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.
On Wednesday, July 29, we held the local section summer business meeting via ZOOM. Thank you to the participants who joined the meeting. Meeting minutes are now posted on the Meetings Page and available for your review.
The Mid-Atlantic Safety and Health Alliance, Inc. (MASHA) has decided to postpone the 2020 Safety and Health Conference until October 28, 2021 due to the current COVID-19 restrictions in place at the Regional Learning Alliance (event venue). Any questions can be directed to Bill Bernhart at email@example.com.
Our Summer newsletter is posted in multiple formats - please view here:
The next Pittsburgh AIHA Newsletter is expected to be published late September 2020. Submit any announcements, events, items of interest, etc. to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New opportunity in Pittsburgh --
This position is oversees existing organizational compliance with local, state, federal, and international EH&S regulations for a Global Manufacturer. Reporting to the Global Director of Technology and Business Development. Interfaces with Senior Leadership, domestic and global sales force, marketing, purchasing, and manufacturing functions; customers, suppliers, technical consultants.
Details of this job opportunity and requirements can be found here: https://www.pittsburghaiha.org/job-postings.html
Since 1939, the American Industrial Hygiene Association has been the premier organization serving those who work in industrial hygiene. Now, changes in our industry are inspiring changes at AIHA.
Although more than half of AIHA’s nearly 8,500 members are Certified Industrial Hygienists, our industry is expanding beyond IH to include EHS generalists and “technician-level” practitioners. At AIHA, we embrace this growth and evolution.
Evolving the brand. In order to enhance our member services and recruit the next generation of professionals into our ranks, we felt it was time to evolve our brand—to better reflect the evolution in the industry and remain relevant to all industry stakeholders.
On June 30, 2020, AIHA’s Board President, Lindsay Cook, CIH, CSP, FAIHA, AIHA’s CEO, Larry Sloan and AIHA’s Managing Director of Marketing and Communications, Sue Marchese, held a town hall webinar to answer questions from members about the brand evolution. The recording is now available for the public.
Find all the details related to this subject, including the recording here: https://www.aiha.org/about-aiha/aiha-brand-evolution
The Pittsburgh AIHA is happy to announce that Nicholas Ravotti and Alina Schlichtkrull from Slippery Rock University received 2020 Pittsburgh AIHA Local Section Scholarships. Congratulations to these deserving students!
Each year our local section sponsors this scholarship through the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF). Details of eligibility criteria and past winners can be found here: https://www.aiha.org/get-involved/aih-foundation/aih-foundation-scholarships/pittsburgh-local-section-scholarship
Since 1982, AIHF has distributed over $2 million in scholarship funds to students pursuing a degree in industrial hygiene and/or occupational and environmental health and safety. These scholarships have enabled talented students to complete their education and have encouraged the most promising scholars to enter and remain in the industrial hygiene profession.
The Pittsburgh AIHA Spring 2020 newsletter is now available. Follow the link below to view in your browser.
In February of 2020, the World Health Organization’s director-general declared a public health emergency of international concern over the ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
Check out the National AIHA Coronavirus Outbreak Resource Center:
This page is updated daily with links to official sources regarding public health resources available for industrial hygienists, occupational safety & health scientists, public health officials, and others working to support front-line workers and personnel fighting the pandemic.
Get the Facts on Coronavirus: https://youtu.be/kIL5m5XznNY
Thank you to our speakers Andy Maier, PhD, MS, CIH, DABT and Scott Dotson, PhD, MS, CIH, DABT of Cardno ChemRisk who gave a presentation titled: OEL Mysteries - Wait, Wait, Do Not Tell Me! to a group of 30+ Pittsburgh AIHA members and guests. Local Section Director, Josh Maskrey, CIH and Pgh. AIHA Member Laura Hallett coordinated this event held in the Cardno ChemRisk offices in downtown Pittsburgh. Josh also gave a short presentation of the benefits of being a Pittsburgh AIHA Member and Corporate Sponsor before the event and distributed a Member Benefits handout to attendees (thanks Laura H.!).
See the meeting review by Pittsburgh AIHA Secretary Frank Pokrywka, Ed.D, CIH - click HERE to go to page.
Pittsburgh AIHA Director, Josh Maskrey, has updated the Pittsburgh AIHA Catalyst User Guide -- download the file below for details on how to access this online community to share ideas, start a discussion with your community, create and reply to posts, retrieve library documents, etc. Visit the Catalyst site at: https://community.aiha.org/home.
Current Pittsburgh AIHA Members have access to Catalyst. If you are unable to log in or have trouble accessing the site, please contact Janice Allen at the National AIHA by sending a message through the contact page: https://community.aiha.org/contactus.
We would like to welcome the following New Members to the Pittsburgh AIHA:
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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AIHA Calendar of Events
AIHA Press Releases
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AIHA IH Professional Pathway
Get Involved - Safety Matters, Outreach, Students, etc.