The Pittsburgh AIHA will be an exhibitor at this event -- be sure to stop by our booth!
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 Executive Committee held their annual Winter Business Meeting on Thurs. December 13, 2018 from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM at Aracri's Greentree Inn located in Greentree. Eleven Pittsburgh AIHA Members attended the meeting - minutes are currently pending review and will be distributed via email / Catalyst post when finalized.
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.
Your feedback is requested on the presentations and any questions you may have for Deborah related to National AIHA. Please submit questions using the form below (click READ MORE)...
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):
Earlier in September we sent out a survey request to gather information on member preferences related to event topics, meeting venues/locations and more. The information gathered from this survey will help the Program Committee plan future events. Thank you to President-Elect Lucinette Alvarado, CIH for coordinating this survey AND the 36 members who responded to the request! The results are below -- Click "read more" for a summary.
Submitted by Dennis Kelly, Pittsburgh AIHA Past President
The Executive Committee held their annual Summer Business Meeting on Thursday, July 27 at The Walnut Grill in Robinson PA. During this meeting we welcomed the incoming officers and discussed items on the meeting Agenda. Draft meeting minutes will be posted when finalized. Thank you to the following who attended:
These events are not sponsored by the Pittsburgh AIHA -- details are provided for your information:
MASHA Conference - April 27, 2017. Annual Mid-Atlantic Safety & Health Alliance conference held at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry, PA. Registration is now open -- Details can be found on the Conference Page - click here for more information. Space is limited, so register early.
EHS Today - Free Webinars - EHS Today offers free webinars to view on-demand. There are a variety of topics - most are an hour. This is a great resource that can be accessed from your computer at your convenience - watch online!
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