Government Relations Beta Group Formalized as ACTIONS Working Group Created in June, AIHA’s Government Relations Beta Group quickly attracted more than 300 members and spawned several subgroups. Having generated significant interest among AIHA members, the Beta Group was formalized and renamed in October as the ACTIONS (AIHA Coalition of Technical Influencers On New Solutions) Working Group.
The core functions of the ACTIONS Working Group are to implement the current goals and propose new goals and activities under AIHA’s public policy priorities, in collaboration with AIHA’s other volunteer groups; to develop language for legislation and regulations at the federal, state, and local levels; to mobilize AIHA’s members for the purpose of achieving the Association’s objectives through government relations; and to advise AIHA’s Board of Directors on government relations matters.
The ACTIONS Working Group is open to both members and non-members, which allows it to take more direct advantage of the expertise located throughout the OEHS professions. If you’re interested in joining, please contact AIHA Government Relations Director Mark Ames at (703) 846-0730 or via email.
Nominations Due Next Month 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 is available online. Online nomination forms are available on the same page. Please email questions to AIHA.
Winners’ Circle
Pam Watkins of Ohio and Luke von Oldenburg of Georgia are the third-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!
Students: AIHF Scholarship Application Available Now The American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF) started accepting scholarship applications for the 2018–2019 academic year on Nov. 1, 2018. Students are evaluated on academic record, extracurricular activities, future goals as an industrial hygienist, and potential for leadership in the industrial hygiene profession. Several AIHF scholarships have specific criteria, and schools or students who meet those criteria will be given first consideration.
All application materials must be emailed by Jan. 19, 2018. For more information on AIHF scholarships and eligibility requirements, please visit AIHA's website.
There’s still time to give to AIHF and receive a tax deduction in 2017. Donating to AIHF will help ensure that deserving students preparing for careers in industrial hygiene will receive scholarships. Detailed information about making a donation or a pledge can be found online.
Since 1982, AIHF has distributed more than $1.8 million to more than 600 students studying industrial hygiene and related disciplines at 50-plus different schools and universities. These scholarships have enabled talented students to complete their education and have encouraged the most promising scholars to enter or remain in the industrial hygiene profession. Apply for the AIHA Distinguished Lecturer Program AIHA invites new applications for its Distinguished Lecturer Program, which identifies experts within the association who are willing to provide lectures in their area of expertise to the industrial hygiene community and to AIHA's outreach partners.
Applications are evaluated by the Fellows SIG Review Committee. Selected Distinguished Lecturers will be notified by February 2018, and an approved listing will be posted on Inclusion in the Distinguished Lecturers’ List is for one year and is renewable annually via approval by the Fellow SIG Review Committee.
If you are interested in being an AIHA Distinguished Lecturer, please apply today through the online application form. Applications are due by Dec. 31, 2017. Additional information and answers to frequently asked questions are available online. AIHA Accolades On Sept. 26, ACGIH announced that AIHA members Shery Milz, PhD, MOD, CIH, FAIHA; J. Torey Nalbone, PhD, CIH, FAIHA; and Donald M. Weekes, CIH, CSP, were elected by ACGIH’s membership to serve as directors on the organization’s Board of Directors.
AIHA members Lauralynn Taylor McKernan, ScD, CIH; Franklin E. Mirer, PhD, CIH; and Enjoli DeGrasse Parson, MSPH, CIH, will each serve a one-year term as elected members of the 2018 ACGIH Nominating Committee. They will be joined by three ACGIH board members whose terms expire in 2017—Susan Arnold, PhD, CIH, FAIHA; George Gruetzmacher, PhD, PE, CIH; and Shery Milz—to make up the full six-member 2018 Nominating Committee.
More information about these individuals is available in ACGIH’s press release. AIHA Testifies on Occupational Licensing AIHA submitted testimony for the official Congressional Record of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, which held a hearing on Sept. 12 titled "Occupational Licensing: Regulation and Competition." More information about the hearing is available in a press release from the House Judiciary Committee. AIHA's testimony is available as a PDF download.
AIHA Publishes Guidance on Safety Climate in Construction A recent AIHA guidance document is intended to provide practical tips to companies and safety and health professionals who want to make safety improvements in eight areas, including worker participation, close-call reporting, and subcontractor safety. "How to Improve the Safety Climate on Your Construction Site," which was published in May, is sponsored by the AIHA Construction and Management Committees. Download the PDF from AIHA's website. In Memoriam AIHA member Steve M. Hays, PE, CIH, FACEC, FAIHA, passed away on Sept. 28. He was 66. AIHA recently recognized Hays’ leadership in the field of asbestos exposure and his significant contributions to the industrial hygiene literature on the subject with the Donald E. Cummings Memorial Award. Hays was founding partner and chairman emeritus of the Nashville-based Gobbell Hays Partners (GHP) Environmental + Architecture firm. Read more in The Tennessean.

Dates and Deadlines
December 5 Deadline to submit 2018 AIHA named awards nominations. December 31 Deadline to submit 2018 AIHA Fellows nominations.
January 19, 2018 Deadline to submit AIHF scholarship applications for 2018–2019. 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.