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AIHA NEWS AND NOTES
New Certification Program for Industrial Hygiene Chemists Launched  AIHA, AIHA Registry Programs, and the National Registry of Certified Chemists (NRCC) announced in March the launch of a joint program for the certification of industrial hygiene chemists and analysts. The new program, the AIHA-NRCC Industrial Hygiene Chemist Certification, was developed to certify chemists and analysts in laboratories that focus on analyzing industrial hygiene samples.  AIHA Registry Programs provided the startup fund for the development of the certification, while NRCC planned, developed, and will administer the certification program. AIHA provided subject matter expertise in the form of volunteers from the Sampling and Laboratory Analysis Committee to create and maintain the program. AIHA is also supporting the certification program with educational opportunities at both the beginner and intermediate levels for those who wish to become certified IH Chemists.
More information is available in AIHA’s press release.

Congratulations to AIHA’s 2020 Award Recipients
AIHA recently announced the recipients of the 2020 AIHA awards, which honor individuals who have significantly contributed to the industrial hygiene and occupational and environmental health and safety professions. This year’s award recipients are: •Alice Hamilton Award: L. Faye Grimsley, PhD, CIH, FAIHA •Donald E. Cummings Memorial Award: Harry J. Beaulieu, PhD, CIH, CSP, FAIHA •Distinguished Service to AIHA Award: Carter B. Ficklen, III, CIH, CSP •Edward J. Baier Technical Achievement Award: M. Andrew Maier, PhD, CIH, DABT, FAIHA •Kusnetz Award: Dana M. Hollins, CIH •Social Responsibility Award: National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) AIHA President Kathleen S. Murphy, CIH, acknowledged the importance of the winners’ contributions. “It is because of every one of them that we can move a bit closer to healthier and safer workplaces,” she said. “I am so proud of their continued commitment and congratulate all winners of the 2020 AIHA awards.” Award winners are selected by the Awards and Fellows Nominating Committee, which is chaired by AIHA’s current past president. The committee also includes the previous AIHA past president and four other members selected from the general membership through an open application process. The six committee members represent academia, government, industry, and consulting, and include professionals at all career stages; four Fellows; and active members of AIHA volunteer groups and local sections. AIHA’s chief executive officer and president participate in the committee’s final discussions to ensure objectivity and fairness. Read more in AIHA’s press release.

AIHA Names Eight New Distinguished Fellows
In March, AIHA announced the names of eight members who have been designated as Fellows. One of the association's highest honors, the Fellow designation recognizes extraordinary contributions to the profession. The new Fellows are Stephanie R. Carter, MSPH, PhD, CIH; William S. Carter, PhD, CIH; Jeffrey A. Church, CIH, CSP, REHS/RS; Joy Erdman, MS, CIH, CSP; Thomas P. Fuller, ScD, CIH, CSP, MSPH, MBA; Ling-Ling Hung, PhD; Georgi I. Popov, PhD, QEP, CSP, ARM, SMS, CMC; and Noah Seixas, PhD, CIH. “It was a privilege to read and review all of the Fellow nominations from the AIHA community,” said Cynthia Ostrowski, MS, CIH, FAIHA, chair of this year’s Nominating Committee. “We are very excited to recognize the extraordinary contributions of these eight distinguished AIHA Fellows, as well as the overall effort and time put forth by all nominators, nominees, and the nominating committee.” Fellows are nominated by a local section, special interest group, committee, or peer for their achievements in the field of industrial hygiene. The designation is limited to no more than five percent of AIHA’s membership. Nominees are selected by the Awards and Fellows Nominating Committee. Learn more from AIHA’s press release.

Committee Develops Guidance for COVID-19 Building Closures  A new guidance document developed by the AIHA Indoor Environmental Quality Committee, "Recovering from COVID-19 Building Closures," is available from AIHA's website. The guidance is intended to help building owners and operators protect their assets and ensure that buildings are ready to reoccupy once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides. A PDF version of the document can be downloaded from AIHA's website. AIHA’s Coronavirus Outbreak Resource Center features a collection of other resources, including a newly developed infographic that focuses on the proper use of respirators for healthcare workers and first responders (PDF). Coronavirus Research from JOEH  Taylor & Francis, the publisher of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene as well as several other scientific journals and ebooks, has launched a website that provides free access to research related to the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The website includes 31 papers from JOEH. Recording Available: COVID-19 Response Webinar  On March 26, AIHA and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology hosted a 90-minute webinar titled "Ventilation, Surface Disinfection, and PPE Considerations for the IP and IH." A recording of the webinar is now available free of charge via AIHA’s website.

Dates and Deadlines
June 11

Sept. 15–17 PSX 2020 (formerly the Product Stewardship Conference) in Houston, Texas. Sept. 21–24 AIHA’s “Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene” course in Westerville, Ohio. Oct. 19–21 AIHA’s “Exposure and Chemical Monitoring - Beyond IH Fundamentals” course in Westerville, Ohio. For a complete list of events, visit AIHA's website.