If you read the Spring 2014 newsletter you may have seen that AIHA-RMS member Erik Vermulen was honored by AIHA by being the newest AIHA fellow. Erik is currently on the AIHA-RMS board and is very active and leads the local section's legislative committee. Fellows of AIHA are individuals who have been full members in good standing fro a minimum of 15 years. These individuals have been nominated by a local section, committee, special interest group or other formal AIHA entity for their recognized achievement in the field of industrial hygiene. Individuals are approved as fellows by the AIHA Board of Directors after recommendation by the Awards Committee. Those full members given the title "Fellow" will be limited to nor more than five percent of the full members. The AIHA-RMS section congratulates Erik on this prestigious designation.
In addition, AIHA-RMS section would like to recognize member Robert Paulsen. Robert was the 2013 recipient of the Defiled-Buchan Memorial Scholarship. This award is helping Robert and his focus on Ergonomics at Colorado State University. He is working on his doctoral degree in the ergonomics program at CSU and he plans to collaborate with a variety of industry partners to study the impacts of ergonomic training and design programs in manufacturing and office workplaces. Robert was also the recipient of the Brit Todd Occupational Health and Safety Scholarship in 2013. Both of these scholarships are supported by the AIHA-RMS section.
As you can see we have some really outstanding members in our section. The James D. DeField - Roy Buchan Memorial Scholarship Endowment is one way that you as an AIHA-RMS can give back to the profession and support students such as Robert. For more information on how you can contribute to the fund click here.
Congratulations to Erik and Robert! We are proud of your achievements in the field of Industrial Hygiene.
"Honoring the Past, Energizing the Future"
Mark your calendars now for a 20 year celebration that you won't want to miss. The joint AIHA-RMS/ ASSE Fall Technical conference will be held September 16th and 17th. The finer details are still being worked on but block your calendar now. You won't want to miss this platinum celebration of 20 years of promoting saftey and health in the workplace.
The Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) Recognition
In the profession of Industrial Hygiene, the distinction of being a "CIH" is not easy to come by. A professional who holds the CIH qualification has met the minimum requirements for education and experience, and through examination, has demonstrated a minimum level of knowledge and skill in many rubrics. According to the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH), as the industrial hygiene profession itself continued to evolve, it was believed that more people were doing industrial hygiene-like work but would otherwise be unable to qualify for the CIH due to some aspect of their education or experiences. These individuals were still making valuable contributions to the prevention of occupational and non-occupational illnesses. It was felt that professional certification would improve recognition o their contributions by management, employees, and the public. The number of CIH's has grown over the years but obtaining the designation of CIH remains a rigorous process. To give even more credibility to the designation, the ABIH recently released information on what states recognize the CIH designation within their laws and regulations. If you would like to find out more about the CIH credential or how you can become a CIH please visit the ABIH website at www.abih.org