Fall 2018
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Fall Technical Conference
The FTC is just around the corner: September 11-12 at the Arvada Center for Performing Arts.

Check out the agenda and register today! In additional to the conference events (including social hour featuring our own Bevin Luna!), there will be a pre-conference networking event, Sponsored by Earth Services & Abatement on Sunday September 9th at 2pm - New Image Brewing, 5622 Yukon Street, Arvada, CO 80002 - we hope you can join us!

President's Message - Kyle Vogel

School is back in session, temperatures are beginning to cool off, and leaves in the Rockies are starting to change color.  Summer is nearing its end, and as fall approaches, so does our annual technical conference! I would like to thank all of our volunteers for their efforts to make this year’s Fall Technical Conference happen.  We have a stellar lineup of speakers and vendors and hope you will join us for two exciting days of learning and networking with EHS professionals from across Colorado and Wyoming. 
We will be unveiling the new logo that was chosen by our members at the conference.  For those that are unable to attend, we will follow up with an email shortly after the conference with details.  Additionally, updates to our bylaws all passed and will take effect starting this month.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the polling, and for sending your comments, which were used to fine-tune updates to the bylaws and logo.
Along with the Fall Technical Conference, our local section has some excellent events coming up, including a Lunch and Learn in October that will take place in Cheyenne, WY, a 2-hour Ethics Course in November, and of course our annual Holiday Party in December.  We value input from members and are always interested in hearing your thoughts and ideas about how we can improve or introduce new events for the local section.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any ideas you have!
Finally, we have opened nominations for the IH of the Year award that is presented annually by our local section.  If you know an AIHA-RMS member deserving of recognition for their contributions to our field, please take the time to nominate them.  Submitting a nomination does not take much time, and it is a wonderful way to show appreciation to those that have dedicated so much of their time and effort to the EHS field.  Watch for an email with a link to the nomination forms the week of the conference; the award will be presented at the Holiday Party.
Be safe and enjoy these remaining weeks of summer.  Keep an eye out for details of upcoming AIHA-RMS events – I hope to see you at one of them soon!

Member's Corner
AIHA-RMS is bringing back the "Member's Corner" portion of the newsletter, welcoming new members and profiling one (randomly-selected) member each quarter. Please welcome the following new members who joined the AIHA-RMS in the last 6 months: Zachary Arnold, Lisa Barker, Daniel Felzien, Silvia Georgescu, Claire Goodwin, Risa Hoffman, Tod Kramer, Kayla Lesperance, Annyce Mayer, Megan Meagher, Myles O'Mara, Justine Parker, Baylee Schell, Robert Smith, and Cory Willson-Kerns.
The member we are highlighting this quarter is Wendy J. Nakao, CIH, CSP (pictured above).
Q: How were you introduced to the field of industrial hygiene?
A: I started off as a biology major at CSU and realized that I wasn't cut out to work in a lab, so I looked through the catalog (back when it was in a book form) to find another major and found Environmental Health. Once I switched over, I took an industrial hygiene class, which introduced me to the field.

Q: What are your main areas of expertise and what do you spend most of your time doing?
A: Currently, I teach occupational safety and health classes online (Industrial Hygiene, Worker's Compensation, Hazardous Materials, and Fire Safety) through Trinidad State Junior College. I also write exposure assessments for the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.

Q: What was the most gratifying moment/time/project in your career so far? 
A: I think the most gratifying projects that I have been apart of have been the hazardous waste cleanup projects at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Pueblo Army Depot, and Rocky Flats Plant. Each of these jobs had challenges to work through with the crew every day.

Q: Give us one piece of advice you would give to new professionals?
A: My one piece of advice to a young IH is to keep learning - don't get stagnant in how to run a program or address hazards. Everything is changing so fast and there is so much interesting technology that is moving the field forward - make a effort to be on the cutting edge.
Legislative - Brian O'Malley
The Fall 2018 Legislative Update can be found through the following link Legislative Update - Fall 2018All new information added within the regulatory and legislative sections since the Summer 2018 update is highlighted in red.
This summer the AIHA-RMS board was informed by the Mountain and Plains Education and Research center (MAP ERC) that the pilot research grant on Safety Matters has been recommended for one year of limited funding!  Look for announcements on the AIHA-RMS website and STEL emails about meetings and activities.
Membership - Brandy Howard
Starting with renewals for the 2019 membership year, AIHA-RMS members will need to pay their annual dues through the website.  There will no longer be an option to pay for local section dues when you pay for National AIHA dues.  We are making this change due to the length of time it takes (5+ months) to receive membership funds and an updated roster from National. Please stay tuned for additional information on membership renewal later this year!  
Programs - Charles Koch
The programs and education committee are hosting a golf get together on September 28 at 1pm at the Park Hill Golf Course, 32nd Avenue and Colorado Blvd (just south of I 70). Enjoy 9 holes or 18 holes and discuss negative exposure assessments and such riding in the cart. Green fees are $45 for 18 and $26 for 9. Signup at the FTC or email
AIHA RMS is presenting a seminar on October 25, 2018 in Cheyenne, Wyoming at Laramie County Community College on "Setting up a Schedule for Change-Out of Respirator Cartridges" from 11:30am-1pm. Lunch and Drinks will be provided.
AIHA-RMS is working to create more of a presence and increase membership in Wyoming and offer opportunities to health and safety professionals starting in October, to include a lunch and learn date for interested parties. AIHA-RMS, Wyo OSHA and Wyoming based organizations are working together and coordinating meetings/seminars opportunities, including Cheyenne on October 25, 2018. AIHA-RMS is an amazing professional group that provides in depth information and educational opportunities to health and safety professionals. Please see the attached link for more information on the Rocky Mountain Section of AIHA:

There will also be a lunch and learn entitled "Current Research on Shiftwork Impacts" presented by Dr. Celine Vetter. Thursday November 29 from 11:30am-1pm at CU Boulder. Register online.
Education - Lindsay Parker Wilcock
The education committee will be offering a 2-hour Ethics Course taught by Christine Lorenzo on Tuesday November 13 from 5:30-7:30pm, at the Century Link Event Center, 1025 Eldorado Blvd, Broomfield, CO 80021.
International - Bevin Luna
As we mentioned in the last newsletter, members of our International Committee had a great trip to Romania in June. Some of our partners from Romania will be attending the Fall Technical Conference, so we hope you’ll get a chance to meet them. Additionally, they have created a video that will be shown during the networking break on September 12, from 2:45-3:15. We are looking forward to seeing many of you at the conference!
Outreach - Sarah Kaiman
The AIHA-RMS outreach committee has been working on securing webcasting connections for the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) conference, September 24-26, for those who aren't attending the conference in Washington, D.C. Watch for further updates once logistics and locations for participating are confirmed.

Additionally, the Outreach Committee is soliciting a few volunteers to attend the lake county career fair which will be held at Lake County High School in Leadville on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 8 AM-12 PM.  If you’re interested in attending the career fair to promote the field of industrial hygiene and occupational health and safety to high school students, please contact Sarah Kaiman ( by September 25th. 
Treasurer - Emily Schmick
The Audit and Financials Committee met in August for it's inaugural meeting. After this initial training session, committee members Barb O'Kane and Sarah Kaiman will be conducting an audit of the 2017 transactions, and will be reporting back to the membership by the close of this year.
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