The Pittsburgh AIHA has been busy this year with some great meetings/events! Posted under the meetings tab your will find several event reviews submitted by our members from recent meetings along with some great photos from the events! Take a few minutes to catch up on the "who, what, where" of the Pittsburgh AIHA! A big thank you to all of our participants and meeting coordinators! We appreciate your support of the Pittsburgh AIHA and promoting the Industrial Hygiene profession -- you make a difference!
The AIHA Pittsburgh Local Section is in need of volunteers for the 2020-2021 executive committee. We are in search of nominations for President-Elect, Director, and Treasurer. For any questions regarding duties and terms, and to submit nominations for yourself or others, please contact our nominations committee chair, Matt Zock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pittsburgh Local Section Election will take place in February 2020. For a general description of duties, please see the link: https://www.pittsburghaiha.org/bylaws.html
The American Industrial Hygiene Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for the 2020–2021 academic year. Students are evaluated on academic record, extracurricular activities, future goals as an industrial hygienist, and potential for leadership in the industrial hygiene profession.
The Pittsburgh Local Section of the AIHA sponsors a $1,000 scholarship award -- In awarding the Pittsburgh Local Scholarship, preference will be given to students with a GPA of 3.0 or better from the following schools:
All application materials must be submitted by Jan. 27, 2020. For more information on AIHF scholarships and eligibility requirements, please visit the foundation's website.
There’s still time to give to AIHF and receive a tax deduction in 2019. Donating to AIHF will help ensure that deserving students preparing for careers in industrial hygiene will receive scholarships. Detailed information about making a donation or a pledge can be found online.
Since 1982, AIHF has distributed more than $2 million to more than 700 students studying industrial hygiene and related disciplines at fifty-plus schools and universities. These scholarships have enabled talented students to complete their education and have encouraged the most promising scholars to enter or remain in the industrial hygiene profession.
The National AIHA began 2020 membership renewal in October. Local section members who are also National AIHA members are encouraged to pay their dues through the National AIHA. If you are a Pittsburgh AIHA member ONLY, your dues must be paid directly to the Pittsburgh Local Section as noted below. Pittsburgh AIHA dues continues to be $25 per year in 2020. Remember that you must be a member in good standing to take advantage of reduced meeting fees, Natl. AIHA e-learning subscription, etc. Your participation is key to our success -- please renew by January 1, 2020! STUDENT AND RETIRED MEMBERS ARE FREE.
Pay Local Section Dues Through National AIHA (for Natl. AIHA Members Only):
Click here for the link for dues renewal through National AIHA. When processing renewal, please remember to check the box for Pittsburgh local section dues when you submit your payment. If you have not created a profile, you will need to “Sign Up as a New Individual” to be able to pay through National AIHA. You can also visit the National AIHA Membership page for more information. If you prefer to pay your dues directly to Pittsburgh AIHA, follow instructions below.
Pay Local Section Dues Directly to Pittsburgh AIHA:
If you have any questions, or want a paper invoice sent via U.S. Mail, please contact Christy at email@example.com or 412-789-4254.
Join the Pittsburgh AIHA on October 18 for Rivers of Steel - Steel Heritage Tour -- This tour gets to the heart of the Steel Town story, getting to know the people, places and historic events that put Pittsburgh on the map as the steel making capital of the world. This itinerary will connect travelers with the melting pot of cultures that powered the industrial success of the region, and explore the technology and process of making iron and steel.
Included in this event is a visit to Bulgarian Macedonian Educational and Cultural Center where the group will meet and have an "immigrant-inspired" lunch with regional specialties (stuffed cabbage, pierogies, halushki and Pittsburgh Cookie Table) while viewing a presentation on The Story of Steel. The second part of the event includes a tour of the Carrie Blast Furnaces in Rankin, PA. Declared a National Historic Landmark in 2006, Carrie, as it’s affectionately known, entices visitors to marvel at the scale and legacy of its industrial might. A remnant of the legendary U.S. Steel Homestead Steel Works, the Carrie Blast Furnaces are a vestige of Pittsburgh’s 20th-century domination of the steel industry. See the next meeting page for additional details and online registration form.
The Executive Committee met in July for the Summer Business Meeting and developed the proposed schedule of events listed below. There are still OPEN dates - if you have any suggestions or ideas for a local section event, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact any member of the Executive Committee.
The Mid-Atlantic Safety and Health Alliance, Inc. (MASHA) is pleased to announce the 11th annual Safety and Health Conference on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at the RLA in Cranberry Twp., PA. Conference details can be found online at www.mashasafetyconference.org. The conference will feature our Keynote Speaker, Michael J. Rivera, Deputy Regional Administrator, OSHA Region 3 and general sessions on construction, general industry, and oil and gas.
The Pittsburgh AIHA will be an exhibitor at this event -- be sure to stop by our booth!
The Executive Committee held their annual Summer Business Meeting on Tuesday, July 23 from at Atria's in Fox Chapel.
Thank you to all who attended! Your support and participation is what keeps the Pittsburgh AIHA going strong!! Meeting minutes will be posted when they become available.
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We are planning the Summer Business Meeting for July - will post an update when the details are finalized.
Thanks to all for your support and involvement!
Have a Safe & Happy 4th of July!
Special thanks to John R. Moore, III who presented to the Pittsburgh AIHA on Friday, June 21. John is President and Principal Consultant with Control EHS in Atlanta, GA. John is currently the Vice-Chair for the Local Section Council of the National AIHA.
During John's presentation, he discussed with the group the following:
Thank you to the Keystone Mountain Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters who sponsored the event by providing the Council Building Meeting Room at no charge!
The Pittsburgh AIHA congratulates Ms. Linda H. Martin from Indiana University of PA who was awarded the 2019 Pittsburgh AIHA Local Section Scholarship by the American industrial Hygiene Foundation. Linda is a tenure-track faculty member at Keene State College and the program coordinator of Keene State College's M.S. in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences degree program. Linda is the 2018 and 2019 President of the Board of Directors for the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, the 2018 and 2019 Chair of the Board of Trustees of the BCSP Foundation, and a BCSP Ambassador. She is a professional member of the Greater Boston and Granite State chapters of ASSP and a professional member of AIHA.
Linda was recognized during this year's AIHce along with all other AIHF scholarship recipients at the AIHF Donor and Scholarship Recipient Reception at Crave Minneapolis and The Mark of Excellence Breakfast on Wednesday, May 22 at Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC).
On Tuesday April 30, Pittsburgh Section members were the guests of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dashields Locks and Dam in Crescent Township on the Ohio River. Our hosts were Pittsburgh Local Section Member Ashlyn Landgraf, Lockmaster Mark Eberle and Assistant Lockmaster Steve Ceriani of the USACOE.
Check out the meeting review and photos posted under the meeting page. It was a great event - Thank you to our attendees pictured at left.
The Pittsburgh AIHA would like to congratulate Ms. Summer Hartman, a 6th grader from the Baden Academy Charter School, and Ms. Grace Hall, a 6th grader from the Falk School in Oakland, for their selection as award winners at the 2019 Covestro Science Fair!
On March 29th, Barb Cummings, Tad Pajak and Frank Pokrywka represented the AIHA Pittsburgh Local Section as Sponsor Judges. They reviewed more than 500 abstracts and narrowed the field down to several students who they interviewed about their research projects. This year, they selected Summer and Grace as the award winners!
Submitted by Pittsburgh AIHA Secretary, Frank J. Pokrywka, Ed.D, CIH
Please join me in thanking our National AIHA President, Cindy Ostrowski, for taking time out her busy schedule to meet with the Pittsburgh Local Section on March 28th at the LeMont Restaurant. This was the first time in several years that we were actually able to showcase our city from Mt. Washington without fog, rain or snow obstructing the view. Hailing from Detroit, Cindy is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and AIHA Fellow, who established her own consulting firm, CAO Consulting, LLC after leaving a regional insurance company. She has over thirty years’ experience in the field of industrial hygiene conducting comprehensive surveys to evaluate employee exposures to occupational hazards. Prior to her career as an industrial hygienist, she was a registered medical technologist and practiced as a microbiologist in a clinical laboratory. (Click Read More Below.. .)
Thank you to the attendees and guests that attended the National AIHA President's Luncheon with speaker Cindy Ostrowski. Cindy presented A Field Practitioner’s Collaborations to Produce the Best Sampling Results and also provided an update of National AIHA news. Special thanks to U.S. Micro-Solutions, Inc. for sponsoring the bar again this year! The handouts from the event are posted on the Pittsburgh Local Section Catalyst page in the Library.
We are pleased to announce the results of our recent elections for the AIHA Pittsburgh Local Section executive committee.
Sarmed Shareef, CIH, CSP - University of Pittsburgh ran uncontested and secured the necessary votes for the position of President-elect.
Frank Pokrwyka, EdD, CIH (retired) - University of Pittsburgh ran uncontested and secured the necessary votes to remain in position as Secretary.
Josh Maskrey - Cardno Chemrisk, in an extremely close election secured the necessary votes to win the position of Director over Ashlyn Landgraf, GSP - US Army Corps of Engineers.
Many thanks to Drs. Lon Ferguson and Jan Wachter from IUP for their interesting and enlightening presentation on the importance of ethics in the environmental health and safety profession held Feb. 19, 2019. As their introduction mentions, most SHE professionals will likely encounter work situations posing serious ethical dilemmas during their careers. Particularly in our litigious society, the importance of Industrial Hygienists making ethical decisions is paramount in carrying our sworn duties to protect the health and safety of workers and the public from harm.
Defining ethics as a branch of philosophy addressing the values and morals relating to human conduct, their presentation went on to discuss the 4 ethical theories and decision making frameworks used in our society. An excellent chart comparing the ethical principles and character traits used in the professional codes of conduct established by 6 safety and health organizations. Similarities and differences in these “Codes of Ethics for Professional Conduct” were discussed. Copies of the ABIH Code of Ethics were provided listing CIH responsibilities and conflicts of interest. The ethical burdens for EH&S professional including doing what is right vs. doing what is legal were also discussed.
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