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 provides one of the levels of technical peer review of AIHA’s professional development courses, or PDCs, 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. Applications are due by March 27. Prospective volunteers are asked to submit 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 or visit the committee's web page. Potomac Local Section Co-Hosts Seminar on Health, Safety Hazards in Museums BY JANICE RUGGLES
On Nov. 7, 2018, the AIHA Potomac Local Section co-hosted a professional development seminar focused on the control of health and safety hazards in museums, historic sites, conservation treatment, and collection care. The event was held at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in collaboration with the Washington Conservation Guild; the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Safety, Health, and Environmental Management; the National Collections Program; and the Lunder Conservation Center. Attendees included professionals from a variety of backgrounds—including conservators, exhibit specialists, industrial hygienists, safety professionals, engineers, and architects—who share a common goal of controlling safety and health hazards while preserving cultural heritage.  Continue reading about the technical information presented during this seminar on AIHA's website. Janice Ruggles, CIH, is past president of the AIHA Potomac Local Section.
Synergist Team Introduces Two New Types of Free Webinars For many years, The Synergist has hosted webinars by sponsoring companies on topics of importance to industrial hygiene and occupational health and safety professionals. These educational webinars are presented in a traditional format and are typically 45 minutes long followed by a 15-minute Q&A session. Now The Synergist is introducing two new webinar types: Town Halls and Product Demos. Similar to educational Synergist Webinars, Town Hall Webinars are typically 60-minute presentations. Unlike educational webinars, Town Hall presentations are created from questions submitted by IH/OEHS professionals. This year, The Synergist and sponsor Bulwark FR will collaborate on a Town Hall series focused on FR/AR and chemical-resistant clothing. A few months before each Town Hall, a call for questions will be posted on Catalyst, AIHA’s online community. AIHA members will submit their questions about FR/AR and chemical-resistant clothing by replying to the Catalyst post or emailing the Synergist team. Bulwark’s presenter will build a presentation around as many questions as possible for the time allotted. The first Town Hall Webinar was held on Feb. 27, but individuals can register to view the recording online. The second Town Hall is scheduled for May 8, and registration is set to open late next month.  The second new Synergist webinar format is the Product Demo, a short presentation of practical tips for using a specific product, similar to the demonstrations that take place at conference exhibits. These online presentations will be 20 minutes long followed by a 10-minute Q&A. The first Product Demo, sponsored by ILC Dover, was held last month. ILC Dover provided an overview of its Sentinel Clear PAPR, a powered air-purifying respirator that offers a virtually clear hood engineered with advanced film technology for superior visibility, comfort, and mission-critical protection from pharmaceutical ingredients. A recording of the Product Demo is available online. Registration is open for the next educational Synergist Webinar, which will discuss NFPA 70E-2018 arc flash requirements and will begin at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 13. Register for upcoming Synergist Webinars via Webvent. More information about Synergist Webinars, including important information about educational transcripts and certification maintenance, is available on AIHA's website. Dates, Location for 2019 Road Courses Announced AIHA road courses are designed to meet the educational needs of today’s IH and OEHS professionals. Dates and locations for two road courses are now available. Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene will be held twice in 2019 in Westerville, Ohio: March 25–28, and Sept. 16–19. This four-day course is designed for those who are new to IH or who have newly acquired IH responsibilities, and for those who need a refresher.  Exposure and Chemical Monitoring - Beyond IH Fundamentals, an intermediate three-day course, will be held Oct. 21–23, in Westerville, Ohio. This course is designed to provide additional training and knowledge in IH chemical monitoring through group exercises and discussion.  For more information, visit AIHA's website.
AIHA Releases First-Ever Research Report AIHA released its first biennial State of AIHA Research Report in February. The report, which was included in the February Synergist, analyzes the trends and issues affecting the fields of industrial hygiene and occupational health, including the changing workplace landscape, big data, total worker exposure, and exposure banding. The State of AIHA Research Report examines the trends that affected the IH/OH industry in 2018–2019, as well as other research and resources provided by AIHA’s Scientific and Technical Initiatives department.  A PDF of the report can be downloaded from AIHA’s website. AIHA Reacts to State of the Union Address  On Tuesday, Feb. 5, AIHA issued a press release in reaction to President Trump’s State of the Union address that called for the government to do more to protect workers. Read AIHA’s full statement 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. Launched in 2016, SynergistNOW features two new posts per week. The blog is available to everyone with an interest in the IH and OEHS fields, but even AIHA members must subscribe. Visit SynergistNOW online. Dates and Deadlines March 13
Free Synergist Webinar on NFPA 70E-2018 arc flash requirements. March 25–28  Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene course in Westerville, Ohio. April 4 AIHA Webinar: “Overview of the Chemistry, Uses, and Exposure Assessment of Peracetic Acid.” 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.