Program Overview

2020 AIHA Education Webinars
  • ​2 connections for live participation*
  • Access to select webinar recordings in the online classroom for those on your roster
  • Earn 10 Contact Hours
Selected AIHce OnDemand Recordings
  • Access to the best of AIHce EXP across a range of topics and interest areas
  • Earn 10 Contact Hours

After a live webinar takes place, please allow 3-4 business days for the Archive to appear in your Online Classroom.

2020 eLearning Subscription Content

*Note: The eLearning Subscription provides 2 connections to each live webinar. The primary and secondary contacts (group coordinators) determine how their groups will utilize these connections.

Upcoming Live Events

An Introduction to Big Data and Data Analytics

Thursday January 23, 2020

1:00 - 3:00 pm ET

2 Contact Hours

This webinar provides an overview of big data - defined as data with volume, variety, velocity- and data analytics, presents a case study presented by two professionals on the criticality of inter-disciplinary communication, and describes stages of data maturity that organizations and professionals often find themselves in. The presenters include four industrial hygienists, two data scientists, and one strategy and operations professional.

Asbestos and Nanoparticles: Using Benchmark Dose Methodology for Risk Assessment

Thursday February 27, 2020

1:00 - 2:30 pm ET

1.5 Contact Hours

The webinar will immerse the audience into the fascinating areas of the quantitative risk assessment. Two outstanding industrial hygiene issues – exposure to asbestos fibers, and to nanoparticles – will be used to demonstrate how advanced modeling can help in the evaluation of various exposure levels. It will be demonstrated that benchmark dose modeling based on both toxicological studies and epidemiological evidence can improve our knowledge about dose-response relationship and their applicability to workplace risk analysis. The participants will be able to compare potential health issues related to various fiber types of asbestos and carbon nanotubes and see what lessons can be learned from the history of asbestos studies and policies to benefit workers’ protection from emerging hazards.

The Ear Poisons: An Introduction to Ototoxicants

Thursday April 9, 2020

1:00 - 2:30 pm ET

1 Contact Hour

Go beyond hearing loss caused by noise and include in your risk evaluation and exposure controls ototoxicants; ear poisons that enter the worker’s body through inhalation and absorption. This webinar will describe the etiologies of hearing loss, be it by exposure through noise or chemicals. In addition, it will define chemicals that are classified as ototoxicants and explain the protocols used for this designation, as well as the latest research with regards to the effects of dual exposure with noise. Last, it will show practical national and international recommendations for the management of exposure to this kind of agents.

Heat Stress: Assessment and Control

Thursday April 23, 2020

1:00 - 2:30 pm ET

1.5 Contact Hours

Understanding the six critical factors associated with heat stress is critical in the prevention of heat-related illnesses and fatalities. These factors include temperature, humidity, air velocity, radiant heat, clothing and metabolic heat. Additionally, body weight and the work-rest cycle must be included as contributing factors, as they are associated with metabolic heat. This webinar will discuss the importance of each factor and show how they can be used collectively to assess heat stress, as well as identify and implement effective preventative measures. Additional protective measures, such as physiological monitoring, will be introduced as a means of protecting unacclimated and/or susceptible individuals.

Archives and OnDemand Offerings

Emerging Issues in Beryllium Regulation and Related Topics

AIHce OnDemand

1 Contact Hour

This session provides updates over the last year in OSHA regulations regarding beryllium (general industry, construction, and shipyards) and the U.S. Department of Energy regulations regarding beryllium in DOE facilities.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

• Address the latest regulatory changes for beryllium health and safety.
• Apply the current requirements in workplace monitoring, housekeeping, etc.

Computer Workstation Ergonomics - Guiding IHs out of Awkward Positions

AIHce OnDemand

1 Contact Hour

This presentation will provide a detailed look at AIHA's "An Ergonomics Guide to Computer Workstations," 2nd Edition . The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) defines ergonomics as a multidisciplinary science that applies design principles based on the physical and psychological capabilities of people to the design of jobs, equipment, products, and workplaces. The original 1994 guide summarized the peer-reviewed basic research prior to the early nineties. Since that time, the knowledge base provided by peer-reviewed data has continued to grow. In addition, the work environment has continued to evolve with significant changes in the equipment used and the time spent on the computer. The 2nd edition updates the information for industrial hygienists and occupational health and safety professionals. The guide provides a means to familiarize individuals designing computer workstations, working with computers for extended periods, and responsible for the health and safety of workers. Focus will be placed on the causes of upper extremity discomfort, back pain, and vision complaints and available controls. We will cover musculoskeletal risk factors such as repetition, forceful exertions, static postures, awkward postures, localized contact stress, psychosocial stress, special applications, and economics.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

• Identify causes of upper extremity discomfort, back pain, and vision complaints.
• Identify primary musculoskeletal risk factors.
• Utilize controls for primary musculoskeletal risk factors.

Case Studies in Emergency Preparedness - Focus on Training Presentations

AIHce OnDemand

1 Contact Hour

Current Opioids Responder Working Group Projects Relevant to Responder Safety
As the country deals with the opioid crisis (115 Americans dying every day), AIHA is working to ensure that its membership has the tools and information to meet this crisis. The Opioid Working Group provides technical resources to the IH/OH and emergency responder communities. The Opioid WG is working to develop materials to assist in the protection of responders including police, fire, EMS and others who are on the frontlines of response to opioid-related incidents whether illicit operations or provision of healthcare. There is an immense amount of literature available on America's opioid issue, but the responder-related information is not consistent and evolves with some irregularity

NIEHS Prevention of Occupational Exposure to Opioids Awareness Level Training
From 1999-2016, more than 350,000 people died from an overdose involving any opioid, including prescription and illicit opioids. Emergency responders, law enforcement, forensic laboratorians, and environmental clean-up workers need information, training and protective programs. The National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Training Program has developed a four hour, awareness level, interactive, worker training program entitled Occupational Exposure to Fentanyl and Other Opioids. The target audience are workers, supervisors, and managers in occupations with potential for occupational exposure to fentanyl and other opioids such as emergency medical services (EMS), law enforcement, laboratory, healthcare, and environmental clean-up workers. The information is useful for educating a broad array of industries and occupations being impacted due to workplace injury and the over prescribing of opioids that have lead to misuse, addiction, and death.

Notable Confined Space - Inert Atmosphere

AIHce OnDemand

1 Contact Hour

Inerting is the displacement of oxygen with nitrogen or other inert gas to render flammable vapors and pyrophoric materials to a safe state for removal or maintenance work. Within the petroleum industry, specialized workers are required to enter inerted confined spaces to perform work. Entry into known IDLH atmospheres requires preparation, infrastructure, and specialized safe work permitting to accomplish the job safely. The presentation will review applicable regulations, and industry standards, visually walk through the preparation, permitting and entry process. Single and multi-sensor portable instruments are frequently used to monitor the atmosphere in confined spaces that have been deliberately inerted to displace the oxygen. The absence of oxygen has a profound effect on the performance of many types of commonly used sensors. Different inerting gases affect sensors in different ways. The session will discuss the effects of inerted atmosphere on standard catalytic (Wheatstone bridge) LEL, NDIR LEL, fuel cell oxygen, solid polymer (SPE) oxygen, PID, thermal conductivity (TCD) and electrochemical toxic gas sensors, and provide guidance on choosing the best type of sensor to use for specific inert gas monitoring applications.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

• Demonstrate inerting practices in the petroleum industry.
• Detail the basic chemistry of the removal of sulfur from hydrocarbon streams.
• Explain applicable regulations and industry standards on inert confined space entry.
• Review of past inert confined space incidents.
• Describe infrastructure and preparations necessary for safe entry into inert confined spaces.
• Utilize safe work practices, personal protective equipment, and redundancies necessary for safe entry.
• Review common Industrial Hygiene, Safety, and Rescue questions for further discussion.

Aerosols in Various Environments

AIHce OnDemand

1 Contact Hour

Indoor and Outdoor Prevalence of Species in the Pen/Asp Spore Trap Category
Indoor and outdoor fungal spore concentrations are often compared in order to evaluate the likelihood that mold is growing in the indoor environment. The comparisons are by genus or large groupings such as Penicillium/Aspergillus (Pen/Asp). This large category includes several hundred species of Aspergillus (A.) and more than 300 species of Penicillium (P.). It is possible, then, that the species contained in the Pen/Asp category are different indoors and out. All data is from EMLAb P&K's LIMS system, LabServe, that included paired indoor and outdoor samples using single stage Andersen type impactors (Andersen N6 or the Biocassette).

Diesel Engine Exhaust Exposure in the Mining Industry – Case Study in Two Underground Gold Mines

Exposure to diesel particulate matter (DPM) is frequently assessed by measuring indicators of carbon speciation, but these measurements may be affected by organic carbon (OC) interference. Furthermore, there are still questions regarding the reliability of direct-reading instruments (DRI) for measuring DPM, since these instruments are not specific and may be interfered by other aerosol sources. This study aimed to assess DPM exposure in 2 underground mines by filter-based methods and DRI. The aim was to assess the relationship between the measures of elemental carbon (EC) and the DRI to verify the association of these instruments to DPM. Filter-based methods of respirable combustible dust (RCD), EC, and total carbon (TC) were used to measure levels of personal and ambient DPM. For ambient measurements, DRI were used to monitor particle number concentration (PNC; PTrak), particle mass concentration (DustTrak DRX and DustTrak 8520), and the submicron fraction of EC (EC1;Airtec).

Assessment of Occupational Exposures to Fine and Ultrafine Particles

The harmonization of sampling strategies of fine particles (FP) and ultrafine particles (UFP), along with the assessment of their size distribution and physicochemical characteristics, is essential for reliable and comparable exposure data. The aim of this study was to implement an innovative intervention strategy to characterize and compare FP and UFP exposures in different workplaces. A combination of ambient real-time measurements, integrated measurements and microscopy analyses was performed in five workplaces. The strategy implemented in this study made it possible to precisely characterize FP and UFP in terms of particle number concentration (PNC), mass concentration, morphology, size distribution and chemical composition. The positive correlation between PNC and the indicators classically used as surrogates reinforces the necessity of further investigations on occupational emissions of UFP. This study was financially supported by the IRSST and FRQNT.

​Information for Group Participants

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Information for Group Coordinators (Primary & Secondary Contacts)

Communication

Announcements regarding 2020 eLearning Subscription Program content availability will be sent based on preferences indicated in the Site Roster Form:

  • Email all participants on roster with each new recording (approximately monthly contact)
  • Email all participants on roster quarterly (end of March, end of June, end of September, end of December)
  • Opt out of AIHA contacting all participants in roster. Primary and Secondary contacts will be responsible for disseminating information regarding content availability in the Online Classroom

Live Event Registration

We will register the primary and secondary contacts or live connections for the live webinars based on preferences indicated on the Site Roster Form:

  • Automatically register primary and secondary contacts for all live webinars
  • Contact primary and secondary contacts to determine contacts for live webinars
  • Group will not participate in live webinars. Primary and secondary contacts and roster (if applicable) will be notified of recording

If you would like to change any of your live connections for a webinar, please email DLAssistant@aiha.org at least one week before the live webinar. In the email, please tell us which webinar, and which connection(s) you would like to change.

Live Event Participation

Prior to the live event, we recommend performing a system test. To do that, click here​.

If you host a live webinar viewing, please email a list of attendees to DLAssistant@aiha.org. Please use this webinar viewing template. We will follow up with steps on how to obtain credit.

Roster Updates

Group coordinators are responsible for providing AIHA with a subscription roster indicating who is authorized to be setup in the online classroom as part of their group. Please note the following on rosters:

  • ​Roster slots are not transferable throughout the year and cannot exceed the maximum size purchased without consultation with AIHA
  • Roster additions can be made on a quarterly basis (due to AIHA April 1, July 1, and October 1st).

How to Get Help

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