President's Message - Kyle Vogel
When I joined the AIHA-RMS 4 years ago I was amazed by about how engaged our local section was with the industrial hygiene profession. This could not be more true today, evident in our members involvement with AIHce 2018 in Philadelphia. During the conference, Bradley King, Jeff Citrone, Evgeny Andronov, Brian Carnduff, and Mwangi Ndonga led a new professional development course on upstream oil and gas exposures. Additionally, Bradley King and Roberta Smith led an educational session on worker safety and health concerns in the emerging cannabis industry while Robert Strode and Daniel Hall presented on air dispersion modeling for industrial hygienists. Perhaps the most visible member of our local section at the conference was Deborah Nelson who served as president of AIHA for the last year, culminating in her hosting role at AIHce. On behalf of the entire local section, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Deborah for all the time and effort she has dedicated to our organization, especially during her tenure as president.
Numerous local section members were also recognized for their work in the field. Eric Esswein was named an AIHA Fellow, a designation that was awarded to less than 10 of the 22 professionals that were nominated. Roberta Smith was awarded the 2017 Critics Choice Award for her contribution to the AIHA publication “Guidelines for the Selection and use of Environmental Disinfectants in Healthcare”. Finally, the AIHA Infection Control Subcommittee, whose team includes our local section members Cynthia Elwood, Rob Strode, and Roberta Smith, was awarded Outstanding Project Team. And this is just a sample of our members’ involvement in this year’s conference!
We have benefited from great leaders, volunteers, and members in the past, and as we move forward to the future, our board strives to continue growing our local section and improving the benefits we offer members. Our new monthly email to members, currently titled The STEL, is a great resource for discovering learning opportunities, social events, and other activities in our community. We have some exciting PDCs, lunch and learns, and technical tours coming up in the second half of 2018, not to mention our annual Fall Technical Conference, which will take place on September 11th and 12th. For those of us who cannot travel away from the office during workdays, the 2018 AIHA eLearning Subscription, which is available at no cost to AIHA-RMS members, is a great way to stay current on topics and issues in the profession while also earning CEUs.
One endeavor our board recently embarked on was exploring the option of refreshing the AIHA-RMS logo. Our current logo, which was created by a local section member, is a wonderful symbol for our organization, one that many of us have grown very fond of. So why explore the idea of a new logo? There are a couple of reasons, the first of which has to do with shape versatility. In this modern day and age, it is helpful to have a logo that fits dimensions of platforms that we advertise our local section on (Facebook, LinkedIn, PowerPoint, the AIHA-RMS website, etc.). Our current logo is available in a limited set of aspect ratios, which causes it to appear distorted on some websites and marketing materials. The second reason has to do with remaining fresh and relevant. Color and font trends change, styles evolve, and there is an opportunity to update our logo accordingly. We recently used the website UpWork to recruit and pay a graphic designer $75.00 to create two mock logos for the AIHA-RMS. A poll is now open via email for active members to view and vote on which logo they would like to keep as the AIHA-RMS logo. If you are an active member and did not receive a link to the poll, please contact me. I encourage all of you to cast your ballot in favor of the design that you believe will represent the AIHA-RMS best going forward, be it one of the two new designs or our current logo. Thank you and have a safe summer!