Submission Guidelines Available for AIHA “Content Channels” Members who wish to contribute to the industrial hygiene and OEHS professions by writing a book or guideline, delivering an AIHA University webinar, or presenting a professional development course can now submit proposals for their ideas through AIHA’s “content channels” webpage.
Content channels are delivery formats for members’ work. The content channels webpage explains which delivery formats are available for members, how to develop and submit proposals, and how those proposals are reviewed and approved. Included on the webpage are questions that will help members focus their topic for the intended audience.
Once a proposal is received, AIHA staff will review it and may reach out for more information. Additional steps may be necessary depending on the intended delivery format.
For more information, visit AIHA's website.
SECP Committee Seeks Nominations for Golden Seed Award The Student and Early Career Professionals (SECP) Committee seeks nominations for its Golden Seed Award, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to industrial hygiene above and beyond their typical job responsibilities. This includes contributions in the areas of student development, mentoring, and early career guidance. Nominees must be AIHA members who have demonstrated a commitment to promoting the industrial hygiene profession among or providing guidance and mentorship to students and early career professionals.
Nominations for the Golden Seed Award will be accepted until Friday, March 12, and must be submitted via the online nomination form. Please email questions to Maggie Murphy with the subject line “SECP Golden Seed Award.”
Cast Your Ballot in the 2021 AIHA Board Election AIHA will partner with a new vendor to provide a safe, secure web-based voting system during the 2021 Board of Directors election cycle. Instructions on how to vote in the election, which will run from Feb. 12 to March 5, will be emailed to members in February.
Nominations by petition are due soon. In addition to nominations made by AIHA’s Nominating Committee, nominations for officers and directors may be made by petition of not less than two percent of members who are eligible to vote. Each petition must include a letter from the nominee stating the nominee’s willingness to stand for election. Petitions must be submitted to the chair of the Nominating Committee via email by Jan. 27.
Important information about AIHA governance is available online. Email questions to AIHA staff.
Students: AIHF Scholarship Applications Due Feb. 1 The American Industrial Hygiene Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for the 2021–2022 academic year. Students are evaluated on academic record, extracurricular activities, future goals as an industrial hygienist, and potential for leadership in the industrial hygiene profession. Several AIHF scholarships have specific criteria, and schools or students who meet those criteria will be given first consideration.
All application materials must be submitted by Feb. 1. For more information on AIHF scholarships and eligibility requirements, please visit the Foundation's website.
Since 1982, AIHF has distributed more than $2 million in scholarship funds to students pursuing degrees in industrial hygiene or occupational and environmental health and safety. Learn more about AIHF.
In Memoriam: Dr. Marcus Key, First Director of NIOSH Dr. Marcus Key, the first director of NIOSH, passed away Oct. 31 in Irvington, Virginia. He was 96.
During World War II, Key served in the U.S. Army Air Forces. He received a Master of Industrial Health degree in 1954 and entered the U.S. Public Health Service, where he specialized in occupational medicine. After serving as the Assistant Surgeon General and as director of the Bureau of Occupational Safety and Health, Dr. Key was appointed as director of NIOSH in 1971 and remained in the role until 1975. As director, Dr. Key issued recommendations for exposure limits for vinyl chloride. Occupational health issues addressed during his term included coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, liver cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma.
Dr. Key was a past president of ACGIH and of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He later became a professor of Occupational Medicine at the University of Texas (UT) School of Public Health and was the first director of the NIOSH Educational Research Center at UT.
Read more about Dr. Key from Currie Funeral Home and on Wikipedia.
Awards Nominations Due Soon AIHA is accepting nominations for the 2021 AIHA awards until Jan. 15. AIHA’s awards honor individuals who provide significant contributions to the industrial hygiene and occupational and environmental health and safety professions. AIHA members are encouraged to recognize their peers’ commitment to health and safety in the workplace by nominating them for these awards.
More information is available on AIHA's website. Please email questions to Laurie Mutdosch.
2021 Consultants Listing Coming Soon The Consultants Listing is a comprehensive print and online directory of IH and OEHS companies across the nation that is requested by some of the top organizations in the industry. The latest edition of the Consultants Listing will be published in February. If you missed the opportunity to purchase a listing, you can still get an online-only listing. For more information, email Wanda Barbour or call (703) 846-0782.
The Consultants Listing is also available online.
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Dates and Deadlines Jan. 15 Deadline to submit nominations for AIHA awards. Feb. 1 Deadline to submit AIHF scholarship applications for the 2021–2022 academic year. Feb. 2–April 6 Virtual Comprehensive Industrial Hygiene Review course. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12–2 p.m. ET, co-sponsored by the University of Michigan and the Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society. March 12 Deadline to submit nominations for the Golden Seed Award. May 24–26 AIHce EXP 2021 in Dallas, Texas, and online. For a complete list of events, visit AIHA's website.