Call for New AIHA-LAP, LLC Volunteers  AIHA Laboratory Accreditation Programs, LLC is seeking qualified volunteers to fill positions on the Analytical Accreditation Board and the Technical Advisory Panel to serve terms beginning in March 2021.  The AAB is responsible for approving laboratories for accreditation and reaccreditation once site assessments are conducted. AAB members are also responsible for approving policy changes and participating on ad hoc task forces formed to address certain policy matters that may arise. TAP members advise the staff and AAB on technical laboratory matters and review accreditation packages for the major programs: industrial hygiene, environmental lead, environmental microbiology, food, and unique scopes.  Newly appointed volunteers will be required to attend the LLC’s annual training and orientation meeting in the first quarter of 2021.  AAB and TAP applications are available from the AIHA LAP website. Applications will be accepted until July 30, 2020. For additional information, please email AIHA LAP Managing Director Cheryl O. Morton.  More information about AIHA LAP is available onlineRegister for AIHA’s Annual Business Meeting  AIHA’s Annual Business Meeting will be held virtually on Thursday, June 11, from 12 to1 p.m. ET, to introduce incoming officers and directors and address other association business. All members who wish to attend the meeting must register in advance. To ensure a quorum for the meeting, a call for proxy votes was issued electronically. Through the proxy vote form, members who cannot attend the meeting may designate another AIHA member to vote in their place. Members who plan to attend the meeting do not need to designate a proxy. AIHA members who wish to register to attend the meeting or access the proxy vote form can access those links via AIHA’s website. AIHA Joins SAFER Task Force to Ensure Employee Safety Through the Pandemic AIHA has joined the National Safety Council task force to support the "SAFER: Safe Actions for Employee Returns" initiative, a comprehensive plan to guide employers through the process of safely resuming traditional work and operations now and after the pandemic. In partnership with NSC, AIHA joins Fortune 500 companies in leading safety organizations, public health professionals, and experts to prioritize worker safety and navigate the changed work environment. "With SAFER, we are bringing the best minds together to ensure Americans have the safest transition back to work possible," said Lorraine M. Martin, president and CEO of NSC. "We are thrilled to have the partnership of AIHA to help us on our mission to make workplaces safer." Led by NSC, SAFER will issue recommendations and guidance for employers, including small and mid-size companies, across a variety of industries. SAFER will provide employers tools and solutions for complicated and challenging times, with practical implementation resources. "Worker health and safety is the center of everything we do at AIHA," said AIHA President Kathleen S. Murphy, CIH. "We are looking forward to providing NSC with our best practices, expertise, tools, and solutions so that worker safety continues to be an employer priority in a post-pandemic world." AIHA Launches New Job Board In April, AIHA announced a new job board as part of its CareerAdvantage Center. AIHA collaborated with YM Careers, a leader in association career resources and events, to create a job board intended to make it easier for industrial hygiene and occupational health professionals to advance their careers and for companies to attract the top applicants from the IH/OH field. The new platform provides a variety of employment resources, tools, and services for IH/OH job seekers and employers. Job seekers can use the new board to search for openings in the U.S. and abroad, make their resumes more accessible, and prepare for job interviews with coaching sessions. Employers can use the board to post jobs online, find qualified resumes through database search, manage applications, and access reporting information in one place.
“The new CareerAdvantage job board will be a powerful recruiting tool for our members and our partner companies,” said Wanda Barbour, AIHA's senior manager of member and customer relations. “We strongly believe that it will set a new standard for the way people and companies find jobs and talents in our industry.” Access the new job board via AIHA's website. Sponsored by AIHA’s Career and Employment Services Committee, CareerAdvantage connects IH/OH job seekers with employers across all industries. Visit the CareerAdvantage Center on AIHA’s website. In Memoriam  Finis Cavender, PhD, DABT, FAIHA, passed away April 5 from complications resulting from a bicycle accident. A member for more than 20 years, Mr. Cavender was named an AIHA Fellow in 2019. He was heavily involved with the Emergency Response Planning Guidelines Committee, and also served on the Toxicology and Workplace Environmental Exposure Levels Committees. He spent his professional career as an inhalation toxicologist and participated on committees of the Society of Toxicology and the Science Review Panel of the National Library of Medicine. Guidance on Workplace Cleaning for COVID-19  A guidance document developed by AIHA's Indoor Environmental Quality Committee focuses on workplace cleaning, disinfecting, and safety related to COVID-19 in non-healthcare settings. According to the guidance (PDF), industrial hygienists can help employers reduce the risk of infection in non-healthcare workplaces by borrowing from the principles, procedures, and practices used to proactively prevent the spread of infectious agents in hospitals. Access Free Webinars from The Synergist  The Synergist hosts free webinars throughout the year, and members and other interested individuals can access past recordings at any time. Synergist Webinars cover important topics that impact industrial hygiene and occupational health and safety professionals. Delivered by experts from sponsoring companies in three distinct formats, these webinars can help you learn about best practices and emerging technologies relevant to your work. View the archived webinars here. Dates and Deadlines June 11 AIHA’s Annual Business Meeting. Visit AIHA's website to learn how to attend virtually.
Sept. 15–16 2020 AIHA-Rocky Mountain Section Fall Technical Conference in Arvada, Colorado. 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. Aug. 21–26, 2021 New dates for IOHA 2021, the 12th IOHA International Scientific Conference, in Daegu, South Korea. For a complete list of events, visit AIHA's website.