Winter 2019 Newsletter

Letter from The President

By:  Lucinette Alvarado, CIH - President, Pittsburgh AIHA


¡Hola! I hope everyone had a great 2018 and is off to a good start for 2019! I am so happy that we are having a great term. We had great events like going underground to a mine and had a talk about beryllium. Thanks to everyone who helped on these events. We are just getting started! For those who haven’t being able to collaborate in some manner, I hope we gave you the motivation to step up and join us in this journey. We still have events to plan for the remaining of this term especially places to host the event. Stay tuned for announcements on these events to see if you will be able to lead or host it. 

There is a student chapter in the works and will let you know when is official. We need to support our students. They are the future of our profession! Don’t forget about the membership drive that Christy posted. There are different ways to renew the membership. Please feel free to encourage your colleagues in the EHS profession to join us. New members are always welcome. 

With the holidays just past - I hope you were able to celebrate with your beloved ones. Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year, Three Kings Day (Epiphany) and Chinese year; doesn’t matter which one you believe in, is all about being together as a family, accept and respect each other. I wish you the best as we begin a new year - keep in mind that safety is always first and looking forward to keep working with you in 2019.


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Interested in Mentoring?  Learn how you can help....


Hello Everyone!

At the Winter Business Meeting, we discussed opportunities for mentoring IH students and young professionals. We often receive queries from students at local colleges that are seeking mentors to fulfill course requirements or individuals interested in learning more about the IH field.

We thought a good first step would be to gauge local section interest in  participating in mentoring opportunities. Please contact us (email to info@pittsburghaiha.org​) if you'd like to be added onto our "Interested Mentors" list. Whenever a student reaches out, we will send their information to the smaller group and whoever feels best suited can offer up their guidance.

If you have a better suggestion as to how we can get this program up and running, please speak up! The more effective the program is, the better an impact we can have on the development of our profession and of quality industrial hygienists.

Thank you and Happy New Year!
Laura Hallett


 Welcome to the following new Pittsburgh AIHA Members!  Click here for member details...  

  • Zachary Ambrisco, FedEx Ground
  • Jerry DeRosa, Tug Hill Operating, LLC
  • Cameron Freeland, Slippery Rock Student
  • Robert Hemp, CIH, BWX Technologies
  • Thomas Jendesky, FedEx Ground
  • Jonathan Koger, FedEx Ground
  • Natalie Tetemanza, Slippery Rock Student 

2019 Pittsburgh AIHA Membership Dues -- payable NOW!


Membership dues of $25 for regular members is payable for 2019.  Dues is waived for both Student and Retired members.  Please submit payment as noted below:  

  1. National AIHA Members can combine their National and Local Section dues. CLICK HERE for more information.
  2. Pittsburgh AIHA ONLY members must pay dues directly to the Pittsburgh AIHA CLICK HERE for PayPal Link for credit card payments.

Currently there are 125+ members who have not paid their Pittsburgh AIHA Dues for 2019 - an electronic invoice will be sent automatically from PayPal as a dues collection reminder.  If you have any questions, please contact Christy at ckirsch@pittsburghaiha.orgDetails are also posted on the Membership Page.

Deadline Approaching! Submit by Jan. 31, 2019 


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.

Register by January 13 for the best rates!


Pittsburgh AIHA Proposed Calendar of Events 2019


The following schedule was discussed / proposed during the December 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​.  

  • January 2019 –  Presentation on Modeling using IH Mod 2.0 by Josh Maskrey/ChemRisk Staff (Date / Location to be announced soon!!)
  • 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 / Location TBA)
  • May 20-22, 2019 – recommended event: AIHce 2019 Minneapolis, MN
  • June 2019 - John Moore, National AIHA - Exposure and Risk Assessment in a Manufacture Setting.  (Date / Location TBA)
  • July 2019 - Summer Business Meeting

The Pittsburgh AIHA is seeking 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), and recognition at in the Local Section newsletter. 

2018/19 Sponsors - renewal received

  • AM Health & Safety, Inc.
  • Cardno ChemRisk (New in 2019!)
  • CIH Services, Inc.
  • Covestro, LLC
  • Energy Transfer Partners LP
  • FedEx Ground
  • FirstEnergy Corporation
  • Repsol Oil & Gas USA, LLC
  • RJ Lee Group, Inc.
  • U.S. Micro-Solutions, Inc.

2018 Sponsors - renewal pending

  • Colden Corporation
  • East Liberty Workwear
  • LEC Solutions, Inc.
  • Occupational Health Consultants, Inc.
  • Pennoni Associates

Please consider supporting the Pittsburgh AIHA as a Corporate Sponsor!  


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


Check it out!  Natl. AIHA Government Relations Action Center


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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