American Industrial Hygiene Association - Rocky Mountain Section
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Fall 2016
President's Message - Bradley King
Greeting RMS Members!

It’s hard to believe that the summer has passed so quickly and Labor Day is behind us; I hope that your summer season was both professionally productive and personally relaxing! I know I enjoyed the opportunities to learn something new at the educational and program events that our AIHA RMS board members organized for the section during the summer. These included a lunch-and-learn session on
compressed gas safety and a professional development course titled “The Worst Plant Seminar”, a fun and interesting look at how many things can go wrong at a worksite! Both were very informative and offered great opportunities to get to know my fellow section members. Thanks to the education and program committees who organized them, especially the chairs Linda Hendrix and Holli Merchant!

With cooler temperatures and shorter days approaching, our thoughts are turning to the offerings for professional development that will be available to section members in the Fall. These include a recently announced 4-hour course on the new silica standard to be held November 16th that will give you everything you need to know about this new OSHA regulation. Of course, it wouldn’t be Fall in Colorado without the two-day Fall Technical Conference, co-sponsored by the AIHA RMS and the Colorado Chapter of ASSE. The planning committee, co-chaired by AIHA RMS president-elect Tim Lockhart, has been hard at work organizing a full agenda that will be sure to be a highlight for our members this year. Please read more about the details of this year’s conference in Tim’s article further on in the newsletter.

One of the priorities we set for ourselves this year was to ensure that we as a board are providing the value and opportunities for professional growth that you demand and expect from membership in AIHA RMS. As such, we have developed a short member survey that will be debuted at the Fall Technical Conference and also sent through the RMS listserv that will allow each member to respond on specific items of interest. We are very much looking forward to your feedback so if you have any ideas, comments, or suggestions, this will be your opportunity to let us know how we’ve been doing. Look for the survey later this September!

As part of this, we also wanted to provide transparency about the financial picture of the Section and how monies collected over the course of the year go to support various efforts and programs. Provided below are income and expense graphs for calendar year 2015. As you can see, we ended the year in the black with a surplus of approximately $7600. Last year, dues paid by members provided only 14% of our total revenues, with a large majority of our funds coming from registrations for the Fall Technical Conference. We are currently building a reserve of funds that can be used for years in which, due to the economy or other factors, year-end surpluses may not be experienced. That being said, we do plan to use some of this surplus in ways that benefit our members and the industrial hygiene field. This includes a planned donation to both the James D. DeField-Roy Buchan Memorial Scholarship (supporting a graduate level student in the industrial hygiene program at CSU) and the Kenneth D. Blehm and Barbara R. Blehm Scholarship (supporting an undergraduate-level student in the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences at CSU). We are glad the RMS can play a role in supporting the education of our region’s future industrial hygiene leaders.
As we near the end of the calendar year, it will once again be time to seek volunteers for positions on next year’s board. I can speak from experience that working with this group has been a tremendously positive experience and considerably expanded my professional network in the area. I highly encourage each and every one of our RMS members to seriously consider how you can become further involved with your section as a member of its leadership board or as a contributing member of one of the board’s committees. We are always in need of new thoughts and ideas that new volunteers can contribute.  If you have any questions or would like to talk to me further about volunteering, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at

Thanks and I am looking forward to seeing many of our members in just a few weeks at the Fall Technical Conference!
AIHA RMS / ASSE Colorado Chapter
Fall Technical Conference
September 20 and 21st 2016
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
Registration is still open for the 22nd Annual AIHA-RMS / ASSE Colorado Chapter Fall Technical Conference.  The conference planning committee has been working hard over the past year to offer this outstanding educational opportunity.  Join us to network with other like-minded professionals, learn about recent advancements in the health and safety field, and obtain continuing education credits.  A full agenda is include but a few key highlights include:
  •  A discussion of the potential impacts of Climate Change with Joanna Watson from NIOSH
  • An update on the political climate in Washington D.C. from Aaron Trippler, AIHA's Director of Government Affairs
  • A Panel Discussion with industry professionals regarding OSHA’s new silica standard
  • A hands on electrical safety demonstration with United Power.
Register on the AIHA RMS Website
Day 1:  Tuesday – September 20, 2016
Time Program Description
7:00 – 8:00 Registration
Exhibitor Demonstrations - Exhibition Hall
8:00 – 8:15  
Co-Chairs 2016 Fall Technical Conference
8:15 – 9:15  
Opening Session – Keynote Speaker
Joanna Watson
NIOSH Climate Change Initiative
Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Worker Safety and Health
9:15 – 9:45 Exhibitor Demonstrations - Exhibition Hall
Track A – Ballroom A
Industrial Hygiene Technology
Track B – Ballroom B
Safety Technology
Track C – Outside
Hands-On Demonstration
9:45 – 10:45  
Silpa Kreft, MD, MPH
Utility of Lung Clearance Index as a Noninvasive Marker of Deployment Lung Disease
Phillip Clark, CIH            3D Printing Applications in Lockout/Tagout United Power              
Live Electricity: demonstration and a personal story
10:45-11:45 Linn Havelick, CIH
Control of Hazards in Cannabis Oil Extraction using a Ventilated Booth
John Babel CRIS, STSC  
The "ups and downs" of using drones in industry - quality, safety and other applications.
United Power
Live Electricity: demonstration and a personal story
11:45 – 12:15 Exhibitor Demonstrations - Exhibition Hall
12:15 – 1:00  
Lunch, included with registration
ASSE Safety Person of the Year Award
1:00 – 1:15 Exhibitor Demonstrations - Exhibition Hall
Track A – Ballroom A
Industrial Hygiene Technology
Track B – Ballroom B
Safety Technology
Track C – Outside
Hands-On Demonstration
1:15 – 2:15 Evengy Andronov, CIH, CSP
Non-traditional Methods of VOCs Exposure Assessment
Andre Vermeulen, Ph.D.
The impact of neurological stress and fatigue on people’s information processing style and how it contributes to human error
United Power
Live Electricity: demonstration and a personal story
2:15 – 2:30 Exhibitor Demonstrations - Exhibition Hall
2:30 – 3:30 Jim Lieberman, CIH
Monitoring & Oversight Activities Conducted During Lead Remediation of Elevator Structure Located at Carlsbad Caverns National Park
David Casavant, CFM LEED AP
Make Your EH&S Training Come to Life
United Power
Live Electricity: demonstration and a personal story
3:30 – 3:45 Exhibitor Demonstrations - Exhibition Hall
3:45 – 5:15 Panel: Silica
John Olachea
OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule
Pablo Sosa, GSP
Bureau Veritas
Complying with the New OSHA Silica Standard- Oil and Gas Operations
Darrell Lingk
Silica Dust Exposures Among Roadway Maintenance Workers? - You Might Be Surprised

5:15 – 6:30
Exhibitor Networking Social Event
Exhibitor and  Sponsor Prize Drawing – Lower Galleria
Day 2:  Wednesday – September 21, 2016
Time Program Description
7:00 – 8:00 Registration
8:00 – 8:15 Introduction
Co-Chairs 2016 Fall Technical Conference
8:15 – 9:15 Opening Session:
Aaron Trippler
Director of Government Affairs
American Industrial Hygiene Association
9:15 – 9:30 Networking Break
  Track A – Ballroom A
Industrial Hygiene
Track B – Ballroom B
Safety Management
9:30 – 10:30 William Wade, CIH
Mercury Emissions from a Synthetic Gym Floor: Risk-based Assessment, Flux Measurements, Control and Verification during Removal
Karen Curran
Worksite Wellness Programs Role in Workers’ Compensation
10:30 – 11:30 Brindusa Mihaela Sluser, Ph.D
Post-Closure Influence of Emissions Generated by Municipal Waste Deposits from North East Region of Romania
Britt Howard, CSP, CRSP
Work Family Engagement
11:30 – 12:00 Networking Break
MOU Signing Ceremony for the International Affiliate Membership
(Lower Galleria)
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch, included with registration
AIHA-RMS Industrial Hygienist of the Year Award
12:45 – 1:45 Matt Roberts, CIH and Brandy Howard, CIH
Building Design for Sustainability and Health
1:45 – 2:00 Networking Break
2:00 – 2:45 Shelly Miller, Ph.D
Ultraviolet Germicidal Technologies for Air and Surface Treatment Applications
Chris Goulart, MS, CSP, ARM, CSHM, CDT
Debunking the Complacency Myth and Laziness Fallacy
2:45 – 3:30 Marina Vance, Ph.D
Exposure to Aerosol Emissions from Desktop 3D Printers
Jolene Donahue, CSHS, OT
Claims Management 101 for the Safety Professional
3:30 – 3:45 Networking Break with Snack
3:45 – 5:00  
Michael Richen, CIH
Wendell Rahorst, CIH
Comparison of Two Methods Used by Industrial Hygienists to Evaluate Mold Health Effects in Buildings
Kristin White, JD
Congratulations, You Are Now a Safety Professional:  Understanding your Legal Liabilities
Trish Ennis CSP, ARM, CRIS, MS
Ethics for Occupational Health & Safety Professionals

Continuing Education Opportunities

EMLab P&K offers free IAQ training courses presented by industry leaders and available online. For more information and to register visit there website; here are some upcoming courses:
September 13: Infection Control and Environmental Sampling
October 11: Introduction to Bacteriology
October 18: Sewage Contamination: Microbiology, Health Risks and Remediation
October 25: Legionella Contamination, Contemporary Techniques for Detection and Remediation

FEMA offers Independent Study courses online free of charge. These courses relate to all things emergency management, you can typically earn between 0.1 and 1 CEUs. Find a list of the courses here.

AIHA offers webinars (usually for a fee), check them out here. Coming up on November 18th they will have a webinar on Sustainability Concepts and Tools for Responsible Decision-Making: An Introduction for the EHS Professional. 

And don't forget the opportunities provided by the Rocky Mountain Section!
September 20 and 21: The AIHA-RMS/ASSE Fall Technical Conference. Register here.
October 21: Tech Tour of DIA
November 16:New Silica Regulation Class. Register now
December: Ethics. 
Keep an eye on the website for more details.

Legislative Committee - Brian O'Malley
The next Legislative Update will be following this newsletter shortly!
As was listed in the last legislative update, the final rule for the improved tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses takes effect on January 1, 2017.  The new reporting requirements will be phased in over two years.  This final rule revises OSHA's regulation on Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (29 CFR 1904).   The new rule requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they are already required to record on on-site OSHA Injury and Illness forms. The data collected from these establishment-specific (not company-wide) submissions depends on the size and industry of the employer.
In line with the President’s Open Government Initiative, OSHA will make the injury data available to the public on  Citing ‘behavioral economics’, the agency feels that public disclosure of the data to job seekers, customers, researchers, etc. will strongly encourage employers to address the hazards employees may be exposed to…and without the use of a establishment inspection.
This new regulation will also improve the accuracy of injury and illness data by helping ensure employees do not fear retaliation when reporting injuries or illnesses.  The final rule does this by:
  1. Requiring employers to inform employees of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses free from retaliation;
  2. Further clarifies an existing requirement that procedures for reporting injuries and illness must be reasonable and not deter reporting; and
  3. Incorporates existing statutory prohibition on retaliating against employees for injury and illness reporting.
Additional information can be found at:
OSHA Final Rule
Federal Register
International Committee - Bevin Luna
Happy Fall everyone!  This is an exciting time of year because school is back in session and we also have the 2016 AIHA-RMS Fall Technical Conference in a few weeks.  There have been many activities in the works with the International Committee.  First, we have been collaborating with Colorado State University to assist with the Honduras Cookstove Intervention Summary which is led by Assistant Professor, Dr. Maggie Clark.  The overall goal of the study is to provide insight regarding barriers/predictors of sustained cookstove adoption, an issue impeding research in this field.  In addition, the team is working to describe the valid relationship between stove use exposures and indicators of cardio‐metabolic health, a substantial and quickly growing disease burden in low‐ and middle‐income countries.  Over the summer, the International Committee has been providing technical assistance for the field research team with their exposure monitoring equipment.  We have also helped the cookstove team with the acquisition of equipment for their upcoming departure on September 1st.  For detailed information and updates on the project, please visit their website -
In other news, we are excited to welcome, with support from the AIHA-RMS Board of Directors, two colleagues from our International Affiliate group, Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iași (TUIASI), for the 2016 AIHA-RMS Fall Technical Conference.  Silvia Georgescu (Research Associate) and Brindusa Sluser (Associate Professor) will join us for both days of the conference.  Brindusa will present her topic, “Post-Closure Influence of Emissions Generated by Municipal Waste Deposits from North East Region of Romania”, on Wednesday September 21st at 10:30am.  Immediately following her presentation, we will hold a Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony to formalize, for the first time, an International Affiliate Membership between AIHA-RMS and TUIASI.  This project has a long history with AIHA-RMS, Colorado State University’s Industrial Hygiene Program, and TUIASI’s Occupational Health and Safety Program.  Please join us for Brindusa’s presentation and for the MOU Signing Ceremony that will follow.  Our partnership with TUIASI is very special to the local section and your support will be greatly appreciated.  We’re looking forward to seeing all of you at the conference!!!!
Outreach Committee - Sarah Kaiman
The Outreach Committee would like to hear from you if you have any ideas about how the AIHA-RMS section can become involved in local area high schools!!

We are looking for information about events in which we could reach out and spread the work about the incredibly interesting and lucrative field of industrial hygiene. We are also looking for volunteers to attend and present IH-related topics at these events. Events may include education or science conferences; science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) events; career days; ect. Please contact Sarah Kaiman if you know of an event or other avenue to get into a local high school. 
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