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Award Recipient Kathryn Crawford Honored at AIHce EXP AIHA’s Safety Committee honored Kathryn Crawford, a PhD candidate in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa, with this year’s Best Student Poster Award at AIHce EXP 2019. The committee presents this award annually to recognize the best student poster at the conference based on a topic related to safety. Crawford, the 2019 award recipient, received a ribbon and an honorarium for her poster, “Evaluation of Hearing Protection Device Effectiveness for Musicians.” This poster was selected by a panel of judges based on its quality and connection to both safety and industrial hygiene.  The Noise Committee also selected Crawford’s poster as best in show.  Crawford is a certified occupational hearing conservationist and a member of the Iowa-Illinois Industrial Hygiene Student Association. Board-Related Nominations Deadlines Approaching
AIHA seeks nominations for four Board of Directors positions that will be vacated in June 2020: vice president, secretary-elect, and two at-large director positions. AIHA’s Board of Directors plays a critical role in the association. The Board is the “face” of AIHA, establishes the organization’s strategic direction and goals, and monitors progress toward reaching those goals on behalf of the membership. Desired attributes of Board members include a demonstrated record of distinguished service and the potential for further contributions; demonstrated performance at the highest level in the scientific, industrial, and public sectors, or in educational communities; a commitment to devote the time necessary to effectively perform Board duties; and demonstrated expertise in industrial, environmental, or occupational hygiene. The deadline for Board nominations is Nov. 1, 2019. Visit AIHA’s website to find electronic submission forms for all positions. Please email AIHA with questions. AIHA is also seeking volunteers to serve on the 2020 Board Nominating Committee. AIHA is using an open application process to add four at-large members to the Board Nominating Committee. The association seeks active, full members of AIHA who are committed to helping AIHA find the best nominees for Board positions. Self-nominations will be accepted. The deadline for applications is Oct. 10, 2019. Visit the AIHA website to learn about submitting applications for the Board Nominating Committee. New Dates Added for 2019 Road Course AIHA road courses help industrial hygiene and occupational and environmental health and safety professionals build a solid foundation of knowledge in the field of IH with basic and intermediate-level courses led by industry experts. The courses are held near Columbus, Ohio, and provide face-to-face training in a small group setting. New dates have been added in November for one of AIHA’s road courses, “Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene.”  Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene is a four-day course designed for those who are new to IH or who have newly acquired IH responsibilities, and for those who need a refresher. Join AIHA Nov. 4–7, 2019, to gain exposure to the broad field of IH through sampling and workshop sessions, hands-on lab experiences, demo sessions, and problem-solving exercises. More information about the course is available on the AIHA website. AIHA’s intermediate three-day course, “Exposure and Chemical Monitoring - Beyond IH Fundamentals,” will be held Oct. 21–23, 2019. This course is designed to provide additional training and knowledge in IH chemical monitoring through group exercises and discussion. Further details on AIHA’s face-to-face training opportunities are available on AIHA.org.
AIHce EXP 2019 Session Recordings Are Available Get access to curated, peer-reviewed educational content from AIHce EXP 2019 with AIHce OnDemand session recordings, which are now available in the AIHA Marketplace. AIHce OnDemand brings the best of the conference directly to you. Choose from topic bundles or individual sessions that best meet your needs and interests, and view session recordings using your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Topic bundles include sessions on emergency preparedness and response, exposure assessment, industrial hygiene program management, risk assessment, and safety. New industry bundles group together sessions focused on construction, healthcare, and laboratories. Learn more about AIHce OnDemand.
Contribute to the Future of Industrial Hygiene The industrial hygiene profession needs a pipeline of highly trained and skilled professionals if it is to continue to meet the needs of a global economy. The purpose of the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation is to provide scholarships to the best and the brightest to ensure this critical need is being met. Since 1982, AIHF has distributed more than $2 million to more than 700 students studying IH and related disciplines at fifty-plus schools and universities. These scholarships have enabled talented students to complete their education and have encouraged the most promising scholars to enter and remain in the IH profession. Contributions to AIHF are tax-deductible, as provided by law. Donating to AIHF will help ensure that deserving students preparing for careers in IH will receive scholarships. Detailed information about making a donation or a pledge can be found on the AIHF website.
AIHA Accepting Proposals for Projects, Training in Developing Countries The Micro-Grants Subcommittee of AIHA’s International Affairs Committee is accepting applications for funding for international projects and training in developing countries through Dec. 31, 2019. The IAC’s Emerging Economy Projects Fund was established to increase understanding of and build capacity for occupational hygiene in developing economies around the world. Learn more on AIHA’s websiteComing Soon: AIHA Buyer’s Guide  The 2020 AIHA Buyer’s Guide will be mailed together with the November issue of The Synergist. Keep the Buyer’s Guide handy for easy access to information on products and services that you need in your daily work. The Buyer’s Guide is also available online.
AIHA Publishes Strategic Framework for Enterprise Risk Management  AIHA’s new strategic framework for enterprise risk management establishes a baseline for what risk means within the sphere of safety and environmental health. This new framework is intended to help industrial hygiene professionals tap into the fundamental definitions, concepts, methodologies, and communications strategies necessary to participate in organizations’ enterprise risk management processes. This resource was developed by subject matter experts from a variety of committees, agencies, and organizations, and is intended for professionals moving into more strategic leadership positions.  The new framework is available for purchase on the AIHA website. Many of AIHA’s other frameworks are available for free.

Dates and Deadlines
October 22 AIHA webinar: “Exposure Assessment and Engineering Control Evaluations: Lessons Learned from Additive Manufacturing Field Studies.” November 4–7 AIHA’s “Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene” course in Westerville, Ohio. November 7 AIHA webinar: “The Role of Context in Ethical Decision-Making for the Industrial Hygienist.” December 6 73rd Annual Northeast Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition in Princeton, N.J., presented by NJAIHA. June 1–3, 2020 AIHce EXP 2020 in Atlanta, Ga. For a complete list of events, visit the AIHA website.