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Fall 2018 Newsletter

Letter from The President

By:  Lucinette Alvarado, CIH - President, Pittsburgh AIHA

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¡Hola a todos! I am so excited to be the President of the AIHA Local Pittsburgh Section during the 2018-2019 term. Lately, I had the opportunity to participate in workshops provided by AIHA and I must say that these were very fulfilling. I am an AIHA Future Leaders Institute (FLI) Class of 2018 graduate! This workshop took place in Washington DC from September 20 to 23, 2018. I learned so much about myself as well as how to be a great leader. One of the things that were important was that to be a leader is not just one person is a team. A team with different ideas and styles will make a difference. It is very important to work as a team for a common goal and to know and accept each other. Our goal is for the AIHA Local Pittsburgh Section to be successful.  From what I heard and saw from meetings with the other AIHA Local Sections, we are a strong group. We need to keep it that way and I need your help.

If you have ideas on events educational and/or social, please feel free to contact us. I encourage you to be brave and step up to host and/or organize an event. Let’s be mentors and examples to the students who are working hard to be professionals in the near future. Let’s give back to the community who needs people like us to keep them safe. As Mr. Gene Kranz, NASA flight Director Gemini & Apollo missions always said: “Failure is not an option”. Old or new in the profession, retired or still working, academia or industry, let’s do this for the team. I guarantee you will feel like a superhero. At least that is how I feel in this profession. Let’s make it happen! I hope you guys are doing great in your work and personal lives. I am confident that I will hear from you. ¡Èxito!

Lucinette

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Slippery Rock Student Promotes the Pittsburgh AIHA

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New Pgh. AIHA Student Member, Summer Wilde (Slippery Rock University) created a Pittsburgh AIHA membership flyer to recruit new student members for the Pittsburgh Local Section.  Summer spoke with Dr. Cali, the Safety Chairperson at SRU who agreed to send the flyer out to all of the safety students as well as have paper copies available outside of the safety office. Summer also met with nearly all of the Safety Dept. professors who said that they would talk about the flyer and membership to the Pittsburgh AIHA in their classes. Hopefully there will be enough interest among SRU students to someday start a Slippery Rock AIHA Student Section.  Summer was grateful for this opportunity to help recruit students and get involved with the AIHA. The Executive Committee would like to thank Summer for taking the lead to create the flyer and generate interest among students/professors in the Pittsburgh AIHA.  Check out all the new student members listed below that joined as a result of Summer's efforts!!  Great job Summer!

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 Welcome to the following new Pittsburgh AIHA Members!

  • Sarmed Shareef - University of Pittsburgh
  • Bingbing Wu - NIOSH
  • Matthew Spino - ERM
  • Michael Lutte
  • Makenzie Herbinko, Student - Slippery Rock University
  • Damon Morris, Student - Slippery Rock University
  • Summer Wilde - Slippery Rock University
  • Ashton Teeter, Student - Slippery Rock University
  • Benjamin Barilaro, Student - Slippery Rock University
  • Hope Schnell, Student - Slippery Rock University
  • Steven Jones, Student - Slippery Rock University 
  • Michael Thomas, Student - Slippery Rock University
  • Gordon Arch, Student - Slippery Rock University
  • Devin Heckman, Student - Slippery Rock University
  • Jordan Geibig, Student - Slippery Rock University
  • Brittany Junk, Student - Slippery Rock University
  • Kyle Lewis, Student - Slippery Rock University
  • Shane Nelis, Student - Slippery Rock University
  • Austin Rex, Student - Slippery Rock University
  • Zane Wolf, Student - Slippery Rock University
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As a paid member, you have access our e-Learning subscription webinars for 2018 - Visit the E-learning page found here:  https://www.pittsburghaiha.org/e-learning.html

  • That Stinks! Investigating Odor Complaints
  • Developing Respirator Cartridge Change Schedules
  • Enhancing Worker Protection Through Job Hazard Analysis
  • The Worst Plant: A Virtual H&S Audit 
  • Graphene and Safe Nano handling

You must complete the online evaluation in order to receive credit. On the evaluation, please indicate your subscription group, Pittsburgh, in Question 3 to waive the processing fee.

Please allow 1-2 weeks to receive email notification of your updated Education Transcript.

The deadline for submitting evaluations is January 31, 2019.

If you have any questions or need to have the information re-sent, please contact ckirsch@pittsburghaiha.org.

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Pittsburgh AIHA Proposed Calendar of Events 2018-2019

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The following schedule was discussed / proposed during the July 2018 Business Meeting.  The Program Committee is working to organize events and always welcomes input from members regarding topics or venue locations.  If you have any suggestions for meetings, location, sponsorship, please email to info@pittsburghaiha.org​.  


  • July 2018 – Summer Business Meeting
  • October 18, 2018 – Tour-Ed Mine & Museum Visit, Tarentum, PA
  • November 2018 – OPEN 
  • December 2018 – Winter business meeting (Date / Location TBA)
  • January 2019 –  Presentation on Modeling using IH Mod 2.0 by Josh Maskrey/ChemRisk Staff (Date / Location TBA)
  • February 2019 - Lon Ferguson (IUP) Ethics Discussion (Date / Location TBA)
  • March 2019 – LeMont, Pittsburgh - Natl. AIHA President's luncheon, Cynthia A. Ostrowski, CIH (Date TBA)
  • April 2019 – Proposed - Army Corps of Engineers / Safety & Health tour of a nearby lock/dam, and / or recommended event: MASHA (date TBD)
  • May 20-22, 2019 – recommended event: AIHce 2019 Minneapolis, MN
  • June 2019 - OPEN
  • July 2019 - Summer Business Meeting

National AIHA - 2017 Annual Report

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The 2017 National AIHA Annual report is available online - AIHA's CEO, Larry Sloan notes in his welcome message "We’ve brought back the AIHA Annual Report in a more modern format, to better keep you informed on our highlights and accomplishments over the past year."  Take a few minutes to look at all the highlights and accomplishments that have been made through 2017!  Quite impressive!  Click HERE to view the 2017 Annual Report.

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Make connections with IH/OEHS experts world-wide with the Catalyst, the NEW members-only online community. Did you get your invitation to join from National AIHA?  For more info - see the FAQs here. Click HERE for Pittsburgh AIHA Catalyst User's Guide

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National AIHA Quick Takes - September 2018

The September 2018 Quick Takes Newsletter is available on the Catalyst Site. The calendar of events is shown below - click on the file download at right.

AIHA Quick Takes_September 2018.pdf
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Check it out!  Natl. AIHA Government Relations Action Center

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Have you been to AIHA’s Government Relations Action Center lately? We’ve made connecting with your Federal and State elected and agency officials easier than ever by improving the Action Center’s look and feel. A few new tools have also been added that we’ll roll out in the coming weeks. The goal is to make grassroots government relations an enjoyable experience for you, so that you’ll be more inclined to do more of it more often – and hopefully encourage your fellow AIHA members to do the same!

Please take a moment to explore the new Government Relations Action Center and send us your feedback. We’re always looking for ways to serve you better. 

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