The Executive Committee will hold 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. All regular / student / retired members are invited and encouraged to attend. Space is limited, please register online through the meeting page.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
By Frank Pokrwyka, Secretary, Pittsburgh AIHA
(Photos and Attendee List provided - click post to view)
Who says you can’t teach and old dog new tricks? This local section presentation on IH air modeling by Laura Hallett and Josh Maskrey from Cardio ChemRisk has convinced me of the fallacy of this adage. I must admit, when Josh threw up his first slides showing integral calculus equations I almost headed for the exit. But as he went further into his talk, the subjects of exposure modeling and computerized software to do the math, the topic became less intimidating, even cool.
As the SHE professional’s world becomes more complicated, the role of ethics becomes increasingly important. There has been little discussion about the ethical dilemmas that SHE professionals face and how to resolve them. Please plan to join us as we welcome Dr. Lon Ferguson, CSP, CFPS and Dr. Jan K. Wachter, CIH, CSP who will discuss ethical theories, decision frameworks and codes of ethics that can aid in ethical decision-making. These will be applied to real-life SHE cases in this 2 hour class. Register online by Feb. 15.
The Pittsburgh AIHA held an afternoon presentation at the offices of AM Health and Safety in Pittsburgh on Thursday, November 15. Marc Kolanz, CIH from Materion spoke on Beryllium and the pending OSHA Standard. Pittsburgh AIHA Secretary Frank Pokrywka provided a summary of the event in the linked file (click). Thanks to all who participated and AM Health & Safety for providing the venue and refreshments!
The Executive Committee held their summer business meeting at Steel Cactus in the South Side on July 12, 2018. Meeting minutes are posted and available for download. Click HERE for the PDF file.
Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) Discussion SPACE IS LIMITED TO 40 ATTENDEES -- REGISTER EARLY!
The meeting will include presentations on how to sample and analyze for RCS, the OSHA regulations and some field perspectives from seasoned IHs. An optional walk through the silica laboratory will be made available at the end of the meeting for those that are interested. Details are provided on the meeting page.
Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) Discussion
RJ Lee Group, Inc. - 350 Hochberg Road, Monroeville, PA 15146
March 22, 2018 – 11 AM to 3 PM
The meeting will include presentations on how to sample and analyze for RCS, the OSHA regulations and some field perspectives from seasoned IHs. An optional walk through the silica laboratory will be made available at the end of the meeting for those that are interested.
More details are listed on the Upcoming Events page -- Registration to open around March 1 - An email will be sent once registration opens.
On February 8, the Pittsburgh AIHA welcomed National AIHA President, Deborah Imel Nelson, Ph.D., CIH, FAIHA to Pittsburgh for our annual President's Luncheon held at the LeMont restaurant in Pittsburgh (Mt. Washington). Thank you to the attendees who participated in the event and thank you to US Micro-Solutions, Inc. for sponsoring a round of drinks for our group! Dr. Nelson's presentation titled "Journey of a 20th Century American Industrial Hygienist – Where Will Your Journey Take You?" is available for your review / comment - Please click here to access the powerpoint presentations.
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Thank you! November 10, 2017 Event - Diisocyanates- Regulation, Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology, Covestro LLC
Thank you to the members / guests that attended the Covestro event on Friday Nov. 10. Special thanks to Lucinette Alvarado, Pittsburgh AIHA Vice-President and Covestro employee, who coordinated the event for the local section.
The event held at Covestro, LLC Headquarters in Pittsburgh.
Speakers (Covestro, LLC Staff):
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