Upcoming CNY AIHA Local Section Events

Details will follow


September 23, 2021

Health and Safety Issues of an Aging Workforce

Presented by: Nellie J. Brown, MS, CIH

March 22, 2022

24th Annual Joint Technical Conference of the Central NY AIHA and the Central NY Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association WILL BE BACK!


Recent CNY AIHA Local Section Events

April 29,2021 (Virtual)

Quieter is Better: Basic Noise Control Concepts

Presented by: Jeffrey Komrower, BS, MS

With illustrations and examples from noise control work ranging from US Navy Aircraft Carriers to Hydroelectric Powerplants including the Grand Coulee Powerhouses and Hoover Dam Powerplant, this presentation covered the ramifications of a noisy environment and the important role of noise controls.

Topics covered in the presentation included:

  • Why Noise Controls?
  • Basics (Very) of Acoustics (sound pressure, frequency concepts, A-weighting, dB)
  • Noise measurement basics
  • Source-path-receiver model
  • Basic noise control methodology and implementation
  • Case histories

Jeff is a Senior Acoustical Engineer at Noise Control Engineering, LLC. He brings 40 years of experience in the noise and vibration field and has authored over 100 technical reports and papers. He holds a BS and MS in engineering and has a wealth of experience in noise control.


March 24, 2021 (Virtual)

Vibration: Exposure Hazards, Measurement Protocol and Controls

Presented by: Michael Strange CIH

This program started with a poll to the audience asking how many of us had performed a field evaluation for vibration. Exactly 0 had done so. Therefore, the program was full of new material for most of us and provided a framework for understanding and assessing Hand-Arm Vibration as follows:

In the US, an estimated 1.45 million workers use vibrating tools. Workers who use high vibrating power tools regularly are at risk of nerve damage and restricted blood flow to the hand and fingers, also known as Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). HAVS-related health problems include peripheral vascular and peripheral neural disorders of the fingers and hands, Vibration White Finger, and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The prevalence of HAVS in worker populations that use vibrating tools ranges from 6% to 100%, with an average of 50%. This webinar explored how to recognize, measure, and implement control measures to reduce vibration exposure.

At the completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Recognize Hand-Arm Vibration (HAV) and Whole-Body Vibration (WBV) in the workplace
  • Identify signs and symptoms of HAVS and potential effects of vibration exposure
  • Measure vibration acceleration level, and in combination with duration of exposure, identify vibration risk in the development of health issues
  • Implement control measures to reduce vibration exposure

Michael is a Principal Consultant, Industrial Hygiene and Safety for Chubb Global Risk Advisors.

In his words: “My #1 passion in life is my industrial hygiene practice. My mission is to provide high quality consultation services to evaluate airborne chemical hazards, noise, radiation, and vibration exposures to workers, as well as indoor air quality in office environments. I also provide effective control methods to reduce hazards for clients that include a wide variety of manufacturing facilities, chemical / pharmaceutical, medical facilities, agriculture, hospitality, agriculture, construction, office buildings, and others. I enjoy talking about industrial hygiene almost as much as I enjoy conducting the site evaluations”.


January 21,2021 (Virtual)

Ethics for the IH professional

Presented by: Mark Katchen, MS, MBA, CIH, FAIHA

This engaging program started with an ethics quiz! This got us all thinking and talking about ethical issues and our best responses.

Through lecture and interactive discussion of case studies, we examined the fundamental causes of our actions. We also examined the Board for Global EHS Credentialing Code of Ethics for industrial hygienists. At the end of this course, students will be able to: Identify a conflict of interest; understand the difference between what is ethical, moral, and legal; set out the facts in a case/investigation; identify and select among alternative actions; reflect.

Mark is the Managing Principal for The Phylmar Group, Inc. He is a CIH with more than 35 years of experience and is past Chair of the AIHA’s Joint Industrial Hygiene Ethics Education Committee. He is also an AIHA Distinguished Fellow and Lecturer who frequently speaks to business and academic groups.


November 19, 2020 (Virtual)

Introducing 7-Elements of a Hearing Conservation Program: Regulatory Requirements and Best Practices

Presented by: Laurie Wells, Au.D., CPS/A

This program introduced the 7-Element Hearing Conservation Program framework. Starting from understanding the health effects of noise exposure and the need for employer-driven hearing conservation programs, the presentation provided an overview of the federal regulatory requirements and offers some best practices for companies looking to enhance their policies and hearing loss prevention efforts.

Learning objectives for attendees:

  • Describe two ways that too much noise exposure can affect a person's health.
  • Give an example of a recommended "best practice" for a company hearing loss prevention program policy.
  • List the common elements of a hearing loss prevention program.

Dr. Laurie Wells is a board-certified audiologist and Regulatory Affairs Specialist for 3M Personal Safety Division. Laurie is a Certified Professional Supervisor of the Audiometric Monitoring Program©. She has taught numerous courses and made frequent presentations at professional conferences.