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AIHA Marketplace Features Five New Publications
AIHA debuted five new publications at AIHce 2016 in May. The new titles, which are available via the
AIHA Marketplace
, include:
The IAQ Investigator's Guide, 3rd edition
. This guide discusses initial investigation, HVAC overview and inspection, considerations for special indoor environments, risk communication, and report preparation. The guide's eleven appendices provide readers with guidelines, checklists, and forms to assist in IAQ investigations. 
Workplace Violence Primer and Guideline for Industrial Hygienists.
This new guideline details the problem of workplace violence, including bullying and harassment at work, and describes how the industrial hygiene approach to hazard identification can be used to help control workplace violence. The authors discuss the extent of the problem of workplace violence, its effects on workers and organizations, prevention, and control measures.
2016 ERPG/WEEL Handbook.
This emergency reference presents a clear overview of two important, well-established sets of exposure limits: the ERPGs and WEELs. Recommended values for each series are contained in this handy booklet, along with other important information. This handbook should always be used in conjunction with the documentation provided in each full set of ERPGs and WEELs.
Realizing the Full Business Value of Product Stewardship.
This publication provides a foundation for an overarching value strategy for product stewardship that can help professionals build a solid business case and gain the support of top management, ensuring adequate resourcing and staff to meet the business strategy.
Health and Safety for Museum Professionals
(resale title). This publication covers health and safety concerns, precautions, and remedies for all areas of museum work. This reference is intended for conservators, exhibit producers, collection managers, curators, and administrators in all disciplines. Topics include the overarching issues of safety program planning and implementation, specific hazards that may be encountered in work situations related to cultural property, and the nature of the health issues posed by these hazards.
Inspire the Next ?Generation of IHs
AIHA’s IH Professional Pathway program was introduced earlier this year to help industrial hygiene professionals better understand their career options and refresh the way the profession is presented to the next generation. The program was created to align AIHA’s resources and development opportunities with the various career stages of the profession. The resulting program encourages and supports the attainment of credentials such as certifications and registrations.
Learn more about the IH Pro Path program and access outreach materials to help you share the profession on AIHA’s
website
. While you’re there, please take the IH Pro Path challenge and, in 200 words or less, describe your job as if you were talking to a school-age child or a non-practitioner in a social setting. Responses to the challenge will be part of an initial, informal step toward the validation of several upcoming AIHA initiatives.
Sneak Peek: Upcoming eLearning Opportunities
AIHA's eLearning opportunities are intended for professionals seeking an alternate educational setting. Virtual learning provides the same standard of learning and level of technical content, but is primarily administered online. Following is a sampling of AIHA’s upcoming webinars and eLearning courses.
AIHA's new audience-participative webinar,
The Worst Plant: A Virtual H&S Audit
, will take attendees on a tour of "the worst plant in the world" through a collection of photographs of various regulatory compliance issues. As photos are shown, the webinar instructors will quiz participants on the issues and where they might be found in OSHA regulations. This webinar will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 2 p.m. ET.
Learn more or register
.
On Sept. 16, another new AIHA webinar will introduce key thought processes and mechanisms to aid EHS professionals in making decisions that support their organization's vision and goals around sustainability.
Sustainability Concepts and Tools for Responsible Decision-Making: An Introduction for the EHS Professional
will use the product life cycle approach to highlight key considerations and opportunities for practitioners to reference in the selection of materials, goods, and services pertinent to their business. For further details, please visit the AIHA
website
.
Earn 46 contact hours with AIHA’s self-paced
Exposure Assessment Strategies and Statistics
course, which introduces key concepts such as exposure groups, sampling designs, interpretation of exposure monitoring data, Bayesian statistics, and dermal exposure assessment. Prior to attending this course, participants should have a working knowledge of exposure assessment and hands-on experience with exposure monitoring. More information is available form the AIHA
website
.
See the
full list
of AIHA webinars and eLearning courses.
Registration Is Now Open for AIHA Fall Conference
Registration and housing recently opened for AIHA Fall Conference 2016, which will be held Oct. 24–25 at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio, Texas. The conference will include tracks such as enterprise risk assessment and management, emergency response and preparedness, and management and leadership. The new “Thought Leader” track will return for its second year at the conference, and will include sessions focused on new challenges, new hazards, and new technologies. 
Pre-conference education will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22 and 23, and post-conference education will be held Wednesday, Oct. 26. 
Visit the Fall Conference
website
for more information or to register..
The Synergist Receives Award of Excellence
The Synergist
was honored in the
APEX 2016 publications competition
, an annual contest that recognizes excellence in graphic design, editorial content, and overall communications effectiveness. For its November 2015 issue,
The Synergist
received an Award of Excellence in the “Magazines & Journals – Print Over 32 Pages” category. The cover article was “Ill Wind: Climate Change and Industrial Hygiene.”
This is the eighth consecutive year that
The Synergist
has received an APEX Award of Excellence.
Winners’ Circle
Eileen Kirkpatrick
of Washington and
Reginald Ringgold
of Florida are the second-quarter 2016 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 online survey for your chance to win!
Subscribe to SynergistNOW
Since its launch in May, the new
SynergistNOW
blog has featured posts on topics such as OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard and GHS deadline, NIOSH’s health hazard evaluation program, and lead exposure assessment at military firing ranges.
SynergistNOW
is written by and for experienced IH/OHs, researchers, academics, and AIHA leaders. The blog is available to everyone with an interest in the IH and OEHS fields, but even AIHA members must subscribe.
Learn more
.


Dates and Deadlines
August 16
AIHA webinar: “
The Worst Plant: A Virtual H&S Audit
.”
September 16
AIHA webinar: “
Sustainability Concepts and Tools for Responsible Decision-Making: An Introduction for the EHS Professional
.”
September 19–22
AIHA’s
Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene
course in Columbus, Ohio.
September 26–30
Comprehensive Industrial Hygiene Review
course in Ann Arbor, Mich.
October 3–5
AIHA’s
Exposure and Chemical Monitoring - Beyond IH Fundamentals
course in Columbus, Ohio.
October 24–25
AIHA
Fall Conference
in San Antonio, Texas.

For a complete list of events, visit AIHA's
website
.
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