AIHA | Protecting Worker Health www.aiha.org
NOVEMBER 2017
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CONTENTS
CONTRIBUTORS
DONNA S. HEIDEL, FEATURE AUTHOR
Donna S. Heidel, CIH, FAIHA, is industrial hygiene practice leader at Bureau Veritas North America Inc.
ALICE DELIA, FEATURE AUTHOR
Alice Delia, PhD, is laboratory director at Prism Analytical Technologies  
MICHAEL BRISSON, FEATURE AUTHOR
Michael Brisson, MS, PMP, is a fellow technical advisor at Savannah River National Laboratory in Aiken, S.C.
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THE OPIOID ABUSE EPIDEMIC
HOW CAN OUR PROFESSION HELP? Opioid addiction is causing an unprecedented public health crisis that requires the collaboration and action of our leading national organizations dedicated to countering addiction. What contributions can the industrial hygiene community make?

BY DONNA S. HEIDEL
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THE ABCS OF WILDFIRE RESIDUE CONTAMINATION TESTING
POSTFIRE ASSESSMENTS OF THE INDOOR ENVIRONMENT Testing can be an essential component in addressing “invisible” contamination concerns during postfire assessments or determining if any residual contamination is above the “normal” or “typical background” levels. But what to test for and how to use the results are big questions without clear resolutions.

BY ALICE DELIA AND DANIEL BAXTER
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DETECTED OR NOT?
DEFINING LABORATORY ANALYTICAL LIMITS The varied purposes of analytical detection limits and the wide variety of terms used to describe them add complexity for the hygienist trying to protect workers. By going back to basic principles, we can cut through some of the complexity and make the concept of analytical limits more understandable.

BY MICHAEL BRISSON AND DEREK POPP
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The Opioid Abuse EPIDEMIC
How Can Our Profession Help?
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