Professional Product Steward™ (CPPS) certification. The CPPS is the first credential of its kind and will provide product stewardship professionals with an opportunity to distinguish their expertise and build professional credibility within their organizations.

Risk Assessment Education & Resources

Lead the way to a healthier workplace with risk assessment resources from AIHA University. Choose from a wide variety of price points and learning styles to integrate risk assessment into your OHS management plan with a self-study course, webinar/presentation recording, publication, or framework.

AIHF

First Virtual Fun Run a Success

Thanks to everyone who participated in the first AIHF virtual fun run and to our generous sponsors for funding the event, with all proceeds going to the Foundation. We enjoyed seeing everyone’s pictures and videos posted on our Facebook page- like our page to follow us! With gratitude, we're happy to share that the AIHF Virtual Fun Run has raised up to $22,740 in scholarships for deserving OHS students.

Thank you to our generous donors, Fun Run participants and sponsors! (Premier: Amazon Silver: Alliant, REPSS, Inc., SevenGen Bronze: ALS, Half Draft Acres, R&R Environmental, WHWB)

Get Your AIHce EXP- Atlanta Conference Pins

We may not have been able to meet in Atlanta, but you can still get your hands on a commemorative conference pin to add to your collection for only $10 with all proceeds going to the Foundation. You can proudly wear your decorative pin during your virtual meetings! Email Thursa La for more information.

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

AIHA’s Back to Work Safely™ Guidelines

Our goal is to get these guidelines into the hands of as many employers, workers, governmental and other community leaders as possible ASAP. Here are the specific audiences we’re targeting our outreach and engagement to local, county, state, and federal government officials; Chambers of Commerce; Rotary Clubs; other professional associations; and local news outlets. If you’re interested in working on this project, please contact Mark Ames, AIHA’s Director of Government Relations.

COVID-19 and Natural Disasters

The combination of natural disasters and COVID-19 create tough challenges that occupational health and safety professionals are well-equipped to address. AIHA is exploring developing guidance or related documents on natural disasters and COVID-19, perhaps with a focus on evacuation care centers. Contact Mark Ames if you want to get involved.

ETS in VA for Occupational Exposure to COVID-19

Important news for anyone working in Virginia: Today the Virginia Safety and Health Codes voted to proceed with the adoption of an emergency temporary standard (ETS) to protect workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19.

OSHA Issues Guidance for Non-Essential Businesses Returning to Work

Adding to previously-issued Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, OSHA has issued new Guidance on Returning to Work. The new, 27-page document is focused on helping employees and non-essential businesses as they return to work. The guidance discusses reopening phases, guiding principles, examples of how to implement occupational health and safety practices, applicable OSHA standards, frequently asked questions, and how to contact OSHA for assistance.

FEMA Releases Mass Care/Emergency Assistance Pandemic Planning Considerations Guide

Just in time for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season (June 1 – November 30), FEMA has issued a new guidance document entitled “Mass Care/Emergency Assistance Pandemic Planning Considerations”. The document’s target audience includes State, Tribal, territorial, and local emergency planning entities, non-governmental organizations active in disasters, and providers of emergency support services.

CATALYST

Have You Downloaded the New Catalyst App Yet?

Make life easier by connecting on Catalyst from your mobile device. Stay up-to-date on the latest news, events, and community happenings. View and create forum threads, check your notifications, and manage your account via our brand-new app. Now available on Google Play and the Apple App Store.

Online Community Resource

The Catalyst Open Forum is a member-driven portal featuring a wealth of information and resources. Check out the top discussion threads going on right now or start your own!

Cloth Face Mask Research - Cullen Charles Whittaker, CIH, CSP

Masks For All for COVID-19 Not Based on Sound Data - Laurence Svirchev, CIH

The Role of an Industrial Hygienist During a Pandemic - Nicholas Giardino, ScD, CIH

Virtual #IAMIH Challenge

The #IAMIH Challenge has moved to the virtual realm, so don’t stop your outreach. Create and post your videos and presentations for schools, fairs, students, and non-OEHS colleague and continue to educate others about the profession! Click here for outreach resources. Winners will be announced during the Mark of Excellence virtual awards in the Fall.

NEWS

A Tribute to Eula Bingham, 1929-2020

SynergistNOW blog by Robert Lieckfield, Jr., CIH, FAIHA and Barbara Cohrssen, CIH, MS, FAIHA
We are sad to report that one of the titans of modern-day industrial hygiene and occupational health, Eula Bingham, passed away June 13, 2020, at the age of 90. Read More.

From SynergistNOW: "Is Online EHS Training the New Normal?"

Roger Marks of Lion Technology, Inc. writes: "The COVID-19 pandemic has made training an even bigger challenge than usual in 2020. When facilities closed, employees stayed home, and public gatherings ceased, professionals in need of routine safety or hazardous waste and materials training were left with one option: online education." Read More.

Respiratory Sensitizers

The Synergist
Respiratory sensitization leading to occupational asthma (OA) is growing in prevalence worldwide. This article describes where sensitizers can be found, how respiratory and dermal sensitization differ, the symptoms and characterization of OA, and approaches to assessing and controlling exposures to respiratory sensitizers. Read More.

Comparing Codes of Ethics

The Synergist
Last November, the American Public Health Association updated its code of ethics. This code is of interest to occupational health and safety professionals because many of us work in public health entities, including governmental, academic, and healthcare organizations; we should be familiar with the code because we are part of the larger, interdisciplinary field of public health. More importantly, the APHA code provides a detailed framework for decision-making that can help us weigh options when we face ethical dilemmas. Read More.

Proud to Be an IH: Decades of Impact

SynergistNOW Blog by John Baker
“In 1971, I started my career with the Air Pollution Control Division of the Erie County, New York, Health Department. Although back then my peers and I didn't use these exact terms, we used the industrial hygienist's principles of anticipation, recognition, evaluation, control, and confirmation to reduce public exposures to harmful materials. Our outcomes included community noise control and better ambient air quality in the community and on private property.” Read More.

June 2020

Important Dates and Deadlines:

AIHce EXP 2020 Virtual – PDCs- June 8-12

AIHF Virtual Fun Run- June 1-15

Product Stewardship Conference (PSX 2020) – Registration Opens June 8 September 15-17

OSHA HAZWOPER Training- September 17

American Chemical Society 2020 National Conference Call for Abstracts - October 18-21

Human & Organizational Performance (HOP) Summit- January 12 -14, 2021

ABSA International's 1st Biosecurity Symposium- New Date April 20-23, 2021

CALL TO ACTION

Join Rotary’s Volunteer Surge
Volunteer Surge was established recently with partners to provide free, online training of volunteers, to perform the most basic care-taking tasks for vulnerable people so that healthcare professionals can focus on the most acute needs. How you help is up to you. And, whatever you end up doing will make a difference.

For more information, watch this short video or visit www.theglobalimpactgroup.org.

Be a Leader by Helping AIHA Reach out to Governors and Mayors to Help America Get Back to Work Safely

Your help is urgently needed. Throughout the country, States are reopening their economies and workers are going back to work. Please help us reach out to governors and mayors to raise awareness of AIHA's 8 back-to-work safely guidelines. Doing so will help protect the health and safety of the workers, their families, and the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you're interested in working on this project, please email Mark Ames at mames@aiha.org.

IOHA Postpones International Scientific Conference

The International Occupational Hygiene Association has tentatively rescheduled its upcoming conference. The 12th IOHA International Scientific Conference, which was originally scheduled for October 2020, is now set to be held Aug. 21–26, 2021, in Daegu, South Korea.

Register for the AIHA 2020 Annual Business Meeting

AIHA’s Annual Business Meeting will be held virtually on Thursday, June 11, from 12 to 1 p.m. ET, to introduce incoming officers and directors and address other association business. All members who wish to attend the meeting must register in advance.

To ensure a quorum for the meeting, a call for proxy votes was issued electronically. Through the proxy vote form, members who cannot attend the meeting may designate another AIHA member to vote in their place, including members of the AIHA Board of Directors.

Call For Nominations: Allan K. Fleeger Distinguished Service Award

The Product Stewardship Society seeks nominations for the 2020 Allan K. Fleeger Distinguished Service Award. The award is named after the society's first president, Allan Fleeger, CIH, CSP, and recognizes the contributions made by a product steward to support the growth and success of the society and the product stewardship profession.

AIHA Volunteer Groups Officers Training

The following training opportunities are available for all volunteer groups officers – click on the links below to learn more, as well as to add these events to your calendar. All volunteer group officers are encouraged to participate, especially new officers.

Level 3 Conferencing—Wednesday, July 8 at 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. (ET)
Catalyst Online Community—Wednesday, July 29 at 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. (ET)
Officers Training: Roles & Responsibilities—Wednesday, August 26 at 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. (ET)

NATIONAL

AIHA’s New Brand Reflects the Future of the Occupational Health & Safety Profession
AIHA unveiled its “brand evolution” at Virtual AIHce EXP 2020, which better reflects its diverse membership today and looks toward the future of the profession. The new brand continues to reflect our acronym “AIHA”, with a more modern logo and new tagline: “Healthier Workplaces. A Healthier World.” This pivot is designed to help the association better communicate the value of our profession to “stakeholders who are not industrial hygienists”.

The name of the association will remain “American Industrial Hygiene Association”, and you’ll continue to see this moniker reflected on AIHA.org and in other capacities. However, the new logo and tagline will help create awareness of the mission critical role our members play in society, especially now as we continue to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. While we will always be the home for industrial hygienists, we are extending our reach to the broader realm of “occupational health and safety science”, which is in harmony with changes in names of degrees offered by colleges, as well as reflective of evolving job titles.

The "Courage Scale": Opening Session Speaker Calls for OHS Professionals to Lead by Example

Author and speaker René Rodriguez opened the first fully virtual AIHce EXP conference on Monday morning with a discussion of the central role occupational health and safety professionals can play in leading their organizations' response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

AIHA Announces Recipient of the 2020 President’s Award

AIHA is pleased to announce Perry W. Logan, PhD, CIH, as the recipient of the 2020 President’s Award. The President’s Award is given to an individual, task force, special interest group or local section for outstanding contribution to efforts to achieve the mission of AIHA during the presidency year. The award will be presented in the Fall at the 2020 Virtual Mark of Excellence.

AIHA Announces ‘Back-to-Work Safely’ Guidelines and Resources

As businesses begin to reopen, AIHA has made available industry specific guidelines and resources to help employers and employees get back to work safely. The guidelines and other resources are available to download on a new website – backtoworksafely.org. Additionally, COVID 19 resources on PPE and re-entry into the workplace hazards can be found at AIHA Media Outreach Center.

IH Careers for Vets

AIHA is seeking responses to five initial questions to help us start the conversation about serving veterans and encouraging them to pursue careers in IH. This new Catalyst community is open to all members. Thank you in advance for your feedback and we look forward to the conversation!

AIHA Joins National Safety Council SAFER Task Force

The "SAFER: Safe Actions for Employee Returns" initiative is a comprehensive, multifaceted plan developed to guide employers through the process of safely resuming traditional work and operations now and after the pandemic.

Volunteer Now

Volunteers are the lifeblood of AIHA and are needed more now than ever! Consider joining one of more than 50 volunteer groups, learn valuable leadership skills and earn CM points for active participation. Micro, macro, and virtual volunteer opportunities means you can volunteer on your time and on your terms.

COVID-19 Resource Center

Stay Updated On the Latest Developments Regarding COVID-19
Even as AIHA continues to provide accurate and timely resources to the public about the current coronavirus pandemic, the Association is also doing its part through partnerships, government relations, and member outreach to the public health sector. Check out what AIHA is doing in the framework of COVID-19.


AIHA Real Time Detection Systems Committee Provides Guidance Document

Use of Real Time Detection Systems to Protect the Public During COVID-19
is a guidance document the provides considerations where instrumentation and data could support the protection of public and occupational health during this pandemic.

Personal Protective Equipment for SARS-CoV-2

This fact sheet by member Tom Fuller and Michele Smith is for workers who expect to be in contact with known or potentially contagious clients or members of the public during their jobs, such as nurses, physicians, law enforcement, maintenance, etc.

Workplace for Cleaning for COVID-19 Guidance Document

This guidance, provided by AIHA's Indoor Environmental Quality Committee, details implementable procedures to reduce the risk of workers, contractors, vendors, customers, and members of the community becoming infected on their premises.

An Ergonomics Guide to Computer Stations

With so many people needing to telework during this crisis, the AIHA Ergonomics Committee wants to help you remain healthy while working from home. Follow these tips to make the most of your home office setup and stay healthy and fit while doing your best work.

COVID-19 and the Industrial Hygienist

The Synergist

The authors draw from their experiences on the front lines, their work with healthcare professionals caring for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients, and their knowledge and experience to answer frequently asked questions about disease transmission, controls, and the skills necessary for a successful response.

COVID-19 Conversations

The American Public Health Association (APHA) and the National Academy of Medicine is hosting a series of webinars, with six (6) currently pre-recorded. Brought to you by the American Public Health Association and the National Academy of Medicine, this webinar series is exploring the state of the science surrounding the current outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States and globally, with a focus on the emerging evidence on how to best mitigate its impact. Hear from trusted experts in such fields as public health, infectious disease, risk communication, and crisis standards of care.

Art As Public Health Communication During COVID-19

Steven Lacey, chief of the Division of Public Health at the University of Utah School of Medicine, writes: "Public health practitioners are constantly challenged to reach members of our community where they are, rather than where we want them to be. A part of the solution is crafting stories, which claim the attention and sympathy of a wide range of people while still communicating essential health information."

Occupational Health and Safety Professionals Recognized as “Essential Workers” by the Federal Government

AIHA applauds the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) for updating the language of its “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce” advisory list. The updated guidance now explicitly incorporates occupational health and safety workers, as recommended by AIHA.

Share Your COVID-19 Stories

We want to hear your stories about keeping workers healthy and safe in the midst of COVID-19. Share via social media and tag AIHA so we can amplify your message—follow #IAmIH.

Membership


Proud To Be An IH: Be a Part Of Something Bigger

AIHA member Jennifer Holliday, CIH writes: "Why did I become an IH? To help people on a broader scale and to be a part of something bigger than myself. I wanted to play a role in protecting people in any environment, workplace and community alike. My role as a CIH is not just to assist in workplace safety programs, but also to consider how individual health and hygiene can be impacted."

Tell Your Colleagues to Join AIHA
Are you proud to be a member of AIHA and the resources we provide? If so, why not share the love by telling your colleagues to join and become members of our association. Our members are the heart of AIHA, each bringing unique perspectives, knowledge and opinions in order to bring about healthier workplaces. We value you and would appreciate your recommendation to others!

CEO CORNER

Back to Work Safely™ Virtual Presentation
Larry Sloan and incoming Board member Bernard Fontaine presented Back to Work Safely™ initiatives to more than 50 members of the AIHA Metro New York Local Section. This initiative was launched in conjunction with Mark Cuban, entrepreneur, investor and owner of the National Basketball Association's Dallas Mavericks, and is the most recent addition to a public relations campaign to clarify misinformation on PPE ventilation and disinfection and to educate employers and consumers about the hazards associated with re-entry into the workplace.

AIHA Registry Programs ™

Become a Safety Data Sheet Registered Professional and OHSMS Auditor
In response to COVID-19, AIHA Registry Programs is waiving the $50 Remote Proctoring Fee for all qualified applicants for the SDS and Label Authoring and OHSMS Auditor exams. After submitting an approved application, the discounted testing fee will be shown in the cart when the remote proctoring testing option is selected. The discount is good through June 30, and testing must be completed by July 15.

LOCAL SECTIONS


AIHA Local Sections Business Meeting

With health and safety first and foremost, the annual Local Sections Business Meeting will be held virtually on Thursday, June 18 at 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET. The Local Section Advisory Group (LSAG) will conduct the business meeting, followed by a presentation entitled Building Highly Effective Performing Teams, led by Ted Gerber, professional speaker and facilitator. All AIHA local section officers are invited to this meeting.

If you have yet to receive dial-in details for either of these events, please contact Thursa La at tla@aiha.org.

AIHA Student Local Sections Council (SLSC) Business Meeting
The SLSC Business Meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday, June 10 at 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. ET via Level 3 conferencing. All student local section officers, as well as faculty advisors, are invited.
If you have yet to receive dial-in details for either of these events, please contact Thursa La.

Invite the AIHA CEO or Member of the Board of Directors to Your Next Local Section Meeting

Many local sections are looking for ways in which to still connect with their members, and to provide PDCs during COVID-19. The AIHA Metro New York Local Section just conducted a successful virtual session with more than 50 attendees. Members of the AIHA Board, the AIHA CEO and/or the AIHA Director, Government Relations is available to make virtual presentations. If you’re interested, please contact Thursa La to schedule.

STUDENTS & EARLY CAREER PROFESSIONALS

Find Your Next IH/OEHS Position
AIHA collaborated with YM Careers—a leader in association career resources and career events—to create a job board that makes it easier for industrial hygiene (IH) and occupational health (OH) professionals to advance their careers and for companies to attract the best and brightest of the IH/OH field. The new platform provides a variety of employment resources, tools, and services for IH/OH job seekers and employers throughout the country.

Join Our Mentoring Program
Take a few minutes to enroll as a mentee and get matched with a mentor who can help you with your professional development, advise you on career pathways, job placement, and networking opportunities! Develop your leadership skills, get advice on how to interview and write a cover letter, research tips and more! Watch this mentoring townhall video for information on the program and how to enroll!

EDUCATION

Virtual AIHce EXP PDCs
Expand your skill set and dive deep into the OHS subjects you're passionate about! AIHce EXP is offering virtual Professional Development Courses (PDCs), June 8–12, with topic areas ranging from sampling & analysis to exposure assessment strategies. Choose a half- or one-day course, whether or not you plan to register for the full virtual conference. The best part? Pricing starts as low as $295!

Featured Education in Hot Topics & Emerging Issues
What topics are currently shaping the OEHS industry? Stay on top of the latest trends with education resources focused today’s emerging issues.

Occupational Exposure Banding Virtual Conference Recordings
Learn how to apply occupational exposure banding strategies and tools for chemical exposures in the workplace. Recorded in March 2020, AIHA University's Occupational Exposure Banding Virtual Conference offered education facilitated by experts and designers of the NIOSH Occupational Exposure Banding methodology. Earn 8.5 contact hours and learn at your own pace!

AIHA University Bookstore Discounts
20% OFF June 1-30, 2020 on select, best-selling publications, new titles, online courses, webinar recordings, certificate programs. We're also offering an AIHA University eLibrary 30-day trial subscription for just $60, June 1-30! Access 50 of our best-selling publications, on the go. AIHA student members receive 25% off! Free shipping will be available June 1-14 only.

AIHF


American Industrial Hygiene Foundation Doing a Virtual Fun Run

AIHF announced the 34th Annual Fun Run, taking place June 1-15 in a virtual format, with the proceeds raised from the event going toward scholarship funds for future industrial hygiene and occupational health professionals. Participants will choose to complete either a 2.5-kilometer walk, a 5-kilometer run, or a 10-kilometer bike ride via a route of their choice, tracking their distance via GPS apps and submitting their results to AIHF for a chance to win raffle prizes. Share your pictures and videos using #AIHFVirtualFunRun on our Facebook page!

AIHF Impact Newsletter

This year, AIHF will begin awarding the President’s Leadership Award. The award consists of a major scholarship and a professional development opportunity to attend an international conference on occupational health and safety. The prestigious President’s Leadership Award is made possible thanks to a generous endowment by John Henshaw, MPH, CIH, FAIHA, who served as president of AIHA from 1990 to 1991.


GOVERNMENT RELATIONS


5th Coronavirus Aid Package Unveiled in Congress

U.S. House Democratic leaders have released the full text of the fifth coronavirus aid package. Entitled the "Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES)" Act (H.R.6800), the bill stands at a lengthy 1,815 pages, touching on an extensive set of COVID-19 related issues – including worker health and safety.

U.S. Senate Holds Hearing on COVID-19 and Returning to Work and School

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee convened a high-level meeting of government officials to discuss plans and concerns as business ramps back up and schools prepare for students to return throughout the nation.

CDC Tips for Stress & Coping with COVID-19

Managing stress is a huge aspect of succeeding in the COVID era. To help with this, the CDC has placed several useful tips, resources, and links in one place.

Maryland Enacts AIHA-Supported Bill Protecting Workers from Heat Stress

Maryland has enacted a new law that requires the Maryland Commissioner of Labor and Industry, in consultation with the state's Occupational Safety and Health Advisory Board, to develop and adopt regulations that require employers to protect employees from heat-related illness caused by heat stress. In February 2020, AIHA member Veronica Stanley, on behalf of AIHA's Chesapeake Local Section, testified before the Maryland House and Senate in support of the bill.

AIHA in the News
AIHA’s BackToWorkSafely.org website, which has guidance documents for various business sectors, is receiving well-deserved attention from CDC, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, NPR, Washington Examiner, and CNBC among other national media outlets, in addition to influencers such as billionaire entrepreneur and White House Re-open America Task Force Member, Mark Cuban. Click here to learn more about our Back To Work Safely initiative.


CATALYST

Download the New Catalyst App
Stay up to date on the latest news, events, and community happenings with the official Catalyst app. View and create forum threads, check your notifications, and manage your account via our brand-new app. Now available on Google Play and the Apple App Store.

Online Community Resource

The Catalyst Open Forum is a member-driven portal featuring a wealth of information and resources. Check out the top discussion threads going on right now or start your own!

1) Sampling Volume NIOSH 7500- Richard Wattson Saenz
2) Cloth Face Mask Research- Cullen Charles Whittaker, CIH, CSP
3) Masks For All for COVID-19 Not Based on Sound Data- Laurence Svirchev, CIH
4) Protecting Medical Workers - Marc E. Kolanz, CIH
5) The Role of an Industrial Hygienist During a Pandemic- Nicholas Giardino, ScD, CIH

NEWS


Fighting COVID-19 Using Data Science

Environmental Factor

NIEHS Superfund Research Program grantees and in-house scientists are lending their expertise in data integration and online tool development to explore how COVID-19 spreads and why some communities experience higher risk of infection.

Seven Ergonomic Tips to Help Save Your Aching Neck and Back While Working From Home
WBUR

Speaking with WBUR's All Things Considered, Carolyn Herkenham, a senior specialist and industrial hygienist in the Environmental Health and Safety Department at Boston University, offered some tips on ergonomic best practices for those working from home in the pandemic.

Frequently Asked Questions About Controlling Dangerous Dusts

SynergistNOW
blog written by Brian Richardson
Dust particles become airborne during the manufacturing and processing of food, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and other dry products. Particles also become airborne during indoor metalworking processes like welding and plasma cutting.

CDC Publishes Instructions for Optimizing Disposable Glove Supply

With critical medical supplies dwindling, CDC has released instructions intended to help federal, state, and local public health officials and healthcare leaders optimize their stocks of disposable medical gloves during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Large Gatherings, Workplace Spread Contributed to Thousand-fold Increase in COVID-19 Cases

Over a three-week period from late February to early March the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States increased more than one thousand-fold, according to a new report from CDC.

OSHA Updated Interim Enforcement Response Plan for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

This plan provides instructions and guidance to Area Offices and compliance safety and health officers (CSHOs) for handling COVID-19-related complaints, referrals, and severe illness reports.

OSHA Revised Enforcement Guidance for Recording Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

This memorandum provides updated interim guidance to Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) for enforcing the requirements of 29 CFR Part 1904 with respect to the recording of occupational illnesses, specifically cases of COVID-19.

COVID-19 and the American Workplace—Temporary Rule: Paid Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On April 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor announced new action regarding how American workers and employers will benefit from the protections and relief offered by the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, both part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

May 2020

Important Dates and Deadlines:

AIHce EXP 2020 Virtual – PDCs- June 8-12

AIHF Virtual Fun Run- June 1-15

Product Stewardship Conference (PSX 2020) – Registration Opens June 8 September 15-17

OSHA HAZWOPER Training- September 17

American Chemical Society 2020 National Conference Call for Abstracts - October 18-21

Human & Organizational Performance (HOP) Summit- January 12 -14, 2021

ABSA International's 1st Biosecurity Symposium- New Date April 20-23, 2021

CALL TO ACTION

Join Rotary’s Volunteer Surge
Volunteer Surge was established recently with partners to provide free, online training of volunteers, to perform the most basic care-taking tasks for vulnerable people so that healthcare professionals can focus on the most acute needs. How you help is up to you. And, whatever you end up doing will make a difference.

For more information, watch this short video or visit www.theglobalimpactgroup.org.

Be a Leader by Helping AIHA Reach out to Governors and Mayors to Help America Get Back to Work Safely

Your help is urgently needed. Throughout the country, States are reopening their economies and workers are going back to work. Please help us reach out to governors and mayors to raise awareness of AIHA's 8 back-to-work safely guidelines. Doing so will help protect the health and safety of the workers, their families, and the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you're interested in working on this project, please email Mark Ames at mames@aiha.org.

IOHA Postpones International Scientific Conference

The International Occupational Hygiene Association has tentatively rescheduled its upcoming conference. The 12th IOHA International Scientific Conference, which was originally scheduled for October 2020, is now set to be held Aug. 21–26, 2021, in Daegu, South Korea. Read More.

Register for the AIHA 2020 Annual Business Meeting

AIHA’s Annual Business Meeting will be held virtually on Thursday, June 11, from 12 to 1 p.m. ET, to introduce incoming officers and directors and address other association business. All members who wish to attend the meeting must register in advance.
To ensure a quorum for the meeting, a call for proxy votes was issued electronically. Through the proxy vote form, members who cannot attend the meeting may designate another AIHA member to vote in their place, including members of the AIHA Board of Directors.

Call For Nominations: Allan K. Fleeger Distinguished Service Award

The Product Stewardship Society seeks nominations for the 2020 Allan K. Fleeger Distinguished Service Award. The award is named after the society's first president, Allan Fleeger, CIH, CSP, and recognizes the contributions made by a product steward to support the growth and success of the society and the product stewardship profession.

AIHA Volunteer Groups Officers Training

The following training opportunities are available for all volunteer groups officers – click on the links below to learn more, as well as to add these events to your calendar. All volunteer group officers are encouraged to participate, especially new officers.

• Level 3 Conferencing—Wednesday, July 8 at 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. (ET)
• Catalyst Online Community—Wednesday, July 29 at 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. (ET)
• Officers Training: Roles & Responsibilities—Wednesday, August 26 at 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. (ET)

NATIONAL

AIHA’s New Brand Reflects the Future of the Occupational Health & Safety Profession
AIHA unveiled its “brand evolution” at Virtual AIHce EXP 2020, which better reflects its diverse membership today and looks toward the future of the profession. The new brand continues to reflect our acronym “AIHA”, with a more modern logo and new tagline: “Healthier Workplaces. A Healthier World.” This pivot is designed to help the association better communicate the value of our profession to “stakeholders who are not industrial hygienists”.

The name of the association will remain “American Industrial Hygiene Association”, and you’ll continue to see this moniker reflected on AIHA.org and in other capacities. However, the new logo and tagline will help create awareness of the mission critical role our members play in society, especially now as we continue to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. While we will always be the home for industrial hygienists, we are extending our reach to the broader realm of “occupational health and safety science”, which is in harmony with changes in names of degrees offered by colleges, as well as reflective of evolving job titles.

The "Courage Scale": Opening Session Speaker Calls for OHS Professionals to Lead by Example

Author and speaker René Rodriguez opened the first fully virtual AIHce EXP conference on Monday morning with a discussion of the central role occupational health and safety professionals can play in leading their organizations' response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

AIHA Announces Recipient of the 2020 President’s Award

AIHA is pleased to announce Perry W. Logan, PhD, CIH, as the recipient of the 2020 President’s Award. The President’s Award is given to an individual, task force, special interest group or local section for outstanding contribution to efforts to achieve the mission of AIHA during the presidency year. The award will be presented in the Fall at the 2020 Virtual Mark of Excellence.

AIHA Announces ‘Back-to-Work Safely’ Guidelines and Resources

As businesses begin to reopen, AIHA has made available industry specific guidelines and resources to help employers and employees get back to work safely. The guidelines and other resources are available to download on a new website – backtoworksafely.org. Additionally, COVID 19 resources on PPE and re-entry into the workplace hazards can be found at AIHA Media Outreach Center.

IH Careers for Vets

AIHA is seeking responses to five initial questions to help us start the conversation about serving veterans and encouraging them to pursue careers in IH. This new Catalyst community is open to all members. Thank you in advance for your feedback and we look forward to the conversation!

AIHA Joins National Safety Council SAFER Task Force

The "SAFER: Safe Actions for Employee Returns" initiative is a comprehensive, multifaceted plan developed to guide employers through the process of safely resuming traditional work and operations now and after the pandemic.

Volunteer Now

Volunteers are the lifeblood of AIHA and are needed more now than ever! Consider joining one of more than 50 volunteer groups, learn valuable leadership skills and earn CM points for active participation. Micro, macro, and virtual volunteer opportunities means you can volunteer on your time and on your terms.

COVID-19 Resource Center


Stay Updated On the Latest Developments Regarding COVID-19

Even as AIHA continues to provide accurate and timely resources to the public about the current coronavirus pandemic, the Association is also doing its part through partnerships, government relations, and member outreach to the public health sector. Check out what AIHA is doing in the during the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Ergonomics Infographic to Help Those Working From Home
Social distancing and shelter-in-place restrictions have left many of us working from home for an indefinite period. Recognizing the importance of the ergonomics of homeworking, AIHA’s Ergonomics Committee has adapted An Ergonomics Guide to Computer Workstations, 3rd edition book into a free infographic.

Five Ways to Stay Productive During a Pandemic
Within the span of a few weeks, we have had to drastically adapt our lives and routines to the COVID-19 crisis. As IH/OEHS professionals, many of you are on the front lines, protecting the health and safety of workers on the job or at home, in addition to your own families. Now more than ever it's crucial for you to be able to share information, discuss, question, debate, and pool resources with other industry experts and peers in efforts to protect people from the disease.

Recovering from COVID-19 Building Closures
Managing the risks associated with COVID-19 has resulted in widespread closures of businesses, schools, universities, resorts, and other facilities deemed “non-essential.” For building owners and operators, this poses a significant challenge to protect their assets and to ensure they are ready to reoccupy once the pandemic subsides. In response, the AIHA Indoor Environmental Issues Committee has issued a new guidance document.

AIP Webinar: The Truth About COVID-19 (Recorded)
The Allied Industry Partners (AIP) present an informative discussion covering COVID-19. The webinar will cover how the disease is spread, address environmental disinfection and testing, as well as review what you need to know to run your business in this environment. Leaders within the AIP come together for the first time on a webinar to share their expertise on this important topic.

AIHA Urges White House to Resume United States’ Funding of World Health Organization
AIHA is calling upon the White House to resume the United States’ funding for the World Health Organization, after President Donald Trump announced on April 15 to cut off new funding for the organization due to its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

AIHA Applauds White House's Guidelines for Opening Up America, Urges Leaders to Consult Industrial Hygienists to Protect Workers
AIHA welcomes the White House’s Guidelines for Opening Up America, which focuses on protecting Americans as they resume work in phases though an approach led by science, data, and expert recommendations, implemented on a county-by county and state-by-state basis, without any set deadlines.

Occupational Health and Safety Professionals Recognized as “Essential Workers” by the Federal Government
AIHA applauds the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) for updating the language of its “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce” advisory list. The updated guidance now explicitly incorporates occupational health and safety workers, as recommended by AIHA.

AIHA Urges Congress to Protect Healthcare and Other Industry Workers During COVID-19 Pandemic AIHA supports the enactment into law of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and urges Members of Congress to provide additional protections to workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 COVID-19 Safe Return to Work – New Catalyst Community
Initiated by Dr. John Howard and being led by Dr. Lauralynn McKernan, this initiative seeks to connect NIOSH with its colleagues to hear learned lessons from reopening operations in workplaces beyond healthcare (e.g., services sector, manufacturing, transportation, retail, agriculture). NIOSH would greatly appreciate the opportunity to connect with others who have already implemented return to work/reopening industry procedures.

Membership

Members Making a Difference
Protecting the health and safety of people at work has never been as critical as it is now during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our members have used their expertise and knowledge to mobilize and collaborate online, at work, in communities, and in households. Take Laurence Svirchev, CIH, AIHA member since 2003, and AIHA ambassador to China… click here to read more.

AIHA Annual Membership Meeting Announcement
The annual membership meeting, normally conducted as a part of AIHce EXP will be conducted virtually as well. The meeting will take place on Thursday, June 11 at 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. ET. To access the meeting, please click here and use password 858147. For dial-in only, please click here to find your local number.

Not a Member?
Now is the time to join! AIHA offers a multitude of various resources vital to the support and growth of the IH/OEHS profession and the professionals that make it up. Don’t be left out without access to the latest news, developments, research, education, career development and networking opportunities. We are in this together! Join AIHA membership as an individual or organization (up to 3 individual memberships included!).

CEO CORNER

Facing and Embracing Change
In the April Issue of The Synergist, AIHA President Kathy Murphy reflected on changes in the industry and in our organization in her president’s message, What’s Happening in Our Industry. It is a compelling article, worth reading—and rereading. Here, I would like to weigh in on… click here to read more.

Strength in Numbers
AIHA has a long history of collaboration with allied organizations in pursuit of common goals. Recognizing that partnerships are often the best way to serve our mission, we’ve incorporated collaboration into our strategic plan, which calls for us to work with other occupational and environmental health and safety groups to develop educational resources for targeted audiences and to expand awareness of AIHA… click here to read more.

A Deeper Bond
In the association world, we often talk about the importance of “engagement.” People today have so many demands on their time; an organization like AIHA needs to figure out how to cut through the noise, not only to reach different audiences and attract new members, but to deepen our bond with current members, volunteers, and stakeholders. An engaged individual is one who is likely to find our mission inspiring and our vision worth pursuing. And so we dutifully track the many measures of engagement… click here to read more.

AIHA UNIVERSITY

NEW in eLearning: Intermediate Topics in IH Analytical Chemistry
Are you a laboratory chemist or technician who analyzes routine IH air samples? Gain a deeper understanding of the concepts that underlie IH sampling and analysis with AIHA’s new eLearning course: Intermediate Topics in IH Analytical Chemistry.

Webinar: "The Ear Poisons: An Introduction to Ototoxicants" April 30 from 1-2pm ET

This webinar goes beyond hearing loss caused by noise to discuss ototoxicants, ear poisons that enter the worker’s body through inhalation and absorption. We will address the etiologies of hearing loss, be it by exposure through noise or chemicals.

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!

AIHA REGISTRY PROGRAM *

Become a Safety Data Sheet Registered Professional
Do you write safety data sheets or labels for your company, clients, or customers? Are you responsible for reviewing SDSs to make sure they meet current GHS requirements? If so, you should consider becoming a registered SDS and Label Author through AIHA Registry Programs. You can take the exam, via remote proctoring, from the comfort of your home.

LOCAL SECTIONS

AIHA Local Sections Government Relations Goals
The AIHA Local Sections Government Relations Goals conference call is set for the Thursday, April 30 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern (12:00 p.m. Central / 11:00 a.m. Mountain / 10:00 a.m. Pacific). To add this event to your calendar, please click the link above and select ‘Download to Your Calendar.’ Please note… you must be logged into Catalyst to access.

AIHA Local Sections Business Meeting
The Local Section Business meeting, a component of AIHce EXP, will be held virtually in mid to late June. This meeting will feature a session with the Local Section Advisory Group, as well as Ted Gerber, a professional with more than 30 years of experience as an executive, consultant, trainer mediator and coach, who will facilitate an interactive session entitled Building Highly Effective Performing Teams. More details will be forthcoming.

Are Your Virtual Meetings Inclusive?
If your local section is considering holding virtual meetings, we wanted to share the ‘Management Tip of the Day’ that was recently featured in the Harvard Business Review. The tip was adapted from 15 Questions About Remote Work, Answered, by Tsedal Neeley.

How is Your Local Section Responding to COVID-19?
Now is the time to share what your local section is doing to address COVID-19. Need inspiration or ideas? Check out the Local Section Officer Catalyst community.

March 2020 Local Section Dues Report
If we have not received an updated officers roster for any local section that has undergone an officers rotation in 2020 (YTD), you will not have access to this report. Please send an updated officers roster to Thursa Pecoraro via email at tla@aiha.org.

STUDENTS & EARLY CAREER PROFESSIONALS

Spring Semester Coming to an End
With the spring semester coming to a close many of you are probably busy finishing up projects, defending a thesis, and studying for exams. In this post, a student member shares one of her favorite assignments during her my graduate studies.

Mentoring Rated a Top-Priority by Early Career Professionals
Early career professionals (both members and non-members) indicated via a survey, that mentoring was among one of the top four area’s AIHA should focus on to help them manage their career development and growth. The AIHA mentoring program is tailored to customize the mentor/mentee relationship based on your specific needs. Get your mentoring journey started today! Questions? Contact Gouhar Nayeem via email at gnayeem@aiha.org.

Student Local Sections Council Meeting
The Student Local Sections Council meeting, a component of AIHce EXP, will be held virtually in mid-to-late June. Student local section officers, or those students thinking about establishing a student section, are invited to attend. More details will be forthcoming.

AIHF

The 34th Annual AIHF Fun Run Goes Virtual!
The American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF) presents the 34th Annual Fun Run Walk in a virtual format taking place June 1- 15 Have fun, get exercise, and support AIHF. You don’t have to be a marathon runner to participate; you can run 5k or walk 2k and know that you’re helping AIHF serve the IH/OH professionals in need. And now you can do it at your convenience. Register by May 10 to get your free commemorative T-shirt before the event (while supplies last) one shirt per household.

New Scholarships Established in 2019
AIHF annually award scholarships to IH/OH students. The AIHF Scholarship Award Committee will be selecting and recommending recipients of this year’s scholarship program to the AIHF Board of Trustees in the coming weeks. A number of new scholarships were established in 2019, including:

President's Leadership Award is the highest scholarship and professional development honor that will be given annually by AIHF. The Award consists of a major scholarship and a professional development opportunity to graduate students who demonstrate scientific, literary, and research acumen in industrial hygiene, environmental and occupational health disciplines. Established by John Henshaw, MPH, CIH, FAIHA.

The Frederick W. Boelter Risk Science Endowed Scholarship is awarded for the advancement of risk science in the practice of industrial hygiene. Established by RHP Risk Management to honor Fred Boelter, CIH, PE, BCEE, FAIHA.

The Gary S. Kephart Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students with a GPA of at least 3.0 in either emergency management and response, health physics, industrial hygiene, occupational health, safety management, or other related program. Established by the AIHA Tennessee Valley Local Section to honor the legacy of Gary Kephart, CIH, CHMM, CHP, CSP.

Sampling and Laboratory Analysis Committee Scholarship is awarded to an Undergraduate or Graduate student studying IH or related disciplines of chemistry and biology as they relate directly to an IH/EHS career path. Established by the AIHA Sampling and Laboratory Analysis Committee.

Make a lasting legacy by investing in the education and professional development of the next generation of leaders and innovators in a profession that works tirelessly to improve workplace health and safety.

To view a complete list of our generous AIHF donors, to learn more about AIHF, scholarship eligibility and applications, or to make an impact on the future of the profession by making a tax-deductible donation online visit: www.aihfoundation.org.

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

OSHA Releases Interim Enforcement Response Plan for COVID-19
OSHA issued an interim enforcement response plan, which outlines procedures for responding to reports of workplace health and safety hazards during the COVID-19 pandemic, giving priority to fatalities and imminent danger exposures. To view the press release on the response plan, please visit https://bit.ly/2K4ifBV. The plan itself can be found at https://bit.ly/34F5qY7.

OSHA Issues Interim Guidance on Employer’s Good Faith Efforts to Comply with Occupational Health and Safety Standards During COVID-19
OSHA issued interim guidance for the enforcement of occupational health and safety standards during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance takes into account employer's good faith efforts to comply with such standards.

AIHA Submits Letter to HHS on CDC Guidance for Critical Infrastructure Workers and COVID-19
AIHA has asked Alex Azar, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to rescind recently issued interim guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for "Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19".

AIHA Joins 50+ Organization in Letter to Federal Leaders Calling for COVID-19 Tests to be Made Available to All Employers Operating During Pandemic
While supporting the prioritization of COVID-19 testing for healthcare workers, AIHA and more than 50 other organizations sent a letter to U.S. Vice President Michael Pence and the secretaries of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, calling for tests to be made available to other employers who are operating during the pandemic.

CATALYST

Proud to Be an IH: Shaping the Future
This article is part of the SynergistNOW series “Proud to Be an IH.” Read the introductory post for more information.

As an undergraduate student studying to attend medical school and then practice pediatric oncology, I learned about the field of industrial hygiene and occupational health through a cooperative educational program with federal OSHA. After attending several rotations in various area field offices, I felt that my education and talent could be better used to help people by… click the link above to read the full article.

Online Community Resource
The Catalyst Open Forum is a member-driven portal featuring a wealth of information and resources. Check out the top discussion threads going on right now!

NEWS

Protecting Modified Worker Health Biohacking and the Workplace
By Spencer Pizzani, CIH
Advancing technology presents new industrial processes and agents to understand, new controls and materials to characterize, and new topics to master. The same approach applies to adapting evaluation techniques to protect workers who may be unusually vulnerable to certain risks, or who have been modified in a variety of emerging ways.

Chemical Protective Clothing 101: A Primer on Premeation, Penetration, and Degradation
By Norman W. Henry, III, MS, CIH, FAIHA; Curtis Hintz, CIH, CSP; and Robert N. Phalen, PhD, CIH, FAIHA
IHs know the importance of chemical protective clothing, but not always the extent to which CPC materials can resist any of the numerous chemicals present in the workplace, particularly those new to the market. In these circumstances, IHs continually face the problem of how to select appropriate CPC while lacking data on the materials’ chemical resistance.

It’s the Heat—And the Humidity; Critical Factors for Heat Stress Assessment and Prevention
By Robert N. Phalen, PhD, CIH, FAIHA and Catherine L. Besmar
Heat-related illnesses are insidious conditions that can affect almost anyone with little warning, especially since symptoms may affect one’s ability to recognize the danger. All that is needed for the onset of heat stress is for the energy and blood demanded by the muscles to compete with the body’s cooling mechanisms.

AIHA COVID-19 News Center
As industrial hygienists mobilize to address the most severe public health crisis of our lifetimes, Synergist staff remains committed to sharing practical knowledge, guidance, and perspective for IH leaders and respected authorities.

COVID-19 Weekly Roundup: N95 Decomtamination Methods, Elastromeric Respirators Webinar & More
The weekly roundup is a colmunation of information from various sources such as the FDA, NIH, NIOSH, Journal of the American Medical Association, NIEHS, CDC, National Academies, DOL, AAOHN and AFCI.

EPA Seeks Feedback on Draft Scope Documents for 13 “High Priority” Chemicals
EPA seeks public input on draft scope documents for 13 “high-priority” chemicals for upcoming risk evaluations under the Toxic Substances Control Act. These substances are part of a group of 20 chemicals that EPA designated as high-priority for risk evaluation in December 2019.

April 2020

IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES:

[All events subject to possible cancellations due to COVID-19- please check website for updates]


AIHA ALERT

AIHA has developed many guidelines and documents to help prevent hazards and provides various Consumer Resource Centers to promote health and safety in the workplace – even if that workplace is your home.

Get the facts and resources on COVID-19 by visiting our Coronavirus Outbreak Resources page. Join the conversation via our online community Catalyst Open Forum.

In order to keep our staff healthy and safe during this pandemic, we have instituted working remotely from home. During this time, the best way to contact us is via email at infonet@aiha.org, as we have limited staff covering the phones. However, rest assured, we will return all calls and respond to all emails.

CALL TO ACTION

Call for Donation of Surplus Masks and Respirators
Health care workers, first responders/firefighters and others on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic are facing a critical shortage of infection control personal protective equipment (PPE).

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) have joined efforts with the American Hospital Association (AHA) to urge you to make an in-kind donation of any surplus PPE to help healthcare workers who are on the front lines through the COVID-19 pandemic stay safe and healthy.

AIHA Ambassadors Needed for Brazil, Mexico, and Puerto Rico

AIHA is looking for members to serve as AIHA Ambassadors to Brazil, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Click on the link above to learn more about the AIHA Ambassador Program, eligibility, terms, criteria for service and to complete the online application.

NATIONAL & MEMBERSHIP

Membership

No Access to Catalyst? Not Receiving The Synergist?

If you have an unpaid balance for your AIHA membership in 2020 you have lost access to member only content. Stay connected and keep yourself informed with the latest information and content.
Reinstate your membership online today!

COVID-19

AIHA Coronavirus Resource Center

In February of 2020, the World Health Organization’s director-general has declared a public health emergency of international concern over the ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus.

The AIHA Coronavirus Resource Center provides a comprehensive list of resources and information.

COVID-Response: Quick Survey on Training and Upskilling Needs for Health Workers

Through the WHO Academy, the World Health Organization is rapidly up-scaling training via a number of digital, easily accessible learning applications.

Please help them design and prioritize content and delivery methodologies that support and enable health workers worldwide boost their knowledge and skills related to the COVID-19 outbreak. We ask that you share the survey, available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PHH8ZYT, with your networks.

Please be assured that this survey is anonymous, your responses will not be associated with your name or email address, and no identifiable information on any individuals will be shared or presented in the survey results.

AIHA'S Ambassador to China Issues Update on COVID-19 And Response Efforts

Laurence Svirchev, CIH, MA, BSc, who serves as ambassador to China for AIHA's International Affairs Committee, reports that concerns regarding the supply of personal protective equipment in China have been alleviated. More information is available in his latest update on China and COVID-19 (PDF) and on AIHA's Coronavirus Outbreak Resource Center.

Medical Reserve Corps

Originally posted by Bernard Fontaine, Jr., CIH, CSP, FAIHA via the Catalyst Open Forum

During this time of need, all industrial hygiene and occupational health practitioners are being pressed to the limit. However, for those emeritus AIHA members who would like to volunteer give back to their communities, here is an opportunity to join the Medical Reserve Corp. and collaborate with healthcare professionals on the frontlines.
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. The MRC network comprises approximately 175,000 volunteers in roughly 850 community-based units located throughout the United States and its territories.
MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other community members without healthcare backgrounds. MRC units engage these volunteers as well as local and state-level partners to strengthen public health, improve emergency response capabilities, and build community resiliency. MRC units prepare for and respond to natural disasters, such as wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, and floods, as well as other emergencies affecting public health, such as disease outbreaks.

Organizations Wordwide Rally to Address Coronavirus - The Synergist March 2020 (Page 12)

Laurence Svirchev, CIH, MA, BSc, ambassador to China for AIHA's International Affairs Committee, has been working to find ways for AIHA members to donate equipment and assist Chinese healthcare workers and other emergency responders in protecting themselves as they care for patients infected by 2019-nCoV.

National

AIHA Announces New 2020-2021 Board Members

AIHA announced the new members of its Board of Directors for 2020-2021. The selection of individuals for the AIHA Board of Directors is performed by the Board Nominating Committee, as prescribed in the Association Bylaws. The committee consists of seven (7) AIHA full members. The new AIHA Board officers and directors are as follows:

  • Vice President—Donna Heidel, MS, CIH, FAIHA
  • Secretary-Elect—Bradley King, PhD, MPH, CIH
  • Director—Kimberly Castillon, CIH
  • Director—Bernard Fontaine, Jr., CIH, CSP, FAIHA

AIHA Announces Named Award Recipients

The AIHA Board congratulates the selection by the AIHA Awards and Fellows Nominating Committee of the following members for the annual AIHA Named Awards:

  • Andrew Maier, PhD, CIH, DABT, FAIHA—Edward J. Baier Technical Achievement Award (sponsored by Apex Companies, LLC)
  • Dana M. Hollins, CIH—Kusnetz Award (sponsored by Florence Kusnetz)
  • Carter B. Ficklen, III, CIH, CSP—Distinguished Service to AIHA Award
  • Harry J. Beaulieu, PhD, CIH, CSP—Donald E. Cummings Memorial Award
  • M. Faye Grimsley, PhD, CIH, FAIHA—Alice Hamilton Award
  • National Council for Occupational Safety and Health—AIHA Social Responsibility Award (sponsored by Apex Companies, LLC)

AIHA Announces New Fellows

The AIHA Board congratulates the selection by the AIHA Awards and Fellows Nominating Committee. This designation recognizes those who are members in good standing, have 15 years of continuous Full membership, and have made recognized contributions to industrial hygiene or related disciplines, either through research, leadership, publications, education or service to AIHA. Only five percent of the AIHA membership can qualify for the Fellows Award.

  • Stephanie R. Carter, PhD, CIH, FAIHA
  • William S. Carter, PhD, CIH, FAIHA
  • Jeffrey A. Church, CIH, CSP, FAIHA
  • Joy Erdman, MS, CIH, CSP, FAIHA
  • Thomas P. Fuller, ScD, CIH, CSP, MSPH, MBA, FAIHA
  • Ling-Ling Hung, PhD, FAIHA
  • Georgi I. Popov, PhD, QEP, CSP, ARM, SMS, CMC, FAIHA
  • Noah S. Seixas, PhD, CIH, FAIHA

Congratulations to Our 2019 Outstanding Volunteer Groups

AIHA would like to congratulate our 2019 Outstanding AIHA Volunteer Groups. These volunteer groups received this special recognition through their active engagement with AIHA and their success in achieving their objectives for 2019.

  • Biosafety and Environmental Microbiology Committee
  • Confined Spaces Committee
  • Ergonomics Committee
  • Exposure Assessment and Strategies Committee
  • Healthcare Working Group
  • Leadership and Management Committee
  • Mentoring and Professional Development Committee
  • Non-Ionizing Radiation Committee
  • Protective Clothing and Equipment Committee
  • Safety Committee
  • Sampling and Laboratory Analysis Committee
  • Stewardship and Sustainability Committee
  • Women in IH Committee


Allied Industry Partners Enter Into Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) During Annual Meeting and Exposition of Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA)

AIHA and six other non-profit organizations, including the convening organization, Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA), announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for indoor air and environmental quality. Donald Weekes, CIH, AIHA Fellow, and member of AIHA’s Technical Committee on indoor environmental quality, signed the agreement on behalf of AIHA.

Proud to Be an IH: Shaping the Future

SynergistNOW blog by Bernard Fontaine, Jr.

As an undergraduate student studying to attend medical school and then practice pediatric oncology, I learned about the field of industrial hygiene and occupational health through a cooperative educational program with federal OSHA.

Do You Read SynergistNOW?

The SynergistNOW blog offers ideas, insights, and perspectives on important topics affecting industrial hygiene professionals, written by and for experienced IHs, researchers, academics, and AIHA leaders. Launched in 2016, SynergistNOW features two new posts per week. SynergistNOW is available to everyone with an interest in industrial hygiene and worker health and safety, but even AIHA members must subscribe.

CEO CORNER

New From SynergistNOW: "Strength in Numbers"

Larry Sloan, AIHA's CEO, writes: "AIHA has a long history of collaboration with allied organizations in pursuit of common goals. Recently, we've begun discussing potential partnerships with associations whose areas of focus converge with the work of AIHA's technical committees." Read more here.

Addressing Students at Johns Hopkins, Cooper Union, CUNY School of Public Health

Prior to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, Larry addressed graduate occupational health students at Johns Hopkins (one of our newest student local sections). He delivered a brief update on AIHA National with a focus on how we are striving to help students navigate their careers as well as an introduction to Emotional Intelligence. Following this, he presented AIHA National updates to graduate students at both CUNY and Cooper Union via a virtual platform. Embedded in his remarks was a brief “introduction to IH/OH”, designed to help those students in allied professions (e.g., engineers, architects) who were less familiar with our profession. If you would like to have Larry address your students virtually, please contact Thursa La.


STUDENTS & EARLY CAREER PROFESSIONALS

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities in this field are endless, whether you're a fresh graduate or a seasoned professional making a career change; get a head start on landing your next dream industrial hygiene (IH)/occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) job here.

AIHF

Your Opportunity to Advance the Profession: Contribute to the President’s Leadership Award
This prestigious award is made possible thanks to a generous endowment by AIHA's Past President, John Henshaw, MPH, CIH, FAIHA. The Award consists of a major scholarship and a professional development opportunity to attend a BOHS, AIOH, or comparable International Conference in occupational health and safety. Support the advancement of the profession and join us in making a tax-deductible contribution today!

LOCAL SECTION

Have an Upcoming Event?

Did you know that Local Section events are posted to the Catalyst community? Please provide details for any of your upcoming events to Janice Allen to get your events added. The Catalyst events calendar can be accessed via https://community.aiha.org/events/calendar and is viewable by all AIHA members.

Local Businesses and Organizations Looking for Local Resources During COVID-19

An AIHA member reported that The New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) is reaching out to their local section community. This is an excellent opportunity for AIHA local sections to partner and support NJBIA and similar organizations in their regions. Specifically, NJBIA has over 150,000 members (small to mid-size business) located statewide and they need a better understanding of what can be done to protect their membership's workforce and the surrounding communities.

AIHA UNIVERSITY

NEW Webinar: "The Ear Poisons: An Introduction to Ototoxicants"

April 30 from 1-2pm EST
This webinar goes beyond hearing loss caused by noise to discuss ototoxicants, ear poisons that enter the worker’s body through inhalation and absorption. We will address the etiologies of hearing loss, be it by exposure through noise or chemicals.

Heat Stress: Assessment and Control

AIHA Webinar on April 23 at 1-2:30pm EST
Learn how to develop effective controls to mitigate heat stress conditions and related illnesses among workers. This webinar addresses the six critical factors associated with heat stress and how they can be used collectively to assess heat stress including temperature, humidity, air velocity, radiant heat, clothing, and metabolic heat.

A New Certification Program for Industrial Hygiene Chemists

AIHA, AIHA Registry Programs, and the National Registry of Certified Chemists (NRCC) announced the launch of a joint program for the certification of industrial hygiene chemists and analysts. The new certification program is called the AIHA-NRCC Industrial Hygiene Chemist Certification.

Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene

Take your staff's industrial hygiene knowledge to the next level! Whether they're new to IH or simply need a refresher, AIHA's Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene course offers highly rated, hands-on training to help them do their best work. The course will next be held Sept. 21–24, 2020, outside Columbus, Ohio.

FREE WEBINAR: Ventilation, Surface Disinfection and PPE Considerations for the IP and IH

Amidst the flood of information about the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the greatest risks is missing key intelligence that can protect health and save lives. This town hall-style webinar will address occupational health and safety professionals’, industrial hygienists’ and infection preventionists’ questions about ventilation, surface disinfection, respirators, construction issues, occupational health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

2nd Edition of Recognition, Evaluation, and Control of Indoor Mold Now Available

Tap into this current and comprehensive mold resource written by industrial hygiene practitioners, academics, government officials, and scientists.


GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

Money, Power, Congress, and the Presidency

SynergistNOW blog by Mark Ames, AIHA Director, Government Relations

To better understand how power, money, and influence flow in Washington, let's explore a side of policymaking that receives little coverage in the media but has tremendous impacts on the lives of everyone associated with the U.S. government.

Members of Congress Introduce COVID-19 Legislation

A few short days ago, leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R.6201). Much of the attention on this bill has focused on testing and paid leave, however, it also contains the text of the COVID-19 Health Care Worker Protection Act of 2020, which AIHA supports.

AIHA Board Member Testifies on Mold Hazards in Buildings before Maryland State Legislature

AIHA Board member Michele M. Twilley, DrPH, CIH, spoke about mold hazards in institutions of higher education when she testified this past Tuesday before the Maryland State House Appropriations Committee in support of House Bill 1428.

Updates on Notable and Key Bills

Visit the weekly GR Announcements page on Catalyst.

CATALYST

#IAMIH Challenge Presentations Move Online!

Due to the current situation with COVID and schools being closed and social distancing being encouraged, you can film your presentation and post it for schools and educational STEM groups to view and share. Use our free resources or create your own and then post the link of your video on the #IAMIH Challenge Catalyst page. The more presentations you post, the more likely you and/or your local section will be awarded a gift card!

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

  1. Respirators and Biological Agents- Gavin F. Burdge
  2. Extended Use of N95 Respirators - Brian Berke
  3. Skunk Odor in School - Keith A. Boyd
  4. N95 Mask Cover & Respiratory Protection for COVID-19 Hospital Workers - John C. Ratliff
  5. Question on COVID-19 And Respirator Issuance - Shayne Meadows

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

NEWS

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-2019) WHO Situation Reports

WHO is working closely with global experts, governments and partners to rapidly expand scientific knowledge on this new virus, to track the spread and virulence of the virus, and to provide advice to countries and individuals on measures to protect health and prevent the spread of this outbreak…Read more here.

An Equal World Is an Enabled World

Featured in SynergistNOW by Kimberly P. Henry

March 8th was International Women's Day. This year's theme celebrated women's achievements and encouraged us all to raise awareness of gender bias and take action to ensure a world of equality...Read more here.

OSHA Publishes Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus

According to OSHA, workplaces may experience worker absenteeism; changes in patterns of commerce, meaning that demand for certain goods might increase significantly, but fall significantly in others; and interrupted shipments or deliveries…Read more here.

OSHA Temporarily Adjusts Guidance for Respirator Fit Testing During COVID-19 Outbreak
OSHA released temporary guidance this weekend on fit testing N95 respirators before their use by healthcare personnel caring for known or suspected COVID-19 patients. The new guidelines are intended to promote healthcare workers’ access to respiratory protection in the face of anticipated shortages…Read more here.

OSHA Issues Guidance on Coronavirus for Workplaces

Powder/Bulk Solids
The U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA issued a document on Monday that provides companies with guidance on how to respond to COVID-19 in American workplaces…Read more here.

OHSMS Auditor Registry Call for Applicants

Are you responsible for planning and conducting audits as well as preparing, reviewing and communicating audit results? Showcase your competencies by becoming a registered OHSMS auditor!

ACGIH Board Ratifies 2020 TLVS and BEIS

ACGIH announced in late January that its Board of Directors had ratified the 2020 Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) for Chemical Substances and Physical Agents and Biological Exposure Indices, or BEIs. This year, the board adopted TLVs for chemical substances such as acrylamide, methyl isobutyl carbinol, and resin acids. One BEI for the insecticide parathion was also adopted… Read more here.

March 2020

IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES:

CALL TO ACTION

2020 AIHA Board Elections
Online voting is now open for the 2020 AIHA Board of Directors Election. You will need your AIHA member number and last name to log on. You will be asked to cast your ballot for one AIHA Vice President, one Secretary-Elect, and up to two Director positions. Instructions on how to vote in the election will be emailed to members by VoteNet—look for an email from noreply@votenet.com, with subject line: 2020 AIHA Board Election is Open. IMPORTANT NOTE: Please use either a Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser to open up VoteNet. Unfortunately, VoteNet is not compatible with Microsoft Edge or Explorer.
If you have any questions, please contact Lynae Brown at (703) 846-0745.
Deadline: March 6 (11:59 p.m. EST)

AIHA Ambassadors Needed for Targeted Regions
AIHA is looking for members to serve as AIHA Ambassadors to Columbia and Puerto Rico. Click on the link above to learn more about the AIHA Ambassador Program, eligibility, terms, criteria for service and to complete the online application.

AIHA Seeks Session Moderators for AIHce EXP 2020
AIHA seeks volunteers to moderate education sessions at AIHce EXP 2020 in Atlanta, GA. Moderators' primary responsibilities include introducing speakers and ensuring that all sessions proceed on schedule. This opportunity allows volunteers to serve in a leadership role, develop relationships with fellow colleagues, and contribute to the success of the conference.

Open Call for Volunteers: AIHA Content Portfolio Advisory Group (CPAG)
AIHA is seeking two new members to serve on the Content Portfolio Advisory Group (CPAG). CPAG provides input and advice to the AIHA board and staff regarding the association’s body of content on industrial hygiene and occupational and environmental health and safety. Deadline: March 2 at 5pm EST.

Open Call: Continuing Education Committee (CEC) Membership
The goal of the CEC is to provide OEHS professionals with education and instruction designed to enhance, attain and retain core IH and technical competencies, as represented by the membership’s volunteer groups through identification and promotion of new educational programs; monitor the quality of courses presented under the auspices of the committee; and to improve communication with other AIHA technical committees. Deadline: March 18.

2020 Human & Organizational Performance (HOP) Summit
The 2020 HOP Summit will be held on June 9-11, 2020, at The Westin Houston, Memorial City in Houston, TX. It will be an unforgettable learning event dedicated to moving from PRINCIPLES to PRACTICE through the sharing and discussion of human and organizational performance implementation and deployment strategies. To register or learn more about this one-of-a-kind event, go to hop.orchse.com.

NATIONAL & MEMBERSHIP

Membership

Unpaid Dues Invoices Sent
If you have an unpaid balance for your AIHA membership in 2020, you should have received an invoice in the mail. We would hate to see you leave and lose all the member benefits you are used to, such as your subscription to The Synergist, access to Catalyst, discounted educational offerings, publications and more. Reinstate your membership online before March 1st to keep your member benefits!

National

2020 AIHA Board Candidates’ Forum
Each year, The Synergist asks candidates for the AIHA Board of Directors to participate in a candidates’ forum; each of the candidates are asked to respond to a question. This year's ballot includes two candidates for vice president, two for secretary-elect, and four for director.

AIHA Joins OSHA's Ambassador Program
The program will be used to improve workplace health and safety by sharing information and guidance and providing access to vital training resources. The program builds upon OSHA's Alliance Program and will be used to improve workplace health and safety by sharing information and guidance and providing access to vital training resources.

2nd Edition of Recognition, Evaluation, and Control of Indoor Mold Now Available
Tap into this current and comprehensive mold resource written by industrial hygiene practitioners, academics, government officials, and scientists.

Be Careful What You Click On!
If you have received an email from AIHA President Kathy Murphy please do NOT click on any links or provide any information. This is a phishing email! Don’t take the bait—learn more about how to spot a phishing email and ways to protect yourself by visiting our website.

Proud to Be an IH: The Virtue of Perseverance
Denise Trabbic-Pointer writes in the SynergistNOW Proud to be an IH series, "As a now-retired EHS professional, I look back at the more than 20 years I was a practicing occupational health professional in the chemical manufacturing industry, and I ponder the question of my impact on the lives and health of the people in those facilities." ... read more here.

CEO CORNER

A Deeper Bond
Larry Sloan writes in SynergistNOW, "In the association world, we often talk about the importance of "engagement." People today have so many demands on their time; an organization like AIHA needs to figure out how to cut through the noise, not only to reach different audiences and attract new members, but to deepen our bond with current members, volunteers, and stakeholders... read more.

On the Road
In January 2020, AIHA CEO, Larry Sloan traveled to California to meet with students from UCLA, local section members and a corporation. Based on requests, he provided updates on AIHA national and the Content Priorities, provided presentations on Emotional Intelligence (EI), and engaged c-level leaders on the value of the profession and the Association. If you’re interested in having Larry or an AIHA Board Member speak at your event, please contact Thursa La.

STUDENTS & EARLY CAREER PROFESSIONALS

Find Your Next IH/OEHS Position
Career opportunities in this field are endless, whether you're a fresh graduate or a seasoned professional making a career change; get a head start on landing your next dream industrial hygiene (IH) / occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) job here.

Call for Student Presentations and Posters at AIHce EXP 2020
Its not too late to put yourself out there and speak or display a poster at AIHce EXP. It’s a fantastic way to gain visibility for your research and ideas. It demonstrates your expertise in the subject and brings notice to you, your mentor and your institution. Contact Kathryn Christoe for more information. Deadline: March 16.

New Catalyst App
Based on recommendations from the Student Local Sections Council (SLSC) and students like you, AIHA is pleased to announce that we will be rolling out the new Catalyst app! We are looking for students to serve as beta testers before the app is rolled out to the full membership. If you’re interested, please contact Janice Allen.

Student Opportunities at AIHce EXP 2020
The newly created academic education track was developed with students and early career professionals in mind to help enhance your career goals, build work skills and gain real-world experience as a presenter in front of peers and experienced professionals.

On-Site Mentoring and First Time Attendee Programs
Planning to attend AIHce EXP for the first time? Check out the First Timers’ webinar, sponsored by DuPont. Sign up for the PAL program and be introduced to a seasoned attendee to provide you a better overall conference experience. Check out the CareerAdvantage Fair, the Head Shot Café, pop-up sessions and take on the EXP Quest!

AIHF


Donate to the President's Leadership Award
This prestigious award is made possible thanks to a generous endowment by AIHA's Past President, John Henshaw, MPH, CIH, FAIHA. The Award consists of a major scholarship and a professional development opportunity to attend a BOHS, AIOH, or comparable International Conference in occupational health and safety. Support the advancement of the profession and join us in making a tax-deductible contribution today!

Join us for Fun Run 2020
We want to see a great turn out in Atlanta (location to be announced) on Tuesday June 2 at 6:30 am bright and early for our 34th annual AIHF Fun Run! You don't have to be a marathon runner to participate and if you are not an early riser you can still contribute by registering as a "Sleep In" entry. Be sure to register for the Fun Run during the online registration process for AIHce EXP. We are also still looking for sponsors, download the Fun Run Partnership Prospectus for more information.

AIHce EXP

Lock in Your Group Rate
Did you know that you can save your company big bucks with our group registration rates? If you plan to send 10 or more people to AIHce EXP, this savings opportunity means you don't have to leave anyone behind.
To lock in your group registration, contact Bethany Chirico at 703-846-0746.

AIHce EXP 2020 Keynote Speaker Announced
As a battalion surgeon during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Dr. Sudip Bose's service earned him the Bronze Star for the distinction of completing one of the longest combat tours by a physician since World War II. He is also the U.S. physician who treated Saddam Hussein after U.S. forces captured him from the spider hole. Sponsored by SGS Galson

Navigating AIHce EXP As a First-Timer
For Subena Colligan, attending AIHce EXP for the first time was life-changing. Colligan had previously avoided AIHce EXP due to fear of being overwhelmed. That changed in 2019, when she attended her first conference event and her expectations were shattered. Click on the link for reasons why you should consider attending.

AIHce EXP 2020 Educational Program
Did you know that the AIHce EXP 2020 education program is already available? Browse education sessions and professional development courses to see what's in store before you register. Early birds get the best rates, so start planning your agenda today!

LOCAL SECTION

Local Section Events
Want your local sction event listed on the AIHA master calendar? Simply email Sue Marchese (smarchese@aiha.org) with the who, what, why, when and where of your event and it will be added. The Catalyst events calendar can be accessed via https://community.aiha.org/eve... and is viewable by all AIHA members.

Local Section Advisory Group Update
We officially started the Local Section Advisory Group (LSAG) that now includes some of our student leaders. If Local Sections (LS) have any questions or suggestions about AIHA or best management practices, please contact us. LSAG is here to serve the LS. Most LS are having winter meetings and planning spring conferences, please communicate on social media as it is a great avenue to promote upcoming meetings. Also, use Catalyst to discuss the meetings and best management practices with other LS… read the full posting and view the video here.

Alabama AIHA Future of the Profession Conference: Early Bird Registration
March 13 from 8:30- 3:30pm EST
An excellent conference program is being prepared for you at the 8th Annual Future of the Profession in Florence at the University of North Alabama. We have multiple speakers from our local section membership planning to deliver technical presentations tailored for EHS/IH professionals and students.

AIHA Georgia Local Section in Action
Members of the AIHA Georgia Local Section spent time at the Georgia Capital (Atlanta), meeting with state legislators and the governor, talking about the importance of industrial hygiene to the many Georgia businesses. Thank you to Robert "Bob" Hendry, Jenny Houlroyd, Hilarie Warren, CIH, John Moore, CIH, CSP, Kerry Ann Jaggassar, CIH, and Stacy Brooks, CSP, CHMM.

FL AIHA Spring Conference 2020 - Treasure Island, FL (St Pete)
Registration is open for the 2020 Spring Florida Local Section of the AIHA from April 16-17.

VIRTUAL SECTION

No Local Section Near You? Add Virtual Section for Only $25
Do you want to participate in a local section but are having trouble finding one where you reside? You can join a virtual section with your membership for only $25 with an exclusive Catalyst community (also in Espanol), coffee-talks, webinars, and more!

AIHA UNIVERSITY

Comprehensive Industrial Hygiene Review
March 9-13 in Ann Arbor, MI
This 4.5-day course provides an intensive, high-level review of a wide range of industrial hygiene topics by more than a dozen experts.

AIHA University Occupational Exposure Banding Virtual Conference
March 3-5, March 10-12, March 17-18
There are just a few days left to register for the AIHA University Occupational Exposure Banding Virtual Conference. This virtual conference is perfect for IH/OEHS professionals looking for guidance as they approach risk management decision-making for unregulated chemicals that do not have an OEL established.

NEW Webinar: "The Ear Poisons: An Introduction to Ototoxicants"
Learn how to address the etiologies of hearing loss, be it by exposure through noise or chemicals, by attending AIHA's April 9 webinar and earn 1 contact hour.

Heat Stress: Assessment and Control
April 23 from 1-2:30pm EST
In this webinar, with 1.5 Contact Hours, learn how to develop effective controls to mitigate heat stress conditions and related illnesses among workers.

Exclusive Group Training Benefit - eLearning Subscription
The eLearning Subscription is an excellent opportunity for companies and organizations, AIHA Local Sections, and IH/OEHS professionals to cost-effectively stay on top of the hottest topics and issues affecting the profession.

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

President Trump's FY 2021 Budget Request Would Cut Funding for Key OSH Programs
The document represents the President's vision for the Federal government, serving as a point of discussion, and little more. There's even an old saying about the budget: "The President proposes, and Congress disposes." Congressional committees are now holding hearings on the President's budget to learn more about his plans, but ultimately, funding decisions are a negotiation between Congressional leaders on the House and Senate appropriations committees, and the President, who wields veto power.

Updates on Notable and Key Bills
Visit the weekly GR Announcements page on Catalyst.

CATALYST

Win a Gift Card - Join 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 2020 in Atlanta!

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

1. Benzene Exposures While Pumping Gasoline Into Your Car or Vehicle? - George Alan Brown
2. Qualification of Ventilation System in Manufacturing Plant - Tambra Rene Williams
3. A Nod to Garrett Morgan, African-American Inventor, Contributor to Modern Respiratory Protection - Boyd Rose
4. N95 Fit Test for Healthcare Workers - Tony Chung
5. Hazardous Chemical Determination - Ashley Augspurger

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

NEWS

Remote Industrial Hygiene
The Synergist
Interest in remote industrial hygiene is growing among occupational hygienists, who are contributing to scientific discussions about occupational health and safety at remote sites and designing practical solutions. How can hygienists best protect workers involved in oil and gas operations, mining facilities, crews for ships and planes, and scientific expeditions? … Read more.

Bloodborne Pathogens Outside the Healthcare Setting
When reading OSHA’s bloodborne pathogens (BBP) standard, it’s easy to visualize a hospital or other medical setting bustling with nurses and physicians and the occasional phlebotomist with a cart full of needles and syringes. However, it is imperative for industrial hygienists to step back and consider where BBP and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) may be present in workplaces outside the realm of healthcare… read the full article here.

A New Tool for Preventing Combustible Dust Incidents
Combustible dust explosions have long been a recognized hazard in many industries, including agriculture, mining, power generation, and food processing. The United States Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board conducted a study of dust explosion incidents between 1980 and 2005, which identified 281 incidents that killed 119 workers and injured 718… read the full article here.

JOEH to Publish Combined February/March Issue
The February and March issues of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene will publish as a combined issue this year. Taylor & Francis, the publisher of JOEH, expects the combined February/March issue to ship to print subscribers in early March. Please direct any inquiries about the Action Level quiz to customerservice@acgih.org.

NIOSH Addresses Use (and Misuse) Ofensors
By Brigette Polmar
NIOSH is working to ensure the proper use of sensors through an initiative called "Right Sensors Used Right," which is intended to promote the competent development, adoption, and interpretation of real-time monitors and direct-reading methodologies, and to improve the interpretation of data when taking action in work environments. Read more here.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Healthcare Professionals
CDC continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation in the United States and around the world. CDC has taken early and aggressive actions to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in the United States, through a combination of proven public health actions. Read more here.

In Memoriam
David A. Sterling, PhD, CIH, FAIHA, passed away surrounded by family on January 23, 2020. David was an active member and leader in AIHA since 1981. He served as chair of nine committees and subcommittees for AIHA national and was also a director for the Tidewater, St. Louis, and North Texas local sections. He became an AIHA Fellow in 2017.

Dr. William H. Weems (Sr.), DrPH, CIH, passed away unexpectedly on December 10, 2019 at the age of 77. William was an active member in AIHA, joining in 1980. He served on four volunteer committees and became a Fellow in 2017.

February 2020

Forgot to Renew Your Membership? Don’t Lose Your Benefits. Reinstate Today!

Important Dates and Deadlines:

CALL TO ACTION

Last Call - 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

Call for Volunteers: AIHA Academic Advisory Group
Will serve to inform and recommend strategies which strengthen the profession.The group will be comprised of 8 to 10 members representing a cross-section of occupational health / industrial hygiene academic programs. Each member serves a three-year term.
Deadline: Jan. 31.

Open Call for Standards AIHA Representative
If you would like to be considered as an AIHA representative on any of the standard developing bodies/groups, please complete the online application form by February 3. If selected to participate, you will be contacted by February 17th. Deadline: Feb. 3.

Open Call for Body of Knowledge (BoK) Development on Big Data (open to all)
AIHA is seeking up to 10 subject matter experts to participate on a new project to develop a Body of Knowledge (BoK) to assist industrial hygienists in understanding, communicating, and applying concepts of data analytics and big data for the prevention of injury and illness.
To volunteer for this team, please fill out and submit the online application by Feb. 3.
Should you have any questions or wish to discuss your participation further, please contact Stacy Calhoun. Deadline: Feb. 3.

The 7th Central Industrial Hygiene Association International IH Conference
Feb. 3-Feb. 5 in Delhi, India
Industrial Hygiene: Key to Reduce Health Risks
Kathy Murphy, CIH, AIHA president, and keynote speaker will address AIHA content priorities, "What they are, how they impact the IH profession".

Bulwark FR Town Hall: Your Burning FR Questions, Answered
Get your burning questions about FR/AR clothing answered during an exclusive Synergist Town Hall Webinar on Feb. 11. Bulwark's Technical Training Manager, Derek Sang, will address topics ranging from laundering and lifespan to heat stress and employee training. Register today for free!

HFES 2020 International Annual Meeting Call for Proposals
Participate at the 64th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) by submitting a proposal for consideration of presentation. The new proposal management platform will make it easier than ever to submit a proposal. Deadline: Feb. 24.

Open Call: Continuing Education Committee (CEC) Membership
The goal of the CEC is to provide OEHS professionals with education and instruction designed to enhance, attain and retain core IH and technical competencies, as represented by the membership’s volunteer groups through identification and promotion of new educational programs; monitor the quality of courses presented under the auspices of the committee; and to improve communication with other AIHA technical committees. Deadline: March 18.

NIOSH Manual of Analytic Methods NMAM Survey
The editors of the NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods (NMAM) are collecting feedback about the 5th edition of the NMAM to learn more about how customers use analytical methods in their work and their use of the NMAM. The survey is anonymous, and no individually identifiable data will be collected, published, or released. If your Institution is an NMAM user, we are inviting you to complete the NMAM Customer Satisfaction Survey. Please forward to individuals who may be users. NIOSH very much wants to hear from our international colleagues!

Register for the 2020 Human & Organizational Performance (HOP) Summit today!
The 2020 HOP Summit will be held on June 9-11, 2020, at The Westin Houston, Memorial City in Houston, TX. It will be an unforgettable learning event dedicated to moving from PRINCIPLES to PRACTICE through the sharing and discussion of human and organizational performance implementation and deployment strategies. To register or learn more about this one-of-a-kind event, go to hop.orchse.com.

NATIONAL & MEMBERSHIP

Membership

Membership Renewal Invoicing

With the holidays behind us, it’s time to get back to business! For members who may have forgotten to renew prior to the December 31, 2019, deadline, we will be mailing you an invoice for your convenience; you may also renew online. Those who do not renew by Jan. 31 will be considered lapsed members and will no longer have access to members-only content, Member Center, and Catalyst.

If you are serving on an AIHA volunteer committee, membership is required. If you have any questions, please reach out to our member and customer relations team via email at infonet@aiha.org or by phone at (703) 849-8888.

Proud to be an IH

If you renewed your AIHA membership before the end of 2019, we invited you to tell us why you’re proud to be an IH by sharing a personal quintessential #IAMIH story about how your job impacted an individual worker, a group of people, or the profession as a whole. These “Proud to Be an IH” stories will be showcased on both Catalyst and our SynergistNOW blogs, starting this month throughout the year.

National

AIHA Releases Second Edition of Recognition, Evaluation, and Control of Indoor Mold
AIHA has published the second edition of Recognition, Evaluation, and Control of Indoor Mold. This second edition of the book, edited by Ling-Ling Hung, PhD, Steven M. Caulfield, CIH, PE and J. David Miller, PhD, FAIHA provides health information which is aligned with the current epidemiology and medical information on environmental allergens, updated taxonomy of the fungi and mold remediation guidelines, and the most current and comprehensive discussion on the basic practice of identifying mold damage, the evaluation of the samples that are collected, and the process of remediation.

Soft Skills Webinars Case Studies Input Requested
The Leadership & Management Committee is working on two webinars with topics Emotional Intelligence and Conflict Management that will be broadcast during AIHce2020. In order to make these webinars specific to our profession, we are seeking input from YOUR LIVES as OEHS professionals when you had either a good or bad experience related to these soft skills. We promise to change names to protect the guilty and the innocent. Please share your stories with Celia Booth.

We Need Mentors!
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 mentor bio. You have the opportunity to be a leader and make a difference in the future of the profession.

Find Your Next IH/OEHS Position
Career opportunities in this field are endless, whether you're a fresh graduate or a seasoned professional making a career change; get a head start on landing your next dream IH/OEHS job here.

AIHA Member Center
AIHA Member Center is the place for members to access ‘MY Member Dashboard’. Your dashboard is the place to go to update your information and communication preferences, access and pay invoices, or get a receipt, add or update a payment option and more. The Member Center also features the member directory, online publications, Catalyst, governance, policies and resources. Consider joining a technical or professional development committee (and earn CM points). Helping you be the best you can be in your profession.

CEO CORNER

Reinforcing the Integrity of IH Practice
Larry Sloan writes in SynergistNOW, ""Is it safe?" This is perhaps the most important question an industrial hygienist has to answer. The workers you're responsible for want to know that the hazards they're exposed to on the job won't harm them. To determine risk, you look to standards, regulations, and guidelines." … Read more here.

Visit With AIHA Gulf Coast LS & AIHA-ASSP
Larry Sloan visited the monthly AIHA-ASSP meeting last November, along with the AIHA Gulf Coast LS where he presented the CPAG content priorities after which he was invited to participate in the AIHA Gulf Coast board meeting. Invite an AIHA Board Member or CEO to present at your next meeting. Reserve the date and time by contacting Thursa La.

PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP

Product Stewardship Society Announces New Name for Annual Conference: PSX
The Product Stewardship Society announced the rebranding of its annual conference from Product Stewardship to PSX. The rebranding of the conference reflects the Society’s commitment to driving the profession forward by providing even more resources, professional development, and networking opportunities than before that serve the needs of this growing global profession.

STUDENTS & EARLY CAREER PROFESSIONALS

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. Apply by: Jan. 31.

Student and Early Career Professional Member Sponsorship

AIHA is sponsoring up to five student or early career professional members to attend AIHce EXP 2020 which includes complimentary conference registration, round-trip coach airfare within U.S. Canada and hotel accomodations for 3 nights at a pre-selected conference hotel. Deadline: Feb. 28 (accepted applicants will be notified by mid-March 2020).

Call for Student Presentations and Posters at AIHce EXP 2020

As a student, it’s hard to find opportunities to let others in the field know you’re preparing to enter the workforce when you complete your studies. Speaking or displaying a poster at a major conference like AIHce EXP is a fantastic way to gain visibility for your research and ideas. It demonstrates your expertise in the subject and brings notice to you, your mentor and your institution. Contact Kathryn Christoe for more information. Deadline: March 16.

AIHF

Why Do You 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. Donate today!

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.

LOCAL SECTION

Local Section Advisory Group
We are pleased to announce the members of the new Local Section Advisory Group (LSAG)! The AIHA Board recognizes the vital importance of the local sections (LS) and the student local sections (SLS) to national. The vision was the creation of a smaller, more nimble, advisory group that can operate in an efficient manner to present issues of importance from LS and SLS to the AIHA Board. The purpose of the LSAG is to promote the continued growth, well‐being, and operating efficiencies of AIHA Local Sections (LS). This in turn will ensure that the relationship between LS, SLS, and national is effective and supportive. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the members of the LSAG via email:

Local Sections

• John Moore, III, CIH, CSP and Chair of the LSAG (john.moore@controlehs.com)
• Hillary Waterhouse, CIH (hbwaterhouse@gmail.com)

Student Local Sections
• Lexi Pratt (prattlexi@gmail.com)
• Savannah Jones (savjones@uab.edu)

Local Section Events

Did you know that Local Section events are posted to the Catalyst community? Please provide details for any of your upcoming events to Janice Allen to get your events added. The Catalyst events calendar can be accessed via https://community.aiha.org/eve... and is viewable by all AIHA members.

Georgia Local Section Winter Meeting
Register today to join us, and bring a friend or colleague.
Please join us for the annual GLS AIHA Winter Meeting at the KSU Center and GT Savannah Campus on February 6, 2020. Many of the topics for this meeting will revolve around industrial hygiene challenges in the healthcare industry and work environment and we hope to see you there!

Alabama AIHA Future of the Profession Conference

An excellent conference program is being prepared for you at the 8th annual Future of the Profession in Florence at the University of North Alabama (March 13). We have multiple speakers from our very our local section membership planning to deliver technical presentations tailored for EHS/IH professionals and students.

Join 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.

VIRTUAL SECTION

Add Virtual Section for Only $25
Do you want to participate in a local section but are having trouble finding one where you reside? You can join a virtual section with your membership for only $25 with an exclusive Catalyst community (also in Espanol), coffee-talks, webinars, and more!

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

Asbestos and Nanoparticles: Using Benchmark Dose Methodology for Risk Assessment
Webinar on Thursday February 27, 2020  from 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET 
Earn 1.5 Contact Hours 
This webinar will immerse you into the fascinating areas of the quantitative risk assessment! You’ll learn how benchmark dose modeling, based on toxicological studies and epidemiological evidence, can improve our knowledge about dose-response relationship and their applicability to workplace risk measurement.
It's Not Too Late to Secure a 2020 eLearning Subscription!
An AIHA University eLearning Subscription is perfect for organizations looking for convenient, cost-effective training on the latest IH/OEHS topics. Train your entire team for the cost of one subscription, with pricing conveniently tailored to your group size.

AIHce EXP 2020 Educational Program

Did you know that the AIHce EXP 2020 education program is already available? Browse education sessions and professional development courses to see what's in store before you register. Early birds get the best rates, so start planning your agenda today!

Occupational Exposure Banding Virtual Conference
March 3-5, 10-12, or 17-18.
All sessions held in our online classroom with recording made available for 60 days following the conclusion of the conference. Learn how to apply occupational exposure banding strategies and tools for chemical exposures in the workplace. Choose one week only based on your interests or for all three weeks. Contact dlassistant@aiha.org with questions.

Free Webinar: Occupational Exposures and Pregnancy: A Balancing Act
Women in the workplace are confronted by so many issues from this current topic to the use of opioids, vaping, smoking and therapeutic medications when preparing to conceive; however, it is well known that 50% of pregnancies are unplanned. Thus, these women and their health care providers are confronted with how the workplace exposures will impact their pregnancy and baby. Yet many working women accept and do not question their working conditions and exposures until they are pregnant. Webinar Date: Feb. 11.

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

Australia's Wildfires
Mark Ames writes in the SynergistNOW blog, "The scale of Australia's wildfires defies comprehension. As of this writing, approximately 12 million acres have burned. That's roughly equal to the combined size of Maryland, New Jersey, and Delaware...read more here.

AIHA has reached out and offered its assistance to the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH) as well as made a $5,000 contribution to the Australian Red Cross Relief and Recovery fund. We encouraged AIOH to share the link to our Think and Act Fire Smart Resource Center with their local news outlets.

Do You Have a Story to Share?

Stories are powerful. They inspire people to start career journeys, take actions to protect their communities, and improve our understanding of the important roles that each of us plays in society. Start here.

Updates on Notable and Key Bills
Visit the weekly GR Announcements page on Catalyst.

CATALYST

Win a Free Gift Card - Join 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 2020 in Atlanta!

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

1. Misunderstanding in IH Roles/Function- Hooman Golshahi

2. Choosing the Right TLV for Chromium - Daniel Martinez

3. Hearing Conservation Program Question - Andrew Gondzur

4. Eye Protection - Robert Stewart

5. Annual Fatalities Caused by Occupational Disease in the U.S. - Keaton Northington

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

IN THE NEWS

AIHA Contributes to USA Today's Workplace Health & Safety Supplement
We are very pleased to announce that an article that AIHA contributed to USA Today's Workplace Health & Safety supplement was published on December 31, 2019, bylined by Kathy Murphy. When you get to the landing page, scroll down and click on the box that says: How Wildfire Hazards Can Impact You and Your Family. Have feedback? Please reach out to Sue Marchese via email at smarchese@aiha.org.

From The Synergist – Advances in Understanding Noise Exposures
The new NIOSH agenda for hearing loss prevention research contains significant new insights from the latest science concerning hearing loss, which impacts communication in the workplace. The document also presents critical new information regarding age correction and vulnerable populations… Read more here.

From The Synergist – Updates to the Code of Ethics
Earlier this year, the AIHA announced the creation of a new, high-level umbrella organization called the Board for Global EHS Credentialing, or BGC, to more accurately reflect its enhanced credential offerings. BGC credentials include the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH); the Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) and Environmental Professional In-Training (EPI) adopted from the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice (IPEP); and the Certified Professional Product Steward (CPPS), currently in development… Read more here.

From The Synergist Blog – What’s Next for GHS Hazard Communication
Sponsored by Lion Technology Inc.

In December 2019, OSHA representatives traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, to participate in international meetings at the United Nations for the 38th session of the U.N. Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (UNSCEGHS)… Read more here.

From The Synergist - Exercising Judgment with Office Furniture
More employees are requesting to incorporate treadmills, stationary bicycles, exercise balls, and sit-stand desks into workstations. While the health benefits of these "active" workstations may appear obvious, occupational health and safety professionals need to consider their potential impacts on workplace safety and productivity… Read more here.


STEM

Researchers to Help Diversify STEM with Program for Hispanic Educators

Source: UTSA® Today

A team of UTSA researchers is helping to bring more diversity to the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields by growing the Hispanic population of teachers in these areas. A team from the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Sciences is teaming up with San Antonio ISD to create a teacher professional development program that would train in-service teachers to become high school computer science teachers with support from a $999,556 three-year grant from the National Science Foundation.

Four Things You Need to Know About STEM and Education for 2020

Source: Forbes

If 2018 was the year that teachers walked out, scientists and teachers ran for office in unprecedented numbers, and the news was filled with a steady stream of reports on the value of a STEM degree, and 2019 was the year that the public’s respect for teachers grew, walkouts waned, education was increasingly defined by its relationship to the (STEM) workforce, and more schools started to integrate soft skills because of a growing focus on the whole child, what does 2020 have in store for us?

Stem Education Coalition Podcasts

Your morning commute just got better. Meet All Things STEM. Each episode will explore new themes in science, tech, engineering & math.

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.