Registration is open for our next event on Tuesday, February 23 from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM. There are two parts to this virtual meeting:
Verifying Engineering Controls - The Critical Role of Emerging Technology (11:30 AM - 12:00 PM) - Speaker Erik Malmstrom, SafeTraces
Current and Overlooked IEQ Topics (12:00 - 1:30 PM) - Speaker Joe Hughes, IAQ Training Institute
Register online by February 22, 2021. Details can be found on the meeting page: 2021-02-23 IEQ Topics
SKC, Inc. is looking for an Instrument Specialist. Follow the link below for more information:
Northrop Grumman’s Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL) in Linthicum, MD, is seeking a Principal/Sr. Principal EHS Engineer to support occupational health programs. Full details regarding the position are available at the Northrop Grumman Career page, https://www.northropgrumman.com/careers/experienced-professionals/. To find it, select "SEARCH ALL US JOBS". Then search by keyword "Industrial Hygienist". You can also reply to firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Key roles and responsibilities include:
The current Pittsburgh AIHA Newsletter is posted in multiple formats - please view here:
The next Pittsburgh AIHA Newsletter is expected to be published late February 2021. Submit any announcements, events, items of interest, etc. to email@example.com.
The Pittsburgh AIHA does not have a January 2021 event scheduled and would like to share an invitation extended by the Yuma Pacific Southwest (YPSW) AIHA to participate in their annual meeting.
YPSW Program Chair, Fred Boelter, has assembled an excellent program and slate of speakers in line with the current times aptly named: "Resiliency Through Change"
Two 2-hour Sessions to be held Thurs./Fri. (Jan 21 and 22) from 4:00-6:00 PM Eastern Time.
The meeting Agenda is found here: 46th Annual Meeting Agenda
REGISTER ONLINE BY JANUARY 15: 2021 YPSW Registration Form (Download, Fill-in, & Email)
On Wednesday, December 16, the local section held their winter business meeting via ZOOM. Thank you to the members who participated in the call! Available Now: Click HERE for the DRAFT meeting minutes.
Topics discussed during this meeting included:
The AIHA Pittsburgh Local Section is in need of volunteers for the 2021-2022 executive committee. We are in search of nominations for President-Elect, Director, and Secretary. For any questions regarding duties and terms, and to submit nominations for yourself or others, please contact our nominations committee chair, Renee Cowell, CSP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pittsburgh Local Section Election will take place in February 2021. For a general description of duties, please see the link: https://www.pittsburghaiha.org/bylaws.html
Over the past 30 years, the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF) has awarded more than 680 scholarships totaling nearly $2 million to students dedicated to studying industrial hygiene and/or occupational and environmental health safety. 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. Unless otherwise noted, interested students should follow the established application and eligibility guidelines for the scholarships listed below.
The deadline to submit all AIHF application materials is February 1, 2021. All materials must be completed and answered in full and can now be completed using an online application portal.
Reminder to visit your ONLINE CLASSROOM before the deadline -- One great benefit provided by our local section is an AIHA eLearning Lite subscription. 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
NOTE: 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.
For assistance with e-learning via the online classroom, contact DLAssistant@aiha.org.
THANK YOU to the following companies / members who support the Pittsburgh AIHA through corporate sponsorship or advertising:
To become a Pittsburgh AIHA Sponsor, see the details found here: Corporate Sponsors
Thanks to SRU AIHA Chapter President, Nick Ravotti, for providing the following update:
The SRU student section’s first semester on campus has gone incredibly well, exceeding many of our initial expectations. We set and met 4 goals at the beginning of the semester, which were:
Due to 3 out of our 4 current executive board members graduating this December, we have held elections and elected 5 new members. The members will begin their term in January 2021, and end in May of 2022. The SRU Section held a meeting where Sarmed Shareef (Pgh. AIHA President) was able to meet the new executive board, and they were able to connect with him and ask him questions.
SRU AIHA & SRU ASSP are working together on a joint research project regarding COVID-19, the attitudinal and behavioral changes of people during the pandemic, & the effectiveness/comfortability of certain face masks. The project is anticipated to be done by late March or early April.
Next semester our new executive board plans to bring in 2-3 technical speakers, recruit more student members and branch out to recruiting Chemistry majors, develop a budget, finish the research project, and possibly go on facility tours if protocols allow!
Nicholas noted that he is very proud of the work that they have accomplished this semester and is excited to see the new executive board grow the section even further! Nicholas graduated in December, and we wish him all the best! Reece Leotta (firstname.lastname@example.org) will lead the SRU Student Local Section in 2021.
Thank you to Amazon / Matt Zock, MS, CIH who recently joined the Pittsburgh AIHA as a Corporate Sponsor for 2020-2021. Matt is Worldwide Sr. Industrial Hygienist, Program Manager for Amazon and Past-President of the Pittsburgh AIHA.
The 2021 Corporate Sponsorship drive is underway! The benefits of a Corporate Sponsorship contribution of $200 include:
Corporate Sponsorship is renewable on an annual basis. Visit the Corporate Sponsors Page for current sponsors and application information - You can sign up online, or print the form to complete and mail.
Thank you to the attendees and speaker of this virtual event. Title: Low-level VOC detection with the Draeger X-pid 8500. During this presentation the speaker discussed a proven solution for the detection of a range of VOCs and low-level toxic compounds. Speaker: Russell Warn, QSSP of Draeger, Inc.
Abstract: Driven by requirements to measure certain compounds at low ppm or even ppb levels, in this presentation we will explore the Draeger X-pid 8500 and its ability to measure compounds, including benzene and butadiene, for safety and industrial hygiene applications.
Our Fall newsletter is posted in multiple formats - please view here:
The next Pittsburgh AIHA Newsletter is expected to be published late December 2020. Submit any announcements, events, items of interest, etc. to email@example.com.
Thanks to SRU AIHA Chapter President, Nick Ravotti, for providing the following update:
The Catalyst Community mobile app is now available for iPhone and Android devices. Stay up to date on the latest news, events, and community happenings with the official Catalyst app. View and create forum threads, check your notifications, and manage your account via our brand-new app.
Find more information on the AIHA Website: https://www.aiha.org/membership/catalyst/catalyst-app
You can also download this simple instruction page: how_to_install_the_aiha_catalyst_app.pdf
We are pleased to announce our next virtual event: Dermal Sampling Solutions on September 29, 2020 from 12:00 - 1:30 PM. Speakers for this event are Linda Coyne and Lucinette Alvarado, CIH both of SKC, Inc. REGISTRATION IS OPEN! REGISTER ONLINE BY SEPTEMBER 28!
The skin is a route of exposure that we often take for granted in our work areas. Dermal exposure is trending from an occupational health and safety standpoint due to the increase in incidents and cases. In addition, surface contamination is another occupational exposure issue that we take for granted. This webinar will discuss our skin as an important route of exposure, dermal hazards, and options for how to assess and reduce potential exposures to the skin and contaminated surfaces.
The Pittsburgh AIHA held a virtual PDC via ZOOM on August 26, 2020 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. The topic was "Returning to Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic". Speakers for this event were Frank J. Pokrywka, Ed.D., CIH and Raffie Sessa, CIH. Thanks to all who participated in this event. The presentation slides were posted on the Pittsburgh AIHA Catalyst site for members who were unable to attend. If you did not receive the link, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member Dues 2021
Pittsburgh AIHA Member Annual Dues - Deadline Jan. 1, 2021
If you are NOT a National AIHA Member, please pay through the Pittsburgh Local Section using the PayPal link below:
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