Corrections and Clarifications A sentence in the article “New York Steam Pipe Explosion Raises Asbestos Concerns” on page 17 of the September Synergist, which discussed the July 19 explosion of an asbestos-insulated steam pipe in Manhattan, misidentified the type of asbestos samples taken by the New York Department of Environmental Protection as bulk samples. The samples were air samples. The incorrect sentence was removed from the digital version of the article. The image of a worker in protective clothing that accompanied the article “Dual Hazard Protection” on page 28 of the June/July issue may have inadvertently implied that the pictured garment is both flame resistant and chemical resistant. The image depicts the DuPont Tychem 6000, which is chemical resistant but not flame resistant. To properly identify the garment, a note has been added to the digital version of the article. Elsewhere, the article accurately refers to a different garment, the DuPont Tychem 6000 FR, as a combination flame resistant/chemical resistant garment.
Students: AIHF Scholarship Application Available Now The American Industrial Hygiene Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for the 2019–2020 academic year. 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 submitted by Jan. 28, 2019. For more information on AIHF scholarships and eligibility requirements, please visit the foundation's website.  There’s still time to give to AIHF and receive a tax deduction in 2018. 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 nearly $2 million to 680 students studying industrial hygiene and related disciplines at 54 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. Congress Budgets $36 Million to Train First Responders on Opioid Response BY MARK AMES Congress has budgeted $36 million for first responder training under the State Opioid Response Grants program (PDF). The funding includes $18 million to ensure that the needs of rural areas are not overlooked or diminished. Protecting first responders and all workers from occupational exposure to opioids has been a major area of focus for AIHA. The final package, including the funding for training of first responders, was signed into law by President Trump. These funds can be used for training; purchasing naloxone, a drug that reverses opioid overdoses; and related activities that AIHA members are equipped to assist with. Specific activities will be determined by the individual states that apply for grants; their applications must explain how they propose to use funds they may be awarded. This means that the specific ways in which AIHA members will be affected may differ across the states. AIHA encourages its members to monitor grant opportunities, should they wish to pursue one, while keeping in mind that these are grants to states, not individuals or organizations. Mark Ames is AIHA’s director of Government Relations.
Consultants: List Your Business by Dec. 14 The deadline for consultants to submit order forms to be included in next years’ printed Consultants Listing has been moved up to Dec. 14, 2018. This year, consultants must renew their AIHA membership before their forms can be processed for the 2019 Consultants Listing. AIHA’s Consultants Listing is consulting professionals’ link to reaching consumers and building a larger network. 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.  To learn more or download the order form, visit AIHA's website. Please email Wanda Barbour or call (703) 846-0782 with questions.
Nominations Due Next Month AIHA requests nominations for the 2019 Fellow and AIHA awards. The deadline for both AIHA awards and Fellows nominations is Dec. 31, 2018. AIHA’s awards honor individuals who provide significant contributions to the IH and OEHS professions. Any AIHA member may submit an award nomination. The AIHA Fellow designation is limited to no more than five percent of the membership. Each AIHA Local Section, Volunteer Group, Special Interest Group, or other formal AIHA entity may nominate one individual for consideration as an AIHA Fellow. At-large nominations will also be accepted, with the exception that individuals may not self-nominate.  More information on AIHA awards and honors is available on AIHA's website. Links to online nomination forms are available on the same page. Please email questions to Laurie Mutdosch or Thursa Pecoraro
New Membership Classifications   AIHA members: when you renew your AIHA membership, you'll secure your member benefits through 2019 and receive a free e-book. AIHA's membership classifications have changed, so please be sure to review the new classifications so you're prepared to renew at the level that's right for you. View the 2019 membership classifications.
Access AIHce OnDemand    Get access to curated, peer-reviewed educational content from AIHce EXP 2018 with AIHce OnDemand. AIHce OnDemand session recordings bring the best of AIHA’s annual conference directly to desktops, tablets, or smartphones. Sessions are bundled by topic and can be purchased at a 15-percent discount. Topics included in the AIHce OnDemand bundles include controls, exposure assessment strategies, cannabis, opioids, silica, and sampling. Individual sessions are also available for purchase. Browse the 2018 AIHce OnDemand offerings.
Learn the Basics   One of AIHA's most popular courses, “Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene,” is designed for occupational and environmental health and safety professionals who are new to industrial hygiene or who have newly acquired IH responsibilities. This four-day course teaches the basics of industrial hygiene through sampling and workshop sessions, hands-on lab experiences, demo sessions, and problem-solving exercises. The course will next be held March 25–28, 2019, in Westerville, Ohio. This course sells out quickly, so be sure to register early.
Dates and Deadlines December 14, 2018 Deadline to submit order forms to be included in the printed 2019 AIHA Consultants Listing.
December 31, 2018 Deadline to submit nominations for 2019 AIHA Fellows and AIHA awards. January 23–25, 2019 44th Annual Meeting of the Yuma Pacific Southwest AIHA Local Section in San Diego, Calif. March 25–28, 2019 Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene course in Westerville, Ohio. For a complete list of events, visit AIHA's website.