AIHA: Healthier Workplaces | A Healthier World
SEPTEMBER 2020
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CONTENTS
CONTRIBUTORS
ARIANA MAKAU, FEATURE AUTHOR
Ariana Makau is president and principal conservator of Nzilani Glass Conservation in Oakland, California, and health and safety chair of the Stained Glass Association of America.

ROBERT LIECKFIELD JR., FEATURE AUTHOR
Robert (Bob) Lieckfield Jr., CIH, FAIHA, is president of and senior consultant at CRL HSE Consulting, LLC.  
ED RUTKOWSKI, FEATURE AUTHOR
Ed Rutkowski is editor in chief of The Synergist.

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The Synergist's mission is to provide AIHA members with news and information about the occupational and environmental health and safety fields and the industrial hygiene profession. The Synergist focuses on industry trends and news, government and regulatory activities, key issues facing the profession, appropriate technical information and news on association events and activities.
The Synergist's objective is to present information that is newsworthy and of general interest in industrial hygiene. Opinions, claims, conclusions, and positions expressed in this publication are the authors' or persons' quoted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors, AIHA, or The Synergist.


THE ART OF HEALTH AND SAFETY        
PROTECTING STAINED GLASS WORKERS FROM LEAD EXPOSURE What does stained glass have to do with lead exposure? A clue is in its more accurate name: “leaded art glass.” In this article, a stained glass conservator and an industrial hygienist discuss their goals for lead safety in the workplace.

A CONVERSATION BETWEEN ARIANA MAKAU AND DAVID R. HICKS
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REFINING HYDROCARBON EXPOSURE ASSESSMENT STRATEGY
ASSESSING OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE TO VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS IN THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Traditionally, assessing personal exposures in the oil and gas industry was performed using the concept of “total hydrocarbons,” or THCs. But an alternative exposure assessment strategy drops the use of THCs and adds analysis of hydrocarbon mixtures such as gasoline, kerosene, and diesel, also known as light, middle, and heavy distillates.   

BY ROBERT LIECKFIELD JR.
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SPECIAL SECTION:
HELPING SMALL EMPLOYERS REOPEN SAFELY      
AIHA TASK FORCE GENERATES INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC COVID-19 GUIDANCE
AIHA's COVID-19 Re-Open America Guidelines Task Force, which comprises volunteers among the AIHA membership, worked tirelessly to develop industry-specific guidance intended to help business owners, employers, employees, and consumers implement science-based procedures for limiting the spread of COVID-19 as businesses reopen during the pandemic. This article describes the beginnings of AIHA's "Back to Work Safely" initiative.  
  
BY ED RUTKOWSKI
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PANDEMIC PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP      
COVID-19 CRISIS HEIGHTENS RISK TO CHEMICAL SUPPLY CHAINS AND BUSINESS CONTINUITY       
Since at least the turn of the century, increasing globalization had raised concerns that supply chains have become so lean and efficient that they are vulnerable to disruptions. When the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency on Jan. 30, these fears began to come true.  
  
BY ED RUTKOWSKI
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SPECIAL SECTION: INTRODUCING PSX
PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP SOCIETY'S SIGNATURE EVENT DEBUTS NEW NAME, FORMAT    
It has been a year of change for the conference formerly known as Stewardship. Rebranded as PSX, the 2020 event, scheduled to be held in September in Houston, was switched to a virtual-only format due to safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this article, the Synergist editors preview a few of the planned sessions.
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The Art of Health and Safety
Protecting Stained Glass Workers from Lead Exposure
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