Government Affairs Updates
AIHA® Calls for Continuation of CDW Research
In January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC)
National Center for Environmental Health issued a review summarizing investigations by state public health authorities into the deaths
of 11 people who had lived in or visited homes reported to contain
“problem drywall,” or corrosive drywall (CDW). The review, which
was requested by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC),
found no evidence linking exposure to problem drywall and these
After reviewing CDC’s findings, AIHA requested the federal government to expand its epidemiological and medical research on the
potential health hazards of CDW. In addition, AIHA sent a letter to
U.S. Senators Bill Nelson and Mary L. Landrieu on Feb. 11 expressing
concerns about CDW and the need for more research.
In October 2010, AIHA released a white paper on CDW that details
numerous gaps in research previously conducted by federal authorities.
The AIHA press release on the expansion of CDW research is
available at www.aiha.org/news-pubs/govtaffairs/Documents/SPR-
11-0210-01_CDW_Research.pdf. AIHA’s letter to Senators Nelson and
Landrieu can be found at www.aiha.org/news-pubs/govtaffairs/
Documents/CDW%20Letter-02- 11-11.pdf. To access AIHA’s white
paper on CDW, visit www.aiha.org/news-pubs/govtaffairs/Documents/
Notice of AIHA® Annual Meeting
To the members of the American Industrial Hygiene
Association®: Notice is hereby given that the annual
meeting of the American Industrial Hygiene Asso-
ciation will be held at 8: 30 a.m. on Thursday, May
19, at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland,
Ore., to consider and act on the following matters:
• introduction of incoming officers and directors
• report on the results of ballot and bylaw changes
• such other business as may properly come before
the meeting or any adjournment thereof
In order to establish a quorum for this meeting, a
call for proxy votes will be made electronically later
By the order of the Board of Directors of the
American Industrial Hygiene Association.
Cynthia A. Ostrowski, CIH
AIHA® Comments on Proposed Noise Standards
In comments released Feb. 11, AIHA expressed support for the recently withdrawn OSHA proposal to reinterpret the meaning of “
feasible engineering or administrative controls” for workplace noise.
Currently, feasible engineering and administrative noise control levels have been enforced by OSHA only when workers are exposed to
eight-hour, time-weighted average levels of 100 dB(A) or greater.
This level of protection is lower than other recognized standards,
such the NIOSH standard, which calls for controls at 85 dB(A) and
permits exposures to 100 dB(A) for only 15 minutes a day.
AIHA supports the revised standard because it embraces the concept of “Hierarchy of Controls,” brings the noise standard in line
with other standards, and places a more appropriate level of reliance
on hearing conservation programs to mitigate noise exposure.
AIHA’s comments are available at www.aiha.org/news-
05-11-10.pdf. The OSHA press release is available at
AIHA® Member Presents Value Strategy
at OSHI Conference
Bernie Silverstein, CIH, presented the annual Tom
O’Connor Lecture at the 20th Annual Occupational Hygiene Society of Ireland (OSHI) conference in Galway,
Ireland Feb. 17. In his lecture “Hygiene: The Value
Strategy,” Silverstein used the AIHA Value Strategy to
demonstrate the value of health and safety interventions and how IHs can align risk management with
business objectives while promoting stakeholder values.
Silverstein is chairman of the AIHA Value Strategy
Committee and author and editor of the AIHA Value
Strategy Manual. For further details on the Value
Strategy Manual, contact Thursa La, AIHA program
manager, Local Section Relations and Student Activities, at email@example.com.
Learn more about the AIHA Value Strategy at
Two readers are the lucky winners of The Synergist
drawings for the fourth quarter of 2010. James Gartland,
principal HS specialist at Duke Energy in Charlotte, N.C.,
and Crystal Tyrie, personal safety specialist at Solutia in
Fairview, Ill., were chosen from the Synergist survey
found in AIHA’s E-ssential Connection e-newsletter and
will receive $200 American Express gift cards.
Respond to the Synergist e-survey or submit the
fax-back card found on page 41 for a chance to win.