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"Potable Water Safety: What an Industrial Hygienist Needs to Know"
11:30 - 4:00 PM -- KML Regional Council of Carpenters - Robinson, PA
Fresh, clean, safe drinking water is often taken for granted. This has become very evident with the lack of “safe” drinking water in Houston, Florida Mexico and the Caribbean in the wake of recent hurricanes and earthquakes. Water is not something that IH’s typically concern themselves with but in the past year or so it has become a bigger and bigger issue in my work at the university and possibly in yours also. During this half-day event, we explored what needs to be done to assure the water we drink, cool with, bath in and use in our homes, schools and workplaces is free of contaminants that can make us sick.
Thank you to the 31 Pittsburgh AIHA Members and guests who attended this event.
The meeting minutes from the July 2017 business meeting are posted on the Meetings page -- take a few minutes to review the items discussed at the meeting.
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.
Congratulations to 2017 Pittsburgh AIHA Local Section Scholarship recipient Dana Marie Piper, a student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and Pgh. Local Section student member. Dana was extremely grateful and honored to be the recipient this year. This award will assist Dana as she continues her education at IUP. Dana noted in a thank you letter that she would like to become a Certified Industrial Hygienist and work to advance the profession of IH through the elimination and control of health and safety problems. Her ultimate goal is to protect worker health and safety. Best wishes to Dana as she works towards reaching her goals!!
The Industrial Hygiene Program Manager provides leadership and advanced technical expertise for multiple Institute safety program elements. The incumbent provides technical guidance and process control measures to ensure high level performance within the assigned portfolio. Specific responsibilities include development of original SOPS and training elements, development of program goals, use of detailed process control tools, provides direct support of OES activities as needed and contributes to the development of department and Institute policies. . . . Apply online HERE
Submitted by Dennis Kelly, Pittsburgh AIHA Past President
Tuesday, Sept. 19 - 1:00-2:00 PM. Earn 1 Contact Hour. Recent changes in regulations from OSHA and other governing bodies concerned with workplace safety have driven a renewed adherence to safety standards when it comes to occupational hazards, but misleading and incorrect information continues to circulate. This webinar seeks to refute erroneous information and answer questions regarding the proper selection, wear, care, and maintenance of flame-resistant/arc-rated (FR/AR) clothing.
This webinar is sponsored by Bulwark and is free of charge for participants. Register today to stay up to date on the regulations, standards, and program implementation "best practices" regarding FR/AR garments for arc flash and flash fire hazards.
Welcome members, corporate sponsors, and advertisers to a new year for our local section. The executive committee (and some members) held a productive business meeting in July and we are excited for the near future. Three main focus areas were discussed for this year:
1. Promote and facilitate community outreach.
It’s about the kids! In the spring newsletter and following the president’s luncheon, we discussed the AIHA/NIOSH partnership - Safety Matters, a program for educating our youth on safety and health in the workplace. Most students and new graduates beginning part-time or full-time jobs have never been taught about workplace hazards. We have the ability to directly talk to kids about how to not get hurt, sick or killed at work! Our local section director from RJ Lee Group, Inc., Keith Rickabaugh, CIH lead the way by promoting this program during a recent presentation to the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education (PAMLE). As a result, PAMLE plans to post the Safety Matters content on the Pennsylvania List Serve, a messaging center used by all schools in PA.
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:
The May newsletter is now available -- take a few minutes to check it out! The contents include:
The Pittsburgh AIHA would like to thank East Liberty Workwear for their continued support as Pittsburgh AIHA Corporate Sponsors. Thank you to Josh Lederer and Michael Wentzel who recently renewed their membership as Sponsors for 2017.
Thank you to Renee Cowell, CSP for her presentation on Thursday, May 18! It was a great event at the Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh - thanks to those who attended!
Active Role of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Professional: An Integrated Approach to Sustainability
Abstract: Sustainability is an important growth strategy in business today. Companies see Sustainability as a way to improve efficiencies; make decisions and represent their values to key stakeholders. Many individuals and companies today only want to buy goods or have business relationships with those who embrace excellence in Sustainability. The three pillars of environment, society, and economy are frequently used to model how Sustainability can be incorporated into an organization’s mission, goals, and practices. The presentation aims to outline the key points and lessons learned from OSHA’s white paper titled, “Sustainability in the Workplace”, and other resources on Sustainability for OSH professionals. Specifically, the presentation will discuss how a more integrated approach to Sustainability is the optimal way for companies moving forward to better include OSH within their Sustainability framework. Because of the presentation, OSH professionals will identify more collaborative and innovative ways they can have an active role in their company’s Sustainability efforts. This is particularly important for “Green Initiatives”, LEED Certification or Well Building projects.
The March 2017 Newsletter is now posted -- take a few minutes to check it out!
Our next newsletter will be published in May - member contributors are always welcome - forward anything newsworthy for consideration! Please submit to Christy Kirsch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
The Pittsburgh AIHA recently purchased an E-Learning Subscription (Lite Version) from the National AIHA. This is a new benefit to PAID Pittsburgh AIHA Members as described below:
National AIHA Links:
AIHA Calendar of Events
AIHA Press Releases
About Industrial Hygiene
AIHA IH Professional Pathway
Get Involved - Safety Matters, Outreach, Students, etc.