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 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 
View the online version.

Dates and Deadlines December 31, 2016 Deadline for AIHA Fellows nominations. January 31, 2017 Deadline to submit applications for the AIHA Finance Committee. February 15, 2017 Deadline for AIHA Distinguished Lecturer applications.

June 4–7, 2017 AIHce 2017 in Seattle, Wash.

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