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President's Letter - September 2022


Greetings and I hope everyone is having a great 2022! Where did the summer go? I am honored to be your new President of the AIHA Pittsburgh Local Section and I want to recognize the leadership provided by Laura Allen. I am also excited to welcome Dana Mitcheson as our President-elect and Program Chair. The rest of our Executive Committee is Renee Cowell (Secretary), Frank Pokrywka (Treasurer), Tom Blank (Director), and, of course, Christy Kirsch (Corresponding Secretary/Web Coordinator). We are working to fill the second Director position as soon as possible.

I would like to introduce myself and share a few words about what industrial hygiene means to me. My background is in public health engineering--working to develop controls to prevent dust exposures and occupational lung disease in U.S. miners. This work has taken me to dozens of underground mines and material handling facilities across the U.S. I have been engaged in this occupational safety and health research with CDC/NIOSH for nearly 20 years.

I am also an active-duty officer in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service. We are 6,000 uniformed public health officers (physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, and scientists, to name a few) who serve throughout the federal government to “protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of our nation.” As a public health responder, I have deployed for over 300 days during the COVID-19 pandemic, serving on many different missions, usually for just over a month or less. On these deployments I have served in a variety of roles, providing safety oversight and health guidance to control the spread of COVID-19 in airports, health clinics, long-term care facilities, prisons, and schools. In each of these assignments, I employed the IH decision-making competency of ARECC (anticipate, recognize, evaluate, control, and confirm). This technique has led to tailored solutions for each situation depending on the critical hazards and operational goals, be they force protection or protecting a vulnerable population. I encourage those who would like to learn more about this approach to visit AIHA’s website: https://www.aiha.org/education/frameworks/competency-framework-understanding-how-arecc-works-within-occupational-exposure-assessment

I’m sure that each of you has played a key role in the COVID-19 response for your respective organizations (and families, of course). Despite the many challenges and disruptions, I hope you have gained new skills and continue to succeed in protecting those who depend on you. As we turn the corner on COVID-19, I hope you will consider joining us at future in-person meetings. Our October meeting will be hosted by Rivers of Steel, where we have the opportunity to learn about the industrial roots of Pittsburgh and the impact that the labor movement here had on workers’ health and safety. We are currently planning other exciting professional development opportunities. For example, we are coordinating with our counterparts at ASSP (American Society of Safety Professionals) Western Pennsylvania Chapter to plan an upcoming joint meeting.

Finally, at CDC/NIOSH, advancing health equity is a core value, and we continually strive to provide workplace solutions to address hazards/exposures that may impact certain groups or individuals unequally. Many times, this is because marginalized populations do not have the same “voice” as mainstream groups. In that same vein, I would like to encourage all members, regardless of one’s professional background or stage of their career, to engage in the group’s activities and participate in shaping the section’s future. We are each limited by our own experiences, but together, our collected experiences can lead to greater opportunities and advancements. As John C. Maxwell stated in the title to his 2002 book: “Teamwork makes the dream work.”

Thank you for your continued participation and enthusiasm in our professional community, and for the enduring support of our sponsors.

Wishing you a safe and successful 2022 and beyond,

LT Tim Beck, MPH


Registration deadline extended to Sept. 30, 2022

Join the Pittsburgh AIHA for this great event: 

The Tour includes:  the Story of Steel presentation at the Bost Building, a Battle of Homestead presentation at the Pump House and a story about the immigrant / migrant food culture at the Pump House—paired with an immigrant-inspired lunch, along with a two-hour Industrial Tour of the Carrie Blast Furnaces. 

Click here for details and to REGISTER ONLINE!

Pittsburgh AIHA Meeting Review - June 22, 2022
The Short Course on Occupational Noise Exposure Measurement

Sponsored by SKC, Inc. and AM Health and Safety, Inc.

by Lt. Tim Beck, Pittsburgh AIHA President

On June 22, about thirty AIHA Pittsburgh Local Section members were provided a full-day professional development seminar on the topic of noise exposure measurement. This short course was presented by SKC, Inc. and AM Health and Safety, Inc. The technical presentation by Denny Collins, SKC, Inc., covered the physics of sound, hearing conservation, various government regulations, and the basics of conducting a noise survey.  Attendees were then given the opportunity to work hands-on with various sound level meters, noise dosimeters, and calibrating devices. Thanks to Barry Momyer for adding his expertise during the presentation and hosting the event at AM Health and Safety’s location on Campbells Run Rd.

Thank you to the following Pittsburgh AIHA Members and guests in attendance at this event, we appreciate your support!

  • Timothy Beck, NIOSH/CDC
  • John Bell, Watco Companies, LLC
  • Thomas Blank, BWXT
  • Julian Chimelewski, AM Health and Safety, Inc.
  • Dennis Collins, SKC Inc.
  • Barbara Cummings, AM Health and Safety, Inc.
  • Carol Delfino, Delfino Health & Safety
  • Kyle Hazelett, AM Health and Safety, Inc.
  • Matt Hilliard, AM Health and Safety, Inc.
  • Cynthia Kuhlman, SKC Inc.
  • Mark McFeely, SKC Inc.
  • Fred McGuigan, Risk Assessment Services, LLC
  • Barry Momyer, AM Health and Safety, Inc.
  • Chuck Nachreiner, SKC Inc.
  • Brian Neill, Wood
  • Colton Nist, Pittsburgh Regional Transit (PRT)
  • Michael Ritchie, Duquesne University
  • Patrick Strandwitz, Colden Corporation
  • Meghan Swanson 
  • Michael Swintek, Eastern Alliance Insurance Group
  • Leah Tipton, Mine Safety and Health Administration
  • Taylor Tomko, AM Health and Safety, Inc.
  • Anthony Veltri, Evoqua Water Technologies, LLC
  • Benjamin Weilerstein, Student

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Pittsburgh AIHA Holds Summer Business Meeting
July 26, 2022

On Wednesday, August 10 at 12:00 PM to ~1:30 PM, the Pgh. AIHA held the  summer business meeting via TEAMS.   Topics discussed during this meeting included program updates/planning, treasurer's report, secretary's report, student sections, corporate sponsors, etc. 

The Summer 2022 minutes are being prepared but the Agenda from the meeting can be found HERE:  2022_august_-_summer_business_meeting_agenda_final.pdf

The Winter Business Meeting Minutes (January 2022) were approved and can be found HERE:  https://www.pittsburghaiha.org/meetings.html

Thank you to the following Pittsburgh AIHA members that participated in the summer business meeting:

  • Laura Allen, Cardno ChemRisk
  • Donna Bartlett, PPG Industries, Inc.
  • Timothy Beck, NIOSH/CDC
  • Thomas Blank, BWXT
  • Renee Cowell, Hitachi Energy
  • Catherine Crott 
  • Frank Pokrywka, KTA-Tator, Inc.
  • James Rowlett 
  • Joseph Samuels, HMIS
  • Andrew Seal 
  • Leah Tipton, Mine Safety and Health Administration
  • Adrianne Watkins, Montrose Environmental
  • Rachel Williams, Cority
  • Matt Zock, Amazon

Local Section Social Event - Two Frays Brewing


Two Frays Brewery in Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh, 5113 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

by Lt. Tim Beck, Pgh. AIHA President

On July 14, an after-work social was held at Two Frays Brewing in Pittsburgh’s Garfield neighborhood. About ten AIHA members and family members networked and socialized after a long hiatus due to COVID-19.

Attendees were presented with a range of nearby food options and excellent drink choices on this particularly pleasant summer evening. Thanks to Laura Allen for suggesting the idea and venue.


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2022 Sponsors:

  • Alpine EHS, LLC
  • Amazon
  • AM Health & Safety, Inc.
  • CIH Services, Inc.
  • Colden Corporation
  • CSC, Inc.
  • FirstEnergy
  • FedEx Ground
  • Intertek PSI
  • MSA Safety
  • Premier Safety & Service, Inc.
  • Risk Assessment Services, LLC
  • SKC, Inc.
  • U.S. Micro-Solutions, Inc.

The Pittsburgh AIHA is seeking 2023 Corporate Sponsors - For $200 your company receives two Pittsburgh AIHA Local Section Memberships, a listing on the Corporate Sponsors page, a listing on the Consultants List page (if applicable), homepage weblink, and recognition in the Local Section newsletter. 

Please consider supporting the Pittsburgh AIHA as a Corporate Sponsor!  


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