Administrator's Message: Industrial Hygiene Practice Specialty

Now that summer has “unofficially” ended with kids returning to school, I came to the realization that some time had passed since my last message to members of ASSE's Industrial Hygiene Practice Specialty. It has been busy this past year and here are just a few highlights: 

  • In February, the Industrial Hygiene Practice Specialty partnered with the Healthcare Practice Specialty to sponsor an open call on industrial hygiene considerations in healthcare. Several members presented topics including a brief introduction to industrial hygiene, regulatory considerations and exposure monitoring considerations for chemical stressors found in healthcare settings. More than 160 participants attended the open call.
  • This past spring, our practice specialty partnered with ASSE’s Government Affairs and Policy team to respond to NIOSH’s call for public comment on the proposed Draft Current Intelligence Bulletin: The Occupational Exposure Banding Process: Guidance for the Evaluation of Chemical Hazards. Several members commented on the draft bulletin, culminating in ASSE’s response to NIOSH on this guideline that could have a significant impact on the industrial hygiene community. ASSE’s response was reported in Inside OSHA. In addition, ASSE and members of the the Industrial Hygiene Practice Specialty will be meeting with NIOSH this month to discuss our comments. It’s incredibly exciting to have this opportunity to partner with NIOSH on this groundbreaking guideline.
  • In June, Ann Schubert, our Assistant Administrator, represented our group at ASSE’s House of Delegates meeting. As you probably know, this was anticipated to be a highly charged meeting with two key issues to be discussed: changing the Society's name and logo. The delegates agreed to put the issue of the name change to the membership for a vote and the membership accepted the proposal. ASSE will become the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) in mid 2018.
  • The Industrial Hygiene Practice Specialty recognized Morgan Bliss for her outstanding efforts in championing our group and the industrial hygiene profession by awarding her the Industrial Hygiene Practice Specialty Safety Professional of the Year at Safety 2017. Morgan has served as content coordinator for our portal and as our group secretary, she frequently presents at the annual conference and at local conferences, and she was instrumental in coordinating and presenting on the open call with the Healthcare Practice Specialty. She has clearly earned this designation.
Morgan Bliss (center), Industrial Hygiene Practice Specialty Safety Professional of the Year, with Buddy Newbold (left), Council on Practice and Standards Awards and Honor Chair, and Bernard McDonald (right), Vice President, Council of Practices and Standards.
  • During Safety 2017, we partnered with the American Board of Industrial Hygiene to host an information and networking opportunity for those interested in pursuing the certified industrial hygienist (CIH) designation. The event was a success for both groups and we are planning the 2nd annual event for Safety 2018 in San Antonio, TX.
  • Finally, the Indiustrial Hygiene Practice Specialty was again recognized as achieving the Gold Standard in providing quality services to our membership. That recognition is a result of our dedicated members contributing their time and talents to provide members a better understanding of what industrial hygienists really do. Thanks to Ann Shubert for communicating our group’s efforts to the Society.

Going forward, I’d like to remind all Industrial Hygiene Practice Specialty members of the opportunities to contribute and improve to our practice specialty. Those of us that attended the Denver PDC got to meet some new faces: Juliette Travous, Nadine Marion, Wes Lashbrook, and Caty Hils; and all are now participating in our monthly calls and providing great ideas for improving how we serve our members. Our practice specialty is often approached by the Society to comment or provide technical expertise on various matters, and we could use your help. 

One opportunity for our members is participation on the ANSI/ASSE Z9 Committee that oversees Health and Safety Standards for Ventilation Systems. Jeff Nesbitt is engaged with the committee, which is soliciting qualified new members to participate in the standards development process. If you have experience in design, evaluation or use of ventilation systems, please consider volunteering. The committee is looking for members for both the full committee and subcommittees. If you are interested, please reach to Jeff; Z9 Chair Theodore Knutson; or Z9 Vice Chair Geoffrey Raifsnider.

We look forward to hearing from you. Please contact me or ASSE staff if you have feedback or questions.

Vic D’Amato
Administrator, Industrial Hygiene Practice Specialty


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