The Pittsburgh AIHA would like to thank US Micro-Solutions for their continued support as a Corporate Sponsor. They have renewed their sponsorship for 2018. Thank you to Deanna Kiska, President and Technical Director and Sharon Fanchalsky, Laboratory Manager for their membership and continued support!
The National AIHA annouced recently in a press release that Dr. Robert (Bob) Soule is the 2017 recipient of the Henry F. Smyth, Jr. Award!! Bob is a long time member of the Pittsburgh AIHA and has served twice as a Pittsburgh Local Section President-Elect and President, and is also a National AIHA Fellow. Dr. Soule is Professor Emeritus at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is currently the Vice Chair of Operations of the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, a position that will progress to Chair Elect and Chair of the Commission in the future. He has been intimately associated with the academic preparation of nearly 4000 safety, health and environmental professionals via the development and delivery of undergraduate and graduate courses in safety sciences programs. In addition, Dr. Soule has been responsible for providing technical assistance to private-sector businesses by serving as the first director of the Pennsylvania/OSHA Consultation Program and has directed broad-ranging consultative services in evaluation and control of health hazards as Vice President of Industrial Hygiene Services for Clayton Environmental Consultants.
Read all about it here https://www.aiha.org/about-aiha/Press/2017PressReleases/Pages/AIHA-Announces-2017-Henry-F.-Smyth,-Jr.-Award-Recipient.aspx.
The National AIHA began membership renewal in October for 2018. Local section members who are also National AIHA members are encouraged to pay their dues through the National AIHA. If you are a Pittsburgh AIHA member ONLY, your dues must be paid directly to the Pittsburgh Local Section as noted below. Pittsburgh AIHA dues continues to be $25 per year in 2018. Remember that you must be a member in good standing to take advantage of reduced meeting fees, Natl. e-learning subscription, etc. Your participation is key to our success -- please renew by January 1!
Pay Local Section Dues Through National AIHA (for Natl. AIHA Members Only):
Click here for the link for dues renewal through National AIHA. When processing renewal, please remember to check the box for Pittsburgh local section dues when you submit your payment. If you have not created a profile, you will need to “Sign Up as a New Individual” to be able to pay through National AIHA. You can also visit the National AIHA Membership page for more information. If you prefer to pay your dues directly to Pittsburgh AIHA, follow instructions below.
Pay Local Section Dues Directly to Pittsburgh AIHA:
If you have any questions, or want a paper invoice sent via U.S. Mail, please contact Christy at email@example.com or 412-789-4254.
The 2018 Corporate Sponsorship drive is underway! The benefits of a Corporate Sponsorship contribution of $200 include:
The Executive Committee will hold their annual Winter Business Meeting on Thurs. December 7, 2017 from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM. The location is at the Penn Brewery on the North Side. This event is open to all members of the Pittsburgh Local Section -- if you have an interest in learning more about our local section, helping to plan events or have any suggestions for meeting topics / venues / speakers, please plan to attend! This is a free event, but space is limited, so register early. Register online through the meeting page.
All PAID local section members have access to our E-Learning Subscription through the National AIHA. We have selected 5 webinars for 2017 as shown below. An email with webinar information/link is sent directly from National AIHA E-learning contact Jessica Pagel to Pittsburgh AIHA members in good standing. The following recorded webinars are available to view at your convenience:
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):
The Pittsburgh AIHA will once again sponsor a $1,000 scholarship award through the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation. AIHF Scholarships are awarded based on the availability of funds provided through contributions from AIHA members, individuals, corporations, and local sections. Students do not apply for a specific scholarship. Students who complete an application will be considered for all the scholarships for which they are eligible. The AIHF Scholarship Selection Committee will determine the scholarship awards during the selection process.
All full or part time students who will be enrolled in one of the following programs at the start of the fall semester are eligible to apply to the AIHF Scholarship Program.
Read more on the National AIHA Website
FedEx Ground Corporate Safety in Moon Twp., PA is looking for an entry-level Safety Support Representative. Many of our members are more experienced, so please feel free to forward this to recent graduates or early career professionals. Click the link below for details:
Between now and December 31, share your personal and professional experiences as an AIHA member with member prospects to help increase the membership of AIHA.
Help recruit new members, and in return you will:
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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
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