Volunteer Groups Seek Nominations for 2016 Awards Three AIHA committees are currently seeking nominations for awards that will be presented at AIHce 2016. The AIHA Environmental Issues Committee is accepting nominations for its 2016 Rachel Carson Award through Feb. 28; learn more from the committee Web page. Nominations for the Nonionizing Radiation Committee’s John A. Leonowich Award are due March 1; more information and the nomination form are available on the committee Web page . And the Student and Early Career Professionals Committee is seeking nominations for its 2016 Golden Seed Award through March 28; for more information or to submit nominations, contact Thursa La. Dates and Locations for 2016 Road Courses Announced AIHA road courses are designed to meet the educational needs of today’s IH and OEHS professionals. Participants earn points and learn skills that can be applied immediately in their own practice. AIHA recently announced new dates and locations for two road courses. Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene will be held twice in 2016 in Columbus, Ohio: April 18–21, and Sept. 19–22. This four-day course is designed for OEHS professionals new to industrial hygiene or who have newly acquired IH responsibilities, and for those who need a refresher. Participants are exposed to the broad field of industrial hygiene through sampling and workshop sessions, hands-on lab experiences, demo sessions, and problem-solving exercises. Upon completing the course, attendees will be able to identify IH principles and practices; describe basic concepts of health hazard recognition, evaluation and control methods; select appropriate air sampling methods for airborne contaminants; calculate time-weighted averages from multiple samples; and compare sample results to the appropriate occupational exposure limits. Exposure and Chemical Monitoring - Beyond IH Fundamentals, an intermediate three-day course, will be held Oct. 3–5, in Columbus, Ohio. This course is designed to provide additional training and knowledge in industrial hygiene chemical monitoring through group exercises and discussion. Attendees work in groups of four and build on knowledge gained in the Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene course. For more information on AIHA road courses, or to register, visit the AIHA website. AIHF Scholarship Applications Due This Month The American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF) is currently accepting scholarship applications for the 2016–2017 academic year. Any student who is attending or applying to an ABET-accredited IH program at the graduate or undergraduate level; an ABET-accredited Environmental, Health and Safety program at the graduate or undergraduate level; a NIOSH ERC IH graduate program; or a CEPH-accredited IH graduate program with occupational health emphasis is eligible to apply. The only exceptions are New York University students applying for the Dr. Morton Lippmann Endowed Scholarship. Canadian students must be currently attending or applying to the following Canadian universities: McGill University, University of British Columbia, Université de Montréal, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), and University of Toronto. Students are evaluated on academic performance, work ethic, personal statement, and two references (one reference must be from an industrial hygienist). Several AIHF scholarships have specific criteria, and schools or students who meet those criteria will be given first consideration. The AIHF scholarship application and eligibility requirements are available from the AIHA website. All application materials must be submitted via e-mail by Feb. 29, 2015. Apply for the AIHA Distinguished Lecturer Program AIHA invites new applications for its Distinguished Lecturer Program, which identifies experts within the association who are capable and willing to provide lectures in their area of expertise to the industrial hygiene community and to AIHA’s outreach partners. The program is hosted by the AIHA Fellows SIG, and features prominent experts in industrial hygiene who are prepared to lecture on recent research, new developments, and topics of interest that affect workplace safety and the environment. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15, 2016. For more information or to access the online application form, visit the AIHA website. In Memoriam Jim Ferguson, CIH (Ret), of Loveland, Ohio, passed away on Nov. 29, 2015. He was 82. For many years, Ferguson was an active member of the Ohio Valley Section of AIHA. He previously worked at NIOSH and, after retiring from the agency, for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Ferguson also served on the ACGIH Board of Directors in Cincinnati. Read more. Clifford C. Houk, PhD, CIH, passed away on Dec. 30, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio, at the age of 82. Houk, who was named an AIHA Fellow in the first class of awardees, was a professor of chemistry at Ohio University from 1966 to 2003. He was a past chair of the Publications Committee and was also involved with the Continuing Education Committee for many years. Read more. AIHA member John Sacco, CIH, PE, CSP, died in a light plane crash on Dec. 22, 2015, at the age of 61. Sacco was a management representative on the California Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board and principal of Earthshine Consulting in Rocklin, Calif., where he’d been the principal consultant since 1998.
Vote in the 2016 AIHA Board Elections Beginning in early March, AIHA members will use their e-mail address and membership identification number to access the online voting system for the 2016 Board of Directors election. Members who require a paper ballot must submit their request by e-mail no later than Friday, Feb. 19. The paper ballot will be mailed by early March and must be returned postmarked no later than Friday, March 18, to be counted in the election. For more information, please contact Judy Keithline at (703) 846-0702 or CEC Accepting Membership Applications The AIHA Continuing Education Committee (CEC) is now accepting self-nominations for membership. The committee comprises 12 members who serve four one-year terms. The CEC’s mission is to ensure quality educational opportunities that broaden knowledge, enhance technical competencies, and provide IHs with practical tools and skills. CEC members receive a variety of benefits, including free PDC registration(s) for auditing courses at AIHce. Applications are due by March 16, 2016. For more information, contact Erin Breece, CEC staff liaison, or visit the CEC Web page. Dates and Deadlines February 15 Deadline to submit applications for the AIHA Distinguished Lecturer Program. February 28 Deadline for 2016 Rachel Carson Award nominations. February 29 Deadline for AIHF scholarship applications. March 1 Deadline for 2016 John A. Leonowich Award nominations. March 16 Deadline for membership applications for AIHA’s Continuing Education Committee. March 28 Deadline for 2016 Golden Seed Award nominations. May 21–26 AIHce 2016 (co-located with Stewardship 2016) in Inner Harbor Baltimore, Md. For a complete list of events, visit