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AIHA Names Eight New Distinguished Fellows AIHA has honored eight new occupational and environmental health and safety professionals with the Distinguished Fellow Award. These individuals were nominated by their peers and have been recognized for their exceptional contributions to the industrial hygiene profession. The new Fellows will be introduced during the fourth annual Mark of Excellence Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, May 23, at AIHce EXP 2018 in Philadelphia, Pa. “The Fellow designation symbolizes a steadfast commitment to the industrial hygiene field, and I take pride in honoring these extraordinary AIHA members,” said AIHA President Deborah Imel Nelson, PhD, CIH. “We thank all of them for their outstanding contributions to the industrial hygiene profession.” Fellows are nominated either by an individual or by an AIHA local section, special interest group, committee, or other formal entity for their achievements in the field of industrial hygiene. Individuals are approved as Fellows by the AIHA Board of Directors after a recommendation by the Awards Nomination Committee. The Fellow designation is limited to no more than 5 percent of the AIHA membership. Congratulations to the new AIHA Fellows: Andrew Maier, PhD, CIH, DABT; Charles L. Blake, CIH; Eric Esswein, MSPH, CIH, CIAQP; Julie M. Panko, CIH; Murray Lee Cohen, PhD, CIH; Philip A. Smith, PhD, CIH; Tuan N. Nguyen, MBA, CIH, CSP, ARM; and Walter G. Rostykus, MSPH, CIH, CSP, CPE. Learn more about the Fellows designation on AIHA’s website. Contribute to the Future of IH The industrial hygiene profession needs a pipeline of highly trained and skilled professionals if it is to continue to meet the needs of a global economy. The purpose of the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation is to provide scholarships to the best and the brightest to ensure this critical need is being met. Contributions to AIHF are tax-deductible, as provided by law. Donating to AIHF will help ensure that deserving students preparing for careers in industrial hygiene will receive scholarships. Detailed information about making a donation or a pledge can be found on the AIHF website. Learn more about AIHF. AIHA Wins 2018 Communitas Award AIHA’s IH Heroes outreach program has won a 2018 Communitas Award for Excellence in Organization Community Service. The Communitas Awards recognize businesses, organizations, and individuals that are “unselfishly giving of themselves and their resources, and those that are changing how they do business to benefit their communities.” The IH Heroes outreach program is a part of AIHA’s Professional Pathway program, which includes an award-winning website, documentary series, comic book, and avatar characters inspired by real-world industrial hygienists.  Communitas winners are recognized for specific programs involving volunteerism, philanthropy, and ethical, sustainable business practices. Communitas nominees are evaluated based on the extent and effectiveness of their programs. The size and potential scope of each nominee are also taken into consideration. “I am proud of this award for many reasons, but most importantly because of what it represents: making our communities better,” said AIHA President Deborah Imel Nelson, PhD, CIH. “At AIHA, we strive to improve our communities through industrial hygiene, by providing our members with the information and support they need to do their jobs of protecting workers. I am also very proud of our staff at AIHA who work wholeheartedly every day to fulfill AIHA’s mission.” “We’ve had so much fun crafting the entire outreach program for our members,” said Ben H. Rome, AIHA’s marketing manager and the IH Heroes project lead. “Their dedication and enthusiasm in presenting the industrial hygiene profession to kids and young adults is truly inspiring. It speaks volumes about their level of commitment to reaching the next generation—and promoting worker health and safety for decades to come.”  More information about the Communitas Awards can be found on the awards website. Committees Provide Guidance on “Safety Climate” in Construction The AIHA Construction and Management Committees worked together last year to develop a guide intended to provide practical tips to companies and safety and health professionals who want to improve the safety climate on their work sites. The primary goal of the guide is to help employers build trust between workers and management. Making the kinds of safety improvements described in the document can help create an atmosphere in which workers feel comfortable raising safety issues, knowing they will be listened to and actions will be taken to address the problems. The guide, called “How to Improve the Safety Climate on Your Construction Site,” was posted on the AIHA website last May. It covers eight areas: worker participation, the right to refuse unsafe work, close-call reporting and analysis, safety leadership by supervisors, subcontractor prequalification and oversight, integrating safety as a value, owner involvement, and measuring safety climate. The guidance document is available for download as a PDF from AIHA’s website. AIHA Introduces Course on Nanomaterial Risks   AIHA's new self-study course, “How to Assess and Manage Nanomaterial Risks,” is intended for industrial hygienists who are responsible for the health and safety of workers exposed to nanomaterials. This online course contains 3.5 hours of instructional video and related activities. Participants will learn a disciplined process for the responsible management of nanomaterials, which includes anticipating where nanomaterials may be in the workplace; recognizing the potential for occupational exposures; evaluating exposures using a variety of sampling equipment; controlling exposures using prevention through design and control banding tools; and confirming and continually reevaluating the risk management plan. Sponsor an International Affiliate Member  Any AIHA member in good standing can sponsor an International Affiliate member by paying membership dues for that individual. Annual dues are $54. To sponsor an International Affiliate member, forward the candidate’s completed application with dues payment to AIHA. AIHA is unable to accept sponsored members’ applications online. For more information, email AIHA Member Services Have You Heard of Safety Matters? Safety Matters, a program presented by NIOSH and AIHA, is designed to raise awareness among young people about workplace safety and health. Learn how to help make information regarding workplace safety training available in your school districts and contact your legislators about incorporating this vital curriculum today. Dates and Deadlines May 21–23 AIHce EXP 2018 in Philadelphia, Pa.
June 21 AIHA webinar: “Evaluating Effectiveness of a Contractor Management Program: A Case Study.” September 10–12 5th International Conference on Occupational and Environmental Health in Hanoi, Vietnam.  September 17–20 AIHA’s “Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene” course in Westerville, Ohio. September 21–23 Future Leaders Institute in Washington, D.C.
September 24–26 11th International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) International Scientific Conference in Washington, D.C. For a complete list of events, visit AIHA's website.