The Synergist Introduces “Town Hall” Webinars The Synergist and Bulwark FR are collaborating on a new kind of webinar that will debut next month. The first "town hall" webinar will take place in late February. Town-hall webinars are sponsored presentations based on questions submitted by AIHA members. Bulwark’s presentations will discuss topics related to fire-resistant and arc-rated clothing. Prior to each town-hall webinar, a call for questions on these general topics will be distributed via Catalyst, AIHA’s online community. The presentations will be crafted around the questions, and all questions will receive an answer from the webinar presenter even if they are not used in the presentation. Bulwark’s presenter, Derek Sang, is an expert on arc flash and flash fire hazards and the proper selection, use, care, and maintenance of FR/AR clothing. Since joining Bulwark, Derek has conducted over 250 live seminars and over 30 webinars across North America, the Middle East, and Europe. He has also presented five previous Synergist webinars. View a list of past Synergist webinars. Call for Volunteers: AIHA Finance Committee The AIHA Finance Committee is a standing committee that works with AIHA’s Board of Directors, chief executive officer, and managing director of finance to monitor the finances of the association. There is currently one opening on the Finance Committee that the Board must fill for a three-year term beginning May 2019.  If you are interested in serving on the Finance Committee, please review the roles and responsibilities (PDF) and submit your application by Jan. 31. The application is available for download as a PDF. Once your application is received, you will be contacted to set up an appointment for a 30-minute phone interview with a member of the AIHA Board.  Email Belinda D’Agostino or call (703) 846-0721 with questions. Volunteer Groups Seek Nominations for 2019 Awards Three AIHA committees are currently seeking nominations for awards. The following awards will be presented at AIHce EXP 2019, which will be held May 20–22, in Minneapolis, Minn. The Nonionizing Radiation Committee seeks nominations for the John A. Leonowich Award for educational excellence in NIR. The award recognizes the achievements made by current students in advancing understanding of NIR. The nomination form is available on the committee web page.  The AIHA Environmental Issues Committee welcomes nominations for its Rachel Carson Award. The award is presented to individuals who have achieved outstanding success in their EHS business, profession, or life’s work. Additional information, including the nomination form, can be found on the committee web page. Please send nominations to Thursa La.  The Students and Early Career Professionals Committee seeks nominations for its Golden Seed Award. Nominees must be AIHA members who have demonstrated a commitment to promoting the IH profession among students and early career professionals. For more information, or to submit nominations, contact Thursa La.  Nominations for all three awards are due by March 1. Cast Your Ballot in the 2019 AIHA Board Election AIHA has partnered with eBallot, a nationally recognized company formerly known as Votenet, to provide a safe, secure web-based voting system during the 2019 Board of Directors election cycle. From Feb. 15 to March 1, 2019, AIHA members will use their last name and membership identification number to access the voting system.  Members who require a paper ballot must submit their request by email no later than Wednesday, Jan. 23. The paper ballot will be mailed by early February and must be returned postmarked no later than Friday, Feb. 22, to be counted in the election.  Nominations by petition are due this month. In addition to nominations made by AIHA’s Nominating Committee, nominations for officers and directors may be made by petition of not less than two percent of members who are eligible to vote. Petitions must be submitted to the chair of the Nominating Committee by Jan. 22. Important information about this process is available in the AIHA Member Center (member login required).  Email questions to
New Delivery Schedule for Synergist E-newsletters Beginning this month, Synergist staff have implemented a new delivery schedule for its two weekly e-newsletters, The Synergist Weekly and The Synergist Newswire. The Weekly, which was previously delivered each Wednesday, is now sent to all AIHA members on Thursdays. Newswire, previously delivered on Fridays, will be sent each week on Tuesday. More information about The Synergist Weekly is available on AIHA’s website. A separate page provides information on The Synergist Newswire. Please email questions to The SynergistNew This Year: Virtual Section AIHA is introducing virtual section, a new opportunity for all AIHA members—especially international members who don’t have access to a local section—to network, stay involved and informed, and enhance their professional growth from anywhere in the world. The benefits of joining a virtual section are consistent with joining an AIHA local section. AIHA’s virtual section will feature educational content, a dedicated community section in Catalyst, opportunities to network, and more.  Visit the AIHA website to learn more. 2019 Consultants Listing Coming Soon  The Consultants Listing is a comprehensive print and online directory of OEHS companies across the nation that is requested by some of the top organizations in the industry. The latest edition of the Consultants Listing will be published in February. If you missed the opportunity to purchase a listing, you can still get an online-only listing. For more information, contact Wanda Barbour via email or (703) 846-0782. The Consultants Listing is also available online. Subscribe to SynergistNOW  The SynergistNOW blog offers ideas, insights, and perspectives on important topics affecting industrial and occupational hygiene professionals, written by and for experienced IH/OHs, researchers, academics, and AIHA leaders. The blog is available to everyone with an interest in the IH and OEHS fields, but even AIHA members must subscribe. Visit SynergistNOW.
Dates and Deadlines January 22 Deadline to nominate an AIHA Board candidate by petition. See details above. January 31 Deadline to submit applications to serve on the AIHA Finance Committee. See details above.
March 25–28  Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene course in Westerville, Ohio. May 20–22 AIHce EXP 2019 in Minneapolis, Minn. For a complete list of events, visit