This training page is sponsored by Dr. James D.

McGlothlin of McGlothlin Ergonomics

and VEM Systems.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

10:15 am    pdf (Handout) (1.22 MB)

The Seven Elements of Effective Hearing Conservation Programs (Basic) Timothy Kearney, CSP, COHC, Senior Account Representative, Personal Safety Division, 3M.

Employers have strived for nearly 40 years to develop and implement effective hearing loss prevention programs to comply with OSHA’s Hearing Conservation requirements.  This presentation will share online resources developed by 3M Hearing Solutions to promote a Pathway to Prevention thru an easy to navigate site with a wealth of up-to-date links to resources from OSHA, NIOSH, CAOHC, AIHA, HSE (UK) as well as technical guides and bulletins intended to reinforce the Seven Elements of Hearing Conservation.  Those elements include: Measure-Control-Protect-Check-Train-Record-Evaluate.  This free resource is intended for safety & health practitioners from novice to highly experienced and provides an excellent resource for helping to meet various training and communication needs

11:30 am  pdf (Handout) (6.41 MB)

Respiratory Protection Overview (Basic) Don Rust, CSP, CIH, Technical Service Specialist, 3M.

Respiratory protection can be used to reduce inhalation exposures when engineering and administrative controls are not adequate or feasible.  This presentation will cover the elements of a respiratory protection program, an introduction to the types of respiratory protection, and the importance of selection and fit when selecting the correct respiratory protection for your workplace.

12:30 pm   


1:45 pm  pdf ( (2.27 MB) pdf Handout)  (2.27 MB)    

Controlling Silica Exposures in General Industry and Construction (Intermediate) Chris Smith, Director of Safety, Pioneer Construction; and Brent Charlton, CSP, Safety Director, Metal Technologies, Inc.

Silica exposures in the workplace need to be greatly reduced to comply with the new governmental requirements.  An important aspect of the new standard focuses on utilizing the proper controls to reduce worker exposure to silica.  This presentation will examine the control methodology to control those exposures both in Construction and General Industry.

3:15 pm  pdf (Handout) (1.98 MB)

Confined Space Entry: I Have Options? (Basic) Robert Allen, CIH, Industrial Hygienist, Pfizer.           

Confined Space Entry continues to be one of the most demanding and challenging MIOSHA programs to sustain.  The standard, however, provides some flexibility in how an employer can manage the risks.  This presentation offers a high-level overview of the requirements and the flexibility in MIOSHA’s Confined Space Entry Standard. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

9:00 am  pdf (Handout) (5.04 MB)

Selection, Fitting and Validation Testing of Passive Hearing Protection & Protective Communications (Intermediate) Timothy Kearney, CSP, COHC, Senior Account Representative, Personal Safety Division, 3M.

As a result of the ever-expanding range of choices for passive hearing protection and/or protective communication devices, it is increasingly challenging to select and fit employees with the correct hearing protection to ensure the prevention of occupational hearing loss.  This presentation will review the various categories of passive ear plugs, ear muffs, banded protectors and electronic level-dependent protective devices as well as the available subjective or quantitative testing systems available to validate the protection of the selected protective device for each user. A case study will be presented which will reinforce the benefits of adopting the NHCA/NIOSH/OSHA Alliance Best Practice of Individual Fit Testing for users of Hearing Protection Devices.

10:15 am

Respiratory Protection Program Challenges (Intermediate) Don Rust, CSP, CIH, Technical Service Specialist, 3M.   

Implementing an effective respiratory protection program can be challenging.  This presentation will address some of the more challenging implementation and management elements, such as proper selection, service life calculations, powered and supplied air systems, fit-testing and effective training. 

11:30 am    pdf (Handout) (2.20 MB)

Air Sampling Options to Meet the OSHA Final Rule on Silica (Intermediate) Debbie Dietrich, CIH, Senior Vice-President, SKC Inc.

This presentation will review the performance criteria for respirable dust samplers specified by OSHA in the silica standard.  Traditional and new samplers that meet the OSHA criteria will be covered in detail along with advantages and disadvantages.   Direct-reading options will also be covered as a complement to compliance sampling. 

12:30 pm


1:45 pm  pdf (Handout) (1.38 MB)

Overview and Interpretation of the NIOSH Chemical Carcinogen Policy (Intermediate) Thomas J. Lentz, Ph.D., MPH, Chief, Document Development Branch National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) updated its Chemical Carcinogen Policy in 2016 to address three issues: carcinogen classification for chemicals of occupational concern, how NIOSH risk management limits are set, and how information on the analytical limit of quantification is used in NIOSH recommendations.  The first issue addressed cancer hazard classification.  The second issue redefines NIOSH RELs for carcinogens as risk management limits for carcinogens (RML-CA). Under the new policy, NIOSH will set the RML-CA for an occupational carcinogen at the 95% lower confidence limit on the concentration (dose) corresponding to a target risk level of 1 in 10,000 excess risk, but only when occupational measurement of the carcinogen at the RML-CA is analytically feasible. The third issue speaks to the ability to measure chemicals in the workplace.  These and other key concepts of the NIOSH Chemical Carcinogen Policy will be discussed, as well as continuing efforts at NIOSH to assess and address cancer risks from workplace exposures to chemicals.

3:15 pm pdf (Handout) (1.57 MB)

Combined Risk Assessment: A Case Study of Craft Breweries (Intermediate) Dave Huizen, CIH, Professor, Grand Valley State University.

Exposures to hazards in the workplace do not occur one at a time and exposures to several hazards can result in greater effects to workers.  The risk of combined risks in the work environment need to be assessed to properly to develop controls to keep the workplace healthy.  This presentation will focus on the assessment of combined exposure to carbon dioxide, biomechanical stresses and work load on the health for craft brewers.

Industrial Hygiene Division Roster

Chair: Cindy Ostrowski, CIH, CAO Consulting, LLC  


Robert Allen, CIH, Pfizer, Inc.

David Dickhaut, CIH, GM Lansing Delta Township Assembly 

Dave Huizen, CIH, Grand Valley State University 

Harvey Johnson, CIH, MIOSHA CET

Thomas Kakos, CIH

Timothy Kearney, CSP, 3M

Sarunas Mingela, CIH, Vytis Environmental

Lynn O'Donnell,CIH 

Oscar Rodriguez-Franco, CIH,Lansing Board of Water and Light 

Jennifer Walton, PhD, CIH, Central Michigan University 

David Woods, Fibertec IHS 

Future Conference Dates

April 16-17, 2019, Grand Rapids, MI
April 7-8, 2020, Grand Rapids, MI
April 13-14, 2021, Lansing, MI
April 12-13, 2022, Lansing, MI

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