February 22, 2008


Dear Member:



The Section’s 33rd annual meeting was held January 23-25, 2008 at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, 17941 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA.  This is the second time our meeting was held at this hotel where guests are

indeed valued. The members present declared the meeting a resounding success. The business meeting was

held Wednesday, January 23rd – the minutes are attached for your perusal.


President Hamid Arabzadeh opened the technical meeting Thursday morning, January 24, 2008.  After welcoming attendees and speakers, he introduced President-Elect and Program Chair Chris Laszcz-Davis. The Conference theme

this year was “In Search of Solutions—Science, Impacts & Maintaining an International Economy”. The format consisted of a series of presentations on Global Climate Change, Renewable Energy Sources and Managing a Global EH&S Agenda. Following a brief overview of the Program, Chris introduced the first speaker and thus began two days of a superb slate of speakers, robust discussions and great group dynamics.  Chris provided the attached in-depth summary of the meeting which can also be found on the YPSW website.




Program Chair Chris Laszcz-Davis asked ABIH to review the program prior to the meeting and received ABIH approval of 2.0 CM points for full meeting attendance with 0.5 point per half day. The approval number is 07-3480.




Peter Bellin established and maintains our website  Peter keeps the site current by posting data as it is supplied to him.  The site is specifically for our YPSW members – we are not looking to "grow" the membership.  Thanks, Peter for providing this valuable service to the YPSW membership.



The recipient of the 2008 YPSW George and Florence Clayton Award, George J. Cvejanovich, was very appreciative of the Section's acknowledgement of his many years of notable achievements in the field of industrial hygiene, in both industry and academia.  Bob Soule, as one of George’s long time colleagues, and Hamid Arabzadeh, as the YPSW President, made the presentation jointly. George’s acceptance speech was gracious with a great touch of humor, and greeted with a round of applause.  Acceptance photos are posted

on our website.









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As a result of the elec­tion on January 23rd the 2008 Executive Committee consists of:

President:                    Chris Laszcz-Davis                                        Directors:

President-Elect:          Howard Kusnetz                                             Peter Bellin

Past-President:                       Hamid Arabzadeh                                           Anna Davis

Secretary-Treasurer:  Douglas Davis                                                            Bob Wheeler


Sincere thanks to Frank Parker, who spent one year as President-Elect, another as President and the last year as Past-President, for his expert guidance and valuable service.  Prior to his “presidential” duties, Frank served for three years on the Board of Directors.




Please pay your 2008 dues promptly.  Your cooperation will enable us to prepare the 2008-2009 membership book for mailing in June along with information pertinent to the 2009 meeting.  Please check your current list­ing in the 2007-2008-membership book and make necessary changes on the dues form. Lifetime Members, please note your special form. If you are a lifetime member or paid your dues in advance we still need your completed form for file and verification of membership book in­formation – if you are in this category, you can send this info via email, fax or snail mail. 


NOTE: Please complete the post-meeting cruise information survey on the back of the dues form.  If we have a positive response the information will be utilized to assist us in securing possible group rates for those members desiring to take a cruise AFTER the 2009 meeting.


Please indicate on the membership form if you are an "AIHA Fellow".  We list Fellow designations in the membership book.  If you are not a Fellow and feel you are qualified, download the forms and instructions from the AIHA website and send completed forms to me for submission by YPSW to AIHA.




Pat Brogan, 4835 Rapids Circle NW, Acworth, GA 30102, Phone (770) 966-1634, Cell no change, email

Alice and Charles Farrar, 227 Old Fortville Rd., Gray, GA 31032, Phone (478)-986 4752, Cell (478) 451-7999,  email

Ted Johnson, email:

Nancy Malzhan, reinstated, 3582 Beagle, Commerce Twp, MI 48382, Phone (248) 360-8698.

John and Dolly Pendergrass, 6809 Somersby Lane, Mobile, AL 36695.




  • Marge Smith called us and said Florence Clayton is in an assisted living facility – Pat Sterner said George’s nephew is caring for Florence.  We sent Florence a personal card –her current address is 2101 Pine Street, Peru, IL 61354-1831 if you want to send her a card or note.
  • Following the meeting, thank you letters were sent to each speaker and the required Roster of New Local Section Officers was submitted to AIHA.
  • Thanks to Chris Laszcz-Davis for presenting a superb program and providing the excellent write up on the technical program for publication as an attachment to this newsletter. 
  • Many thanks to Marcy Parker for being our “official photographer” and providing the link to order the meeting photographs – copies have been received from Kodak and placed in the section's albums.


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  • Thanks to Peter Bellin for providing excellent audiovisual support during the meeting.
  • 24 members enjoyed an evening out at the Caspian Persian restaurant, thanks to Hamid’s efforts.  Everyone said they had a wonderful evening and the food was great.  However, in the future transportation charges will be collected in advance from each participant before boarding the bus. 
  • Sincere thanks to Hamid and Eva Arabzadeh for once again hosting a sumptuous post meeting Saturday brunch at their home – they are very gracious hosts and have two lovely children.
  • Our deep appreciation to the group for their acknowledgement and thanks in our handling of all the logistic and administrative details for the meeting.


The Crowne Plaza Hotel was again a great choice for the meeting.  The facilities and food were truly excellent.  Hotel contact personnel were very helpful, courteous and constantly checked with Anna to be certain all was proceeding as scheduled and to our satisfaction.  On the final billing, Anna negotiated with catering and banquet entrees were charged at the individual entree price, not all at the most expensive entrees as noted in our contract, thereby a savings of approximately $100.00 was realized.  We will keep this hotel on our list of sites for future meetings. 


The hospitality suite served our purposes very well and comments by participants assured us everyone was extremely pleased with the refreshments provided; let us know if you have suggestions for improvements

and/or additions to the fare we provide in the hospitality suite.


Messages were received from the following members who could not attend the Jan 2008 meeting:

  • Ralph Allan: Chris has prepared a 2008 program that offers a great deal of "food for thought" as to the profession's interaction in some very interesting ongoing and developing avenues of interest.  I do hope that all attendees enjoy Irvine.  My best regards to all.
  • Anne Baptiste: Sadly, it looks like I will miss the conference this year.  I'll be teaching another portable GC/Mass Spec course.  Who would have thought I'd ever be teaching that!  We also have a very ill family member, so my schedule has been unpredictable.  I hope you all have a wonderful time.
  • Martin Barrie: Sorry to report that I will have to miss this meeting. The timing turns out to be bad, as I'm trying to get an office set up in Bahrain and am making plans to return to the region. The program sounds great and I'm sorry I'll have to miss out, particularly with George receiving the Clayton Award!
  • Rick and Carol Fulwiler: Sorry to say but we will not be attending the conference this year. We know we will miss a wonderful event as it always is.  We decided to visit my sister in Tucson and that trip conflicts with the conference.  Hope all is well with you folks.
  • Evelyn Campbell:  Sorry I cannot come to the YPSW Jan 2008 meeting.  I would like to see some of the old timers from when Evan was active in the organization.  However, from the membership list I have noticed there are fewer of them as the years go by.  I am fine these days and very busy as a weaver in my retirement.
  • Denise Daggett: I used to work for Frank Parker and Herschel Hobson in TX eons ago.  I wrote to them and told them I would not be attending this year due to a big project going on here with Stanford University.  I really wish I could have made it this year because Marcie is coming out with Frank too. Hope you all have a marvelous time.  
  • Steven Davis, AIHA: I'm going to have to cancel my participation in the Yuma Pacific local section meeting.  Lindsay will be able to provide our combined presentations ... his programmatic overview and my more fiscally based review.  Please extend my very best wishes to everyone. 
  • Donna Doganiero: Sorry that I will not be able to attend - work and Academy responsibilities unfortunately are eating up my January - I hope to make to next year
  • Alice Farrar: Chris' program looks outstanding - what a lineup of topics and speakers!  Charles and I are finally moving into our new home and hope to be living there, with the horses, by next week.  I think we need a break, as we've stayed very close to the house building for the past 18 months.  Thus, in spite of


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longing to see our IH colleagues and their spouses, we have opted for a weekend in Cancun in January to rejuvenate. We'll send pictures of the house and Cancun when available.  We wish you a most successful meeting in January.  Please give our regards to all, and Charles' regrets to Frank Parker on golfing, and we look forward to seeing everyone at our earliest opportunity.

  • Joe Holtshouser: This must be the year for illnesses. Peggi and I both had surgeries this month (Peggi's was more serious than mine) and we are in the healing process. We will have to pass on the January meeting because of my travel schedule, although the program looks terrific. Our best wishes to all.
  • Howard Kusnetz: It looks as though we won't be able to make it this year.   Please give our best wishes to all who do attend.  Florence joins me in wishing you a happy healthy, New Year.

·       Jerry Lauderdale:  I am sorry that I will not be able to attend the annual meeting due to work conflicts.  I look forward to next year!

  • Sean Mahar:  Sorry but unfortunately not able to attend.  I hope the holidays went well for you guys. We got back to Connecticut for Christmas, but will be here in ol'blighty for Jan. My best wishes to all.
  • Hank Muranko:  Thanks for the follow-ups.  Apologies for the tardy response.  Program looks great and wish we could be there. I will be at the Univ. of Minn. the week of the meeting, especially wishing to be somewhere warmer. Mary Ann is well and we send our best wishes to all. 
  • Bob Phalen:  Regretfully, I will miss the meeting this year.  My book “Inhalation Studies, 2nd Edn.” is due at the end of Feb., and it has all of my attention nowadays.  I know that you will all enjoy a good meeting.
  • Judy Stockman: I'm sorry I can't attend the Jan meeting but I am going to be out of state then. Please send my best wishes to everyone.
  • Terry Thedell: Thank you for your thoughtful consideration, but as I am engaged in the preparation of a project for the Board of Directors and just won't be able to come this year. Best wishes for a successful meeting!



It is with great sadness we report the death of Harry Ettinger’s beloved wife June.  Wife, mother, teacher, friend – June was born in New York City Aug. 14, 1936, and passed away in Santa Fe Nov. 27, 2007.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the City College of New York in 1958. She married Harry Ettinger immediately after graduating from CCNY and lived in Montgomery County, Md., for three years before moving to Los Alamos, where she has lived since 1961.  In the early 1970s she returned to teaching and taught at Barranca Mesa and Mountain Elementary Schools in Los Alamos. She was proud of the accomplishments of the students she mentored/guided during her 20 year teaching career. Additionally, her third through fourth grade team at Mountain Elementary School was judged as the first place winner in the 1991 New Mexico Quality Education Awards Program. She always loved to travel, especially to countries that exposed her to different cultures.  Over the years, she has traveled to six continents (no trips to Antarctica) and documented many of these trips in magnificent scrapbooks. June was an excellent cook, baker and entertainer.  She loved to combine these talents for special occasions or just to entertain friends. Throughout her life, June enjoyed a variety of arts and crafts.  Her artistic creativity shined in her oil paintings, bulletin boards that she made for her classrooms, ornaments, needlepoint and knitting. She was an avid reader and a constant visitor to the Los Alamos Mesa Public Library.  The number of books she read boggles the mind.  She was devoted to her three children and two grandchildren, and always tried to instill in them a love of reading.  She felt that her greatest achievement was the legacy of these five individuals and the accomplishments they have made in their lives. She was an active member of the Los Alamos Jewish Center. She was preceded in death by her parents, Nat and Birdie Kopf.  She is survived by her husband Harry; daughter Linda; son Steve, daughter-in-law Lainie, grandchildren Maddie, and Gracie; son Robert and partner Karen Lyons; brother Leonard Kopf and sister-in-law Phyllis.

Funeral services were held at 11 AM. Friday, Nov. 30, 2007 at Guaje Pines Cemetery in Los Alamos.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of June should be directed to the “Friends of Mesa Public Library.”

We extend our sincere condolences to Harry and his family.

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A final reminder – a decision needs to be made regarding the post meeting 2009 cruise by early June to obtain the best group rates.  If you are indeed interested in a cruise, please complete the information on the back of the dues form and return it to me, along it with your dues and/or membership book information, as soon as possible. Your genuine input will assist Anna in negotiating with her contacts to obtain a good “deal” for our group.


Thanks to all YPSW members for "keeping the faith" and making YPSW a continuing success.  Member input and cooperation keeps “Your Section” alive and flourishing.  Pictures you may have taken at the meeting will be appreciated for the album; information about your travels or any other subject that would be of interest to your fellow members is always welcome for publication.


Have an enjoyable summer. Anna and I look forward to seeing you at the 2009 meeting.




Douglas J. Davis




Financial Report

2008 Business Meeting Minutes

2008 Technical Meeting Summary

2008 Dues Notice/2009 Post-Meeting Cruise Interest Survey











































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January 23, 2008

Business Meeting

YPSW Section, AIHA

4 P.M.




President Hamid Arabzadeh, CIH called the business meeting to order at 4:05 P.M. on January 23, 2008 at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, 17941 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA.


The agenda was distributed to those individuals present.  A count of members established that a quorum (20%) was indeed present.


The minutes of the 2007 business meeting were printed on the back of the agenda and, therefore, not read aloud.  A motion to approve the minutes was made, seconded and unanimously carried by the membership.


  • Financial Status:  The savings account as of December 31, 2007 was $10,342.77.  As of today, the checking account balance is $9,10l.32.  Several attendees indicated they would register and pay “at the door.” Meeting expenses, (approximately $9,000.00 to $10,500.00) including postage, printing and all hotel expenses for meeting room rental, breaks, lunches, banquet, hospitality suite expenses, etc., remain to be paid at the conclusion of the meeting.  The $1000.00 hotel good faith deposit will be applied.  Costs continued to increase throughout the year for administrative supplies, document reproduction and postage. The section award was purchased in 2007 to retain the same design - only the engraving had to be paid for this year’s award; we have the 2009 award paid for, except for engraving.  The Executive Committee voted to cover the rental of the meeting and hospitality room out of the savings account to keep the registration fee as low as possible.  Registration fee was calculated utilizing menus from the hotel and held at a reasonable rate.  Eleven of the speakers were not YPSW members; YPSW paid for their lunch, breaks and hospitality room fees on the day they spoke; YPSW also paid for the banquet speaker’s meal and hospitality room fees.


  • Meeting Planning Highlights: The Executive Committee met numerous times via telephone conferences hosted by Program Chair, Chris Laszcz-Davis. Anna Davis visited several hotel sites in Orange County and contacted others in San Diego and reported prices continue to increase dramatically.  Information was tabulated and submitted to the Executive Committee via email.  When the Committee selected The Crowne Plaza Irvine as the 2008 site in June 2007, a good faith deposit of $500.00 was made and a second $500.00 deposit was made in early January 2008. Candidates were nominated for the section award.  Monetary details are covered in “Financial Status” above.


  • Program:  President Elect Chris Laszcz-Davis developed an outstanding program and arranged for a wide-ranging slate of excellent speakers.  She coordinated with ABIH prior to the meeting and secured approval for 2.0 Certification Maintenance Points for full attendance at the meeting – 0.5 per half day of attendance.  She provided Secretary Davis with the speakers’ complete names and addresses and routine confirmation letters were sent to each speaker along with preliminary program and hotel information. In  addition, at Chris’ request, emails were also sent to each speaker. Hamid, Peter Bellin and Frank Parker provided the needed audiovisual equipment for the meeting.  Thank you, Gentlemen.





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  • Conference Details: Program Chair Chris Laszcz-Davis stated she was “ready for two days;” details are covered in the newsletter.


  • Election of Officers was next on the agenda with the offices of President-Elect and one Director to be filled.  The Executive Committee nominations of Howard Kusnetz for President-Elect and Anna Davis for continuation as a Director were presented and nominations opened to the floor.  No additional nominations were forthcoming; a motion for approval of the nominated slate was made with unanimous approval by acclamation.  2008 Officers are as follows:

            President                     Chris Laszcz-Davis

            President Elect           Howard Kusnetz

            Past President             Hamid Arabzadeh

            Secretary-Treasurer    Douglas Davis

            Director                      Peter Bellin

            Director                      Anna Davis

            Director                      Bob Wheeler


  • Sincere thanks to Frank Parker for his valuable service and advice during the past three years.


  • Proposal to recruit new members and add two additional directors was discussed.  Those present voiced that this section is not like other local sections – this annual meeting is the only one many attend not only to hear the speakers but to socialize with long standing friends and colleagues – something that can no longer be done at the national meetings.  The vote was to keep the membership at no more than 100, and the present officer structure works well – one member stated “if it isn’t broke don’t fix it.” All new member applications will be reviewed and voted on by the Executive Committee.


  • Synergist article to be submitted by the Program Chair at the conclusion of the meeting.


  • Bob Wheeler suggested attendees at Future Leaders Conference be invited to future annual meetings to share their views.


  • Proposed site for 2009 annual meeting is the Bay Club Hotel and Marina on Shelter Island in San Diego, CA.  We held our 2003, 2005 and 2007 meetings at this charming boutique hotel.  Anna Davis spoke with her hotel contact prior to this meeting – they will happily accommodate us once again.  Doug and Anna will negotiate with them for the best room rates, etc.


  • The possibility of taking another cruise was discussed.  Anna will check into the possibility of a group cruise out of San Diego the Saturday AFTER the 2009 meeting.


  • Several members not able to attend the meeting sent regrets; their notes were made available for reading in the hospitality suite.


President Arabzadeh asked for adjournment if there were no further items for discussion.  Motion was made, seconded and carried.  Adjournment 4:55 PM.



Recorded by:  _____________________________

                                    Douglas J. Davis



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February 9, 2007 to February 13, 2008




Checking Account Balance February 9, 2007     -           -           -           -           -              $ 734.69



                        Dues:   Life Membership                                   $100.00

Annual Membership                                195.00                              295.00






Income (2008 Registrations)                                        $10590.00


Expenses (2008):

Hotel Expenses                        9935.15

Hospitality Room Rental                          630.00

Hospitality Room Supplies           436.15

Bus to Caspian Restaurant          240.00

Badges for Speakers/Guests         80.80

Refund 3 Advance Registrations             555.00


            Total Conference Expenses:                                         11877.10


            Income loss from meeting                                                                                    (1287.10)


            Funds Moved From Savings                                             1300.00                         1300.00


Total                  $1042.59



                        Postal Expenses                       $207.57

            Printing                                     492.60

            Web Hosting (2 yrs)                     68.89

            Photos                                         36.64

                        Engraving Award for

  George Cvejanovich                  37.72            


                                                                                                            Total:                    843.42                       



            Checking Account Balance                       $199.17                                                  199.17                         


            Savings Account                                     $9542.77


            Net Worth                                                $9741.94      on February 13, 2008


*Recap Hotel Expenses:

 2763.40           AM/PM breaks Jan 24 & Jan 25

 3531.44           Lunch for 48 on Jan 24 and 48 on Jan 25

2939.27           Banquet/Wine for 44 on Jan 25

631.00           Meeting Room rental (3 days)

26.94                    A/V VGA Extension (Jan 24)

43.10            Flip Chart for Jan 25


  • Banquet entrees were charged at the individual entree price, not all at the most expensive entrée.
  • Lunches were charged at contracted number of 48 each day.
  • Unused badges purchased for speakers/guests are available for future meetings.


(Highlights provided by Program Chair Chris Laszcz-Davis)



President Hamid Arabzadeh opened the technical meeting Thursday, January 24, 2008. After welcoming attendees and speakers, he introduced President-Elect & Program Chair Chris Laszcz-Davis. The Conference theme this year was “In Search of Solutions—Science, Impacts and Maintaining an International Economy”. The format consisted of a series of presentations on Global Climate Change, Renewable Energy Sources and Managing a Global EH&S Agenda. Following a brief overview of the Program, Chris Laszcz-Davis introduced the first speaker and provided the following summary of meeting highlights for this news- letter. Links to each presentation are accessible on the web site by moving the cursor over the presentation title.


Global Climate Change:


§       Presentation by Dr. George Luber entitled Global Climate Change—Health & Environmental Consequences described--- climate change observations; projections of future changes; possible effects on air pollution and associated health effects; potential impact on food security; and, finally, CDC’s public health role. Dr. Luber is the Associate Director, Global Climate Change, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA.


§       Dr. Zack Mansdorf’s presentation entitled One International Company’s Challenges—Global Climate Change & Energy Issues addressed--- L’Oreal’s global warming agenda with its attendant risks and opportunities; major operational sources of global climate change; efforts to reduce emissions; joint initiatives; examples of several energy projects; use of green energy; companion areas of concern (supply chain aspects, water and waste); and finally, L’Oreal’s future challenges. YPSW member Zack is L’Oreal Worldwide Vice-President, Environmental, Health & Safety, Paris, France. 


§       The topic of Critical Downstream Issues—Water and Waste was reviewed by Dr. Soroosh Sorooshian, University of California at Irvine’s Distinguished Professor, International Hydrology and Climate Change. Dr. Sorooshian is one of eleven UC Irvine scientists who contributed to the ground- breaking reports published in recent years by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, sharing in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice-President Al Gore.


Dr. Sorooshian’s highlights included—a physical description of earth vs. mars and venus; global distribution of the world’s water; discussion as to whether planet warming and hydrologic cycles were intensifying; problems in predicting climate change; problems associated with drought, floods, fires, forest health and sedimentation re-deposition; common practices in factoring in climate change (engineering control, storage, recycling, transport and reuse for multi-purposes); importance in characterizing long term uncertainties in hydro-climate variability (design and operation of dams, supply and demand of water distribution, urban growth); and, finally, practical satellite observations and predictive capability (water quality, wild fire risk, urban effect).


Renewable Energy Alternatives:


§       In shifting Program emphasis areas, Dr. Don Lucas presented Renewable Energy Sources—New Fuels, New Issues”.  Dr. Lucas’s focus included the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory’s (LBL’s) attack on the energy problem, with highlights of the following---



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particles and other emissions (including nanotechnology issues); transformations in the exhaust in the

atmosphere; direct vs. indirect health effects (lung cancer, water pollution, global warming); toxicity issues with testing of new fuel blends; and recent investigations (nanoscale safety, combustion by-products and their health effects, bringing health to the fuel mixture, Cal-EPA study). LBL is located in Berkeley, CA.


§       California Energy Commissioner John Geesman, Esq., Sacramento, CA, presented an interesting review of California’s Energy Agenda”, with its attendant challenges and opportunities.


§       Chevron’s Vice-President, Bio-fuels and Hydrogen, Rick Zalesky, discussed Chevron’s approach to Renewable Energy Alternatives—Corporate Initiatives, Sustainability and Potential EH&S Implications, sharing Chevron’s view of the next generation of global energy. Highlights included—a review of conventional fuels (including geothermal); alternative bio-fuels (and joint initiatives with Weyerhaeuser, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Georgia Tech, UC Davis, Texas A & M, and the Colorado Center for Biorefining & Bio-fuels); and renewable fuels (hydrogen, unconventional geothermal, solar power, biomass to power and ocean power). Rick is stationed in Houston, TX.


Managing a Global EH&S Agenda:


§       Having had the benefit of a robust series of presentations on Global Climate Change and Renewable Energy Sources, the Program focus shifted once again to accommodate the issue of Managing a Global EH&S Agenda. YPSW member Dr. Jas Singh was to have presented Globalization of Industrial Hygiene—Product Safety and Supply Chain Issues. Jas was called to attend critical strategic meetings in China at the last minute and had to pass on delivering his message. Chris Laszcz-Davis, while acknowledging that her summary did not hold a candle to Jas’s delivery, provided the group with summary highlights and two articles forwarded by Jas—New York Manhole Covers, Forged Barefoot in India and Chinese Workers Lose Their Lives Producing Goods. The author of the latter article will be the 2008 PCIH keynote speaker, Salt Lake Tribune special reporter Loretta Tofani.


Jas’s presentation included several messages—the number of EH&S workplace issues in SE Asia is abundant; EH&S resources are scarce, although growing; third party service providers (absent any EH&S training/awareness) often perform the most hazardous tasks; regulations/legislation are embryonic at this time; major brand name products sold in North America are produced in local shops where the level of worker H&S is very basic and unsatisfactory; drivers to strengthen EH&S efforts include multi-nationals, insurance companies and ISO certification requirements; specific opportunities await EH&S professionals here if willing to participate (technology transfer of exposure assessment techniques and control strategies; H&S of 3rd party contractors, supply chain partners; training of supervisors and managers; industrial ventilation; and influencing legislation). Dr. Singh resides in Hawaii.


§       Susan Ripple, Dow Chemical Company’s Technical Leader, Global Industrial Hygiene Expertise Center, Midland, MI, spoke about Setting Global Environmental Health & Safety Standards”.  Susan discussed the following –Dow Chemical’s worldwide operations; its Responsible Care Processes which encompass both workers and the community; Dow’s global risk assessment and management standard; Dow’s EH&S standards setting process; guidelines vs. regulations, particularly when OELs do not exist; and future Dow challenges (use of internally-defined OELs which are not allowed under EU regulations, leveraging information with other OEL-setting bodies external to Dow, European Union REACH requirements, improving scientific-based setting of OELs, toxicology and human data generation and availability, and what monitoring concentration to target for when OELs do not exist).



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§       Longstanding YPSW member Dr. Dwight Culver is a Clinical Professor of Medicine’s Epidemiology Division, School of Medicine, University of California at Irvine and a recent appointee to Governor Schwarznegger’s State Scientific Guidance Panel. Dr. Culver reviewed--- the current sources of OELs in the U.S.; the anatomy of OELs; and the dilemma moving forward. Dr. Culver, in a presentation entitled U.S. Profile—Occupational & Environmental Standards, challenged the profession to launch an initiative that would get its arms around a broader OEL setting process to ensure a high level of quality, consistency in approach and solidly based OELs.


§       Dr. Michael Wilson, Assistant Research Scientist, School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley, and recent appointee to the Cal/EPA Green Chemistry Science Advisory Panel, presented a lively review entitled Green Chemistry in California: A Framework for Leadership in Chemicals Policy and Innovation. Highlights of his presentation included---scale of chemical production today; European Policy in the European Union today and the US “green handicap”; core policy weaknesses, with a review of the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and companion data, safety and technology gaps; California’s morbidity and mortality rate attributable to chemical exposures; the “green chemistry” opportunity and investment in a new market; 2008 Cal/EPA report titled Green Chemistry: Cornerstone to a Sustainable California; and opportunity for California leadership in the policy arena.


Association Strategic Initiative Report Outs:


§       The Conference Program shifted again, with Association strategic initiative report outs from the following--- AIHA (President-Elect Lindsay Booher); ABIH (former Board member Chris Laszcz-Davis for Chair Barbara Dawson who was unable to make the meeting); ACGIH (Past Chairman Bob Soule for present Chairman Larry Gibbs, detained for medical reasons); Academy, AIH (Past President John Mulhausen); IOHA (ABIH liaison to IOHA Chris Laszcz-Davis for incoming IOHA Chairman, Tom Grumbles, detained for medical reasons); and AIHF (President David Downs). The information from the presenters was well received, although there were several concerns raised by the attendees as regards the AIHF. President David Downs agreed to follow-up on issues raised.


Federal Government Strategic Initiatives:


§       NIOSH’s Chief of Staff and YPSW member, Frank Hearl, reviewedNIOSH’s Strategic Initiatives. He highlighted the following---NIOSH’s framework; its Program Portfolio (sector, cross-sector and emphasis programs); its website offerings; the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA); the National Academies Review of specific NIOSH programs and products; special science initiatives; science policy issues; its REL and IDHL review; its authoritative recommendations for several items over the past year; and emerging issues (mining, flavorings research, respirator certification). Frank works out of the Washington DC NIOSH office.


§       OSHA Regional Administrator and YPSW member Chuck Adkins walked the group through OSHA’s Strategic Initiatives, highlighting---its strategic plan and goals; its overarching programs; its mission; performance goals; areas of emphasis (landscaping services, oil and gas field services, logging, residential construction, commercial building construction; and highway, street and bridge construction); specific hazards of the special emphasis programs (amputations, silica, lead, noise); fatality hazards (falls, trenching, struck by, powered industrial trucks, electrical); other concerns (Hispanic workers/employers, youth workers, homeland security); enforcement; consultation; cooperative activities; budget; standards activity; and major challenge as regards the PEL process. Chuck works out of the Kansas City, KS OSHA office.



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§       National AIHA’s Director, Governmental Affairs, Aaron Trippler, shared his personal impressions of the Washington DC governmental machine and “Impact on the OH&S Profession”.


Aaron’s presentation focused on:

ü     The difficulty the profession of occupational health & safety encounters when working with Congress and federal agencies. OH&S is simply not a priority, especially in an election year.

ü     The difficulty that agencies such as OSHA encounter when adopting standards and regulations. Because of the process, it takes a considerable number of years to see anything adopted. As a result, we see more and more guidelines and bulletins (as opposed to formal regulations) being adopted because of this. However, the formal standards setting process is still needed.

ü     Over three hundred (300) occupational safety & health titles have been generated, with impact on the IH title. Most of these other titles are granted by non-accredited bodies. This presents a problem when working with the public and policy makers.


As for the future, Aaron posed the following:

ü     AIHA membership needs to do all it can to work with policymakers and other stakeholders to update Permissible Exposure Limits.

ü     The global economy not only presents opportunity, but decisions as to what role AIHA and its membership should play in this economy need to be made.

ü     Is OSHA becoming irrelevant? Absolutely not! However, it is becoming more of a follower than a leader when it comes to international regulations and standards.


Friday Evening Dinner Banquet:


  • Steve Minter, Publisher and Editor, Occupational Hazards Magazine, Cleveland, OH, addressed the dinner crowd with his “outsider” impressions of EH&S today. His presentation, entitledAn Outsider’s View of the Key Challenges Facing EH&S, highlighted the following:


ü     Key challenges include—preventing injury, disease & death; making the case for EHS employment; and setting and enforcing EHS rules.

ü     We have unacceptably high numbers of work-related injury, illness and death in the U.S. Our views of the situation are strongly influenced by a flawed statistical picture. This picture impacts the employment of safety & health professionals and the resources devoted to EH&S.

ü     EHS generalists are needed, but they are stretched thin and too often relegated to a “record-keeping role”. Safety & health professionals may not be adequately prepared for their responsibilities, particularly as they relate to “making the business case for safety”.

ü     OSHA is broken and unable to fulfill some of its statutory responsibilities in a reasonable fashion. A vast ideological gulf exists between business and labor that results in a legislative stalemate and an inability to compromise and “fix” OSHA. Safety and health professionals are divided over how to appropriately address OSHA reform. Don’t expect the presidential candidates to shake up the OSHA stalemate.

ü     One final challenge—be heard! Write an article, write a letter to the editor, send a blog post, serve on a committee, call or write your congressional representative.




Footnote: YPSW members present declared the meeting a resounding success with a superb slate of speakers, robust discussions and great group dynamics. The meeting certainly highlighted the fact that the profession’s EH&S horizons continue to expand as technology, global issues and a “flat economy” propel us into the 21st century. This year’s Program focus included three emerging areas—Global Climate Change; Renewable Energy Alternatives; and Managing a Global EH&S Agenda.


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