Spring 2018 Newsletter

Letter from The President

By:  Matt Zock, CIH - President, Pittsburgh AIHA


Spring is (almost) here in Pittsburgh.  Just as our clocks have moved forward, it is a time to look forward; to a return of the birds, the bees, baseball and green trees.  We are also looking forward to some great education.  And no more snow…hopefully, no more snow. 

  • On March 22nd, our Local Section Director Keith Rickabaugh, CIH, and Technical Director – Materials and Analytical Services for RJ Lee Group, Inc. will be hosting a session on Respirable Crystalline Silica at RJ Lee Group’s laboratory in Monroeville, PA.  Keith will be presenting alongside Del Kubeldis, CIH, CSP, ARM, Thad Pajak, CIH, CSP, ACLM, and Bob Wheeler, PE, BCEE, FAIHA.  A silica laboratory tour will follow the presentation and discussion.  Register today using this link https://www.pittsburghaiha.org/2018-03-22-rj-lee-silica.html
  • The Local Section Executive Committee recommends attending the Mid-Atlantic Safety & Health (MASHA) Conference, to be held April 26th at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Twp., PA.  More information and registration can be found here https://mashasafetyconference.org/
  • AIHce is being held on May 20-23 this year a short drive away in Philadelphia, PA.  Several local section members will be in attendance.  We hope you can make it.
  • We are also tentatively planning a June educational event, as well as our Summer Business meeting to be held in July.  Please stay tuned.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and recognize Local Section member and 2018 AIHA Fellow Julie Panko, CIH, FAIHA.  Thank you for all that you have done and will continue to do to move the profession and our Local Section forward!

I would also like to show appreciation for a few folks that stepped forward as candidates for our Local Section elections this year; Renee Cowell, CSP; Barb Cummings, CIH; and Paula Sweitzer, CHMM.  As our incoming President Lucinette Alvarado Rivera, CIH begins her term this summer, I am excited to be part of an executive committee with such strong women in leadership.  Last summer, National AIHA formed a new Women in IH Working Group to “provide a platform for professional women to support career development, promote leadership skills, and to share information relevant to women working in industrial hygiene.”  For more information or to get involved, see this link to a recent Synergist article http://synergist.aiha.org/201803-creating-a-community-women-in-ih

Speaking of leadership, many current members have served on our Local Section Executive Committee over the years.  Our group would not be what it is without you.  I strongly urge our younger members, or any members that have not served, to please consider getting involved in the coming years.  It is important to our sustainability, it is rewarding, and it may not be quite as difficult or time-consuming as some may think.  No experience necessary, just a passion to lead!

Moving forward…

Matt Zock, CIH

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Thank You Corporate Sponsors!


We need to thank the organizations/members listed below who are 2018 Pittsburgh AIHA Corporate Sponsors - Our Pittsburgh AIHA depends on support from member organizations to help defray local section operating costs. We greatly appreciate your participation!


Member News:


It's been a busy winter!!  We have new members, returning members, new jobs, and retiring members!  It's all good news -- Here's the list:

Welcome to the following new and returning members:

  • Deanna Badger - Cardno ChemRisk - Deanna is an Assistant Health Scientist at Cardno ChemRisk in Pittsburgh. She received a B.S. in Environmental Sciences and minors in Chemistry and Biology from Duke University in 2016. She is excited to become more involved with industrial hygiene work.
  • Dr. Emanuele Cauda - is a Senior Research Engineer at the Pittsburgh Mining Research Division, part of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Dr. Cauda joined NIOSH in 2007 and his research focuses on monitoring, characterization, and control of aerosols present in occupational environments and specifically respirable dust, crystalline silica, and diesel particulate matter. Dr. Cauda is also the Deputy Director of the NIOSH Center for Direct Reading and Sensor Technologies (NCDRST). In the frame of the center, Dr. Cauda is involved in the performance verification of real-time monitors and in the use of innovative tools for occupational health and safety. 
  • Dana Cocchi, CIH - BWXT
  • Dan Davis - Sr. Environmental Program Manager, Skelly and Loy, Inc., Pittsburgh.
  • Jessica Brown, CIH, CHMM - EHS Business Regional Manager at Eaton.
  • Jennifer Kapp, CIH, MSPH - Process Safety Manager, Arconic Technology Center, New Kensington, PA.
  • John Paul (JP) Moroney - EHS Supervisor for Vitro Architectural Glass in Cheswick PA.
  • Dylan Thomas, GSP - Health and Safety Scientist, Golder Associates in Wexford, PA.
  • William Weichsel, MPH, GSP - Industrial Hygienist - MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. in Canonsburg, PA.
  • William Boehmer

Congratulations to the following:

  • Dan Hagerty, CHMM who works for PPG Industries as the Manager, Product Stewardship - Raw Materials.  He is working out of the Business and Technology Center in Monroeville.  Dan previously worked with Koppers in Pittsburgh.
  • Ashlyn Landgraf, GSP who has a new position working as a Safety and Occupational Health Specialist with the US Army Corps of Engineers.  Ashlyn previously worked at FedEx Ground.
  • Renee Cowell, CSP recently began a new position as Senior Health and Safety Advisor with Hatch in Pittsburgh.  Renee previously worked in consulting with the Amerisafe Group and ERM.
  • Marjorie Fritz has retired from PPG Industries after over 38 years!  She was the Product Stewardship Manager, Raw Materials and a long-time member of the Pittsburgh AIHA - Best wishes to Margie!

Other Member News Items:

  • Local Section member Joel Haight, PhD, PE, CSP, CIH, from The University of Pittsburgh is a 2018 candidate for the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) national position of Director-at-Large.  Good luck Dr. Haight!  To learn about Joel and other ASSE candidates, see this link http://www.asse.org/elections/slate2018/

January 18 Meeting Highlights - PPG Ergonomics Process

By:  Matt Zock, CIH - President, Pittsburgh AIHA


On January 18, 2018 the Local Section held a continuing education event at Repsol in Warrendale,​ PA lead by Donna Bartlett, CIH of PPG Industries. Donna presented PPG’s Ergonomics Process, helping attendees develop strategies and solutions to their ergonomic challenges.  Donna also shared PPG’s experience and success stories from the Ergo Cup, a best practice sharing competitive program established by the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE) and The Applied Ergonomics Conference.  Special thanks to Donna, and to Repsol for hosting the event. 


Thanks to the following attendees who participated in the event:

  • Lucinette Alvarado - Covestro, LLC
  • Gregory Ashman - Professional Training Associates, Inc.
  • Deanna Badger - Cardno ChemRisk
  • Donna Bartlett - PPG Industries, Inc.
  • John Bell - Watco Companies, LLC
  • Darrick Bertig  - FirstEnergy Corporation
  • Thomas Blank - BWSR, LLC
  • Dana Cocchi - BWTX
  • Barbara Cummings - AM Health & Safety, Inc.
  • Carol Delfino - SE Technologies, LLC
  • Derek Dishong - American Airlines
  • Fred Elbel - NNL Bettis Lab
  • Joni Ferrara - Kop-Coat, Inc.
  • Mary Furrer - BMPC
  • Laura Hallett - Cardno ChemRisk
  • Warren Houseman - ENTACT, LLC
  • Dennis Kelly - Energy Transfer Partners
  • Christy Kirsch - SE Technologies, LLC
  • Joshua Maskrey - Cardno ChemRisk
  • Bruce Pacolay - BMPC
  • Tad Pajak - QBE North America
  • Frank Pokrywka - University of Pittsburgh
  • Michael Reilly - West Virginia University
  • Keith Rickabaugh - RJ Lee Group, Inc.
  • Bernard Sersevic - Bettis Power Laboratory
  • Marty Sholtis - BMPC
  • William Smith - Slippery Rock University
  • Shawn Sunderlin - Repsol Oil & Gas USA LLC
  • Michael Swintek - Eastern Alliance Insurance Group
  • Jennifer Ungvarsky - LANXESS Corporation
  • Matt Zock - FedEx Ground

AIHA Pittsburgh Membership Dues - ​Payment Due NOW!


If you are a National AIHA Member, you have the option to pay dues through National AIHA, or directly to the local section.

If you are NOT a National AIHA Member, you must pay dues directly to the local section.

Pittsburgh AIHA Membership Dues is still only $25 per year.  As a paid member, you receive member rate at all events, and access to the Pittsburgh AIHA Annual E-Learning Webinar Subscription.

February 8, 2018 President's Luncheon Review

By:  Matt Zock, CIH - President, Pittsburgh AIHA


On February 8, 2018 Local Section members, sponsors and guests gathered at the LeMont in Mt. Washington for our annual President’s Luncheon.  National AIHA President, Deborah Imel Neslon, PhD, CIH, shared her personal experiences and thoughts on how our profession has changed, and what she feels will be our biggest future challenges with her presentation “Journey of a 20th Century American Industrial Hygienist - ​Where Will Your Journey Take You?”.  Deborah also shared a National AIHA Update including the current strategic direction, taking questions and recommendations from attendees.  Special thanks to US Micro Solutions, Inc. for sponsoring the networking portion of the luncheon.  Deborah’s presentations are available on our Pittsburgh Local Section website at https://www.pittsburghaiha.org/2018-feb-8-presidents-lunch.html


Thank you to the following attendees who participated in the event:

  • Lucinette Alvarado - Covestro, LLC
  • Zachary Ambrisco - FedEx Ground
  • George Bender - GHB Consulting Services LLC
  • Cody Bootes - Colden Corporation
  • Aaron Cameron - Andaldo-STS
  • Patrick Carfagna - CNX Resources
  • Brad Coomes - IE Monitoring Instuments
  • Dan Davis - Skelly and Loy, Inc.
  • Carol Delfino - SE Technologies, LLC
  • Sharon Fanchalsky - U.S. Micro-Solutions, Inc.
  • Dan Flanagan - Port Authority of Allegheny County
  • Caitlin Fobes - Colden Corporation
  • Joel Haight - University of Pittsburgh
  • Dennis Kelly - Energy Transfer Partners
  • Christy Kirsch - SE Technologies, LLC
  • Deanna Kiska - U.S. Micro-Solutions, Inc.
  • Stanford Liang - Tetra Tech
  • Mike McCaffrey - HETI Services
  • Michael McElhinny - Colden Corporation
  • Julie Panko - Cardno ChemRisk
  • Frank Pokrywka - University of Pittsburgh
  • Michael Reilly - West Virginia University
  • Keith Rickabaugh - RJ Lee Group, Inc.
  • Nathaniel Ruhl - Skelly and Loy, Inc.
  • Raffie Sessa -RCS Health & Safety Consulting, LLC
  • Shawn Sunderlin - Repsol Oil & Gas USA LLC
  • Paula Sweitzer - Duquesne University
  • Matt Zock - FedEx Ground

Free Fall Prevention Stand-Down Webinar - March 21


On March 21, an hour-long webinar on the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction will showcase plans for the 2018 event. Representatives from OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and CPWR—The Center for Construction Research and Training will participate. Falls are the leading cause of construction fatalities, accounting for one-third of on-the-job injuries and deaths in the industry. This year's Stand-Down is scheduled for May 7-11.​


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