AIHA NEWS AND NOTES
Call for AIHce “Ignite” Presenters For the fifth consecutive year, AIHce is offering its own version of “Ignite.” Ignite sessions—five-minute presentations where speakers share their professional and personal passions using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds—originated in the high-technology profession and have spread worldwide. The Ignite event at AIHce is intended to help attendees build a stronger community network, engage in new ideas and discussions, and find their voices. AIHA is now accepting applications for this year’s Ignite presentations. The submission deadline is Tuesday, March 15. A wide range of topics and concepts are welcome. For more information, visit the AIHce 2016 website. Need ideas? View past AIHce Ignite sessions on YouTube. AIHA Hires New Managing Director, Global Learning AIHA welcomes Mark Milroy, CAE, as the association’s Managing Director, Global Learning. Milroy, who possesses extensive leadership experience in education programming and technical content, will play a major role in enhancing AIHA’s education program. “AIHA plays a critical role as the leading provider of education to the OEHS community,” Milroy said. “I’m honored to join the AIHA team, and I look forward to enhancing the learning opportunities we provide to those who protect worker health.” Milroy most recently worked as the Vice President, Learning, at the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the Center for Association Leadership. He previously held senior-level positions at APICS, the Association for Operations Management; the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC); and John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. He is also a Certified Association Executive (CAE). “Mark is sure to hit his stride quickly at AIHA,” said AIHA Interim Executive Director Nancy Green, FASAE, CAE. “He brings experience working with technical content, knowledge of progressive learning models, and a track record of success in complex association environments. His professional, even-handed approach with volunteers and staff is just one more added bonus.” Milroy has a strong history of achievement in developing new products; analyzing organizations’ education programming; identifying deficiencies and potential opportunities; and developing innovative and cost-effective solutions to maximize competitiveness, increase revenues, and improve customer service. Milroy started his position at AIHA on Jan. 11, 2016. AIHA Accolades In late December, AIHA member Mike Liberty, CIH, CSP, was featured in the USA TODAY Network’s Democrat & Chronicle in an article titled “Hot Jobs: Occupational Health and Safety Specialist.” Liberty oversees industrial hygiene, ergonomics, and traditional safety measures as corporate safety manager for Wegmans Food Markets Inc. The full article is available online. NIOSH appointed Eric A. Lutz, PhD, as director of its Spokane Mining Research Division, part of the NIOSH Office of Mine Safety and Health Research (OMSHR). “Dr. Lutz’s expertise in miner health and safety will be critical as this new NIOSH research division expands to address the special needs of the extractive industries in the western United States,” said NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard. AIHA member Christine Reed recently joined SGS Galson Laboratories as a client service representative in its newly opened Irvine, Calif., office. Reed, a Certified Hazard Control Manager (CHCM), was previously employed as a senior EHS and IH consultant at the Nebraska Safety Council, a nonprofit organization that provides resources to promote workplace and community safety and health, in Lincoln, Neb. Important Notice Regarding AIHA E-communications AIHA is now sending many essential e-communications from a new e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. To ensure that you receive all e-mail communications from AIHA, please add email@example.com to your “safe senders” list. Winners’ Circle Michael Lombardi of Massachusetts and Juliette Travous of Missouri are the fourth-quarter 2015 winners of the online survey drawing that appears in the Synergist Weekly e-newsletter. Both are lucky recipients of $200 American Express gift cards. Remember to take the survey for your chance to win! ABIH, IPEP Seek to Improve Recognition of CIH, QEP Credentials In January, the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) and the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice (IPEP) announced a new collaboration intended to improve public recognition of credentialed environmental and industrial hygiene practitioners. The two organizations will share operations and management services under a new memorandum of understanding, but independent governance of each organization and their credentials, the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and the Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP)/Environmental Professional Intern (EPI), will remain intact. As part of the agreement, IPEP’s operations will move from Pittsburgh, Pa., to ABIH headquarters in Lansing, Mich. For more information, see ABIH’s press release. Dates and Deadlines March 15 Deadline for submitting applications for the AIHce 2016 Ignite presentations. March 28 Deadline for 2016 Golden Seed Award nominations. For more information, contact Thursa La. April 18–21 AIHA’s Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene course in Columbus, Ohio. May 21–26 AIHce 2016 (co-located with Stewardship 2016) in Inner Harbor Baltimore, Md. September 19–22 AIHA’s Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene course in Columbus, Ohio. October 3–5 AIHA’s Exposure and Chemical Monitoring — Beyond IH Fundamentals course in Columbus, Ohio. For a complete list of events, visit www.aiha.org/calendar.