Industrial Hygiene Division Classes

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021
10:15 am
How Can I Use Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) to Protect My Employees? (Basic) Jennifer Walton, Ph.D., CIH, Director, Office of Laboratory and Field Safety, Central Michigan University.

Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) contain much information and guidance concerning regulatory, technical, and chemical composition.  The presentation will explore how this information can be used to effectively apply industrial hygiene principles and concepts to protect workers.

11:30 am
Ergonomic Myths & Truths
(Intermediate) Blake McGowan, CPE, Director of Research, VelocityEHS/Humantech.

As EHS practitioners, we should be aware of the myths and truths related to the field of ergonomics, especially related to solutions. During this session, practitioners will learn more about the truths and effectiveness of industrial exoskeletons, proper lifting techniques, workplace stretching, job rotation, sit-stand office workstations, and industrial wearables to reduce musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the workplace.  Following this session, practitioners will be better informed to implement meaningful and effective solutions to reduce MSDs in the workplace.

1:45 pm
Can You Hear Me Now? Why Meeting OSHA Standards May Not Be
Working (Intermediate) Tim Kearney, CSP, COHC, 3M-Personal Safety Division, Great Lakes and Ohio Valley Region.

The OSHA standard does not adequately address a worker’s need to hear and communicate while working in hazardous noise. It is common for workers to complain about the inability to hear when wearing their hearing protection. This presentation will discuss the complexity of addressing audibility and hearing protection needs using traditional hearing protectors.  It will increase the participant’s knowledge of advanced hearing protection and communication alternatives.

3:15 pm
Combustible Dust:  Hazard Identification and Control
(Intermediate) Gregg Grubb, CIH, President, Grubb IH Services, LLC.

OSHA/MIOSHA, currently enforces a national emphasis program addressing combustible dust hazards.  Additionally, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has created several standards addressing the assessment and control of fire and explosion hazards posed by combustible dust.  This presentation describes:  combustible dust and its hazards; NFPA’s combustible dust standards; OSHA/MIOSHA combustible dust enforcement protocol; and recommended actions to take if combustible dust hazards may be present in your facility.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
9:00 am
Industrial Hygiene Statistics: What Statistics are needed to Interpret 
Exposure Measurements (Intermediate) Dave Huizen, CIH, Professor, Grand Valley State University.

Exposure measurements are variable.  Statistical analysis should be employed to   properly interpret exposure measurements.  This session will explore the different types of statistical analysis of exposure data.  It will look at OSHA statistical compliance requirements as well as AIHA recommended analysis.  It will also examine some rules of thumb when interpreting small data sets.

10:15 am
An Introduction to Dermal Exposures
(Intermediate) Mark Betz, CIH, CSP, Zoetis.    

This presentation will provide an overview of the anatomy and function of the skin and its importance as an exposure route in the occupational environment.  Qualitative and quantitative tools to assess dermal exposure will be discussed that includes AIHA Dermal Exposure Assessment Framework, dermal and surface sampling, and the IHSkinPerm model.

11:30 am
Pregnant Workers Fairness Laws: Impact on Michigan Workplaces (Advanced) Dan Markiewicz, MS, CIH, CSP, President, Markiewicz & Associates Ltd.

This presentation informs stakeholders with evolving safety and health expectations for pregnant workers.  Emphasis will be on rise state/city of Pregnant Worker Fairness laws (and similar titles).  Although geared for OSH pros, HR and legal professionals may benefit from the information.

1:45 pm
A Practical Approach to Assess Chemical Hazards: The NIOSH Occupational Exposure Banding Process (Intermediate) Thomas J. Lentz, Ph.D., MPH, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

This session provides an introduction and overview for a powerful resource to assess chemical hazards in the workplace. Occupational hygiene professionals will be informed about the utility of the NIOSH Occupational Exposure Banding guidance and e-Tool for use in chemical risk assessment and management for protecting workers in the absence of occupational exposure limits.

3:15 pm
Advances in Video Exposure Monitoring (VEM): A low-cost, easy to use real-
time exposure assessment tool (Intermediate) James D. McGlothlin, MPH, Ph.D., CPE, FAIHA, VEM Systems, LLC.

Traditional time-weighted average (TWA) monitoring for airborne health hazards are the gold standard because many occupational health standards are based on these protocols.  However, while using traditional industrial hygiene sampling methods for compliance, the TWA approach has not been very useful for identifying and controlling exposure exposures.  Real-time video exposure monitoring (VEM) has been shown to be helpful as a screening tool and in identifying exposure sources.  More important, such a tool can be very helpful in providing insight to what controls may work best based on patterns of exposure.  This presentation will provide the latest VEM technology show casing field projects that have used very low cost over the counter computer systems (Raspberry PI), cameras, and real-time sensors that seamlessly integrate the video and sensor information.

  • Chair:  Cindy Ostrowski, CIH, CAO Consulting, LLC
  • Division:  Robert Allen, CIH, BDN Industrial Hygiene Consultants
  • Mary Clark, Michigan State University
  • Dave Huizen, PhD, CIH, Grand Valley State University
  • Harvey Johnson, CIH, MIOSHA CET
  • Thomas Kakos, CIH
  • Tim Kearney, CSP, COHC, 3M Personal Safety Division
  • Sarunas Mingela, PhD, CIH, CSP, ROH, CRSP, CHMM, CEP Retired, Principal 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, Forensic Analytical Consulting Services, Inc.
Future Meeting Dates

April 13-14, 2021, Virtual Conference
April 12-13, 2022, Lansing, MI
April 18-19, 2023, Grand Rapids, MI
April 16-17, 2024, Grand Rapids, MI


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