AIHA, ACGIH Seek Editor-in-Chief for JOEH AIHA and ACGIH are searching for an editor-in-chief (EIC) for the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH), a peer-reviewed publication devoted to enhancing the knowledge and practice of occupational and environmental health and safety represented by the two societies. The current Editor-in-Chief, T. Renee Anthony, PhD, CIH, CSP, FAIHA, is leaving the position at the end of this year. Anthony has served as JOEH EIC since 2017.
The EIC has responsibility for ensuring timely publication of high-quality manuscripts of interest to the occupational and environmental hygiene community in JOEH. Toward this goal, the EIC must: remain abreast of trends in occupational and environmental hygiene and update the JOEH scope and content accordingly; and communicate respectively with authors, reviewers, and readers. JOEH receives more than 300 manuscript submissions each year via an electronic system (ScholarOne). On a day-to-day basis, the EIC reviews submitted manuscripts, assigns peer-reviewers, and makes determinations of acceptance, revision, and rejection. The EIC is a non-voting member of the JOEH Board of Directors and submits semi-annual summary reports regarding the status of submitted manuscripts. Annually, at AIHce, the EIC meets with the JOEH Board of Directors. In recent years, an annual meeting of the JOEH Editorial Review Board has been held virtually.
The EIC must have: •national recognition for his or her professional accomplishments in the field of occupational and environmental hygiene •a record of publication in peer-reviewed journals that demonstrates in-depth knowledge of a field of scientific inquiry and research methods relevant to the scope of the JOEH •experience writing, reviewing, and editing technical documents, such as peer-reviewed manuscripts or scientific reports •familiarity with the objectives and operations of AIHA and ACGIH gained through membership and active participation in one or both organizations
This is a one-year renewable contact position starting on or around Nov. 1, 2022. This position will remain open until filled. For fullest consideration, applications should be received on or before June 30, 2022. Application instructions and materials are available on AIHA's website.
AIHA and ACGIH are Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employers and are committed to promoting diversity in the workplace.
Call for New AIHA LAP Volunteers AIHA Laboratory Accreditation Programs LLC is seeking qualified volunteers to fill positions on the Analytical Accreditation Board (AAB) and the Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) to serve terms beginning in March 2023.
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 2023.
AAB and TAP applications are available from the AIHA LAP website (bit.ly/lapleadership). Applications will be accepted until July 30, 2022.
For additional information, please email AIHA LAP Managing Director Cheryl O. Morton. More information about AIHA LAP is available online.
Virginia Adopts AIHA-Supported Heat Illness Bill In April, AIHA welcomed the signing of Virginia Senate Bill 161 by Governor Glen Youngkin. SB 161 directs the Virginia Department of Education to work with stakeholders such as educators and healthcare professionals to develop guidelines that schools will use to create policies informing and educating coaches, student athletes, and parents or guardians about heat-related illness. The text of the bill (PDF) specifies that these guidelines must cover “the nature and risk of heat-related illness, how to recognize the signs of heat-related illness, and how to prevent heat-related illness,” and be distributed to local school divisions by Aug. 1, 2022.
AIHA sent a letter in February 2022 “strongly encouraging” Virginia lawmakers to pass SB 161, thereby “protecting more Virginians from heat-related illness.” SB 161 also received bipartisan support as it moved through state legislative committees and the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates. For more information, view AIHA's letter (PDF) and media alert.
Watch AIHA Tech Talks Tech Talks are short, instructional videos brought to AIHA members by the Technology Initiatives Strategic Advisory Group (TI-SAG). These informal talks are intended to help industrial hygienists and occupational and environmental health and safety professionals use common application functions or software that they have already installed or are considering installing on their system or device.
Tech Talk presenters are members who have overcome challenges in using these technologies and want to share what they’ve learned. For example, Mwangi Ndonga, CIH, CSP, CHMM, the current TI-SAG vice chair, has hosted videos on common tech-related vocabulary and using the Jupyter Notebook online tool for data cleanup. Presenters will also discuss integrating their IH and OEHS processes with common software and practices to help IH and OEHS professionals be more efficient in their work.
The complete list of Tech Talks, which can be viewed in any order, is available online.
Contribute to the Future of IH The industrial hygiene profession needs a pipeline of highly trained and skilled professionals. 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 $2.2 million in scholarship funds to students studying industrial hygiene and occupational and environmental health and safety. Contributions to AIHF are tax-deductible, as provided by law. Donating to AIHF will help ensure that deserving students preparing for careers in industrial hygiene will receive scholarships. Detailed information about making a donation can be found on the AIHF website.
Accolades AIHA member James Thornton, CSP, CIH, FASSP, FAIHA, will serve as the American Society of Safety Professionals’ president-elect starting July 1. Thornton is the president of consulting firm Alpha Industries LLC, the former director of environmental health and safety at Huntington Ingalls Industries, and a past president of AIHA, serving 1999–2000. He will succeed Christine Sullivan, CSP, ARM, as president for the 2022–2023 term. For more information, visit ASSP's website.
On April 20, AIHA member Liz Hill, CIH, CSP, gave a presentation as part of a NIOSH webinar on the topic of safety climate and Total Worker Health. Hill is a Total Worker Health advisor for SAIF Corporation, vice-chair of AIHA’s Total Exposure Health/Total Worker Health Advisory Group, and past chair of AIHA’s Safety Committee. For more information, read AIHA’s news article.
Submit to JOEH Special Issue on Real-Time Detection by July 1 The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene is seeking studies for an upcoming special issue, to be published by January 2023, focusing on topics such as low-cost sensor systems, wearable technology, the benefits of system installations, and the ethical and legal hurdles to implementation. Interested researchers were asked to email JOEH Editor-in-Chief T. Renee Anthony before June 1. Studies may be submitted until July 1.
Now Available: Annals of Work Exposures and Health Mini-Subscription Through the remainder of 2022, AIHA members can access free 14-day mini-subscriptions to the Annals of Work Exposures and Health, the journal of the British Occupational Hygiene Society. To activate, sign in or register with the Oxford University Press website and use the access code AIHA2022. For step-by-step instructions, follow BOHS’ guide (PDF).
In Memoriam John Tiffany, a pioneer in indoor air quality and a past chair of AIHA’s Indoor Environmental Quality Committee, passed away on April 19 from mesothelioma. He had worked in an asbestos floor tile factory when in high school. For twenty-one years, John and his business partner, Howard Bader, ran Tiffany-Bader Environmental, a successful consultancy specializing in IAQ, mold, asbestos, and other indoor contaminants. To read a remembrance of John authored by AIHA colleagues, visit AIHA's website.
Dates and Deadlines
June 23 AIHA University Webinar: The Effects of the Pandemic on Physical Activity and Strategies to Prevent MSDs.
July 1 Deadline to submit to JOEH special issue on real-time detection systems.
July 6 AIHA University Webinar: Engineering Techniques to Mitigate Chemical Exposure for O&G Chemical Laboratories.
July 11–15 Virtual road course: Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene.
July 20 AIHA University Webinar: Cleaning Out Your Data Closet.
Oct. 18–20 PSX 2022 in Louisville, Kentucky.
For a complete list of events, visit AIHA's website.