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President’s Message
Skills for Successful Volunteers
By Elizabeth Pullen

Board Perspective
Strengthening AIHA’s Contribution to Consensus Standards
By Elizabeth Pullen and Charles Redinger

Washington Insider
Super Committee Super-fail
By Aaron Trippler

Staff Works
AIHA Is on the Move
By Mary Ellen Brennan

Insight: For Consultants
OHS by the Number
By David Kudlinski

Ready to Rescue?
Employers are responsible for establishing an emergency rescue team capable of minimizing harm to confined spaces entrants and rescuers.
By Mike Palmer

The Drowsy Driving Off Switch
A simple control in vehicles could potentially reduce the prevalence of drowsy driving and have a huge impact on the number of crashes and associated deaths.
By Dale Walsh

Lessons in Leadership
PCIH 2011 in Baltimore was the focal point of a week’s activities emphasizing leadership.
By Ed Rutkowski


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Board Perspective
The Path Forward for AIHA and Local Sections
By David Roskelley

Insight: Respiratory Protection
Most Cited, and Most Necessary
By Jim Johnson

Let Your OHS Management System Do the Work
The revised ANSI/AIHA Z10 standard provides a systematic framework for continual improvements in health and safety management.
By Vic Toy

AIHce 2012 Technical Sessions
A sneak peek at the planned topics for AIHce 2012 in Indianapolis.

AIHA® Candidates’ Forum
Meet the candidates for AIHA’s Board of Directors.


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President’s Message
Responding to a Changing World
By Elizabeth Pullen

Insight: Risk Assessment
Not Your Grandmother’s Exposure Limits
By Frank Mirer

Mind Your Make-up Air
Key considerations when dealing with local exhaust ventilation systems.
By Timothy M. Johnson

Reliable Radiation Results
Radiation instruments provide us with information to use as a basis for making decisions about safety. But are the instruments telling us the truth?
By Ray Johnson and Judson Kenoyer

Real-Time Detection through the Years
The capabilities of real-time detection instruments have increased dramatically since the early 1900s.
By Phil Smith


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Treasurer’s Report
Maintaining Balance
By Harry Beaulieu

Board Perspective
Small Changes, Big Rewards
By Dianne Grote Adams

Perspectives on ERAM

Insight: Risk Communication
Motivating Attention
By Peter M. Sandman

Insight: Risk Assessment
Closing the Exposure Gap
By Donna S. Heidel and Susan D. Ripple

Risk Assessment’s New Era
New risk analysis methods are allowing industrial hygienists to tackle ever more complex problems and make more informed decisions.
By G. Scott Dotson, Alan Rossner, Andrew Maier, and Fred W. Boelter

Everything Within Reach at AIHce
This June, Indianapolis, Ind., will host AIHce 2012, the premier OEHS conference and expo.
By Kay Bechtold

Total Noise Exposure
IHs must encourage workers to be conscious of noise in their environment and adopt safer behaviors.
By John C. Ratliff


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President’s Message
Vision and Opportunity
By Elizabeth Pullen

Special Section
NIOSH Safe-in-Sound Awards

Insight: Ethics
Margin of Safety
By Bruce Lippy

Insight: Training
The Globally Harmonized System: Training Your Work Force
By David M. Halton

Arts and Crafts: An Industrial Hygiene Challenge
Hazards abound in many art studios. The challenge for industrial hygienists is to find out which chemicals from an endless catalog of possibilities their clients are working with.
By Monona Rossol

Experience the Future of OEHS
The Expo at AIHce 2012 offers opportunities to interact with companies that provide the latest OEHS products and services.
By Kay Bechtold

Delving into Mining Research
Innovative research at NIOSH offers hope that workers in one of the most dangerous industries will be better protected.
By Joel M. Haight

Risk Assessment’s New Era, Part 2
Promising advances in science and technology are changing the way risk assessments are conducted in occupational settings.
By Pamela R. D. Williams, G. Scott Dotson and Andrew Maier


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Washington Insider
News on Potential PELs Update, OSHA Activity
By Aaron Trippler

Insight: Safety
Amped for Safety
By Paul A. Zoubek

Insight: Risk Assessment
A Tough Road to Final Risk Assessment
By Frank Mirer

Special Section
Academy Candidates’ Forum

Synergist® Q&A
An Interview with Doug Dowis

A New Foundation for Hazard Communication
Hazcom 2012 is bringing GHS to the U.S.
By Denese Deeds

From PDA to BYOD
The impact of mobile technology on industrial hygiene.
By Ed Rutkowski

Risk Assessment’s New Era, Part 3
Industrial hygienists must help ensure that new risk assessment tools and techniques now under development meet the challenges of the occupational environment.
By Alan Rossner and G. Scott Dotson


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President's Message
Working for the Future
By Allan Fleeger

Insight: Green Building
Lifting the Chemical Fingerprint
By Catherine Bobenhausen

Insight: Professional Growth
The Pillars of IH Testimony
By Lawrence G. Cetrulo, Jesse G. Ainlay, and Robert J. L. Moore

AIHA-LAP’s Growing Global Reach
The international growth of AIHA® Laboratory Accreditation Programs, LLC.
By Cheryl O. Morton

Future, Redefined
Keynote speakers at AIHce 2012 offer glimpses of what's in store for OEHS professionals.
By Ed Rutkowski and Kay Bechtold

Risk Assessment’s New Era, Part 4
A roadmap for integrating risk and decision making into industrial hygiene.
By Fred W. Boelter, Pamela R.D. Williams, et al.


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President's Message
A Time for Learning
By Allan Fleeger

Insight: Ethics
Ethics and International Suppliers
By Jeff Throckmorton

Insight: Risk Assessment
The PEL Is Not a License to Kill
By Frank Mirer

Shielded Metal Arc Welding: An IH Perspective
The challenges of identifying and monitoring health hazards in welding.
By Mike Harris

Fatigue Risk Management
Fatigue presents risks to the safety of workers. How can industrial hygienists help?
By David A. Buczek

Seven Sources of Your Safety Problem
Focused attention on risk communication can make safety strategies more effective.
By Peter M. Sandman


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President’s Message
An Essential Investment
By Allan K. Fleeger

Insight: Safety
IH and Legionella
By Matthew R. Freije

Insight: Professional Growth
Safety Talk
An Interview with Niru Davé

Quitting Time
Industrial hygienists can propose realistic interventions to lessen the effects of overtime on health care workers.
By Thomas P. Fuller

Beyond Compliance
HazCom 2012 has joined an expanding list of regulatory activity demanding greater information about potential hazards in the materials and products we encounter each day.
By Kraig Haberer

HF 101
How you can protect yourself and others from potential exposures to hydrogen fluoride and hydrofluoric acid.
By Susan R. Shelnutt and John A. Kind


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Washington Insider
Fiscal Cliff Approaching
By Aaron Trippler

Insight: Professional Growth
New Life for IH
By Melissa Rupert

Basic Workplace Fall Protection
Revisions made this year to the ANSI Z359 Fall Protection Code demonstrate the importance of ensuring that workers are properly protected from falls.
By Paul A. Zoubek

Tips for Telling the VOC Story
Explaining VOC levels in a building can be one of an industrial hygienist’s most challenging tasks.
By Megan Canright and Ben Kollmeyer

The Mandatory-Training Makeover
What can trainers do to make OSHA training more engaging, participative, interesting, and fun—for everyone involved?
By Kay Bechtold


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President’s Message
Partnering to Protect Workers
By Allan K. Fleeger

Insight: Risk Assessment
Fighting the Orange Menace
By Frank Mirer

Insight: For Students
The Search for Experience
By Samantha Connell

Sort Out Your Software Solution
Some guidance on the process of assessing your IH data management system.
By Dave Risi

Rank Ordering
Results of the 2012 AIHA® Public Policy Survey.
By Ed Rutkowski

Fall Conference Saddles Up
AIHA’s Fall Conference welcomed the industrial hygiene profession to San Antonio.
By Kay Bechtold and Ed Rutkowski