AIHA-NCS Student Scholarships Applications Are Now Open

The AIHA Northern California local section is now accepting applications for 2017 Student Scholarships. These are a great way to encourage students to get more involved with AIHA and with other professionals in the field.  The awards are $700 each.

Please encourage eligible students to apply! 

Application deadline is March 26, 2017.

The description and qualification criteria for the awards are described below:
Robert T. Legge Award: This award is given of Dr. Legge, a former professor of industrial hygiene and physician at the University of California who made contributions to the fields of occupational medicine and public health. Those eligible to receive the award are undergraduate or graduate student showing academic excellence focusing on industrial hygiene or related environmental health studies. 
Any student with demonstrated interest and involvement in the study of Industrial Hygiene; currently enrolled in a 4-year college or graduate program in the Bay Area that offers course work in industrial hygiene or related studies such as toxicology, environmental health, or ergonomics; and a current AIHA-NCS Student member.
Bernard D. Tebbens Memorial Award: This award is given by as a tribute to Dr. Tebbens, a former professor of industrial hygiene at the U.C. Berkeley School of Public Health and section founder to graduate student with academic excellence to U.C. Berkeley, School of Public Health, emphasis in industrial hygiene.
The award is open to students who have completed at least one year in the U.C. Berkeley Environmental Health Program; and is a current AIHA-NCS Student member. 
Charles H. Powell Award: This award commemorates Dr. Charles H. Powell, a decades-long contributor to safety, industrial hygiene, and toxicology fields in private industry, NIOSH, and private consulting. He served as an editor for Patty’s Toxicology, AIHA President in 1983, was made an Honorary Member of AIHA in 1997, and elected an AIHA Fellow. The Memorial Award recognizes a Northern California undergraduate or graduate student who demonstrates academic and extracurricular excellence and a dedication to safety and/or industrial hygiene fields.
A full-time undergraduate or graduate student at a Northern California University with strong coursework in Safety Sciences, demonstrated sincere interest/or involvement in the safety profession, and is a current AIHA-NCS Student member. Extra-curricular and work or internship experience, as well as academic excellence will be considered. (Note: A student may not receive the Powell award again if he/she was a prior recipient of the award. Joint applications are not allowed, and only one applicant may be considered on a single scholarship application.
The Awards:
Each award offers recognition of academic excellence, along with the student's interest and involvement in the industrial hygiene profession.  Each awardee will be presented with a certificate and a $700 award, and will be asked to briefly speak about themselves and their career aspirations at the Awards dinner.
The Awards will be presented at the April 5, 2017, AIHA-NCS Meeting at  Spenger's Fish Grotto, 1919 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710.  Meeting details will be in a separate email.
All students are welcome to attend the April dinner meeting for free. The winning applicant's guest will also receive a complimentary dinner.  
“Vendors’ Night” will also be held during this dinner meeeting.  Students will have an opportunity to engage with potential employers and key vendor sponsors who have long supported AIHA-NCS.

To apply (see below) or if you have questions, please email Margarito Bercilla at:

Any specific questions are welcome, and can be directed to this email address.

You may apply for several awards but separately submit each award application. Please identify the name of the award you are applying for IN THE SUBJECT LINE.   You must submit your application by March 26, 2017 in the following format:



Email Address:

Contact Telephone Numbers (day/evening):

Name of University:

Degree Program:

Faculty Advisor’s Name and Telephone Number:

Anticipated Graduation Date:


In addition, applicants are strongly encouraged to answer the following questions:

  • Why did you select industrial hygiene as a career and what would you like to accomplish?

  •  What research work or projects are you working on or have you completed?


  • Describe your involvement with industrial hygiene outside of school. Include any paid or volunteer work experiences involving industrial hygiene.



In submitting this application, the parties agree that this information is subject to verification.  The AIHA-NCS Board will determine the scholarship awards during the selection process.  All rights reserved.


Dinner Meeting: January 18, 2017. Chemical Substitution

Location:  Scott's Seafood Restaurant, Oakland, CA

More details: TBA


Cal-OSHA HEAC Meeting: March 7, 2017

The next meeting of the Cal-OSHA Health Effects Advisory Committee (HEAC) will take place on Tuesday March 7 at 10:00 a.m. in Conference Room 1304 on the 13th floor of the Harris State Office Building, 1515 Clay Street, Oakland, CA..  The HEAC is convened to advise Cal/OSHA in its review of existing and proposed changes to PELs for airborne concentrations of chemical substances in the workplace.     

The feasibility of implementing revised PELS for cyclohexane, n-propanol and trimellitic anhydride will be discussed. In addition, the Priority List of substances being considered for revised and new PEL adoption will be discussed.   Stakeholders, interested parties and members of the public are encouraged to attend and provide comment at or before the meeting.  Materials for the meeting will be posted at: prior to the meeting. 


IH Forum: Recognition, Evaluation, & Control of Legionella

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2016       1-4 PM

LOCATION:  Elihu Harris State Office Building, Room 2, 1515 Clay Street, Oakland, CA 94612

This presentation will cover the basic framework for understanding the principles of the recognition, evaluation, and control of Legionella in various water systems from the perspective of the industrial hygienist's role. An overview of technical strategies for environmental exposure and risk assessment will be provided as well as discussion of data collection and interpretation in support of environmental source identification. Actual case studies will be reviewed for purposes of demonstration and to assist in achievement of learning objectives.


At the end of the course attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the principles of recognition, evaluation and control of legionella in various water systems
  • Describe the technical strategies for environmental exposure and risk assessment.
  • Identify issues of data collection and interpretation.


This event contains 3.0 hours of instruction and may be eligible for 0.5 ABIH CM credits. 

The forum meets BCSP criteria for 0.25 COC points and REHS certification CEUs.

Nurses: COEH is a California Board of Registered Nursing approved Provider BRN # 12983 / 3.3 contact hours.  


MEGAN CANRIGHT RABINOWITZ, MPH, CIH has a wide array of experience in the fields of Industrial Hygiene and Environmental, Health & Safety. As the Corporate Director of Scientific Operations with Forensic Analytical, she provides company-wide technical and operational direction and facilitates the internal Quality Assurance/Quality Control program. Megan's primary areas of expertise include occupational and environmental exposure assessment, and the evaluation and control of waterborne pathogens in support of environmental infection control. Megan is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and is very active in the local San Diego and National chapters of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, serving as the 2015-2016 Chair of the AIHA Risk Assessment Committee and current Secretary of the California Industrial Hygiene Council. She is a graduate of the 2011 AIHA Future Leaders Institute (FLI) and currently chairs the AIHA FLI Advisory Board.



BART: The training location is two short blocks from the 12th Street BART Station. 

DRIVING: Take I-980 and get off at the 14th-18th Street Exit. Take 14th Street to Clay Street. Turn left on Clay. There is a parking garage on the right, across the street from 1515 Clay Street. There are also other parking garages in the area. 


When you enter the big lobby of 1515 Clay, take the escalator to the second floor. Follow the signs for Room 2.



Cost: $60   Register at


Dinner Meeting: November 15. Naturally Occurring Asbestos in Construction: More Complex Than You May Think!

Naturally Occurring Asbestos in Construction:  More Complex Than You May Think! 

The Kingfish Restaurant, 201 S. B Street, San Mateo

November 15, 2016.   Registration at 5:30.  Dinner at 6:30.

Registration Details: TBA

Naturally Occurring Asbestos in Construction:  More Complex Than You May Think!

Naturally Occurring Asbestos (NOA) is a subset of a class of potentially hazardous Elongate Mineral Particles (EMPs) that are becoming increasingly important to the field of Industrial Hygiene. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is a leader in the recognition, evaluation and control of ELPs on construction projects, and is contributing significantly to research in this field. This presentation will focus on developing and implementing a risk management strategy using SFPUC’s Calaveras Dam Replacement Project (CDRP) as a case study.

Our Speakers:

Laura O'Heir, M.P.H, CIH, CSP, will begin with a summary of the current regulatory framework and standard of practice, and how state and Federal regulations could be expanded based on recent research. She will then discuss how the development and use of geologically based NOA potential maps allows for the early identification of NOA forming the basis for industrial hygiene and safety requirements. 

Bradley Erskine, Ph.D., CEG, will present a case study on the CDRP, the largest NOA/EMP construction project currently undertaken in the United States. Dr. Erskine will focus on the perimeter and ambient monitoring program designed to assure that emissions of both regulated NOA and non-regulated ELPs remain below risk-based thresholds during the seven-year project. He will also discuss particle tracing by analyzing the chemical "fingerprint" of each mineral source allowing project management to differentiate project on-site emission sources from those generated from projects off-site. 


Registration is now open for our Annual Past Presidents' Dinner!

Our annual Past-Presidents Dinner meeting will be Thursday July 14, at Michael's at Shoreline, in Mountain View. (Due to the Shoreline concert schedule, our normal meeting day was moved to avoid traffic difficulties).

Title: Toxic Waste Spill From The Cananea Copper Mine and its Impact on the Community and Environment

In August 2014, 11 million gallons of highly acidic waste water with high levels of heavy metals migrating into the watershed of the Rio Sonora (near the Arizona border) from Cananea copper mine operated by Grupo Mexico. The waste spill went 220 miles down the river to the dam holding the drinking water for Hermosillo, the state capital and a city of 1.5 million people. The spill contaminated well and surface water, poisoning agricultural land, killing livestock, and generating adverse health effects among the 25,000 residents along the river.

In 2016, a group of eight US health, environmental, labor and university professionals toured the river valley and visited communities still affected. Thus far, they collected 400 health surveys (of 1,000) indicating serious health effects occurring 20 months after the spill affecting infants, children, adults and elders. Yet the Mexican government and Grupo Mexico (the 4th largest mining company in the world) have declared the crisis to be over with no further action needed. Occupational health, environmental, and community health professionals have been involved in the ongoing investigation and resolutions. The speakers are:

  • David Bacon, photojournalist, who will show his photos and provide background information, and
  • Cadelba Lomeli, nurse practitioner, who will discuss the results of the surveys and interviews, continuing health effects, and medical plans.


At the meeting, there will be a Developing World Outreach Initiative (DWOI) raffle.


Buffet Dinner including:

Salads: Moroccan Bean, Ceasar, Pasta Primavera, and Tomato & Cucumber

Hot entrees: Pot Roast, Rosemary Chicken and Roasted Potatoes

Dinner Rolls, Coffee, Tea

Dessert: Sherbet


Member price (early registration deadline is July 7): $43 per person

Non-member (early registration deadline is July 7): $48 per person

Students/emeritus/retired (early registration deadline is July 7): $28 per person

Registration on or after July 8: $53 per person


May is Safe Jobs Month!

The UC Berkeley Labor Occupational Health Program announces that

May is Safe Jobs for Youth Month!


Do you know a young worker? Having a job as a teenager can be great. Young workers earn money, learn responsibility, and get new skills. But are they work ready for safety? Have they been trained? Do they know what to do if there is a problem? Help get the word out before the summer job season begins. Make sure teens know the basics.


Visit the UC Berkeley Labor Occupational Health Program website for more information:




2016 Sponsorship Made Easy!

At last... a way to secure your organization's support and sponsorship of the AIHA-NCS right here online! Please check out the various levels of sponsorship - there is something for everyone, and each level will 1) provide exposure for your business, 2) support your AIHA-NCS, and 3) contribute toward student scholarships! We value your participation and greatly appreciate your support. To view the many options and register as a sponsor, just click on the sponsorship tab at the top of this page. Thank you! 


Donate to the Developing World Outreach Initiative (DWOI) and Help Make a Difference!!

Your donations and assistance allow you to do what matters and enables the activities of the Developing World Outreach Initiative (DWOI).

Do you prefer that your charitable donation goes straight to a worthy organization that needs it? With no administrative fees or overhead?

Here's your chance to donate directly to an occupational health and safety cause that matters and has made an impact. This year, DWOI volunteers have screened numerous applications from international non-governmental organizations and universities and awarded five $500 training grants and three $2,000 technical grants, but there are still additional worthy projects awaiting funding! We have exhausted all available technical grant funds contributed by National AIHA ($6,000) and training grant funds contributed by AIHA NCS member David Kahane ($2,500) along with remaining historical DWOI funds.

We are asking for donations from you,  AIHA NCS members,  to try to raise $2,000 to fund the following runner up projects:

-Two training grants ($500 each)  for safety training for farm workers in Kenya and electronic workers in Mexico.

-One technical grant ($1,000) for an assessment of DDT application practices for malaria eradication in Uganda.

If we can also raise an additional $500 to match David Kahane's generous $2,500 donation,  DWOI can do even more good work!

Here are three ways you can donate (remember donations of any amount help):

1. Come to the July 21, 2015 AIHA NCS dinner meeting at Michael's in Mountain View, CA and bring cash or your checkbook. DWOI Chair Richard Hirsh will gladly accept your donation.

2. Mail a tax deductible donation check marked for DWOI but, payable to "New Ways to Work c/o Garret Brown at PO Box 124 Berkeley, CA 94701.

3. Mail a non-tax deductible check marked for DWOI but, payable to "AIHA-NCS" c/o Leslie B. Lawton, We Produce 125 Connemara Way #141 Sunnyvale, CA 94087.

We sincerely appreciate your support.

From the DWOI Technical and Training Grant Screening Subcommittee Volunteers:
Garrett Brown
Perry Gottesfeld
Karen Gunderson
Richard Hirsh

David Zalk