AIHA-NCS News Update - May 5, 2019

AIHA-NCS News Update

April Symposium April 18, 2019

The AIHA-NCS would like to thank the speakers, vendors, the attendees, and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory for a successful event. Over 50 AIHA-NCS members and guests met at SLAC in Menlo Park, CA on April 18, 2019 to learn about the emerging issue of the Cannabis Industry - Legal Cannabis: A Blunt discussion of Health and Safety Issues in the Emerging Cannabis Industry and the Impact of Legal Adult Use in the Workplace. 

The speakers for the event included the following topics:

Rob Kleinerman, MPH, CIH: Overview of the Emerging Cannabis Industry and AIHA’s Cannabis Industry Health and Safety Task Force”

Douglas Weigand, PhD: Occupational Health Hazards in the Cannabis Industry and Recent NIOSH Hazard Evaluations at Cannabis-related Worksites”

Renée Meyer" Manufactured Cannabis in California: An Overview of Licensing & Compliance"

Reese Benton: “Cannabis 2019”

Roberta Smith MSPH, RN, CIC, COHN-S, CIH: Identifying and Reducing Hazards in Cultivation Facilities- A Colorado Perspective”

Hieu Williams, J.D. & Daniel H. Dressman, J.D.: Cannabis and Employment Issues”

Michael J. Kosnett, MD, MPH: Assessment of Driving Impairment from Cannabis: Problems and Prospects”

Presentation photos from the event are available here.

Special thanks to our five sponsors/vendors: BSI EHS Services and Solutions; Forensic Consulting (FACS), SGS Galson, Prestige Lens Lab, and REPSS, Inc!


Special Congratulations!

Congratulations Laurel Davis- Recipient of the SECP Golden Seed Award

The AIHA-NCS would like to send a sincere Congratulations to Laurel Davis! She has been selected to be the recipient of the Golden Seed Award presented by the Students and Early Career Professionals Committee. 

This award recognizes an individual who has:

 -        Made significant contributions to industrial hygiene in the area of student development, mentoring, or early career guidance,

-        Demonstrated a commitment to promoting the profession of industrial hygiene,

-        Demonstrated commitment to advancing the profession among students and early career professionals, and/or

-        Demonstrated commitment by providing guidance and mentorship to students or early career professionals.

Laurel Davis has been a member of the AIHA-NCS since 1993, when she joined while a graduate student at UC Berkeley. She served as AIHA-NCS President in 2009-2010, and now supports the section as volunteer coordinator, assists with membership management, and is an alternate board member on the California Industrial Hygiene Council. 

Laurel, who is a former high school science teacher, has a passion for sharing knowledge about the industrial hygiene profession with others, especially students and early career professionals. She has participated in activities that reach out to K-12 students including Expanding Your Horizons, science fairs, and classroom presentations. As a mentor, Laurel regularly participates in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health Career Café to share the value and fulfillment that a career in industrial hygiene can bring. Laurel sees herself as a “connector” and is the person her friends and colleagues “go-to” whenever they know or hear of someone who is interested in the Environmental Health and Safety field. These mentoring encounters have resulted in several of these individuals getting jobs, starting graduate school (for industrial hygiene!), and joining the AIHA and the local section. Her mentoring work also extends to numerous summer interns at Berkeley Lab. Since 2014, Laurel has donated her time to teach ventilation principles and practices to graduate students at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. In addition to teaching, she sponsors students to attend the local section meetings as a means to encourage them to join and be active in the local section and national organization. Her passionate and long-standing sharing of industrial hygiene with students and early career professionals at all levels has resulted in being honored with the AIHA SECP Committee's Golden Seed Award.  


Welcome the New Board!

The new board takes office 7/1/2019. We would like to extend a warm wlecome to our new board members.

Emily Goswami to the office of President-Elect position. Emily has over 17 years of professional experience in exposure assessment, industrial hygiene, and human health risk assessment. Her experience includes evaluating exposures to a wide range of chemical, physical, and biological agents in occupational and residential environments, as well as to those resulting from the use of consumer products. She has a B.A. in Environmental Science from UC Berkeley and an M.S. in Environmental Health from the University of Washington in Seattle. She has been an active member of AIHA–Northern California Section since 2009 and seeks to engage current and prospective members through exciting networking, professional development, and mentorship opportunities. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, eating, and chasing after two little kids.


Kathryn Nobrega to the office of 1st Year Director. Kathryn J. Nobrega is Senior Manager of Global Physical Security and Safety at Symantec headquarters in Mountain View, California, where she manages health, safety and environmental programs for the company’s approximately 15,000 employees globally. She began her Symantec tenure in the United Kingdom, where she was responsible for health and safety in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region. Symantec is the world’s largest cybersecurity company. Prior to joining Symantec, Kathryn consulted to multinational companies, governments, and non-profit organizations for over twenty years in industries ranging from oil and gas to biopharma. Her specialties include auditing, management systems design, training, and laboratory safety. Kathryn excels at translating HSE requirements into business processes that help improve workplace culture and performance. Kathryn is a certified industrial hygienist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and an MBA from Boston University.


Upcoming Events and Meetings

June 19, 2019 – Happy Hour 5:30 – 7:30 at locations near you! San Francisco, Berkeley, Hayward, Mountain View. Stay tuned for specific locations.

July 16, 2019 – Past President’s Night, Michael’s at Shoreline, Mountain View. Topic: Legionella.


We hope you can join us at future meetings and events! Follow us on LinkedIn, and check out our website for a calendar of events and announcements.