International Committee

Email: [email protected] 


Members: Cynthia Ellwood, Linn Havelick, Josh Schaeffer, Maryann Heaney, Eric Esswein, Emily Schmick, and Bevin Luna

Update January 10, 2018 -


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 2018!  See below:

2018 AIHA-RMS Ski Day

Don't forget about our AIHA-RMS Ski Day! We're meeting at Copper Mountain on Friday, February 23rd at 8:30am.  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! or


Josh Schaeffer and Bevin Luna are planning to travel to Gheorghe Asachi Technical University in Iasi, Romania in June 2018 to conduct an industrial hygiene workshop for graduate students and EHS professionals.  This will be funded by the Erasmus+ agreement that received funding approval from the European Union in August 2017.  


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.  In April 2017 we signed 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.