2022 NJAIHA Professional Development Courses
The NJAIHA will be hosting Professional Development Courses (PDCs) on Thursday, December 1st, the day prior to the Northeast Industrial Hygiene Conference (NEIHce). The PDCs will be presented virtually on Zoom.
- Course #1: (8:30am-11:00am) Confined Space; Tom Burgess, CIH, CSP and MS Industrial Hygiene
This session is intended for industrial hygiene and safety professionals who manage or support confined space programs. In the first section we will get into some of the details of confined space inventory and evaluations. What is designed for continuous occupancy really mean? Is a PEL or TLV the appropriate measure for a hazardous atmosphere in a confined space? The evaluation process is not just important for determinations but also supports the determination of entry controls and the permit or reclassification process.
The second part of the session will focus on confined space entry under the reclassification provisions of 1910.146(c)(7) and 1926.1203(g). Reclassification is commonly used for confined space entry. Issues including the requirement to eliminate hazards for reclassification will be addressed.
The final part of the session will discuss additional program related issues and the ANSI Z117 and the NFPA 350 confined space standards.
Tom Burgess is an industrial hygiene and safety consultant with T&M Associates, his office is located in Bloomfield NJ. Mr. Burgess worked as an industrial hygiene professional in several manufacturing operations including the chemical industry and in the NYC Bureau of Wastewater Treatment, as well as his current role as a consultant. He has worked with a variety of companies and operations on their confined space programs involving thousands of confined spaces.
- Course #2 (12:30pm-3:00pm): Building an Ethical Foundation for Occupational Safety and Health Programs; Nancy Orr, CIH, CSP, FAIHA
**This course fulfills the ABIH ethics requirement for CIH recertification maintenance credit.**
This PDC on ethical practice within the occupational safety and health field helps participants develop an increased awareness of the nature of ethical issues, how they arise and how they may be resolved. We begin with an examination of how recent deliberate ethical lapses by business leaders have seriously damaged the financial and reputational futures of some of the world’s revered brands. From this starting point we will explore the following:
- Understanding the nature of personal values and their role in guiding conduct
- Applying tools and skills to analyze ethical dilemmas
- Exploring the differences between legal, illegal, ethical and non-ethical positions
- Learning to identify and resolve potential ‘conflict of interest’ situations
- Making higher quality ethical decisions
Participants in this course will acquire essential skills necessary to make higher quality ethical decisions. This skill – building process begins by developing an awareness of ethical issues and how they arise. The role of personal values and their application to decision – making is then examined. Participants will learn about using analytical techniques to explore right vs. wrong situations as distinct from right vs. right dilemmas, where values conflict. Explore how to resolve situations where truth conflicts with loyalty; justice and mercy; set both short-term and long-term goals, and understand self-interest conflicts with the community’s interest. Finally, participants will discuss several resolution approaches to dilemmas in search of “the higher right.”
Nancy Orr has over 40 years of experience in the occupational safety, health and environmental protection fields. She is the owner of Sage Health and Safety, LLC, a NYC based firm providing comprehensive safety and health consulting services. Prior to opening Sage Nancy was the Senior Director, Environment, Health and Safety, Global Operations at Becton Dickinson and Company (BD) , a multinational medical device and life sciences company with manufacturing operations in 24 countries. She was at BD for 17 years where she directed all Corporate EHS regulatory compliance and performance improvement activities for the company. Prior to her role at BD Nancy was a OSHA Compliance Officer, a field industrial hygienist for two major insurance companies and a Manager of Health and Safety at ITT Corporation in NY.
She has served as a Councilor of the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene, a Trustee of the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation, and has held several offices of the Metro NY AIHA section. She is a CIH, CSP and Fellow of the AIHA.
Nancy has a deep interest in ethics and has shared this enthusiasm in the form of PDCs and seminars sponsored by National AIHA, ASSP and several local and regional professional meetings. She is also a member of the Executive Board of Safety 4 Nonprofits, Inc- a nonprofit devoted to providing pro-bono safety services to other nonprofits.