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American Industrial Hygiene Association - Rocky Mountain Section
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THE EXPOSURE
Winter 2016
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President's Message - Bradley King
 
As the weather turns cold and the nights grow longer, I’d like to send my warmest greetings to all the RMS members! Having just spent the Thanksgiving holiday with my family who visited me here in the great state of Colorado, I find myself in a thankful mood, wanting to express my appreciation to all those in the section who have helped shape 2016 into such a great year for me as President of the RMS. I’ve met so many warm and welcoming members at section events throughout the year which has been one of my favorite parts of working on the RMS board. Specifically, I’d like to recognize and thank Barb O’Kane, the section’s past-president, who has provided such a great example of leadership to me and to the section for the past three years—it’s been a wonderful experience working with you! We have several other board members who are completing their board position cycles at the end of 2016 and will be rotating off the board: a very heartfelt ‘thank you’ goes out to Linda Hendrix (6 years as Programs Director), Megan Meagher (4 years as Treasurer), and Breanne Beck (2 years as Newsletter Director) for their service to the section over the years! Your contributions have been many and have been a huge part of the section’s past success. We’ll miss your presence at our board meetings, but wish you success in your future endeavors and look forward to staying in touch.

In January, a new RMS board will convene under the capable leadership of Tim Lockhart as 2017 RMS President. I have every confidence that the outstanding leadership Tim has exhibited as 2016 President-Elect will ensure 2017 will be a banner year for the section. I’d also like to welcome the newly elected members of the 2017 board who will be joining Tim and the other remaining members: Kyle Vogel (serving as President-Elect), Emily Schmick (serving as Treasurer), Mwangi Ndonga (serving as Newsletter Director), and Charlie Koch (serving as Programs Director). I am grateful for your willingness to volunteer your time in these capacities and look forward to the new energy, ideas, and initiatives your involvement will bring. More information on these new board members will be highlighted in our first newsletter in 2017. Please be sure to introduce yourself to the new and returning board members when you see them at RMS events next year!

The 2016 RMS board members worked hard to create an exciting slate of industrial hygiene related activities and opportunities for the section. I’d like to take note of some of the most recent events and highlights of the year including a silica professional development course (PDC) organized by our Education Director Holli Merchant; a sold-out technical tour at the Denver International Airport organized by our Programs Director Linda Hendrix and arranged by our future President-Elect Kyle Vogel; and our always-thought-provoking ethics class taught by local section member and past national AIHA leader Chris Lorenzo. The 2016 FTC was a smash hit thanks to the hard work of co-chair Tim Lockhart and the rest of the organizing committee as well as the section members who contributed presentations on their latest industrial hygiene and safety work! It was at the FTC that we solidified our international partnership with colleagues at the Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi, Romania, through a signed memorandum of understanding which will guide our partnership in future years thanks to International Committee Director Bevin Luna. Throughout the year, we’ve relied on board members Brian O’Malley to keep us up-to-date on current and pending legislative initiatives, Bree Beck to keep us informed of section activities by organizing and coordinating our section newsletter, Roberta Smith to ensure the RMS website and Facebook page are key methods of communication with the section, and Sarah Kaiman to provide outreach, support, and recognition to the next generation of industrial hygiene professionals. While often working behind-the-scenes, running and managing the section’s business on a month-to-month basis throughout the year would not have been possible without the efforts of Brandy Howard (Membership Director), Sarah Funk (Secretary) and Megan Meagher (Treasurer). Thanks to everyone for their hard work and commitment—it’s been an honor working with you all this year!

On behalf of the 2016 RMS leadership board, I’d like to close by wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday season with plenty of opportunities to share good cheer with your family and friends! Looking forward to seeing and working with you all in 2017!
Bradley

 

MEMBERS CORNER
2016 Membership Survey
 
One of the goals of this year’s AIHA RMS leadership board was to ensure that the services provided to the Rocky Mountain Section (RMS) were meeting or exceeding the needs and expectations of the section’s membership. In an effort to better understand the members’ thoughts in this area, we created an electronic survey that was distributed to the section’s members in September 2016. The survey directly asked questions in a number of pertinent areas to give insight about which section activities worked well for the members and which activities may be in need of improvement. We had a successful response from the membership in response to our call to fill the survey out—I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to complete the survey and provide us their thoughts! The survey results will help guide the RMS leadership board’s efforts in the future in what and how we plan specific events and how we communicate with the membership, with the intent for consistent improvement in the section members’ experience.

A report showing the complete survey results was generated and has been posted on the RMS website for those of you interested in looking at the details of the responses. However, I would like to provide some summary points of the responses provided:
  • We had a total of 62 completed responses.
  • Almost 40% of the responses only attended one RMS event per year, with the Fall Technical Conference (FTC) being the most often attended event.
  • The most requested types of events that responders would like to see more offered were lunch-and-learns and professional development courses (PDCs), with technical tours a close third.
  • The vast majority of responses indicated they only felt somewhat connected and networked with other members of the section, indicating an area in need of improvement. We were provided several suggestions on how we can improve the communication from the leadership board to the membership. We will discuss these suggestions with the incoming 2017 leadership board on how we can incorporate them into next year’s activities.
  • The vast majority of responses indicated that the costs charged for events such as lunch-and-learns, PDCs, the FTC, and technical tours were just right.
  • For events held in the Denver metropolitan area, northwest Denver (e.g., Golden) and central Denver were the highest rated preferences for event locations.
  • Almost all responses rated the times that past events have been scheduled as either very convenient or of average convenience, with the afternoon (e.g., lunch-time events) being the most preferred time of scheduled events and Tuesday and Wednesday being the most preferred days of events during the week.
  • By far, the most frequently cited reason which prevented responders from participating in RMS events more is “no time/too busy”. Many noted that the time required to reach the location of an event in the middle of a busy work day was a major limiting factor in participating.
  • We were provided multiple suggestions for specific event locations, including potential technical tour sites which we will look into as possibilities for 2017 events.
  • More than 40% of the responders indicated that they would consider volunteering or taking on a leadership role in the section. We thank you for this consideration and will be reaching out to you in the future.  The RMS runs on volunteer work and we are always looking to bring in new blood for the section board and committee work. For those of you in the section who didn’t get a chance to respond to the survey, but have an interest in volunteering for the section in some capacity, please let the leadership board know!
COMMITTEE UPDATES
Education Committee - Holli Merchant
A big thank you to all who participated in educational offerings this year! We are looking forward to a Confined Space Standard Review 4-hour course and a possible Infection Control for Industrial Hygienists class early next year. Keep an eye for more details.
Legislative Committee - Brian O'Malley
 
The next Legislative Update will be following this newsletter shortly!
 
As listed in the July 2016 AIHA-RMS Legislative Update, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act officially became public law on June 22, 2016 and amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976.  The amendment revised the process and requirements for evaluating and determining whether regulatory control of a chemical is warranted.
 
On November 29, 2016 the EPA named the first 10 chemicals the agency will evaluate for potential risks to human health and the environment under the newly amended TSCA legislation.  This list includes:

 
1,4-Dioxane Methylene Chloride
1-Bromopropane N-methylpyrrolidone
Asbestos Pigment Violet 29
Carbon Tetrachloride Tetrachloroethylene
Cyclic Aliphatic Bromide Cluster Trichloroethylene (TCE)
 
The risk evaluation for these chemicals must be completed within 3 years.  If an evaluation determines that an unreasonable risk to humans and the environment is present, the EPA must work to mitigate the risk within 2 years.  With the completion of each chemical risk assessment, another will begin.  For more on the chemicals listed and why they were chosen, check out: https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/evaluating-risk-existing-chemicals-under-tsca .
Outreach Committee - Sarah Kaiman
Volunteers Needed! Fun Guaranteed!
 
January 11th, 2017 - "Safety Day" at the Community College of Denver (CCD) Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC)
CCD’s manufacturing programs are relatively new and offer students the ability to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in fabrication weldingmachining or engineering graphics & mechanical designhttps://www.ccd.edu/program/fabrication-welding. If you have welding and/or fabrication safety experience and would like to work together to deliver a short presentation together for the students enrolled in these programs on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, please email sarahlwolff@gmail.com.
 
February 14-15, 2017 - All-Campus Career Fair CSU Fort Collins
&
February 21, 2017 -  Bio Tech & Science Focus Career Networking Event - CU Boulder
AIHA-RMS would like to set up a booth and a panel of AIHA-RMS volunteers from organizations to to increase awareness of the EHS profession at both of these career fairs. Students from a variety of science-related majors will be attending. It would be great if your organization is willing to offer an internship, a potential full-time job, job shadowing, or mentorship opportunity. Summer is coming quickly!  Take this opportunity to recruit a new face to the field and find your star intern/new employee at the same time!  Email sarahlwolff@gmail.com if interested.  
 
Members with High School Age Children - Help!
Please contact Sarah Kaiman at sarahlwolff@gmail.com if you become aware of any high school career-oriented events. We could set up a booth or table with a panel of member similar to the university career fairs to introduce the EHS career to prospective students, or we could deliver a short, 15 minute video presentation aimed at increasing awareness of health and safety aspects of youth jobs. NIOSH's Youth @ Work - Talking Safety Program has a variety of resources already developed for volunteers to deploy - visit the website! http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/talkingsafety/states/co/2015-129/default.html
International Committee - Bevin Luna
 
Hello AIHA-RMS members!  It’s the holiday season again!  I hope this message finds all of you happy and healthy.  The International Committee has been extremely busy working on multiple projects.  In September alongside many of our members, two colleagues, Silvia Georgescu (Research Associate) and Brindusa Sluser (Associate Professor) from our International Affiliate group, Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iași, Romania (TUIASI), attended the 2016 AIHA-RMS Fall Technical Conference in Arvada, CO. 
During the conference, Brindusa presented her topic, “Post-Closure Influence of Emissions Generated by Municipal Waste Deposits from North East Region of Romania”.  Also at the conference, we held a Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony to formalize the AIHA-RMS International Affiliate partnership with TUIASI.  Thank you to everyone who attended the ceremony, your attendance made it very meaningful to our Romanian colleagues!  In addition to the MOU signing between AIHA-RMS and TUIASI, we met with the Office of International Programs at Colorado State University (CSU) to discuss and draft an International Memorandum of Understanding between CSU and TUIASI.  The final document has since been signed and made official.  The completion of this IMOU provided the opportunity for CSU and TUIASI to apply for funds from the European Union through an Erasmus+ student, faculty, and researcher exchange program. This is very exciting for our AIHA-RMS local student section since they will benefit greatly from this program. 
Website - https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/about_en
We are currently working to acquire signatures and finalize this Erasmus+ application by December 15, 2016.  Please stay tuned for more information on this program and opportunities to participate in 2017.  Have a safe and joyous Christmas and New Year’s celebration!
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