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AIHA Education Offers 2017 eLearning Subscription
The 2017 eLearning subscription from AIHA Education is an excellent, cost-effective opportunity for companies and organizations, AIHA local sections, and individuals to participate in eLearning. Subscribing sites are guaranteed automatic registration to all webinars in AIHA’s 2017 Live Webinar Series and to the 2017 Virtual AIHA Conference on Leadership and Management.
eLearning subscribers will have the opportunity to earn at least 10 contact hours by attending AIHA webinars, and will have the option to participate live or view the recorded playback.
The 2017 Virtual AIHA Conference on Leadership and Management will include live video streaming and a multi-track session broadcast of the event, opportunities for interaction with presenters and other virtual participants via online chat, and access to session recordings. Subscribers can earn at least 11 contact hours by participating in this virtual conference.
Waived fees are another benefit of the 2017 eLearning subscription. Processing fees required for individuals seeking certification maintenance are waived for subscribers and individuals included on the subscribing site roster.
The eLearning Subscription Lite package, which launched last year, includes access to the subscriber’s choice of five webinars and the waived fees described above. Register by Dec. 31, 2016, for maximum savings on the 2017 eLearning subscription full package. Visit the AIHA
website
to learn more or subscribe. Please email
Jessica Pagel
with any questions.
CEC Gears Up for AIHce 2017
The AIHA Continuing Education Committee (CEC) met this November to review more than 90 professional development course (PDC) proposals for presentation at AIHce 2017. Each proposal undergoes a rigorous and competitive bi-level review by the CEC and experts from AIHA volunteer groups. This review helps guarantee that quality courses are presented to ensure an excellent educational experience.
More than 50 proposals were selected for presentation at AIHce 2017 in Seattle, Wash., on Saturday, June 3, Sunday, June 4, and Thursday, June 8. With benefits and value-added items ranging from hands-on demonstrations and workshops to e-handouts, essential publications, and software, the 2017 PDCs will provide practical skills and tools that attendees can apply immediately. In addition, PDC attendees earn extra certification maintenance points and network with experts.
Two New Documents Available from AIHA Volunteer Groups
Two new documents developed by AIHA volunteer groups were recently approved by the association’s Board of Directors.
A new fact sheet sponsored by the AIHA Healthcare Working Group Hazardous Drugs Project Team provides practical information on how to prepare chemotherapy hoods for disposal or recycle. The document covers topics such as risk assessment, deactivation, decontamination, cleaning and disinfecting, and wipe sampling. The fact sheet is available as a
PDF
.
Citing a need for manufacturers of real-time detection equipment to provide key performance characteristics for their instruments, the AIHA Real-Time Detection Systems Committee has published a manual that encourages manufacturers to adopt standardized definitions and methods related to instrument specifications. According to the committee, inconsistencies in the ways manufacturers describe instrument specifications can confuse users of the equipment and ultimately lead to increased risks to life and health. The manual, “Reporting Specifications for Electronic Real-time Gas and Vapor Detection Equipment,” can be downloaded as a
PDF
from AIHA’s website.
A list of fact sheets, guidance documents, position statements, and white papers published by AIHA are available in the
government affairs section
of the website.
Learn more about AIHA’s volunteer groups
.
Nominations for Fellows Due This Month
The AIHA Nominating and Awards Committee requests nominations for the 2017 Fellow awards. The Fellow designation was established to recognize full members in good standing who have at least 15 years of continuous membership and have made recognized contributions to industrial hygiene or related disciplines through research, leadership, publications, education, or service to AIHA. The Fellow designation is limited to no more than five percent of the membership. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 31, 2016.
Each local section, committee, special interest group, and other formal AIHA entity may nominate one individual for the AIHA Fellow Award per year. At-large nominations will also be accepted, but individuals may not self-nominate. The Awards Committee will evaluate all nominations and make recommendations to the AIHA Board of Directors for final approval.
More information
and
nomination forms
are available on the AIHA website. Please email questions to
awards@aiha.org
or call Pat Hussey at (703) 846-0720.
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 Jan. 31, 2017. The application is available for download from the AIHA
website
. 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.
Please email
Belinda D’Agostino
or call (703) 846-0721 with any questions.
In Memoriam
AIHA Fellow
Pengfei Gao
, PhD, CIH, passed away on Oct. 3, 2016. An active member of AIHA’s volunteer community, Gao served on the association’s Protective Clothing and Equipment and Aerosol Technology Committees. Most recently, he co-authored the cover article of the September 2016
Synergist
, “
Protecting Workers against Zika
.” Gao was a research physical scientist at the NIOSH National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory. Read more on the AIHA
website
.
AIHA Office to Close 
for the Holidays
The AIHA office will close for the holidays beginning Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, through Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, reopening on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Online resources, including the marketplace and Member Center, will remain available. Any orders placed between Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 will be fulfilled when the AIHA office reopens on Jan. 3.
Members will continue to receive AIHA’s two weekly e-newsletters,
The Synergist Weekly
and
The Synergist Newswire
.
Our staff wishes you a safe and enjoyable holiday season!
2017 Buyer’s Guide Available
The print version of the 2017 

AIHA Buyer’s Guide
—your source for IH- and OEHS-related services and products—was mailed with the November issue of
The Synergist
. If you have not received your copy, please 
contact AIHA customer service at 
(703) 849-8888 or
infonet@aiha.org
. 

View the online version
.

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