International Committee

 

Director: Bevin Luna

Email: international@aiha-rms.org

 

Current Committee Members: Cynthia Ellwood, Linn Havelick, Josh Schaeffer and Bevin Luna

 

Spring Update March 20, 2017 - 

 

 

Hello members!  I hope all of you had a nice winter break.  Here is our update on the activities of the International Committee so far this year.  There are many events in the works for 2017!  See below:

2017 AIHA-RMS Ski Day
Don't forget about our AIHA-RMS Ski Day! We're meeting at Copper Mountain on Friday, March 24 at 8:15 a.m. We plan to meet in Center Village at the base of the American Eagle and the American Flyer lifts at Jack's. They serve breakfast and coffee. We can spend some time there and consider that location the home base for the day. I've included a link to the village map below for those who are not familiar with Copper Mountain. Please RSVP if you're planning on joining us! http://www.coppercolorado.com/winter/the_mountain/village_maps/FY16_WinterVillageMap.pdf or
http://www.coppercolorado.com/winter
 
Romania  
Cyn Ellwood, Linn Havelick, Josh Schaeffer and Bevin Luna are planning to attend the TUIASI Occupational Safety & Health conference in Iasi, Romania in May.  This is all depending on the EU funding approval from the Erasmus+ agreement that we signed in December.  We will not know until April, so stay tuned.  
 
In addition to the conference, Cyn will deliver a 5 day IH workshop to the students at TUIASI.  
 
Arctic Research Program Collaboration - National Science Foundation  
 The International Committee received a request to provide technical assistance to a local Colorado company who conducts research and provides health & safety support to researchers working through the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the Arctic Research Program.  Most of the work is in Greenland and Alaska, with permanent sites and many temporary remote camps. Most of the NSF-funded research is focused on climate science, such as glaciology, hydrology, atmosphere, and ecology. Field studies are based in the most remote areas throughout the Arctic.  The company works closely with researchers to develop every phase of field research and logistics, which involves field risk management plans that include training and equipment. Occupational safety is the foundation of the program, but their greatest hazards are environmental – cold and altitude.  Assistance has been requested for an overall health & safety program audit, review of programs including hazard communication, hearing conservation, permit-required confined spaces, and technical assistance with monitoring equipment.  We are in the process of drafting a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with this company, so we can move forward with this exciting collaboration.  Please stay tuned for volunteer opportunities with this project.
 
As always, feel free to contact Bevin Luna at bevin.luna@gmail.com if you would like additional information regarding the International Committee activities or opportunities to get involved.  Happy springtime to everyone!!