Synergist Webinars

Synergist Webinars are presentations by sponsoring companies on topics of importance to industrial hygiene and occupational health and safety professionals.

Neither AIHA nor The Synergist endorses, supports, or verifies the webinars’ contents or expressed opinions.

Chemical Approval as a Best Practice

Sponsored by SiteHawk
Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET
Cost: FREE
Presenters: David Williams and Joe Bosnak
1 Contact Hour

Efficient chemical approval procedures are essential to any productive workplace. Introducing new materials without proper preparation and review can alter processes, break compliance, and endanger lives. The first step in implementing best practices concerning the introduction of new chemicals in a workplace is to gather the data necessary to understand how to meet a company's structural needs and workflow for chemical approval. SiteHawk guides an exploration through the chemical approval process, defining what workplaces need to know as they introduce new materials. This webinar examines questions related to an organization’s chemical approval structure, including what materials should be reviewed, how they are reviewed, who reviews them, and common challenges to this process.

Topics include:
  • business reasoning
  • what to know before you start
  • chemical approval framework
  • long-term success strategies

To ensure that their educational transcripts are updated properly, AIHA members should register for the webinar with the primary e-mail address they have on file with AIHA.
 

Chemical Management: A Multifunctional Approach for Delivering a Robust Chemical Management Program

Sponsored by BIOVIA
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET
Cost: FREE
Presenter: Tom Lillie
1 Contact Hour

Knowledge of materials is the lifeblood of a product development organization. Material data is needed for employee and customer safety, environmental monitoring and disposal, material and formula development, product registration, and quality. However, responsibilities for managing materials often reside with multiple entities within an organization; typically, these entities do not take advantage of the synergies between their needs. This presentation will examine the effectiveness of a multidisciplinary approach in achieving a cost-effective and sustainable chemical management program.

During this session, attendees will learn how to optimize the collection and maintenance of data, minimize the organizational cost, and apply a staged implementation of an agile application that can deliver benefits across an entire organization while providing a more robust chemical management solution.

To ensure that their educational transcripts are updated properly, AIHA members should register for the webinar with the primary e-mail address they have on file with AIHA.
 

Measurement of the Potential Exposure to Isocyanates Monomers and Oligomers during Spray Painting

Sponsored by Supelco
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015
Time: 10-11 a.m. ET
Cost: FREE
Presenter: Gary Oishi
1 Contact Hour

The monitoring of isocyanates in the workplace environment is important because these reactive compounds are capable of inducing respiratory disorders such as "occupational asthma." Airborne monomer and oligomer isocyanates can occur together in product formulations such as automotive clear coat finishes. Analyzing the monomer and oligomer isocyanates in a single method provides the most efficient solution for determining the concentrations present during potential exposures.

In a comparative study, air samples generated from spray painting were collected using two variations of “dry” sampling devices. These sampling devices incorporated either dibutylamine(DBA) or 1-(2-pyridyl)piperazine(1-2pp) impregnated media to create stable target derivatives. The resulting derivates were then analyzed by sampler specific HPLC finishes. Quantitation of detected monomeric and oligomeric isocyanates using LC-MS-MS was possible by using available deuterated internal standards. Both monomers and oligomers of isophorone diisocyanate (IPDI), and 1,6-hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI) were detected. Other oligomeric species were also detected, but at lower concentrations.

The results showed that the oligomers of HDI-Isocyanurate and IPDI-Isocyanurate were present at the highest concentration inside the spray booth during the spraying process, indicating that oligomers can be present at much higher concentrations than the monomers during the spray painting process.

To ensure that their educational transcripts are updated properly, AIHA members should register for the webinar with the primary e-mail address they have on file with AIHA.
 

The NFPA 350 Guide for Safe Confined Space Entry and Work

Sponsored by NFPA
Date: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015
Time: 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. ET
Cost: FREE
Presenter: Nancy Pearce
1 Contact Hour

This webinar will provide an overview of NFPA 350, Guide for Safe Confined Space Entry and Work, with a focus on the key elements that can help attendees improve their confined space entry programs. Released last month, NFPA 350 simplifies confined space terminology, fills in gaps, and provides supplemental information on how to comply with existing confined space regulations and standards.  The webinar will be presented by Nancy Pearce, CIH, senior fire protection engineer at NFPA and vice chair of AIHA’s Confined Spaces Committee.

Attend this webinar and learn:
  • the background and vision for the new NFPA 350 document on confined spaces
  • some of the ways NFPA 350 addresses confusion and gaps identified in existing standards
  • how you can provide input into the document
  • how you can access NFPA 350

To ensure that their educational transcripts are updated properly, AIHA members should register for the webinar with the primary e-mail address they have on file with AIHA.
 

Choosing the Right Adsorbent for Your Thermal Desorption Gas Chromatography Applications

Sponsored by Supelco
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015
Time: 2-3 p.m. ET
Cost: FREE
Presenter: Jamie Brown
1 Contact Hour

This webinar will provide an overview of adsorbents that are suitable for thermal desorption (TD) and will discuss the factors that individuals need to consider when selecting an adsorbent. The presentation will provide details about adsorbent mesh sizes, surface area, and temperature limits; and how these parameters influence the sample collection process. Presenter Jamie Brown, an R&D scientist with the Supelco division of Sigma-Aldrich, will also cover the use of single and multi-bed tubes, as well as recommendations for sample volumes and sampling flow rates to assist in method development.

Selecting the best suited adsorbent is an important factor in achieving the desired sensitivity and selectivity for an application, and this webinar will provide participants with the information they need to optimize their method.

Attend this webinar and learn:
  • an overview of the different types of adsorbents suitable for thermal desorption
  • the role that size and shape of the adsorbents play in collection of the air sample
  • which adsorbents are truly hydrophobic
  • how moisture in the air can affect the performance of the adsorbents
  • recommended flow rates and sample volumes for different sampling conditions

To ensure that their educational transcripts are updated properly, AIHA members should register for the webinar with the primary e-mail address they have on file with AIHA.
 

Integrating Chemical Management with Chemical Approvals Workflow

Sponsored by Chemwatch
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015
Time: 11 a.m.-Noon ET
Cost: FREE
Presenters: Claude Neri and Jerome Marinkovic
1 Contact Hour

To compete in a global marketplace and satisfy evolving customer demands, companies are constantly introducing new products containing new chemicals. Multi-staged Approval System is the most effective way to overcome both internal and external challenges of achieving chemical compliance.

In this webinar, the presenters will discuss an integrated approach to chemical approvals, bringing together:
  • environmental, health and safety review
  • regulatory, supply chain and product life-cycle management
  • organizational structure, business processes and procedures

To ensure that their educational transcripts are updated properly, AIHA members should register for the webinar with the primary e-mail address they have on file with AIHA.
 

Headlines in Hygiene Air Sampling

Sponsored by SKC Inc.
On Demand Webinar
Cost: FREE
Presenter: Debbie Dietrich

If your industrial hygiene work covers a broad spectrum of specialty areas, it is indeed difficult to stay on the cutting edge of each focus area. SKC invites you to make a small investment of your time to learn some of the headlines in hygiene air sampling in 2015. This webinar covers current issues with sampling criteria, media, and methods for high profile compounds including silica, manganese, and inorganic acids.  

Attend this webinar to:
  • learn the details behind the headlines
  • understand how these current issues impact choices in sampling equipment and media
  • follow the trail from traditional samplers for these hazards through advancements in sampling technology

Debbie Dietrich, CIH, is Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Corporate Industrial Hygienist at SKC Inc. She can be reached via e-mail.
 
More information about the NIOSH methods referenced in this presentation is available on the NIOSH website: NIOSH 7906; NIOSH 7908.

Risk Assessment: It's Not the Hazard, It's the Risk

Sponsored by Chemwatch
Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Time: 11 a.m.-Noon ET
Cost: FREE
Presenters: Claude Neri and Jerome Marinkovic
1 Contact Hour

Many organizations use Safety Data Sheets (SDS) as the entirety of their chemical management program. These documents identify hazards but do little to assist with risk calculation regarding use of chemicals.

Several models have been developed to help calculate these risks. Control banding is one such model, developed by the International Labor Organization. One common point between all of these models is in their design: they ensure that patterns of use are taken into consideration and that control measures reflect those usage patterns.

On July 29, Chemwatch will sponsor the free Synergist webinar Risk Assessment: It's Not the Hazard, It's the Risk. This webinar will cover a range of topics dealing with risk assessment and risk analysis. Presented by Chemwatch's Jerome Marinkovic, Director of Product Research & Development, and Claude Neri, Head of Compliance and Research Department, the webinar will address subjects such as control banding, classification criteria, mitigating risk, innovation, and various risk assessment reports.

To ensure that their educational transcripts are updated properly, AIHA members should register for the webinar with the primary e-mail address they have on file with AIHA.
 

A New Concept in SDS & Label Creation

Sponsored by Chemwatch
Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Time: 11 a.m.-Noon ET
Cost: FREE
Presenter: Claude Neri
1 Contact Hour

The Globally Harmonized System: Global – Yes. Harmonized...???

Many companies in North America as well as companies that sell into North America are currently wrestling with the new Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) SDS and labeling deadlines mandated by OSHA. This goes both ways as North American companies grapple with the many variants of GHS globally.

This free webinar will outline and discuss various issues in complying with GHS at home and in the global arena. These include the variations in SDS format and content required, and the differences in classifications, concentration limits and building blocks. Issues surrounding classification and sources of information now relevant to GHS will be discussed in detail. This late into the game, the focus of the webinar will lean toward what you might not know about a global GHS.

The webinar will also discuss some ways to take the complexity out of complying with GHS SDS and labeling and its accompanying requirements, and will describe how to convert and translate existing product MSDSs into compliant GHS SDSs and labels.

To ensure that their educational transcripts are updated properly, AIHA members should register for the webinar with the primary e-mail address they have on file with AIHA.
 

Size-selective Sampling of Particulate Matter

Sponsored by SKC Inc.
On Demand Webinar
Cost: FREE
Presenter: Debbie Dietrich

Beginning in the 1980s, industrial hygiene professionals around the world began to reconsider how to define and measure particulate hazards. By the 1990s, ACGIH joined with ISO and the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) in describing particulates in terms of inhalable, thoracic, and respirable and defining new specifications for size-selective samplers. In an attempt to align with current aerosol science, U.S. OSHA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Respirable Crystalline Silica released in 2013 also specifies the performance of respirable dust samplers in terms of the ISO 7708 criteria.
 
During this webinar, Debbie Dietrich, CIH, will review basic scientific principles for size-selective sampling and the traditional approach used to define and measure particulates. ISO/CEN/ACGIH size-selective criteria will be examined along with samplers used for each particulate fraction.   Sampler operation and advantages/disadvantages of each device will be covered. 

Debbie provides information that ties the important parameters of particulate matter together with making informed decisions about samplers in this concise and cohesive overview of size-selective sampling for particulate matter.
 
Attend this webinar and learn:
  • terminology and traditional versus new definitions of particulate matter size characteristics
  • traditional and new measurement techniques
  • issues with measurement techniques and new technology to solve these issues
  • new sampling technology for precise size-selection and logistical advantages

Debbie Dietrich, CIH, is Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Corporate Industrial Hygienist at SKC Inc. She can be reached via e-mail.
 

Tips to Ensure Compliance with OSHA’s Alignment with GHS Chemical Classification and Labeling

Sponsored by BIOVIA
Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Time: 1-2 p.m. ET 
Cost: FREE
Presenter: Anne Sefried
1 Contact Hour

Due to a high level of interest in this topic, AIHA and Biovia are presenting a rebroadcast of the webinar "Tips to Ensure Compliance with OSHA's Alignment with GHS Chemical Classification and Labeling," which originally aired on Feb. 10. Following the rebroadcast, Anne Sefried of Biovia and Denese Deeds, CIH, of Industrial Health & Safety Consultants will hold a live question-and-answer session.

Facilities may have thousands of chemicals on site, many of which are hazardous materials. Which ones require compliance with the latest revisions in OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS)? These revisions align with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Chemical Classification and Labeling, and require all hazardous chemicals on site that are covered by HCS to have an updated safety data sheet (SDS), and all chemicals received after June 1, 2015, to have the new GHS labels.

This webinar will discuss the new requirements, and will provide helpful tips for how to comply as well as how to ensure your hazardous chemical inventory management is safe and the data accurate.

BIOVIA’s Anne Sefried will discuss how technology enables both facility and EHS professionals to seamlessly integrate processes and workflows associated with hazardous chemical and SDS management to ensure conformance to OSHA/GHS regulatory requirements.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • how changes to the HCS affect chemical inventory management
  • OSHA deadlines and expectations
  • labeling compliance and data management challenges
  • SDS management and reporting challenges
  • how to solve the compliance challenges with software
  • integrated hazardous material and SDS management approaches
  • key points regarding GHS
  • OSHA’s alignment with GHS

To ensure that their educational transcripts are updated properly, AIHA members should register for the webinar with the primary e-mail address they have on file with AIHA.
 

Tips to Ensure Compliance with OSHA’s Alignment with GHS Chemical Classification and Labeling

Sponsored by BIOVIA
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
Time: 11 a.m.-Noon ET 
Cost: FREE
Presenter: Anne Sefried
1 Contact Hour

Facilities may have thousands of chemicals on site, many of which are hazardous materials. Which ones require compliance with the latest revisions in OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS)? These revisions align with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Chemical Classification and Labeling, and require all hazardous chemicals on site that are covered by HCS to have an updated safety data sheet (SDS), and all chemicals received after June 1, 2015, to have the new GHS labels.

This webinar will discuss the new requirements, and will provide helpful tips for how to comply as well as how to ensure your hazardous chemical inventory management is safe and the data accurate.

To ensure that their educational transcripts are updated properly, AIHA members should register for the webinar with the primary e-mail address they have on file with AIHA.
 

Real World Solutions to SEG Management Challenges

Sponsored by Medgate
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
Time: 11 a.m.-Noon ET 
Cost: FREE
Presenters: Monica Melkonian and Joe Loro
1 Contact Hour

Properly defined exposure groups allow hygienists to characterize risk and ultimately keep employees out of harm. The challenge, however, is that SEGs need to be defined accurately—not too narrowly or broadly—and in a harmonized fashion across the organization.
 
During this webinar, Monica Melkonian, CIH, and Joe Loro, CIH, will discuss some of the common challenges clients face, including collecting critical historical data from disparate systems; dealing with changing processes; incorporating new scientific information regarding an agent or process; and handling mobile and contracted work forces.

Monica and Joe will share their SEG management best practices, drawing from experience of implementing industrial hygiene software in many different organizations. Such implementations often serve as a catalyst to help refine and harmonize risk assessment programs, including how exposure groups will be defined and managed.
 
Attend this webinar and learn:
  • the risks of poorly defined exposure groups
  • how AIHA recommends establishing exposure groups
  • the steps to achieve successful definition and management of SEGs
  • the importance of validating SEGs and establishing a reassessment program
To ensure that their educational transcripts are updated properly, AIHA members should register for the webinar with the primary e-mail address they have on file with AIHA.
 

How AkzoNobel Is Addressing Corporate Requirements for Lab Safety and Chemical Inventory Management

Sponsored by BIOVIA
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
Time: 11 a.m.-Noon ET 
Cost: FREE
Presenter: Jennifer Hergert, HSE Manager, RDI, Surface Chemistry, AkzoNobel​
1 Contact Hour

From cleaner houses to new roads, AkzoNobel is behind the development of many of today’s most significant safe and smart products. To do so, they keep more than 500 researchers busy on a wide variety of applications from polymers to surfactants. But accommodating such a variety comes with workflow and management challenges.

One particular challenge for AkzoNobel’s Surface Chemistry division was managing the 10,000+ chemical containers used for research. Their previous methodology was no longer sustainable and had been hampering the lab’s ability to manage the chemicals, address safety regulations, and contain the associated costs.

Presenter Jennifer Hergert will discuss AkzoNobel’s corporate requirements for lab safety and chemical inventory management, what those internal standards entail, the drivers for change, and how the Surface Chemistry division addressed the challenge.
To ensure that their educational transcripts are updated properly, AIHA members should register for the webinar with the primary e-mail address they have on file with AIHA.
 

How to Incorporate Regulatory Lists to Ensure Chemical Inventory Compliance

Sponsored by BIOVIA
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
Time: 11 a.m.-Noon ET 
Cost: FREE
Presenter: Anne Sefried
1 Contact Hour

As most EHS managers know, compliance with regulations—such as OSHA, GHS, EPA, CDC, DHS, DEA, CEPA, HMIS, and HCS to name just a few—requires you to have a detailed understanding of the materials being used in your facility. Many of those regulations also have Chemicals of Interest Lists with very specific requirements about managing and reporting those chemicals if and when a certain threshold limit is reached. Because each of these regulations has different criteria, most EHS professionals create internal Regulatory Lists to track the requirements and provide regulatory reports.

Presenter Anne Sefried  will discuss how to incorporate Regulatory Lists into your chemical inventory workflows, ensure that the information is accurate, and automate the creation of regulatory reports based on those lists.
To ensure that their educational transcripts are updated properly, AIHA members should register for the webinar with the primary e-mail address they have on file with AIHA.
 

From Chaos To Control: Aligning Chemical Inventory Workflows Throughout the Enterprise

Sponsored by Accelrys
Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Time: 11 a.m. - Noon ET 
Cost: FREE
Presenter: Bryan Billings
1 Contact Hour

At first glance, chemical inventory management seems deceptively simple: you receive chemicals, store them, use them, and dispose the empty containers when you are done. Planning an enterprise-scale chemical inventory system reveals more complexities. There are many intricate inventory management processes to consider that involve optimizing inventory levels, logistics, replenishment, disposition and forecasting.
 
Presenter Bryan Billings discusses how to gain control of your chemical inventory, increase researcher efficiency, lower chemical costs and waste, and reduce risk in the organization.
To ensure that their educational transcripts are updated properly, AIHA members should register for the webinar with the primary e-mail address they have on file with AIHA.
 


The "Miracle Mineral": How New Models are Transforming Asbestos Risk Assessment

Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Time: 1-2 p.m. ET
Cost: FREE
Presenters: Andrey Korchevskiy, Eric Rasmuson, and James Rasmuson

This webinar examines recent development in asbestos health risk assessment, evaluates new resources, and discusses how asbestos regulations and corporate practices should reflect the latest scientific knowledge.

Speakers discuss how to assess and mitigate asbestos risks depending on the mineral type and size of asbestos fibers, as well as other significant factors.

Bridging the Gap Between Lab Chemical Management and EHS Compliance

Sponsored by Accelrys

Date: April 23, 2014
Time: 2-3 p.m. ET
Cost: FREE
Presenter: Anne Sefried

This webinar examines the obstacles organizations face ensuring chemical compliance and solutions for bridging the gap between the lab and EHS.
 Attendees will learn how to overcome challenges that prevent regulatory compliance, optimize the efficiency of chemical-related work processes, reduce hazardous materials management risk, manage and mitigate the amount of chemicals on-site, and ensure accurate regulatory reports.

 

Secrets to Ensuring Accurate and Compliant Chemical Inventory Reports

Sponsored by ChemSW

Date: Nov. 20, 2013
Time: 1-2 p.m. ET
Cost: FREE
Presenter: Anne Sefried

This webinar examines the obstacles organizations face ensuring chemical management and reporting compliance, and discusses how different organizations have closed the gap to solve the compliance challenge.

 


Using DualSense Technology in Your Gas Detector: Why Two Are Safer than One

Sponsored by Industrial Scientific

Date: May 8, 2013
Time: 2-3 p.m. ET
Cost: FREE
Presenter: Dave Wagner

There are many things in the world that are based on redundancy. The human body itself has two eyes, two ears, two lungs. In this webinar, we will show how DualSense Technology in your gas detector gives you sensor redundancy and will show you why two is clearly safer than one.

 


What Every EH&S Manager Needs to Know About ... Fire Code Compliance

Sponsored by ChemSW

Date: April 17, 2013
Time: 2-3 p.m. ET
Cost: FREE
Presenters: Jeff Tarter and Bryan Billings

Today’s organizations operate in a complex and challenging environment that must be carefully managed and monitored to assure safety at all levels. This assurance starts with the building design and carries on through hazardous materials management, from receipt to storage to disposal. Because the regulatory requirements surrounding these issues are constantly changing, it can be a challenge for EH&S professionals to stay on top of new requirements.

During this webinar, the presenters will discuss how to address fire and building code regulatory requirements and offer insights into ensuring compliance.

 


Risk Assessment's New Era


Date: Aug. 1, 2012
Time: 2-3 p.m. ET
Cost: FREE
Presenters: Fred Boelter, G. Scott Dotson, Andrew Maier, Alan Rossner, and Pamela Williams

Advances in science and technology are changing the way risk assessments are conducted. How will these changes affect your job? The authors of a four-part series published in The Synergist will be on hand to discuss research initiatives that are shaping the future of risk assessment in industrial hygiene.

Registration for this webinar is closed. For more information, contact The Synergist.


Improve the Safety of Your Workers by Training Them in First Aid, CPR and AED

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Presented by the American Heart Association
Date: Nov. 2, 2011
Time: 2-3 p.m. ET
Cost: FREE
Presenter: David Verucchi

Learn how to save your company time and money by training your workers online in first aid, CPR, AED use and bloodborne pathogens.  You’ll also learn how online can be as effective as classroom-based training and options for companies needing to train a small or large number of workers.

David Verucchi is an American Heart Association Instructor and instructs courses in his local and regional area.  David is also a business development manager for the AHA in which he helps companies and organizations implement first aid, CPR, AED and bloodborne pathogen training.

Registration for this webinar is closed. For more information, contact The Synergist.

 


What's Your Retirement Readiness?

Presented by Transamerica Retirement Management
Date: Sept. 27, 2011
Time: 2-3 p.m. ET
Cost: FREE
Presenter: Bob Regenfuss, CRPC®

There is a difference between a retirement plan and having a plan for retirement. No financial jargon. No complicated formulas. This webinar is a no-nonsense approach to help people answer three of the most common questions about retirement: Can I afford to retire? If not now, when? If now, how? A perfect fit for individuals within a few years of retirement, it will walk participants through five critical areas - lifestyle, investments, health care, protection and income - all of which need consideration to build a plan for retirement. The webinar engages participants through graphs, questions and relevant in​formation to help improve understanding of the specific steps and decisions required for a successful retirement.

Registration for this webinar is closed. For more information, contact The Synergist.

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