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Local Events

 

May 23, 2017

SKS Seminar: The Basics of Industrial Hygiene Air Sampling

Presenter: Debbie Dietrich, CIH

Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Hobby Airport

             8181 Airport Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77061

Cost: $50 including continental breakfast

 

Schedule:
8:30 Registration and Breakfast
9:00-11:00 Presentation
11:00-Noon IH Lab on setting up sampling trains and flow calibration

 
Registration:
Contact SKC Gulf Coast at 800-225-1309 or connieg@skcgc.com

 

  

 

 

National Events

 
June 4-7 - AIHce 2017
2018 - IOHA

 

  

National Updates

 

AIHA National

 
Mark Ames Named AIHA Director, Government Relations


AIHA is please to announce that Mark Ames will serve as the Director, Government Relations for AIHA.
Mark comes to AIHA from ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers), where he co-led their DC-based Government Affairs Office, providing strategic direction in the development of their public policy priorities and representing the organization's membership to Congress, the White House, and multiple Federal Agencies, including NIOSH and OSHA.

Mark provided direction to ASHRAE's State, Local, and non-US government affairs activities. Working with the ASHRAE Board and leaders from 182 Chapters and over 100 technical and other committees, he played a central role in streamlining ASHRAE's government affairs activities, improving coordination, messaging, and effectiveness, and producing consistent results.


Mark was responsible for the development of policy recommendations in all issue areas at ASHRAE. Of particular interest to AIHA, he recently led the creation of ASHRAE's indoor environmental quality government affairs strategy.


Mark holds a Master's Degree in Applied Politics, and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science - both from The American University (AU), and is a graduate of the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute at AU.

 

 
AIHA in USA TODAY


AIHA was featured in the December 23 USA TODAY supplement on work place safety. The Unsung Heroes of Workplace Safety features a look at how occupational health pros are saving lives by identifying hazards day in and day out; tackling health and safety challenges facing people everywhere; and helping companies meet their ethical standards and increase workplace productivity.

 

 
#IAMIH


Our members are everywhere and although they don't wear capes or badges, they protect workers around the world. Many people don't realize the integral role Industrial Hygiene (IH) professionals play in our daily lives. AIHA is working to change that!


AIHA is currently working on a short documentary highlighting the people behind the industrial hygiene profession-people just like YOU! Watch for its debut at AIHceEXP.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Ben Rome, AIHA Marketing Manager.


Call for Volunteers: AIHA Finance Committee


The AIHA Finance Committee is a standing committee that works with AIHA's Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer, and Managing Director of Finance to monitor the finances of the association. There is currently one opening on the Finance Committee that the Board must fill for a three-year term beginning June 2017.

If you are interested in serving on the Finance Committee, please review the roles and responsibilities  and submit your application by January 31. Once your application is received, you will be contacted to set up an appointment for a 30-minute phone interview with a member of the AIHA Board.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Belinda D'Agostino, AIHA Managing Director, Finance.


Mentoring Program for those Preparing to take the CIH Exam
The Students and Early Career Professional is starting a mentoring program for those interested in having a mentor if they are preparing to take the CIH Exam. If you are interested in learning about being or securing a mentor, please contact Thursa La, AIHA Program Manager, Professional Community.

 

 
AIHceEXP 2017


For 77 years, AIHce has focused on the important trends, needs, and research that impact worker health. Industry suppliers have joined in this yearly experience, adding new technologies, training, and connections that make IH/OH professionals more efficient in their pursuit of protecting worker health. It is an EXPerience!

Register for AIHceEXP by 12pm (ET) on January 17 to be entered to win complimentary airfare to Seattle (some restrictions apply). In order to secure special member pricing, you must be an AIHA member in good standing through May 31, 2017.


The SynergistsNOW's Top 5 from 2016
Have you experienced the SynergistNOW blog? If not, we invite you to take a look back at the five most popular blogs. Interested in blogging? Then become a guest blogger now!
 
 
American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF)


AIHF Scholarship Program


AIHF is accepting scholarship applications for 2017 until February 17. Applications must be complete and all supplemental documentation submitted to aihf@aiha.org to be considered. Please note... you cannot make changes to your application once it is submitted; this will require a new application being completed.Incomplete applications and/or supplemental documentation received after the deadline will not be accepted.


For more information or questions, please contact Patricia Hussey, AIHF Program Director via email at phussey@aiha.org.
 
 
AIHA Local Sections


Save the Date: Local Section Officer Training Session


Join us on January 18 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern for a one hour local section training session for new and existing officers. Learn about roles and responsivities and resources available to your local section.
 
For more information, please contact Thursa La.


Call for Nominations Local Section Regional Representatives (LSRRs) 


Looking for candidates to serve as a LSSR to the Central and South Region. All candidates must be an AIHA national member in good standing and must reside within the geographic boundaries of that region. The position is a three year term and will be responsible for communicating with local section leadership including officers of the Local Sections Council and other LSRRs.

To learn more about the position or to apply/nominate, please contact Thursa La.

Special AIHA Guests at Local Section Meetings: Larry Sloan and/or Mark Ames

AIHA's new CEO, Larry Sloan and Mark Ames, AIHA Director of Government Relations would like to visit as many local sections possible during their first year at AIHA.

If you're interested in having them come to attend or present at your meeting, please contact Thursa La  at least 4-6 weeks prior to your meeting so we can plan and schedule effectively.
 
The Worst Plant: A Virtual H&S Audit

 

Corey Briggs, CIH, CET, FAIHA a Senior Manager from Ramboll Environ's Boston office and his colleagues throughout the U.S. can present the workshop "The Worst Plant: A Virtual H&S Audit" at your upcoming local section meetings and conferences. 

 
This highly-interactive and audience participative 8-hour workshop (can also be done as a 4-hour session) guides seminar attendees through a virtual tour of "the worst plant in the world," using digital renderings of real-world health and safety-based regulatory compliance issues. The seminar is structured to accommodate up to 60 participants and the seminar fee is based upon the number of instructors/facilitators (no less than 2) and the location of the conference. This program can also be presented as a session for your company's Annual EHS Meeting.
 
For more information on this workshop, contact Corey Briggs or +1 (617) 259- 0172 or (617) 946- 6107.


2017 eLearning Subscription
 
The AIHA 2017 eLearning Subscription is an excellent opportunity for AIHA Local Sections to participate in e-learning cost effectively. Subscribing groups are guaranteed automatic registration to the following course offerings throughout 2017:

  

2017 Live Webinar Series.

 

Automatic registration to all 2017 webinars, including the option for live participation or recorded playback (earn at least 10 Contact Hours).

 
2017 Virtual AIHA Conference on Leadership and Management.

 

Includes live video streaming and a multi-track session broadcast of the event, opportunities for interaction with presenters and other virtual participants via chat, and access to session recordings (earn at least 11 contact hours).

*Waived Fees. Processing fees required for individuals seeking certification maintenance are waived for subscribers and individuals included on the subscribing site roster.

 

 
NIOSH 

NIOSH Issues IDLH Value Profile for Methyl Isocyanate, Four Other Chemicals

NIOSH has issued new Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health (IDLH) Value Profiles for five chemicals:  diketene, 1,3-butadiene, bromine pentafluoride,  methyl isocyanate, and benzonitrile. For more information on IDLH values, visit the NIOSH website .

NIOSH's Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health

The NIOSH's Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health will hold a conference call meeting on January 25. For more information, see the Federal Register notice.

A subcommittee of this group will also meet on January 30. For more information, see the Federal Register notice.
 

 

OSHA

 

Rule Clarifies Employers' Ongoing Obligation to Make, Maintain Records of Injuries and Illnesses

OSHA issued a final rule clarifying that the duty of employers to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses is an ongoing obligation. For more information, see the Federal Register notice or OSHA's press release.

Final Rule to Lower Beryllium Levels, Increase Workplace Protections to Reduce Health Risks

A new rule issued on January 6, dramatically lowers workplace exposure to beryllium, a strategically important material that can cause devastating lung diseases. The new beryllium standards for general industry, construction and shipyards will require employers to take additional, practical measures to protect an estimated 62,000 workers from these serious risks. For more information, visit the OSHA website.
 
Sustainability in the Workplace: A New Approach for Advancing Worker Health and Safety

OSHA has released a new white paper that highlights the importance of including worker safety and health in the growing movement toward sustainability and corporate responsibility. To learn more about the connection between occupational safety and health and sustainability or to download the white paper, please visit the OSHA website.