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THE EXPOSURE
Summer 2017
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President's Message - Tim Lockhart

 
Hello Everyone,

I hope you all are having a great start to your summer! I’m sure all of your schedules have been hectic and crazy, so hopefully you’re making plans for some relaxation over the next few months. 

The first week of June I was lucky to be able to attend the 2017 American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce) in Seattle, Washington. As always, the conference provided outstanding educational opportunities with plenty of time for networking and visiting with old friends. For me, one of the most beneficial aspects of the conference was re-energizing my passion for the field of industrial hygiene. Immersing yourself in the world of industrial hygiene for one week and surrounding yourself with professionals who are equally as passionate really reminds you of the importance of the field. 

The conference kicked off with a keynote presentation from Ken Jennings, best known for his 6-month winning streak on the game show Jeopardy. Ken spoke about his experiences on the show, but more importantly, about the importance of lifelong learning. During his talk, he acknowledged one of the many challenges Industrial Hygienists face, and that is the constant need to be well-versed and “experts” in so many different fields. He was able to recognize the importance of being in the right place at the right time with the RIGHT information. I think many of us wear a variety of different “hats” in our jobs, so the importance of lifelong learning rang true with much of the audience. 

At the conference, a few of us from the board were able to attend the Local Section Council business meeting. This meeting was a chance for representative from each local section to get together and discuss upcoming initiatives from AIHA and network with other local section members. As always, I left this meeting recognizing how fortunate we are to have such a strong and dedicated membership. 

In Seattle, our members represented the Rocky Mountain Section with great attendance and various technical presentations. More importantly though, the accomplishments of a few specific members made our section truly shine! 
Christine Lorenzo was recognized for her contributions to the field of industrial hygiene and occupational health, and was named as one of AIHA’s Distinguished Fellows. This designation is limited to no more than 5% of the AIHA membership and is quite an honor. Congratulations Chris!

Bradley King formally took over his role on the AIHA Board of Directors and Deborah Nelson officially began her term as the President of the AIHA. Both of these roles will require a great deal of commitment and responsibility, but Bradley and Deborah are well suited for the challenges and will do a great job!  Congratulations!  

The RMS Board of Directors is continually working to provide our members with first rate and unique educational opportunities throughout the year. This spring, the board decided unanimously to purchase the AIHA eLearning subscription for the remainder of the calendar year. If you have not had a chance to log in and explore the courses and webinars that are available, you should do so. There are some great presentations and it couldn’t be easier to earn certification maintenance points.
The Fall Technical Conference planning committee, led by President-Elect Kyle Vogel, has been meeting monthly to plan this year’s conference. Please read the article in this newsletter for an update from the committee on the exciting program they have planned.

Bevin Luna, Director of our International Committee and Cynthia Ellwood made a visit to Iasi, Romania to visit our friends at Gheorghe Asachi Technical University. During their visit they taught an industrial hygiene workshop for ~40 graduate students and presented at their local conference. 

Charlie Koch has been working with the Denver Zoo to schedule a technical tour for this fall, and we will be having a PDC: Healthcare for the IH. Look for information regarding these events in the upcoming months.

Our board is committed to our members and making the RMS one of the most prominent locals section in the country. If anyone would like additional information on how the board operates, would like to sit in on a meeting or learn more about volunteering, please reach out to me directly. We are always looking for new volunteers and I would love to share my experiences with you.

Lastly, I want to personally thank all the board members for their efforts thus far!
 
COMMITTEE UPDATES
Outreach - Sarah Kaiman
 
On April 7th, AIHA-RMS members Don Archibold, Sarah Kaiman, and Ron Hill served as "Special Award" judges at the 62nd annual Colorado Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF).  

A $150 award was presented to Aaliayh Garcia, a high school student, for her project, Wildland Firefighter Defense System: Phase Two (abstract available at http://129.82.204.188/csef/abs/abstract_display.php). Ms. Garcia is helping to save the lives of wildland firefighters by testing fire-resistant fabrics and materials of varying heat-conductivity to design the lightest and most protective fire shelter! 

A $50 Award was presented to Mindi Carr, a junior high student, for her project, Deep Knee Bends  (abstract available at http://129.82.204.188/csef/abs/abstract_display.php). Ms. Carr built a knee using wood, rubber bands, and a door hinge to demonstrate patellar tendon strain at  a varying knee bend angles - very impressive for a junior high student! 

We hope that these bright ladies continue pursuing science and engineering disciplines contributing to the protection of worker health and safety! A special thanks goes out to judges for volunteering to serve on the judge panel. Please visit the CSEF website: http://www.csef.colostate.edu/ for more information.

 
Legislative - Brian O'Malley
 
Interested in legislative activity that affects our profession? Click here to read our most recent Legislative Update
 
Fall Technical Conference - Kyle Vogel
 
2017 Fall Technical Conference – Speaker Registration Now Open!

The planning committee for the 2017 Fall Technical Conference is very excited about the plans being developed for the upcoming conference scheduled just a few short months away on September 19-20, 2017. Because the call for abstracts is currently open, the final agenda is still being formulated and will be released as the conference nears. Abstract submissions are due by July 1, 2017, so there is still time and abstracts can be submitted on our conference webpage. The committee is particularly interested in advanced, technically oriented and practical presentations, or workshops that apply to industrial hygiene, occupational safety, and environmental health issues. We welcome your submissions on technical topics and would be very pleased to see your participation in this conference as a presenter! If you have interest in supporting the conference as an exhibitor or sponsor, please review the pertinent information and forms on our website. As always, we are grateful to past and future sponsors for helping to make the conference the success that it is!

Following in the tradition of past conferences, we will have two full days of engaging speakers on a variety of industrial hygiene and safety-related topics. During the two conference days, many opportunities for networking will be scheduled so that attendees can interact and mingle with colleagues from across the region, including a happy hour/social event that closes the first day of the conference at the conclusion of the scientific sessions. In addition to the technical sessions, the conference will host a number of vendors and exhibitors with whom the attendees can interact and learn about new products and services. Door prizes will also be given out during various points of the conference. We anticipate hosting a great event and look forward to seeing our AIHA RMS members there!
 
DETAILS:
What: 2017 Fall Technical Conference
Who: American Industrial Hygiene Association Rocky Mountain Section (AIHA RMS) and American Society of Safety Engineers Colorado Chapter (ASSE CO)
Where: Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, CO
When: September 19-20, 2017 (8 AM to 5 PM, both days)
For more information: contact AIHA-RMS co-chair Kyle Vogel (Kyle.Vogel@denvergov.org) or ASSE-CO co-chair Jim Larson (James.Larson@nrel.gov).

 
Education - Holli Merchant

The 2017 AIHA RMS board voted to renew our e-learning subscription with AIHA again this year.  Many of you took advantage of it last year and we hope to get even more participation in 2017.

This subscription allows any member to access recorded webinars that AIHA puts on through their subscription page.  There is one up there now so you can try it out.  Also it gives us access to two live lines, so if you want to host one at your facility you can.  

To participate, access the e learning platform through this link. A roster has been sent to aiha so they know who is authorized. You can find instructions on viewing a recording and submitting an evaluation to receive education credits by clicking here.

Membership - Brandy Howard
AIHA-RMS Promotes Local Job Opportunities

Did you know that the AIHA-RMS website has a free job posting board for firms in our area?  If you are looking for new Industrial Hygienist help or a new opportunity in the local market, please consider our website as a resource.  The site is http://www.aiha-rms.org/aiha-rms-job-postings.  There are currently several jobs posted such as:
  • HR Generalist, Tri-County, Greenwood Village, CO
  • Environmental, Safety, and Health Point of Contact (Hydrogen Safety), NREL, Golden, CO
  • Safety and Industrial Hygiene Professional, City and County of Denver – Denver International Airport, Denver, CO
  • Industrial Hygiene Technician, Landmark Environmental, Inc., Littleton, CO
Please let me know if you have any questions about this benefit or any of the other benefits of being a member of the AIHA-RMS.  -Brandy Howard, bhoward@landmarkenviro.com
 
International - Bevin Luna

Hello all!

The AIHA-RMS International Committee sent two local section members, Cynthia Ellwood and Bevin Luna, to Iasi, Romania in May 2017 to teach an industrial hygiene workshop to students in the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs in the department of Materials Engineering and Industrial Safety at Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi.  The workshop also included health and safety specialists from two different departments including Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Environmental Protection.  The workshop covered topics to provide the students with a greater understanding of how to conduct a job hazard analysis and a qualitative exposure assessment.  The course provided tools, resources, and case studies to assist students and EHS professionals with collecting important details regarding the sequence of basic job steps, the identification of hazards, and the implementation of standard operating procedures and corrective actions.  The students applied these theories and principles by participating in site visits at local businesses in the areas surrounding the university. Site tours included a foundry, a water treatment facility, a machine shop, and a brickyard.  Given the fact that Romania placed the Safety and Health at Work Act (Law No. 319 of 14 July 2006) into legislation only a little over 10 years ago, the information presented and the real world application of the principles were very well received by the students and professionals who participated in the workshop.  

After the completion of the seven day workshop, Cynthia and Bevin were speakers at the third International Conference for Safety and Health at Work IS-SSM 2017 coordinated by the department of Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Materials Engineering and Industrial Safety, the National Labour Inspectorate from Bucharest, The Territorial Labour Inspectorate from Iasi, the National Research and Development Institute of Occupational Safety (INCDPM) "Alexandru Darabont" from Bucharest, the National Institute for Research and Development in Mine Safety and Protection from Explosion (INSEMEX Petrosani), and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work - Focal Point Romania.  Ms. Ellwood presented information on "Hazards in Healthcare" based on her experience working in private consultation while Ms. Luna presented information on "The History of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the United States" based on her experience working with OSHA Consultation. 

In addition to conducting the IH workshop and speaking at the conference, Bevin and Cynthia transported various IH textbooks and resource materials donated by the AIHA-RMS membership as a gift to the students in the health and safety programs at TUIASI.  The faculty and students were extremely appreciative of the materials and they requested even more materials!  A huge THANK YOU goes out to the membership for stepping up to assist with providing IH materials to these students!

The experience was very inspiring and absolutely life changing for both Cynthia and Bevin!  They would both like to recognize Dr. Constantin Baciu, Dr. Brindusa Sluser, and Silvia Georgescu for their support and assistance in making the experience possible through the collaboration between their university, TUIASI, the AIHA-RMS local section, and Colorado State University.  The faculty at TUIASI even made it possible for Cynthia and Bevin to visit "Dracula's Castle" in Transylvania!  Please see the included photos.  

Moving forward, the goal of the AIHA-RMS International Committee is to continue building this partnership between both organizations in order to provide opportunities for professional development for AIHA-RMS local section members and promote the field of industrial hygiene on an international level.  If you're interested in volunteering for the International Committee, please contact Bevin Luna at bevin.luna@gmail.com.  More information on this trip will be presented at the 2017 Fall Technical Conference, so please be sure to attend!!

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