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AIHA Wins Platinum Award in International Creative Competition The second issue of AIHA's IH Heroes comic, On the Fly, has won a Platinum Award in the MarCom Awards, which is administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. This is the second time that AIHA's creative efforts in promoting industrial and occupational hygiene have been recognized by AMCP. In 2017, AIHA also received two Gold Awards for the IHHeroes.org website and the first issue of its IH Heroes comic, The Human Factor, as well as a Platinum Award for the first two installments of its “I Am IH” video documentary series. All four elements are part of the award-winning #IAmIH outreach and awareness campaign. “We are honored that AMCP has awarded this vital public education effort,” said Susan Marchese, AIHA’s managing director of communications and marketing. “The name of the profession, ‘industrial hygiene,’ does not resonate with the general public, yet IH professionals are the quiet heroes in every workplace, assuring prevention of workplace injuries, illness, and death. By depicting industrial hygienists in relatable story lines through our multimedia outreach tools, we have begun to increase the understanding of AIHA’s mission.” This year’s Platinum Award was given in the Pro Bono category, which recognizes materials and efforts conducted by an organization to further a public initiative.  “Our comic series is provided in digital and print at no charge to those who wish to present industrial hygiene to the next generation of students,” said Ben H. Rome, AIHA’s marketing manager.  The MarCom Awards is an international creative competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by marketing and communication professionals. Winners of the MarCom Awards range in size from individual communicators to media conglomerates and Fortune 500 companies. AIHA is honored that its #IAmIH campaign continues to stand out among rigorous competition. Access the IH Heroes comic series on AIHA’s website. Volunteer Groups Seek Nominations for 2019 Awards Three AIHA committees are currently seeking nominations for awards that will be presented at AIHce EXP 2019. The conference will be held May 20–22 in Minneapolis, Minn. The AIHA Environmental Issues Committee welcomes nominations for its Rachel Carson Award through Feb. 28. Additional information, including the nomination form, can be found online. Please email nominations to Thursa La.  Nominations for the Nonionizing Radiation Committee’s John A. Leonowich Award for educational excellence in NIR are due March 1. The nomination form is available online.  And the Students and Early Career Professionals Committee is seeking nominations for its Golden Seed Award through March 1. For more information, or to submit nominations, email Thursa La.
AIHA Accolades George E. Byrns, MPH, PhD, CIH, FAIHA, recently retired as a professor of environmental health at Illinois State University, where he had been a faculty member since 1999. He previously worked for a division of the U.S. Public Health Service, the Indian Health Service, managing the occupational health and safety program for 25 years. Byrns is a member and past chair of AIHA’s Healthcare Working Group.  Timothy Hicks, MSPH, CIH, CSP, and Andrew Perkins, MS, CIH, CSP, COHC, have been appointed to serve as council members for the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation, an organization dedicated to the establishment and maintenance of training standards for those who safeguard hearing in the workplace. Hicks will represent the American Society of Safety Professionals, and Perkins will represent AIHA.  Nola J. Kennedy, PhD, CIH, was recently appointed to the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board, a seven-member body appointed by the governor. 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. Kennedy joins AIHA member Chris Laszcz-Davis, MS, CIH, FAIHA, AIC Fellow, who is currently serving on the board as a management representative. A study by AIHA members Anna S. Young, Joseph G. Allen, and Diana M. Ceballos, PhD, MS, CIH, and their co-authors was featured in the news outlets Reuters and TIME. Young, a doctoral student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, was the lead author of “Phthalate and Organophosphate Plasticizers in Nail Polish: Evaluation of Labels and Ingredients.” More information, including links to the news articles, is available on Harvard's website.
CEC Accepting Membership Applications AIHA is now accepting applications for positions on the Continuing Education Committee. The CEC comprises 12 members who are asked to commit to participate in the committee for four years. The CEC’s mission is to ensure the highest possible quality for AIHA training programs and educational opportunities for professionals in occupational and environmental health. The CEC provides one of the levels of technical peer review of AIHA’s professional development courses, or PDCs. In addition to providing review of the PDCs offered at AIHce EXP, CEC members are also asked to audit new educational offerings, which provides an opportunity for them to earn CM hours at no cost.  Selection of new CEC members will be completed in the spring, and terms will begin with AIHce EXP 2019 in Minneapolis, Minn. Applications are due by March 27, 2019. Prospective volunteers are asked to provide a current resume or CV and fill out an application listing their experience, knowledge, and primary areas of interest. The application is available online (AIHA member login required). For more information, email Erin Breece, CEC staff liaison, or visit the committee web page.

Vote in the 2019 AIHA Board Election From Feb. 15 to March 1, AIHA members will use their last name and membership identification number to access the voting system for the 2019 Board of Directors election. Members had until Jan. 23 to submit a request for a paper ballot. 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. More information about the candidates for the 2019 election is available in this issue
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AIHA's Bodies of Knowledge  AIHA Bodies of Knowledge, or BoKs, are technical frameworks that outline the knowledge and skills a competent person should possess and be able to demonstrate in specific topics or specialties. AIHA has published BoKs in the following areas: IAQ/IEQ; respiratory protection program administration and fit-testing; auditing occupational health and safety management systems; business value presentation; field use of direct-reading instruments for detection of gases and vapors; occupational exposure assessment; SDS and label authoring; and exposure risk assessment/management. More information about AIHA’s BoKs is available online.
Did You Miss IOHA 2018?  Learn from global IH/OEHS industry experts and earn CM contact hours with access to session recordings from IOHA 2018. At $25 each, IOHA session recordings are convenient and cost-friendly. Browse available sessions on AIHA's website.
Dates and Deadlines February 28 AIHA webinar on responding to highly hazardous communicable diseases. March 25–28  Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene course in Westerville, Ohio. March 27 Applications deadline for positions on the Continuing Education Committee. See details above. May 20–22 AIHce EXP 2019 in Minneapolis, Minn. October 21–23 Exposure and Chemical Monitoring - Beyond IH Fundamentals course in Westerville, Ohio. For a complete list of events, visit the AIHA website.
Correction
The first paragraph of the article "Laboratory Chemical Safety Incidents, 2001–2018" on page 38 of the November 2018 issue included incorrect dates related to the tragic fire at UCLA that led to Sheharbano Sangji's death. The incident occurred on Dec. 29, 2008, and Sangji died Jan. 16, 2009. The digital version of the article has been amended with the correct dates.