The 2014-2015 Corporate Sponsorship drive is underway! The benefits of a Corporate Sponsorship contribution of $150 include:
We will be working on the September newsletter in the coming weeks - please submit any announcements, job postings, member news, events, etc. to Christy at email@example.com by September 5, 2014.
Thanks to Stan Liang, Pgh. AIHA Director, we now have Facebook and LinkedIn interest groups. In addition, to getting the latest local section news, announcements, and job postings this is your opportunity to network with local EHS professionals. Members can also post local EHS related announcements and job openings.
Three social media buttons have been added to the top of each page (beside the search box) for Facebook, LinkedIn, and the RSS Feed button so you can set up a live bookmark on your web browser.
Members of these groups are welcome to provide feedback to us at AIHA Pittsburgh Section (by posting discussion threads) on what interests you or how we can better address your needs or concerns. Stan will monitor these accounts, so any questions or comments can be directed to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to the members who participated in our online ballot to approve the revised Local Section By-Laws. All but one were in favor of the revision. Once the National AIHA approves the By-Laws, they will be updated on the website.
The Executive Committee would like to thank new Corporate Sponsor, PPG Industries, Inc., for their generous support! Corporate sponsorship funds help to defray the operating expenses (website and membership management, scholarships, etc.) and meeting expenses of the local section. Local section meetings allow members to remain at the forefront in a constantly changing profession through the interaction and information exchange at our local meetings. Additionally, our meetings provide opportunities for members to earn certification maintenance points toward CIH, CSP and other professional accreditations without extensive travel or cost. Go to the Corporate Sponsors page for more information.
PPG is seeking a candidate to fill the position of Product Stewardship Specialist within the Architectural Coatings business unit in the Pittsburgh area. This position is responsible for ensuring compliance within the North American architectural coating regulatory environment. The incumbent will interact with all business functions as part of the Product Stewardship, Regulatory Affairs, and Labeling team to ensure accuracy, consistency, and compliance of all forms of hazardous communication as well as support general product stewardship demands and opportunities. See complete listing on the Job Postings page.
As required by our by-laws, this special notice is provided to all Pittsburgh Local Section AIHA members to allow our membership the opportunity to vote on by-law changes recommended by the National AIHA in keeping with recognized local section standards. Most of the changes are minor, changing a few words here and there to update and clarify the way our local section will be governed going forward. The proposed changes have been reviewed and approved by our Local Section executive committee as well as the National AIHA committee dealing with local sections.
Active members are asked to respond with their vote by August 7 and should refer to the email sent today (July 31) for the revised by-laws, and vote using the online ballot link in the email to either approve or disapprove of the amended by-laws.
Acceptance of the by-law changes by a majority vote of Local Section members will take effect immediately upon final approval by the Natl. AIHA Secretary/Board of Directors. Remember, your participation in Local Section activities is critical for the future success of our Association. Hope to see you all through the 2014-15 program year in support of our Pittsburgh Local Section.
Frank Pokrywka, CIH, Secretary, Pittsburgh Local Section AIHA
The July 2014 newsletter is now posted under the newsletters tab - see current newsletter. Note that this is a new page/method of posting the newsletter. Take a few minutes to check it out. Contents include:
There have been several modifications to the website. The top menu/navigation has changed and the homepage is now a "blog" type page. Also, several news feeds have been added to the right (hopefully you find these useful!), I will add the Natl. AIHA feed when available. The Meeting page includes a "Suggestion Form" for members to provide any feedback, suggestions, comments, etc. Input is always welcome! A Corporate Sponsor Application has been created and added to that page. The Job Postings page has the Natl. AIHA's Career Advantage feed added so you can check job opportunities there, also some helpful website links. Last, additional links on the Resources page for Educational Institutions and Knowledge Links. Thanks for your patience as I continue to make changes to this new Pgh. AIHA website - Christy Kirsch
The Executive Committee held their annual Summer Business Meeting on July 16, 2014 at Aracri's Greentree Inn. Thank you to all officers in attendance, as well as regular members Keenan Monoghan (WVU Grad Student), Matt Zock (FedEx), and Raj Dharmarajan (retired Bayer). Meeting minutes will be forthcoming!
AM Health & Safety, Inc. has an opening for a Senior Industrial Hygienist, and PPG Industries, Inc. has openings for a Product Stewardship Manager, Industrial Coatings Americas and a Senior Raw Material Specialist. Check out the Job Postings page for more info.
The next newsletter will be out late July. Please submit any announcements, events, job postings, etc. to Christy at email@example.com.
The May 2014 Newsletter is posted on the newsletters page. Take a few minutes to check it out!
The Pittsburgh AIHA is happy to announce the recipient of our $1000 Local Section Scholarship, which was awarded through the AIHF. Please join us in congratulating Arthur Thurdekoos who is a West Virginia University student in the Industrial Hygiene Masters Program. Click here for a list of all current AIHF scholarship recipients.
The Executive Committee has decided to offer this local section scholarship again for 2015. Next year's scholarship will be for a graduate student of the West Virginia University IH Program. We are happy to have involvement from these students in our local section, and look forward to awarding the deserving candidate for the Fall 2015 semester. Applications will be due at the end of February 2015.
The results are as follows: