Bring the Message of OHS to Young 
Workers The Safety Matters program, developed by AIHA and NIOSH, is intended to raise awareness among young workers about workplace safety and health. Safety Matters is a one-hour interactive teaching module and PowerPoint presentation targeted to students in grades 7 through 12. The module is intended to help young people build the skills and knowledge they need to participate in safe and healthy work environments throughout their working lives. The program covers topics such as identifying hazards at work, preventing injury and illness, identifying emergencies at work and deciding on the best ways to address them, and communicating with others—including people in authority—when young workers feel unsafe or threatened.
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Learn more. Reach Consumers, Decision Makers with AIHA’s Consultants Listing AIHA’s Consultants Listing is IH and OEHS consulting professionals’ link to building a larger network. The newly redesigned Consultants Listing features an updated online layout and search function, which allows consumers searching for an IH or OEHS consultant to quickly and easily find the expert they need in their zip code. Every year, AIHA distributes the Consultants Listing nationwide to thousands of decision makers in a variety of industries, including legal, real estate, trade associations, academia, healthcare, and agencies at all levels of government. Federal agencies such as EPA, FEMA, and OSHA regularly refer consumer inquiries to consultants listed in AIHA’s Consultants Listing for assistance.
For one low price, consultants can display their company logo both in the online Consultants Listing and the tried-and-true print version. The deadline to submit order forms for next year's printed Consultants Listing is Nov. 11, 2016. To learn more or download the form, visit the Consultants Listing website. Please contact Wanda Barbour at or (703) 846-0782 with questions. Nominations Deadlines Approaching Board of Directors. AIHA is seeking nominations for four Board of Directors positions that will be vacated in June 2017: vice president, treasurer-elect, and two director positions. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 4, 2016. Board policies, Board member roles and responsibilities, and other relevant information is available on the AIHA website. Interested individuals can access online nomination forms. Please email or call Pat Hussey at (703) 846-0720 with questions.
AIHA Awards and Fellows. The AIHA Nominating and Awards Committee requests nominations for the 2017 Fellow and AIHA awards. The deadline for AIHA awards nominations is Dec. 6, and the deadline for AIHA Fellows nominations is Dec. 31. More information on AIHA awards and honors is available on the AIHA website. Online nomination forms were posted on Oct. 1. Please email questions to or call Pat Hussey at (703) 846-0720. Chinese Delegation Visits AIHA A 25-member delegation from China’s State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) visited the AIHA office in Falls Church, Va., on Aug. 31 to learn about the association’s latest initiatives, upcoming educational events, and other aspects of AIHA’s program of work. The delegation had expressed interest in understanding how AIHA helps members keep their knowledge of health and safety topics and regulations up to date. AIHA staff gave presentations on the role of professional associations in the United States, AIHA periodicals, AIHA’s registry and proficiency analytical testing programs, and the AIHA Laboratory Accreditation Program.
SAWS is the state agency responsible for monitoring the sanitation of China’s workplaces, designing standards and regulations related to occupational health, investigating illegal behaviors and threats related to occupational health, and arranging training on occupational safety.
View pictures of the event on AIHA’s Facebook page. In Memoriam Former AIHA Executive Director 
O. Gordon Banks, CAE, passed away on Monday, Sept. 5, 2016. He was 80 years old. Banks, an honorary member of AIHA, served as the association’s executive director from February 1989 until December 2001. During his time with AIHA, he was known for building a strong government affairs program at the state and local levels, developing a significant public relations program, creating and expanding The Synergist as a monthly magazine, and providing staff support to technical committees. Read more on AIHA’s website.
Former AIHA Board member Michael O. Varner, CIH (Ret), PE, passed away on Aug. 26, 2016. He was 75. Varner retired from ASARCO as vice president, environmental affairs in 1999 after 27 years with the company. “While working in the non-ferrous smelting industry, which has no lack of industrial hygiene challenges, Mike was acknowledged for his ability to work creatively with both OSHA and the United Steel Workers of America to solve workplace problems without unproductive confrontation,” said AIHA member and colleague Don Robbins, CIH (Ret). Varner’s obituary is available online. AIHA Accolades Congratulations to AIHA member Luis F. Pieretti, PhD, CIH, who was recently promoted to manager, industrial hygiene. Pieretti will be responsible for the development and implementation of the industrial hygiene program at The MEMIC Group, a company that provides workers' compensation insurance to employers with an emphasis on workplace safety. Read the press release. 2017 AIHA Buyer’s Guide Is Coming Soon The 2017 AIHA Buyer’s Guide will be mailed together with the November issue of The Synergist. Keep the Buyer’s Guide handy for easy access to information on products and services that you need in your daily work. The Buyer’s Guide is also available online. Read the Latest from SynergistNOW The SynergistNOW blog, which launched in May, has recently featured posts on topics such as industrial hygienists’ critical role in preventing the spread of Legionella, measuring skin health in dermal exposure, life-saving OHS training for workers in Bangladesh, and noise exposure assessment in the workplace. 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, and AIHA members and nonmembers alike can subscribe to receive weekly blog updates via email.
Dates and Deadlines October 24–25 AIHA Fall Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

November 4 Deadline for AIHA Board of Directors nominations. November 18 AIHA webinar: “Sustainability Concepts and Tools for Responsible Decision-Making: An Introduction for the EHS Professional.” December 6 Deadline for AIHA awards nominations.
December 31 Deadline for AIHA Fellows nominations. For a complete list of events, visit AIHA's website.