New Board Members Elected In March, AIHA announced the election results for its 2022–2023 Board of Directors. AIHA members voted for vice president, secretary-elect, and two directors. The following candidates were elected:
Nicole Greeson, MS, CIH, was elected as vice president after serving as 2020–2022 treasurer and 2019–2020 treasurer-elect. A member of AIHA since 2001, she served as chair, vice chair, and past chair of the Mentoring and Professional Development Committee during 2014–2017, and volunteered with the Healthcare Working Group. She also chaired the Board of Directors of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene from 2014 to 2015 and is the director of the Occupational Hygiene and Safety Division of Duke University and Health System in Durham, North Carolina.
Pamela Kostle, MS, CIH, FAIHA, was elected as secretary-elect. A member since 2000, she previously served on the AIHA Board of Directors from 2018 to 2021. Kostle has also served in the Fellows Special Interest Group, the Sampling and Laboratory Analysis Committee, and the Stewardship and Sustainability Committee. Now retired, she previously worked as the occupational health manager in the Environmental and Occupational Health unit of the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s University Health Services. Kostle is a graduate of the University of Iowa and currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
Bryan Seal, PhD, CIH, CSP, CHMM, REHS, was elected as a director. A member since 1993, he has served on the Exposure and Control Banding, Respiratory Protection, Exposure Assessment Strategies, Risk, and Named Awards and Fellows Selection Committees, as well as the ABET-AIHA-ASSP Joint Curriculum Task Force. Seal is managing principal of Contemporary Industrial Hygiene & Safety Inc. and an assistant professor at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. A graduate of Penn State University, he currently lives in Indiana, Pennsylvania.
Eric R. White, MPH, CIH, CSP, was elected as a director. A member since 2010, he has served on the Ergonomics, Exposure and Control Banding, and Conference Planning Committees. White, a graduate of the University of Michigan, works as an environmental health and safety manager for AbbVie. He currently lives in Chicago.
AIHA’s new Board members will be inducted at the association’s annual business meeting, which will be held at AIHce EXP 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee, at 4:45 p.m. Central time on Wednesday, May 25.
AIHA’s Board of Directors for 2022–2023 includes the following officers: • President: Donna S. Heidel, MS, CIH, FAIHA • President-Elect: Dina Siegel, CIH, CSP, CBSP, FAIHA • Vice President: Nicole Greeson, MS, CIH • Past President: John R. Mulhausen, PhD, CIH, CSP, FAIHA • Treasurer: Nancy M. McClellan, MPH, CIH, CHMM • Secretary: Bradley S. King, PhD, MPH, CIH • Secretary-Elect: Pamela Kostle, MS, CIH, FAIHA • AIHA Chief Executive Officer: Lawrence Sloan, MBA, FASAE, CAE
The following members will serve as AIHA Directors for 2022–2023: • Kimberly M. Castillon, CIH • Justine Parker, CIH, CSP, CHMM, CPH • Lucinette Alvarado Rivera, MS, CIH • Courtney Tinner, MS, CIH, CSP • Bryan Seal, PhD, CIH, CSP, CHMM, REHS • Eric R. White, MPH, CIH, CSP
For more information, view AIHA’s press release.
JOEH Calls for Studies of Real-Time Detection Systems The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene is seeking studies of real-time detection systems for an upcoming special issue. Among the topics of interest are the utility of low-cost sensor systems, wearable technology, the benefits of system installations, and the ethical and legal hurdles to implementation. The call for submissions states that studies exploring whether low-cost sensors can be used to make decisions about worker exposures, potential corrections for sensor drift, the number of sensors to be deployed, and how to process the data generated by a network of sensors are relevant to the concerns of practitioners.
Interested researchers must confirm their intent to submit by emailing JOEH Editor-in-Chief T. Renee Anthony before June 1 and submit their studies by July 1. Review of submitted manuscripts for the special issue on real-time detection systems is expected to be completed by November for publication by January 2023.
JOEH Publishes Special Issue on COVID-19 Control Case Studies A special issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene published this month focuses on case studies that evaluate the effectiveness of controls for COVID-19. The papers published in the special issue include an observational study of controls in public spaces, surveys of medical examiners’ and coroners’ offices, modified methods of testing respirator and face mask performance, lab-tested recommendations for reducing aerosols produced by toilet flushing, portable air purifiers, and ventilation effectiveness in outdoor dining enclosures. An additional two papers each were published on aerosol virus transmission in dental offices and using carbon dioxide in tracer gas tests in everyday environments.
In an introductory statement, T. Renee Anthony, JOEH editor-in-chief, said that the goal of the special issue “was to capture the variety of techniques used to make decisions during an uncertain time, when pressures to understand and minimize risks were high so that businesses, schools, and society could ‘return to normal.’” To address the fact that the controls were deployed in real-world conditions with less-than-usual planning during the study design phases, authors were asked to clearly explain the methods, limitations, and “decisions made” in relation to each study. The intent is that JOEH readers may replicate each study on their own with guidance about applying these methods in other settings.
Lisa Brosseau, ScD, CIH, served as guest editor for the special issue. JOEH can be accessed through Catalyst, AIHA’s online member community.
Congratulations to AIHA’s 2022 Fellows and Award Recipients In late March, AIHA announced the individuals who will be honored this year as Fellows or recipients of the association’s annual awards.
Individuals who have 15 years of full AIHA membership and have made significant contributions to the occupational and environmental health and safety profession through research, leadership, publications, education, or service are eligible to become Fellows. This year’s Fellows are Shannon H. Gaffney, PhD, MHS, CIH, FAIHA; Kathleen S. Murphy, CIH, FAIHA; Thomas Peters, PhD, CIH, FAIHA; and Philip Platcow, CIH, BS, MS.
AIHA's annual awards recognize OEHS professionals who have gone above and beyond in contributing to the profession’s growth and development. This year’s award recipients are: •Alice Hamilton Award: Pamela R.D. Williams, MS, ScD, CIH •Donald E. Cummings Memorial Award: Howard B. Spielman, CIH, CSP, SMS, REHS (ret), FAIHA •President’s Distinguished Service to AIHA Award: Paul Hewett, PhD, CIH, FAIHA •Edward J. Baier Technical Achievement Award: Charles “Gus” Manning, PhD, CIH, FAIHA •Kusnetz Award: Beauregard M. Middaugh, PhD, MS, CIH, CSP
The new Fellows and award recipients will be formally honored in a virtual Mark of Excellence ceremony to be held in the coming months. Read more in AIHA’s press release.
Attend AIHA’s Annual Business Meeting AIHA’s new Board members will be inducted at the association’s annual business meeting, which will be held at AIHce EXP 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee, at 4:45 p.m. Central time on Wednesday, May 25. This meeting will introduce incoming officers and directors and address other association business. To establish a quorum for this meeting, a call for proxy votes will be made electronically.
Attend the 2022 Upton Sinclair Memorial Lecture The Upton Sinclair Memorial Lecture, titled “Hot Days: How Data and Documents Shined a Light on Heat’s Mounting Death Toll on Workers in the U.S.,” will be held at AIHce EXP 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee, at 3:15 p.m. Central time on Monday, May 23. Award-winning journalist Kristen Lombardi will discuss the impact of heat-related illness on American workers.
Apply for Local Sections Advisory Group Vice-Chair Position Through May 25, the Local Sections Advisory Group is accepting applicants for the vice-chair position. After one year of service, the vice-chair will become advisory group chair. In addition to two years' availability, applicants must be AIHA national members with experience with the local section community. Visit AIHA's website for more information.
CIH Exam Results to Be Emailed The Board for Global EHS Credentialing (BGC) announced in April that it would no longer provide immediate, preliminary results to individuals who complete the CIH exam. Instead, the organization will email official results within four weeks of the exam date. For more information, visit BGC's website.
Dates and Deadlines
May 4 AIHA webinar: "Assessing Ventilation for COVID-19 Mitigation and Beyond: Proactively Identifying Ventilation Vulnerabilities."
May 23–25 AIHce EXP 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.
May 25 Deadline to apply for Local Section Advisory Group vice chair position.
July 1 Deadline to submit to JOEH special issue on real-time detection systems.
July 11–15 Virtual road course: "Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene."
Oct. 18–20 PSX 2022 in Louisville, Kentucky.
For a complete list of events, visit AIHA's website.