On Wednesday, July 29, we will hold the local section summer business meeting via ZOOM. All members are welcome and encouraged to join the meeting! Click here for more details and online registration posted on the meeting page.
New opportunity in Pittsburgh --
This position is oversees existing organizational compliance with local, state, federal, and international EH&S regulations for a Global Manufacturer. Reporting to the Global Director of Technology and Business Development. Interfaces with Senior Leadership, domestic and global sales force, marketing, purchasing, and manufacturing functions; customers, suppliers, technical consultants.
Details of this job opportunity and requirements can be found here: https://www.pittsburghaiha.org/job-postings.html
Reminder to visit your ONLINE CLASSROOM -- One great benefit provided by our local section is an AIHA eLearning Lite subscription. As a member of our local section, you can login, view, and obtain credit for up to five AIHA eLearning webinars per year. Save time, money, and earn credit contact hours towards maintaining your certification. AIHA webinars can cost $100-200 per individual registration. By taking advantage of our local section subscription, you can save hundreds (or thousands) of dollars on your continuing education.
Details were sent in an email to all 2020 PAID Pittsburgh AIHA Members from National AIHA -- Each should see the following 2020 webinars in their classroom:
IMPORTANT - YOU MUST BE CURRENT 2020 DUES-PAYING MEMBER. Our Pgh. AIHA subscription roster includes only members current on their 2020 dues. Pgh. AIHA 2020 Corporate Sponsors and students / retired members (dues waived) are already included in the roster. If you are unsure of your membership status, please contact Christy at email@example.com
Since 1939, the American Industrial Hygiene Association has been the premier organization serving those who work in industrial hygiene. Now, changes in our industry are inspiring changes at AIHA.
Although more than half of AIHA’s nearly 8,500 members are Certified Industrial Hygienists, our industry is expanding beyond IH to include EHS generalists and “technician-level” practitioners. At AIHA, we embrace this growth and evolution.
Evolving the brand. In order to enhance our member services and recruit the next generation of professionals into our ranks, we felt it was time to evolve our brand—to better reflect the evolution in the industry and remain relevant to all industry stakeholders.
On June 30, 2020, AIHA’s Board President, Lindsay Cook, CIH, CSP, FAIHA, AIHA’s CEO, Larry Sloan and AIHA’s Managing Director of Marketing and Communications, Sue Marchese, held a town hall webinar to answer questions from members about the brand evolution. The recording is now available for the public.
Find all the details related to this subject, including the recording here: https://www.aiha.org/about-aiha/aiha-brand-evolution
The Mid-Atlantic Safety and Health Alliance, Inc. (MASHA) is pleased to announce the date of the 2020 Safety and Health Conference: Thursday, October 29, 2020. The 2020 Conference is the 12th annual conference and will be held at the Regional Learning Alliance Center in Cranberry Township, PA.The 2020 Conference will feature an Opening Keynote Speaker and sessions in the RLA Great Room for all attendees, including an update from the OSHA Pittsburgh Area Office. Continuing education credits will be available for conference attendees.
The conference also includes an Exhibit Area in the Atrium featuring local safety and health organizations. The Exhibitor Area will be open throughout the conference.
Since MASHA was established in 2007, they have held an annual conference in western Pennsylvania with educational opportunities reflective of our diversity in occupational safety and health. Each year the list of attendees grows and includes professionals from a wide range of industries and students from Slippery Rock University, West Virginia University, Fairmont State University, and Carnegie Mellon University to name a few.
Conference details and on-line registration is available at www.mashasafetyconference.org.
The Pittsburgh AIHA is happy to announce that Nicholas Ravotti and Alina Schlichtkrull from Slippery Rock University received 2020 Pittsburgh AIHA Local Section Scholarships. Congratulations to these deserving students!
Each year our local section sponsors this scholarship through the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF). Details of eligibility criteria and past winners can be found here: https://www.aiha.org/get-involved/aih-foundation/aih-foundation-scholarships/pittsburgh-local-section-scholarship
Since 1982, AIHF has distributed over $2 million in scholarship funds to students pursuing a degree in industrial hygiene and/or occupational and environmental health and safety. These scholarships have enabled talented students to complete their education and have encouraged the most promising scholars to enter and remain in the industrial hygiene profession.
On Thursday, May 28, we will host a social hour via ZOOM where our membership can connect virtually.
With the postponement of our AIHA president’s luncheon and April meeting, it is more important than ever that our membership stays in touch - please join us if you are able!
Register online via the Meeting page.
Some topics to cover:
1. Best ergonomic tips for home workstations
2. Fit testing/Masks vs. Respirator
3. Most creative quarantine cocktail (or mocktail for our teetotalers)
The Pittsburgh AIHA Spring 2020 newsletter is now available. Follow the link below to view in your browser.
In February of 2020, the World Health Organization’s director-general declared a public health emergency of international concern over the ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
Check out the National AIHA Coronavirus Outbreak Resource Center:
This page is updated daily with links to official sources regarding public health resources available for industrial hygienists, occupational safety & health scientists, public health officials, and others working to support front-line workers and personnel fighting the pandemic.
Get the Facts on Coronavirus: https://youtu.be/kIL5m5XznNY
Thank you to our speakers Andy Maier, PhD, MS, CIH, DABT and Scott Dotson, PhD, MS, CIH, DABT of Cardno ChemRisk who gave a presentation titled: OEL Mysteries - Wait, Wait, Do Not Tell Me! to a group of 30+ Pittsburgh AIHA members and guests. Local Section Director, Josh Maskrey, CIH and Pgh. AIHA Member Laura Hallett coordinated this event held in the Cardno ChemRisk offices in downtown Pittsburgh. Josh also gave a short presentation of the benefits of being a Pittsburgh AIHA Member and Corporate Sponsor before the event and distributed a Member Benefits handout to attendees (thanks Laura H.!).
See the meeting review by Pittsburgh AIHA Secretary Frank Pokrywka, Ed.D, CIH - click HERE to go to page.
Pittsburgh AIHA Director, Josh Maskrey, has updated the Pittsburgh AIHA Catalyst User Guide -- download the file below for details on how to access this online community to share ideas, start a discussion with your community, create and reply to posts, retrieve library documents, etc. Visit the Catalyst site at: https://community.aiha.org/home.
Current Pittsburgh AIHA Members have access to Catalyst. If you are unable to log in or have trouble accessing the site, please contact Janice Allen at the National AIHA by sending a message through the contact page: https://community.aiha.org/contactus.
We would like to welcome the following New Members to the Pittsburgh AIHA:
Thanks to AM Health & Safety for sponsoring the January 30 Event with guest speaker Andy Teague, CIH of Analytics Corporation. During this event Andy discussed Monitoring and Laboratory Analysis Pros and Cons of Petroleum Distillates/Hydrocarbon Multi-component, Oil Mist/Metal-working Fluids (MWF) and 3D Printing.
Meeting review and photos by Pittsburgh AIHA Secretary, Frank Pokrywka, Ed.D., CIH are available now - CLICK HERE!
Pittsburgh AIHA 2020-2021 President-Elect, Laura Hallet of Cardno ChemRisk prepared a presentation highlighting the benefits of Pittsburgh AIHA Membership or Corporate Sponsorship. Some of the valuable benefits you receive as a member include E-learning credits (up to $1,000+ on continuing ed.), reduced meeting fees (25-30% discount), Catalyst access, and certification credit for EC participation. As a Pittsburgh AIHA Corporate Sponsor, you receive website advertising, newsletter promotion, 2 local section memberships, and more. Take a few minutes to look and share with anyone you feel might be interested to join our group!
POSTPONED -- date to be determined--------March 26 Pgh. AIHA President's Luncheon with Lucinette Alvarado, CIH
Registration is now OPEN for our next event to be held on Thursday, March 26 from 11:30 AM - ~2:00 PM at the LeMont restaurant located on Mt. Washington overlooking the city of Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh local section member and National AIHA Director, Lucinette Alvarado, CIH will be the guest speaker for this year's event. In addition to giving us an update on National AIHA, Lucinette plans to speak on Coronavirus and the role of the IH in a pandemic.
The 2020-2021 Pittsburgh AIHA Election has ended and results are as follows:
President-Elect: Laura Hallett, Cardno ChemRisk who will serve a 1-year term as President-Elect followed by 1-year term as President.
Director: Carol Delfino, CIH, CSP (SE Technologies, LLC) who will serve a 2-year term.
Treasurer: Maureen Kelly (Transitional Services) who will continue serving the Pittsburgh AIHA for another 2-year term.
Congratulations to these newly-elected Executive Committee members who will take (or continue) office later this summer and thank you to the Pittsburgh AIHA members that cast their vote this year!
The Winter 2020 Newsletter is posted and can be found at this link, or on the Newsletter page.
Thank you to our newsletter advertisers - SKC, Inc., RJ Lee Group, and U.S. Micro-Solutions, Inc. who continue to support the Pittsburgh AIHA year after year! We greatly appreciate it!
The Executive Committee held their annual Winter Business Meeting on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 from 11:30 AM - ~2:00 PM at Aracri's Greentree Inn located in Greentree. Thank you to the members who attended and provided committee updates and valuable input regarding Pgh. AIHA activities and 2020 program calendar. Meeting minutes are available now to review - please see the file posted on the Meeting page.
Every year, the AIHF awards qualified students and young professionals with scholarships of varying types to help offset costs in their pursuit of a career in industrial hygiene.
With a variety of scholarships available (PIttsburgh AIHA sponsors a scholarship), students in undergraduate and graduate degree programs that lead to a career in industrial hygiene can find varying levels of awards and assistance to further their educational opportunities. Click here for scholarship application information.
National AIHA Links:
AIHA Calendar of Events
AIHA Press Releases
About Industrial Hygiene
AIHA IH Professional Pathway
Get Involved - Safety Matters, Outreach, Students, etc.