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Product Stewardship Society Launches Online Career Center The Product Stewardship Society launched its new online career center last month, a resource intended to help job seekers advance their careers and help employers attract top talent. The career center’s job search agents automatically notify users whenever a job that matches their interests is posted. Users can increase their exposure to employers by uploading up to five career-related documents such as work samples and certification letters. The career center also allows users who wish to apply for a job to preview their application before submitting it. For employers, the career center features the ability to enter job descriptions, check the status of postings, and renew or discontinue postings. A searchable resume database gives employers the option to set up automatic email notifications. Employers can also use the career center to increase their brand exposure by including information about their companies with each job posting. “We hope everyone takes advantage of this resource to find the best job opportunities and candidates available in the product stewardship profession,” said Adam Seery, CAE, senior manager of the Product Stewardship Society. Visit the Product Stewardship Society Career Center online. The Product Stewardship Society, an affiliate of AIHA, was founded in 2012 to provide resources and opportunities for professional development and networking that serve the needs of product stewardship professionals globally. JOEH Achieves Highest-ever Impact Factor The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene has attained a 2018 “impact factor” of 1.462, according to JOEH publisher Taylor & Francis. The new impact factor is JOEH’s highest ranking since it began publishing in 2004. The previous high was 1.293 for the year 2010. Impact factor is a measurement that attempts to quantify the influence of a scholarly journal by measuring the number of citations it receives in other journals over the previous two years. The 2018 JOEH impact factor of 1.462 was calculated by dividing the number of citations received in 2016 and 2017 (342) by the total number of papers JOEH published over that period (234). According to Taylor & Francis, the five most cited JOEH papers during 2016–2017 are “Characterization of Emissions from a Desktop 3D Printer and Indoor Air Measurements in Office Settings,” February 2016 issue; “Refinement of the Nanoparticle Emission Assessment Technique into the Nanomaterial Exposure Assessment Technique (NEAT 2.0),” September 2016 issue; “Models for Nearly Every Occasion: Part II - Two Box Models,” January 2017 issue; “Surface Wipe Sampling for Antineoplastic (Chemotherapy) and Other Hazardous Drug Residue in Healthcare Settings: Methodology and Recommendations,” September 2016 issue; and “Aspergillus spp. Prevalence in Different Portuguese Occupational Environments: What Is the Real Scenario in High Load Settings?” in the October 2017 issue. Sneak Peek: Upcoming AIHA Webinars AIHA's eLearning opportunities are intended to provide affordable, quality education for busy industrial hygienists and occupational and environmental health and safety professionals. On Aug. 16, a webinar will present the industrial hygiene and environmental health perspectives of Puerto Rico’s disaster preparedness, response, and recovery efforts following the catastrophic 2017 hurricane season. Presenters Pablo Méndez-Lázaro, PhD, and Sergio Caporali, CIH, CSP, PhD, will help participants identify key steps in hurricane preparedness, response, and recovery; recognize hazards associated with hurricanes; and understand the status of hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the island’s continuing needs.  A webinar on Sept. 6 will focus on the recently published ISO 45001 standard, Occupational health and safety management systems - Requirements. “Empowering Industrial Hygienists with Systems Thinking for ISO 45001” will cover the challenges industrial hygienists may face in implementing the new standard. Presenters will introduce attendees to systems thinking and help them understand which ISO 45001 clauses are most important for industrial hygienists.  Earn certification points to meet the ABIH ethics requirement with AIHA’s “Comparative Ethics” webinar on Oct. 30, which will present the water contamination issue in Flint, Mich., as a case study in ethics. Presenters will review and compare the codes of ethics of professions involved in the response to the Flint crisis, including Congress, engineers, lobbyists, and journalists, and analyze how well individuals from each profession adhered to them.  See the full list of AIHA webinars on AIHA's website. AIHA Accolades Governor Jerry Brown recently reappointed Chris Laszcz- Davis, MS, CIH, FAIHA, AIC Fellow, to the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board. The Standards Board is the standards-setting agency within the Cal/OSHA program that aims to adopt and maintain reasonable and enforceable standards to ensure the health and safety of workers in the state. Laszcz-Davis has served on the board since 2017. Laszcz-Davis is also a member of the federal NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors, which provides advice and guidance to the director of NIOSH. She has been founder and principal at the Environmental Quality Organization LLC since 2002. Keynote Speakers Announced for IOHA 2018   Nancy Leppink, JD, will present the keynote address at the 11th IOHA International Scientific Conference, which will be held Sept. 24–26 in Washington, D.C. Leppink is chief of the Labor Administration, Labor Inspection, Occupational Safety and Health Branch of the International Labor Organization. Her presentation on Sept. 24 will focus on the consequences of globalization on worker health and safety in developing countries. The recipient of the IOHA Lifetime Achievement Award, Roger Alesbury, MSc, Dip OH, CFFOH, will present at the general session on Sept. 25. Alesbury, one of the founding directors of the Occupational Hygiene Training Association, will provide examples of developing programs in parts of the world where there are few or no occupational hygiene resources. He will discuss what it takes to build capability and grow occupational hygiene in these areas.  Visit the conference website to view the full education program for IOHA 2018. Attend Product Stewardship 2018   IHs and OEHS professionals who have product stewardship responsibilities should consider attending the Product Stewardship Conference, which will be held immediately following IOHA 2018 in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of professionals representing more than a dozen industry sectors and a wide variety of product uses will gather at Product Stewardship 2018, which will take place Sept. 27–29. Conference sessions will cover global emerging issues, case studies, practical experiences, and new developments in product stewardship. Learn more on the conference website. Dates and Deadlines September 21–23 Future Leaders Institute in Washington, D.C. September 24–26 11th International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) International Scientific Conference in Washington, D.C. September 24–28 Comprehensive Industrial Hygiene Review course in Ann Arbor, Mich. September 27–29 Product Stewardship 2018 in Washington, D.C. November 6 AIHA webinar: “Air Sampling Strategies and Analysis.” May 20–22, 2019 AIHce EXP 2019 in Minneapolis, Minn.  For a complete list of events, visit the AIHA website.