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  • 1. THESynergist12/10www.aiha.orgImprove Your GraphicsDoes your data showthe forest or the trees? 8Building IH Capacity in the U.S.22Do Zero-Risk Exposures Exist?27ISOs Social Responsibility Standard29The Business Case for OHS Databases

2. Circle Fax-back Card No. 2 3. SynergistTHEFeatures24 Extreme Makeovers A longtime EHS pro shares simple tips for making your data come alive. By Ed Rutkowski27 Contentious Consensus Input from a diverse group of stakeholders will add to the credibility of ISOs new standard on social responsibility. By Jeffrey Hogue29 Streamlined Management How to build a business case for OHS databases. By Monica Melkonian24274 The Synergist I December 201029 4. Circle Fax-back Card No. 3 5. THE SynergistVolume 21 I Number 11Columns & Departments Editor in ChiefConstance Paradise, CAE: cparadise@aiha.orgManaging EditorEd Rutkowski: erutkowski@aiha.orgAssistant Editor Brooke Morris: bmorris@aiha.orgSenior Manager, Periodicals and Technology James Myers: jmyers@aiha.org Creative Services Associate/Designer Billy Stryker: bstryker@aiha.orgAdvertising Representative8 Presidents Message Network Media PartnersBuilding Industrial HygieneBen Ledyard: bledyard@networkmediapartners.comCapacity in the United StatesBy Michael T. Brandt Executive Director Peter J. ONeil, CAE: poneil@aiha.org10 Letters The Synergist is a copyrighted publication of the AmericanRevisiting the Haiti EarthquakeIndustrial Hygiene Association, 2700 Prosperity Ave., Suite 250, Fairfax, VA 22031; (703) 849-8888; e-mail synergist@12 NewsWatch aiha.org. No part of The Synergist may be reprinted without the express written consent of AIHA. Submission of articlesOEHS AND INDUSTRY NEWS or letters to the editor are welcome, but AIHA and The Syn- ergist will determine what to publish and reserve the right20 Insight: Exposure Assessmentto edit all submissions for content, style, length and clarity. The Synergist (USPS #009-332) is published monthly ex-Time for Modelingcept a combined June/July issue by the American IndustrialBy Steven D. JahnHygiene Association, 2700 Prosperity Ave., Suite 250, Fairfax, VA 22031 for $50 per year for members; nonmembers may22 Insight: Risk Assessmentsubscribe for $275/yr. International nonmembers may subscribe for $375/yr (U.S. funds). Periodicals postage paid at Fairfax,Crossing a Threshold Virginia, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: SendBy Frank Mirer address changes to The Synergist, American Industrial Hygiene Association, Attn: Customer Service, 2700 Prosperity Ave., Suite 250, Fairfax, VA 22031. ISSN 10667660.32 Community Publications Mail Agreement No. 40039445. ReturnAIHA NEWSundeliverable Canadian addresses to PO Box 503, RPO West Beaver Creek, Richmond Hill ON L4B 4R6.35 OpportunitiesEditorial Advisory Board MembersEDUCATIONAL EVENTS FOR Jeff Behar, California Institute of TechnologyOEHS PROFESSIONALS Wendell Britnell, LMI Patricia Crawford, Consultant36 Product FeaturesM. Cathy Fehrenbacher, U.S. EPADon Garvey, 3M Co.Stephen Hemperly, Hitachi GST37 Advertisers Index/ John Mazur, MACTEC Inc. Synergist Fax-Back CardHank Muranko, Muranko & AssociatesDoris Reid, Saxe Colman Consulting Group38 Introductions 12 John Rekus, John F. Rekus & Associates Ltd.COMING IN JANUARY I Wood-dust Exposures I Survey of OEHS Professionals I Smart Phones: Data Security and Privacy ConcernsThe Synergists mission is to provide AIHA members with news and information about the occupational and environmental health andsafety fields and the industrial hygiene profession. The Synergist focuses on industry trends and news, government and regulatoryactivities, key issues facing the profession, appropriate technical information and news on association events and activities. The Synergists objective is to present information that is newsworthy and of general interest in industrial hygiene. Opinions,claims, conclusions and positions expressed in this publication are the authors or persons quoted and do not necessarily reflect theopinions of the editors, AIHA or The Synergist.6The Synergist I December 2010 6. Circle Fax-back Card No. 4 7. COLUMN | PRESIDENTS MESSAGEPresidents MessageBuilding Industrial HygieneCapacity in the United StatesBY MICHAEL T. BRANDT, AIHA PRESIDENTWe are well acquainted with the chal- Impact on AIHAtheir lesson plans to demonstrate howlenge of replacing current industrial hy- The reports findings are both alarming science and math are used to solvegienists as they retire. In fact, other and relevant to AIHA. Who will be IHs crimes, remediate disasters such as Katrina,science, technology, engineering, and in the future? How will they be re- protect and rescue workers such as themedical (STEM) professions are experi-cruited? Where can we find qualifiedChilean miners, clean up oil spills, andencing the same challenge and searching candidates? Will there be enough quali- prevent accidents.for ways to counter the following trendsfied and competent IH practitioners? While K-12 education in America is ain U.S. education: The report contends that if teachers national concern, our system of educationare better qualified to teach science and consists of 14,000 local school systems. K-12 education lags behind that ofmath, then the number of students quali-Each of us lives in a community whereother developed nations, despite afied to enter STEM fields will increase.our children attend school. Solving thishigher cost per student than any otherAs AIHA members, we need to ask our-problem begins in our communities. Solv-OECD (Organization for Economic Co- selves, What have we done to improve ing this problem begins with each of us!operation and Development) country. STEM education in our communities?If we are to achieve our mission of Junior and senior high school stu-Opportunities to make a difference areCreating knowledge to protect workerdents are inadequately prepared inplentiful. Personally, I have volunteered health, we need to ensure that ours is amath and science. at three graduate schools to teach envi-vibrant profession that attracts well quali- 78 percent of high school graduates ronmental and occupational health, in-fied students and early-career profession-do not meet the readiness benchmark dustrial hygiene, finance and other als. Sharing our experiences with younglevels for one or more entry-level col- courses. I have also visited middle and minds that are searching for purpose is alege courses in math, science, reading, high schools in my community to intro-good start. If each of our 10,000 membersand English.duce students to industrial hygiene and stimulated just one student to study mathgenerate interest in math and science.and science throughout high school and Fewer college students are receiving AIHA National has invested memberthen college, we would increase the talentundergraduate degrees in science or equity over the past ten years to recruit pool for all STEM fields. I encourage eachengineering.and mentor early-career IHs. But ourof you to get involved with your localnew memberships are not keeping paceschools either individually or as a local These statistics are found in the re-with retirements. The report from NAS section with an action plan. Change beginscently released National Academy ofis further confirmation that unless wewith the first step.Science (NAS) report Rising Above thereverse current trends, there wont beGathering Storm, Revisited. (A free PDFenough qualified IHs to replace retiringMichael T. Brandt, DrPH, CIH, PMP, is technical chiefof the report is available from www.nap.of staff for Operations at Los Alamos National Labo-IHs, let alone grow the profession.edu.) This update of the original 2005ratory in Los Alamos, N.M. He can be reached atstudy assesses the principal ingredients(505) 667-1228 or mtbrandt@lanl.gov.of innovation and competitivenessLocal OutreachI challenge each local section to reach Resources for Outreachknowledge capital and human capital.out to middle- and high-school teachers.NAS research shows that funding ofto StudentsOffer to help them generate enduring in-R&D as a percentage of GDP has de-terest in the application of scientific Visit the AIHA website atclined more than 60 percent in the past www.aiha.org/insideaiha/students/principles to solve real-world problems.40 years, and only 4.5 percent of Ameri-Pages/StudentOutreachMaterials.Since the average K-12 student spendscan college students are earning degreesaspx for information related tofour hours each day watching TV, wein engineering. conducting outreach to students.could help teachers incorporate IH into8The Synergist I December 2010 8. Circle Fax-back Card No. 5 9. COLUMN | LETTERSLetttersRevisiting the Haiti Earthquake To the Editor: Hornsby-Myers responds: This is in response to the article The Next Day, Everything Was Flat (OctoberI appreciate the comments of LTC Goff issue) in which Managing Editor Ed Rutkowski interviews Jennifer Hornsby-Myers and MAJ Carter of the U.S. Air Force, from NIOSH. Ms. Hornsby-Myers deployed to Haiti with the CDC as a public healthand I also appreciate the opportunity to liaison to Joint Task Force-Haiti (JTF-H). While we laud her work, she doesnt haveclarify an off-the-cuff general com- all her facts straight, specifically regarding the militarys capability to provide pub- ment in my Synergist interview that lic health support. While she is correct in saying public health is not the militarys prompted the letter concerning my de- primary mission, she completely misses the mark in saying the military doesnt ployment to Haiti. I certainly did not have many public health assets. The Air Force takes great pride in its robust public intend to imply that the Department of health, environmental health and industrial hygiene assets. JTF-Haiti was no dif-Defense does not have public health ferent with this support.assets. My comment was intended to When Air Force Special Operations Command personne