AIHA Past President Published in AJPH AIHA Past President Steven E. Lacey, PhD, CIH, CSP, was recently published in the August 2017 issue of the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH). His article "How Can Helicopter Parents Have Missed Young Worker Safety?" was selected as the AJPH editor's choice and is currently available to AJPH subscribers or individuals who purchase access to the journal. View the article online.
During Lacey’s term as president, AIHA partnered with NIOSH to develop a training module called Safety Matters, which is designed to raise awareness among teens about workplace safety and health and provide an understanding of the skills they need to become active participants in creating safe and healthy work environments. Learn more from AIHA’s online Safety Matters Center. TVS-AIHA Celebrates 70 Years The Tennessee Valley Section of AIHA (TVS-AIHA) will celebrate its 70th anniversary at the annual TVS-AIHA Fall PDC and Conference, which will be held Nov. 1–3, 2017, in Knoxville, Tenn. This year’s PDC will focus on the CDC/NIOSH Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS)™ program, which was developed by NIOSH, the U.S. National Response Team, and a number of other federal agencies, state health departments, labor unions, and volunteer emergency responder groups. According to NIOSH, the ERHMS framework provides recommendations for protecting emergency responders during small and large emergencies in any setting. Its intended audience includes those involved in the deployment and protection of emergency responders such as incident command staff; response organization leadership; health, safety and medical personnel; and emergency responders.
The day-and-a-half-long conference will feature presentations on occupational health, safety, and industrial hygiene topics given by local and regional professionals. Attendees will also learn about Safety Matters, a program developed by AIHA and NIOSH to raise awareness among teens about workplace health and safety, and the #IAmIH Leadership Challenge, which is intended to help participants promote and give back to the profession as well as build ties between AIHA national and local sections. AIHA’s CEO Larry Sloan, CAE, will deliver a personal, video-recorded message to TVS-AIHA. On the evening of Thursday, Nov. 2, TVS-AIHA will host a 70th anniversary celebration where all conference attendees are welcome to help celebrate this milestone.
For more information, visit the TVS-AIHA website. The 2017 PDC and Conference coordinator is TVS-AIHA President-elect Michaela Hall. She can be reached via email with any questions. Local Sections Participate in Conservation, Cultural Heritage Conference The Chicago and Potomac Local Sections of AIHA collaborated with OSHA and the Health and Safety Committee of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) to host a booth at the AIC Annual Meeting and Conference, which was held May 30–31 in Chicago, Ill. Jason Lang, CIH; Ted Hogan, PhD, CIH; and Kathy Makos, CIH, answered many questions from conservation and cultural heritage professionals who stopped by the booth in the Expo. Questions ranged from topics such as asbestos and lead to laboratory safety, ventilation, and respirator use. The Chicago Local Section donated a copy of the book Health and Safety for Museum Professionals, which was raffled off at the end of the event. Call for Debaters at AIHA Fall Conference For a second year, the AIHA Fellows Special Interest Group is sponsoring a Breakfast Discussion Debate at the AIHA Fall Conference on Leadership and Management. During this lively session, six preselected debaters will each have five minutes to present their views on a topic of importance to AIHA and the profession. Debaters will be divided into two groups, with each group taking one side.
This year’s debate will address whether AIHA should remain a “specialist” organization focused on the IH core competencies or if it should become more of an EHS “generalist” organization, broadening its scope to encompass more EHS topics.
If you are interested in being considered as a debater, please email a 100- to 200-word statement of interest to AIHA’s Thursa L. Pecoraro. Be sure to include in your statement your background and experience as well as which position you favor and why. In Memoriam Howard E. Ayer, CIH, a longtime member of AIHA and pioneer in industrial hygiene, passed away on July 22, 2017, at the age of 92. Ayer's many achievements include the AIHA Distinguished Service Award, which he received in 1995 to recognize his efforts in the advancement of IH. Read more at
AIHA member Jay Parker passed away on Aug. 4, 2017. He was 65. Parker was a physical scientist with NIOSH NPPTL. He was instrumental in establishing the SCBA test system in Morgantown, W.Va., and validating and developing test methods for the respirator approval process. He was also an active member of the Respiratory Protection Committee. Read more in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Patricia A. Paulus, PhD, CIH, CSP, passed away on July 8, 2017, at the age of 65. Paulus, an AIHA Fellow, was a generous supporter of the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation. Many may remember her wonderful voice from when she sang during a general session at AIHce 2012 in Indianapolis, Ind. Read more. 2018 Board of Directors Nominations AIHA is seeking nominations for four Board of Directors positions that will be vacated in May 2018: vice president, secretary-elect, and two at-large director positions. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 3, 2017. Electronic submission forms are available for all positions on AIHA's website. New Guidance for Natural Disasters A new AIHA guidance document, “Health and Safety Issues in Natural Disasters,” provides consumers and industrial hygienists a list of resources for addressing potential hazards during and after floods, tornados, and wildfires. These potential hazards include structural damage and debris, electrical hazards, mold and microbial growth, carbon monoxide, and hazardous materials such as asbestos and lead. The document is intended to enable recovery efforts while minimizing potential exposures to hazardous materials and conditions.
Download the PDF from AIHA's website. Winners’ Circle Mary Ellen Holvey and
 James R. Cohn, both of New York, are the second-quarter 2017 winners of the online survey drawing that appears in the Synergist Weekly e-newsletter. Both are the lucky recipients of $200 American Express gift cards. Remember to take the online survey for your chance to win!

Dates and Deadlines October 30–31 AIHA Fall Conference on Leadership and Management in Tampa, Fla. November 2–4 Product Stewardship 2017 in Tampa, Fla. November 3 Deadline to submit 2018 AIHA Board of Directors nominations.
May 21–23, 2018 AIHce EXP 2018 in Philadelphia, Pa. September 24–26, 2018 11th International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) International Scientific Conference in Washington, D.C. For a complete list of events, visit AIHA's website.