Potomac Section Member Participates in Emergency Response Exercise Roy Deitchman, CIH, a member of the Potomac Section of AIHA, recently took part in a full-scale emergency responder exercise for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The exercise, which took place on Aug. 27, was conducted by the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and was intended to help prepare regional first responders to evacuate Metro passengers in the event of an emergency, such as smoke in the tunnels. Deitchman and 27 other volunteers occupied the eight-car train during the exercise. The volunteers were tasked with acting as passengers on the train at the time of an emergency; some were given scripted medical emergencies to act out such as broken limbs, heart conditions, and general anxiety.
“A commercial fluid was used to make ‘theatrical’ smoke during the exercise,” Deitchman recalls. “We waited on the dark train for about 60 minutes while the third rail was de-energized and additional safety precautions were put into the place before the fire department responded.
“It was an interesting and productive learning drill,” he says.
The Potomac Section encourages all AIHA Local Sections to become members of their local emergency planning councils to support their communities. The Synergist Introduces the Newswire Newsfeed In June, the Synergist team launched a new feature to accompany The Synergist Newswire e-newsletter: the Newswire newsfeed. The Newswire newsfeed is a resource that members can check throughout the week to keep up with media organizations’ reporting on IH- and OHS-related topics. The Synergist Newswire e-newsletter, which is delivered to AIHA members’ inboxes every Friday, will continue, but now members don’t have to wait until Friday to stay up to date on the latest news.
Check out and bookmark the Newswire newsfeed on AIHA’s website, and learn more about the Newswire e-newsletter.
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Please send feedback and questions to The Synergist. Nominations Deadlines Approaching 2018 Board of Directors. 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.
AIHA Awards and Fellows. AIHA requests nominations for the 2018 Fellow and AIHA named awards. The deadline for AIHA awards nominations is Dec. 5, and the deadline for AIHA Fellows nominations is Dec. 31. More information on AIHA awards and honors, including nomination forms, is available online. Please email questions about AIHA awards. 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 Consultants Listing features an online layout and search function that 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 price, consultants can display their company logo in both the online Consultants Listing and the print version. The deadline to submit order forms for next year's printed Consultants Listing is Nov. 27, 2017. To learn more or download the form, visit Please contact Wanda Barbour via email or (703) 846-0782 with questions. AIHA Accolades Dr. Chris Bradshaw, president-elect of the Oklahoma Section of AIHA, will serve as the new chair of the Department of Occupational Safety and Health at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. “This well-deserved appointment is a source of great pride to OKAIHA members and to all safety and health professionals in Oklahoma,” said OKAIHA President Jorge A. Delucca, MS, MA, CAIH.
Joseph Kapp, MS, CIH, was recently appointed as the senior risk control manager of Hillmann Consulting, LLC’s Risk Management and Loss Control Division. Kapp has more than 25 years of experience in industrial hygiene and insurance risk control and previously served as president of the New Jersey Section of AIHA. In Memoriam Longtime AIHA member and volunteer Nancy Pearce, CIH, passed away on Sept. 5, 2017, following a battle with breast cancer. She was 56. Pearce worked as a senior fire protection engineer at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for the past six years. She previously worked as an industrial hygienist for the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards, Occupational Safety and Health Program. Pearce also served as the staff liaison for NFPA 350, Guide for Confined Space Entry and Work; as chair of AIHA’s Confined Spaces Committee; and in a variety of other roles. Her obituary is available online. AIHA Is Signatory to the Singapore Accord On Sept. 3, 2017, AIHA signed on to the Singapore Accord, a commitment to improving the capabilities of occupational health and safety professionals and practitioners so they may more effectively guide and lead the creation of healthier and safer workplaces. The full list of signatories is available online. View a photo of the Singapore Accord certificate on AIHA’s Facebook page. 2018 AIHA Buyer’s Guide Is Coming Soon The 2018 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. 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.
December 5 Deadline to submit 2018 AIHA named awards nominations. December 31 Deadline to submit 2018 AIHA Fellows 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 the AIHA website.