November 15 Dinner Meeting: California's Proposition 65:  “The Road to Hell…” Presented by Kevin Mayer, J.D.

California Proposition 65: "The Road to Hell..."


Presented by Kevin C. Mayer, J.D.

Location: Crown Plaza Hotel, Foster City-San Mateo

November 15, 2018


Kevin C. Mayer, a partner and civil trial attorney with Crowell & Morring's San Francisco and Los Angeles offices, will discuss his experiences advising and litigating on numerous California Proposition 65 alleged violation-related cases.  Kevin will address various aspects of product, occupational, and environmental-related liability driven in part by the Proposition 65 regulation.  He will provide advice regarding compliance with the new warning requirements that became effective August 30th.

*Early registration deadline is November 12th just before midnight.

Registration, networking starts at 5:30 PM

Meeting starts at 6:30 PM

If you are interested in volunteering at the registration table, please contact Laurel Davis at:

We welcome any vendors who would like to register and exhibit.  Please contact Trevor Bausman:

Executive Committee: The AIHA-NCS Executive Committee will at at the hotel restaurant from 3:30 - 5:30 PM to conduct local section business.  Interested parties are encouraged and welcome to attend.

More information and Registration, click below:


AIHA-NCS Symposium is APRIL 26, 2018 - AIHA-NCS Technical Symposium: Dangers on the Horizon - Are We Prepared?


 Register Now!

AIHA-NCS Technical Symposium: Dangers on the Horizon - Are We Prepared?

Topic Speaker
An Introduction to Weapons of Mass Destruction Todd Paintedosi, Special Agent, WMD Coordinator, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Public Health and Medical Response to a Nuclear Detonation John F. Koerner, MPH, CIH, Senior Special Advisor - Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Science and Operations.  US Depart of Health & Human Services – Asst. Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)
Sampling and Analysis of Emerging Infectious Agents Suzanne Blevins, B.S., SM (ASCP)Laboratory Director, Aerobiology
Overview of Laboratory Chemical Response Network (LRN-C) in California: its activation and testing Sauda Yerabati, Chemical Threat Response Coordinator, California Department of Public Health
Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)  Paul J. Fields, Senior Chemical Security Inspector, DHS Agency Liason  - Field Operations Branch, Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD) of the US Department of Homeland Security 
Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Planning Lisa Pelletier, CEM, Stanford University, Emergency Preparedness & Business Continuity Officer
NCRIC Terrorism Awareness George Karawanny, Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC)

This Technical Symposium is specifically for those in occupational safety, health, environmental, and affiliated fields. AIHA and Non-AIHA-NCS members are welcome to attend but may be asked to provide photo &/or governmental ID at registration.

Price includes Continental Breakfast as well as a Buffet Lunch (with assorted salads, pasta, with vegetarian choices), and snacks.

This event meets ABIH® and BCSP CM criteria.

Parking is free.  A BART & CalTrain shuttle service is available; click below for information:

Cancellations received prior to April 24, will have course fees refunded, less a $75 administrative fee.  No refunds will be made on cancellations after that date.

MediSHARE Environmental Health & Safety is a sponsor. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 14069 for 7.5 contact hours.

Please contact us about sponsorship and logo placement opportunities. 

We hope to see you there!!


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November 14 Dinner Meeting. Legal & Practical Issues Facing Health & Safety Professionals

Legal & Practical Issues Facing Health & Safety Professionals

Presented by Michael L. Fox, J.D.

Location: Kingfish Restaurant, San Mateo, CA

November 14, 2017 

Michael Fox, a partner with Sedgwick LLP, will provide a primer on legal and practical issues facing health and safety professionals employed as outside consultants and to co-workers as well as other employees of their companies. 

Issues to be addressed include:

  1. The scope of potential liability for outside consultants' assumption of the employer's or property owners' duty to maintain a safe workplace;
  2. The exclusive remedy of workers' compensation to shield those responsible for EH&S from civil liability, and exceptions thereto; and
  3. The importance of documentation and data collection to address claims and for use in litigation. 


Registration, networking start time 5:30 PM


Meeting Starts 6:30 PM


Menu and Registration:


Dinner Meeting, September 12, 2017, California’s Integrated Approach to Climate Change Mitigation & Air Quality

Online Registration is available and details for the September 12 Dinner Meeting have been updated -- please register early through 9/4 to help us plan, and to take advantage of the early bird prices! Hope to see you all for a timely and useful topic...


California’s Integrated Approach to Climate Change Mitigation and Air Quality

Presented by:  John Balmes, MD

Location:  Scott's Seafood Restaurant, Oakland, CA

Date & Time:  September 12, 2017, 5:30 (Registration & Social Hour), 6:30 (Dinner & Meeting), 7:30 (Presentation)



COEH-NCS Forum - 6/29 in Oakland - Topic is E-Cigarettes: Policy, Toxicology, and Occupational Health and Safety

Registration is open now online for this upcoming COEH-NCS Forum - please follow the link to register (note: COEH has transitioned to a new registration system, RegOnline, which they hope will make the registration process much easier).

Here is some info, and more detail about the agenda and the speakers is included on the registration site. 


Or Contact: 510-642-8365, 

When: Thursday, June 29, 2017  1:00pm-4:00pm (PST) 

Where: Elihu M. Harris State Office Building, 1515 Clay Street, Oakland, CA 94612


This presentation will explore the current landscape of e-cigarette use and policies, and occupational health and safety concerns. 


  • Explore the current s of e-cigarette use and policies
  • Identify toxilogical concerns of vaping e-liquids
  • Summarize current findings of exposure assessment conducted in e-cigarette vape shops in the Bay Area
  • Develop an understanding of worker health and safety in these emerging occupation environments


  • ABIH - ABIH Diplomates can earn up to 2.75 of contact hours for this event. Visit for more information. 
  • Nurses: COEH Continuing Education program (BFN Provider #12983) has approved this event for 2.75 contact hours. 





Save the Date: Annual Past-President's Dinner Meeting Invite for July 11, 2017

 As we kick off our new AIHA year, 

You are invited to AIHA-NCS's

Past-President's Dinner

On July 11 at 5:30PM

@Michaels - Shoreline Amphitheater

in Mountain View, California.

Your attendance is appreciated.

 Registration and more event details to follow.

 Remember to bring in some new energy and fresh ideas


AIHA-NCS UCB-COEH Ethics In the Workplace Forum, 4/27/17

AIHA N California

AIHA N California


Thursday, April 27, 2017, 1:30-4:00 PM

Elihu Harris State Office Bldg., Rm. 11, 1515 Clay St., Oakland, CA Cost: $60


This presentation will provide an introduction to ethics in the workplace. It will provide information on ethical issues that can arise for the Industrial Hygienist inside the corporate environment and outside, and the opportunity to consider and discuss ethical re- sponses to potential challenging situations and concerns in the workplace.


At the end of the course attendees will be able to:
• Understand the principle of ethics in professional practice
• Identify ethical challenges relevant to Industrial Hygienists inside corporate work setting and outside.
• Learn how other OHS professionals have dealt with ethical issues in the workplace and global supply chains.


 1:30pm to 2:00pm 

Jo Forchione, CIH & Tammy Watts MSN, ANP 

An introduction to ethics in the workplace 

2:00 pm to 2:30 pm 

Nina Townsend, MPH, CIH 

Ethical challenges in the private sector & government 

2:30pm to 3:00 pm 


3:00pm to 3:30pm 

Garrett D. Brown, MPH, CIH 

Ethical challenges in global supply chains 

3:30pm to 4:00pm 

Panel Discussion 

4:00 pm 




ABIH - ABIH® Diplomates can earn up to 2.5 contact hours for this event.
Visit cation/cm-credit-education-events for more information. 


Jo Forchione, CIH is a Certified Industrial Hygienist with thirty years of professional experience in the environmental, health and safety (EHS) field. Jo is also a Certified Asbestos Consultant and CDPH licensed Lead Inspector/Assessor and Project Monitor. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California, and a master’s degree in Education from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. Jo has worked at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) since 1997 supporting all lines of business and managing several occupational health and safety programs. Prior to her career at PG&E, she worked as an EHS professional at U.C.Berkeley, Kaiser Permanente, International Technology Corporation and Industrial Health and Safety Consultants, Inc. Jo takes pride in maintaining a strong presence in the field and promoting occupational safety, health and wellness. 

Tammy Watts, MSN, ANP is the Clinical Services Program Manager in the Safety & Health department at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. She has been at PG&E nearly 2 years and is responsible for development and oversite of clinically-related programs that interface across multiple lines of business. Most recently, Tammy launched PG&E’s first on-site primary care and occupational health clinic at the San Francisco General Office, and rolling out cutting edge virtual telemedicine accessible at the workplace for both work-related and personal health concerns. 

Prior to PG&E, Tammy held several management and clinical roles at Safeway for 10 years. These included Workers’ Compensation, running solo, the first on-site clinic at the Safeway corporate campus, culminating as Director of Clinical Services having expanded on-site employee health to full service vendor-provided primary care for employees and dependents. 

She obtained her BSN (RN) from the University of Southern Maine, and her MSN (Nurse Practitioner) from UCSF. Tammy has 26 years’ experience in managing and clinical roles at employer site clinics including Amdahl Corp, LLNL, Sandia Labs, and Safeway. This is rounded out by years in the hospital scene and insurance. 

Tammy participated in ergonomic education research with Stanford University and published in the Journal of Health Promotion, and was an editor for development of an electronic tool for the national ACOEM Occupational Medicine Practice Guidelines, 2nd Edition. As a member of an AAOHN national task force team, she updated the Clinical Competencies for Occupational Health Nurses that was published in the AAOHN Journal. 

She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor for the School of Nursing at UCSF where she is guest lecturer, preceptor to graduate nurses for NP clinical practice and occupational health, and a reader for NP comprehensive exams and the annual Barbara Resnik Writing Award. 

Nina Townsend, CIH, CSP, has experience in the private sector and government. Townsend’s career began at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, followed by a year in Ecuador studying drinking water quality funded by a Fulbright grant. After completing an MPH at UC Berkeley, Townsend spent 6 years as an Industrial Hygienist and Safety and Health Specialist at Chevron supporting operations in the U.S., Central and South America, and Angola, in West Africa. Townsend joined the California Department of Public Health in December of 2016 to lead California’s Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. 

Garrett Brown, CIH, worked for Cal/OSHA for 20 years as a field Compliance Safety and Health Officer and then served as Special Assistant to the Chief of the Division before retiring in 2014. He has also been the volunteer Coordinator of the Maquiladora Health & Safety Support Network since 1993 and has coordinated projects in Bangladesh, Central America, China, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Mexico and Vietnam. 

Refund Policy: To cancel your registration please send your written request to: Cancellation noti cation must be received no later than one week before the start date of the class in which you are registered, in order to qualify for a refund, less a $35.00 administrative fee. Substitute attendees are welcome. There is no tuition refund within one week of the start date of a class. 



Dinner Meeting: January 18, 2017. Chemical Substitution

Location:  Scott's Seafood Restaurant, Oakland, CA

More details: TBA


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