November/December 2014 Newsletter
Greetings to all of our NJAIHA members. We have much news to share on the recent November meeting, Fall PDCs, and the December NEIHC.
November NJAIHA IH Equipment Workshop
We were very pleased with our November 13th NJAIHA IH Equipment Seminar/Workshop at Rutgers Cook Student Center in New Brunswick, NJ. We had four excellent presentations from equipment vendors with years of industry experience between then. First, Vince Daliessio of EMSL demonstrated a variety of devices which included IAQ Sampling Meters, Thermal Imaging Cameras, and Summa Canisters. Next, Lynn Yocum of SKC presented IH sampling pumps/media and particle selective samplers. This also included their state of the art soon to be released AirChek Touch air sampling pump. This was followed by Martin Alexander of Bruel & Kjaer who shared his 30+ years of experience with sound and vibration equipment and some very modern usage of noise sampling equipment for private/public noise data collection and on-line sharing. Finally, John Iannotti of Pine Environmental demonstrated field FIDs/PIDs as well as sharing with us the wide world of rental equipment and site support they provide. This meeting was held be in conjunction with New Jersey College Health and Environmental Safety Society (CHESS) and was graciously hosted by Rutgers. We hope to do another meeting there next year as well.
NJAIHA PDCs Update (December 4th, 2014 Westin Princeton)
Craig Doolittle (NJ AIHA Past President has aggressively worked to line up four excellent PDCs for the NEIHC on December 4th. These include Ethics & the Industrial Hygienist (Barry Weissmann, REM, CSP, CHMM, CHS-V, CIPS) which in addition to the timely topic matter also allows CIH’s to meet the ABIH ethics requirement of 2 contact hours per point cycle. In addition, a PDC on Indoor Air Quality -25 Years of Lessons Learned (Harris Brody, CIH, CHMM) is an essential listen for anyone working in the IAQ field or interested in getting started in IAQ assessments. The large amount of microbial investigations and surveys in the NE region make the next PDC titled Current and Advanced State of the Science in Indoor Investigation for Dampness and Mold Growth (Jack Springston, CIH and Chin Yang, PhD ) a great educational opportunity as well. Finally the fascinating and relevant area of control banding is covered in the
4th PDC entitled: Hazard and Control Banding – Historical Perspectives and Modern Applications (Robert Sussman, PhD, DABT Brent Altemose, PhD, CIH, CSP). Overall a great educational day for all CIHs and safety professionals.
The registration form is available at https://www.regonline.com/NEIHC2014_PDCs and additional details on these PDCs can be found at http://www.njaiha.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/2014_NEIHCE-PDC_Brochure.pdf.
NEIHC Update (December 5th, 2014 Westin Princeton)
Marianne Santarelli (President Metro NY Section AIHA) has finalized the agenda, speaker lineup, and venue information for this multi-section event. Five regional sections have been invited to this event. (Metro NY, NJ, Phila, Lehigh Valley, and Delaware) and the speakers and topics are excellent. All links to the registration forms and schedules can be found at https://www.aiha.org/LocalSections/html/Metro%20NY/
As we begin the year 2015 we will look forward to seeing all of you again at the evening meetings that we regularly hold at the Snuffy’s Steakhouse in Scotch Plains, NJ. We have always prided ourselves in the value of these meetings first from the IH perspective of excellent presenters/topics and professional networking but also for the member value of only $25 for 3 ABIH contact hrs as well as great food for and a nice social environment for dinner. Recently Snuffy’s has added in a minimum service charge for our meetings due to the reduced number of attendees at their facility for other groups that use their meeting rooms. While NJ AIHA was able to negotiate a reduced service fee for all of our years of consistent facility meeting usage, NJ AIHA in an effort to keep the meeting fee of $25 has decided to absorb this additional service charge and to switch from an open bar to a cash bar as a cost trade-off. We feel that our meetings do provide one of the best ABIH maintenance point values around and we are pleased that we can continue to do these without a price increase over our current charges. For those who do want to consume an alcoholic beverage during the meeting, there is a full-service bar located right outside of the meeting room and we do ask all of our attending members/guests to be responsible in their alcoholic consumption.
New NJ AIHA Website
A big thanks to our Director of Administration, Jack Zybura who has worked extensively with a web design firm to get our section’s website updated and modernized. We welcome any feedback, comments, or suggestions on the new web format. Just click on this link http://www.njaiha.org/ and check it out.
Finally this is our last NJ AIHA newsletter for 2014 so I want to wish all of you and your families a joyous holiday season and Happy New Year.