AIHA Recognizes Contributions of Retiring Board Members AIHA welcomed its new Board of Directors and honored the contributions of Past President Daniel H. Anna, PhD, CIH, CSP, and Past Director Jennifer Sahmel, MPH, CIH, CSP, during its annual business meeting at AIHce EXP 2017 in Seattle, Wash.
Anna has been a passionate member of AIHA since 1991 and is a graduate of AIHA’s inaugural Future Leaders Institute, a program that provides attendees with the resources necessary to be successful leaders in the profession. He served as AIHA President in 2015–2016. While his time on the AIHA Board of Directors has come to an end, he remains active in AIHA as the editor of the forthcoming fourth edition of The Occupational Environment: Its Evaluation, Control, and Management, also known as “The White Book.”
Sahmel has been an active member of AIHA over the course of her career. She is a certified industrial hygienist and a certified safety professional with two decades of experience in human health risk assessment and workplace health and safety. She has won several awards for her dedication to the industrial hygiene field, including the AIHA Outstanding Group Contributor Award in 2013.
“We are grateful to both Dan and Jennifer for their time and commitment to serving AIHA, its members, and the industrial hygiene profession,” said Lawrence Sloan, CAE, AIHA’s CEO. “In order to protect workers and continue our mission, we need strong Board leadership. I have greatly enjoyed working alongside them and getting to know them.”
AIHA Selects International Scientific Committee Chair AIHA has selected Gurumurthy Ramachandran, PhD, CIH, FAIHA, as the chair of the International Scientific Committee for the 11th International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) International Scientific Conference, which will be held Sept. 24–26, 2018, in Washington, D.C. The International Scientific Committee will be responsible for shaping the educational content for the conference. Ramachandran is a professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health of Johns Hopkins University and was previously a professor at the University of Minnesota.
“Dr. Ramachandran’s distinguished academic background and extensive international experience will provide valuable leadership to this important role,” said Mark C. Milroy, CAE, AIHA’s managing director of Global Education.
Interested individuals can sign up for announcements about IOHA 2018 via AIHA’s website.
AIHA is a founding member of IOHA, an association of occupational and industrial hygiene organizations from around the world. IH Professional Pathway™ Program Wins APEX Awards for Publication Excellence AIHA will receive two APEX Awards for Publication Excellence for its IH Professional Pathway™ program, a comprehensive member outreach and public awareness program that was developed and launched by AIHA in 2016. The program won a Grand Award in the Electronic Media category and an Award of Excellence in the category for Campaigns, Programs & Plans – Membership & Customer.
AIHA collaborated on the IH Professional Pathway project with exceptional artists and designers, including Klaus Scherwinski, Luisa J. Preissler, and Simeon Cogswell. This recognition comes on the heels of four previous honors received by the program: two AVA Digital Awards, a MarCom Award, and a grant by the American Society of Association Executives.
The APEX Awards for Publication Excellence is an annual competition for publishers, editors, writers, and designers who create print, web, electronic, and social media. Business, nonprofit, agency, and freelance communicators can submit to APEX to win awards for their best writing, publications, campaigns, programs, design, and media. The event is sponsored by Communications Concepts, Inc., which advises professionals who write, edit, and manage business communications on best strategies and practices.
“The IH Professional Pathway program has truly been a labor of love for our entire marketing team,” said AIHA Marketing Manager Ben H. Rome, who spearheaded the multi-faceted outreach program with Sue Marchese, director of Communications and Marketing at AIHA. “We are very proud of its success and recognition and aim to continue building upon this momentum. Through this exposure, we hope to expand our efforts in promoting industrial hygiene and the crucial roles our members have in keeping workers safe.” Outstanding Volunteers, Professionals Recognized at AIHce EXP Each year at AIHce EXP, AIHA and its volunteer groups recognize individuals’ and committees’ achievements and contributions to the association and the profession. Recipients of AIHA’s named awards, volunteer group awards, volunteer Shining Star Awards, and volunteer service awards were honored at the conference in Seattle, Wash., along with outstanding volunteer group project teams, student poster award winners, and recipients of Local Section awards. The volunteer Soaring Star Award for continued excellence was also presented.
View the list of award recipients on AIHA's website. Arabian Gulf Local Section Holds Technical Event In May, the Arabian Gulf Local Section (AGLS) of AIHA held a technical event in Saudi Arabia featuring two presentations by Saleh Katbeh, MPH, CIH, CSP, and Francisco J. Estevez, CIH. The first presentation discussed the new unified GHS system of chemical classification and labeling and the program’s effects on local industry. The second presentation reviewed statistical tools to refine IH data and probability distribution for OEHS professionals. Further news from AGLS can be found on the local section's website. Present at AIHce EXP AIHA seeks IH and OEHS experts to submit proposals to present during AIHce EXP 2018 in Philadelphia, Pa. Professional development courses (PDCs) will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, and on Thursday, May 24. AIHce EXP educational sessions will take place Monday through Wednesday, May 21–23. The deadline to submit proposals for PDCs, educational sessions, Ignite presentations, and professional posters is Sept. 6, 2017. Student poster submissions will be due in March 2018. For more information, visit the conference website. AIHA Accolades Congratulations to AIHA member Darrell K. Smith, CIH, CFPS, PhD, who was recently announced as the National Waste & Recycling Association’s (NWRA) next president and CEO. Smith is currently executive vice president of the Industrial Minerals Association - North America and the National Industrial Sand Association.
In Memoriam Floyd C. Bossard of Butte, Mont., passed away on May 18 at the age of 88. Bossard, who was previously a member of AIHA, spent much of his career in the mining industry working as a mining engineer, planning engineer, ventilation engineer, construction superintendent, and chief ventilation and industrial hygiene engineer. He later became an associate professor at Montana Tech and led efforts to establish the university’s Bachelor of Science programs in environmental engineering and occupational safety and health. Read more on the Montana Standard website. Dates and Deadlines August 22–23 Third China-U.S. Occupational Health Symposium and first International Occupational Health Forum in Beijing, China. September 18–21 AIHA’s Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene course in Westerville, Ohio.
September 19–20 AIHA-RMS/ASSE Fall Technical Conference in Arvada, Colo. September 25–29 Comprehensive Industrial Hygiene Review course in Ann Arbor, Mich. Co-sponsored by the Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society.
October 30–31 AIHA Fall Conference on Leadership and Management in Tampa, Fla. For a complete list of events, visit AIHA's website.