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April 2018 President’s Pen


Upcoming meetings and events:

Apr 19      AIHA UMS Meeting

Time:      11:30 – 1:30pm

Location:  Grumpy’s - Roseville

Topic:  Students’ Presentations (more info below)

Registration Link: HERE


May 03      2018 NORA Symposium

Time:  2:30 – 5:30pm

Location:  Mayo Memorial Auditorium (UMN)

Topic:  Workplace Harassment: Ensuring Respect, Combating Harassment and Improving Organizational Performance (INFO)

Registration Link: HERE


Aug 01      EHS Professionals’ Boat Cruise

Time:  3 – 6pm

Location:  Harriet Island (St Paul)

Topic:  Annual networking event for MN EHS professionals

Registration Link: TBD


New AIHA UMS Officers

Congrats to the newly elected AIHA UMS officers. Thanks to all who voted to support our organization.

President Elect – Debbie Brown

Secretary Elect – Vint Johnson

Treasurer Elect – Millie Jep

I want to extent my sincere gratitude and appreciation to our outgoing officers:  Kathy Thompson (President), Victorio Angulo-Escudero (Secretary), and Debbie Brown (Treasurer).   A true team effort from everyone working together keeps this organization moving forward.  Kathy will remain involved as Past-President for this next year to help with knowledge transfer.  Debbie Brown comes back to the board as President-Elect.  Scott Norman (President), Sergio Arce (Secretary), and Liz Vold (Treasurer) move forward as the current officers with the newly elected officers learning the roles and helping lead events. 


April 19th meeting – students presentations

We are fortunate to have five presentations from students at the University of Minnesota Industrial Hygiene program.  To fit all these great presentations into our normal meeting time, we will need to as everyone to go through the buffet line after they check in so we can start the presentations right at noon.

    • Adam Schwartz – “Janitor Ergonomic Assessments”
    • Hannah Kaup – “Antineoplastic Drugs in Clinical Healthcare Settings: Understanding Potential Exposure Pathways to Healthcare Professionals”
    • Kelli Harstad - Pulse Tools and Hand Arm Vibration While Fastening and Unfastening Bolts
    • Brandon Jensen – “Evaluation of Real-Time Low-Cost Sensors in a Controlled Environment”
    • Mitch Kruse – “Assessing Noise Exposure of Manufacturing Line Employees and the Applicability of Self Reported Exposure Surveys"
Upcoming AIHA Webinars
If you are interested in hosting either of these webinars live at your facility, contact Scott Norman (, or 651-291-3474).
      • Health and Safety Hazards in the Cannabis Industry
        Tuesday, April 17, 2018. 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Central time)
      •  Industrial Hygiene Statistics: The Next Generation
        Tuesday, April 24, 2018. 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Central time)
      • Evaluating Effectiveness of a Contractor Management Program: A Case Study 
        Thursday, June 21, 2018. 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Central time)


Save the Date: The Annual Summer Boat Cruise for EHS Professionals

The snow is slowly disappearing, and we are eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring.  Summer will be right on its heels so that means it is time to mark your calendar for the Annual Summer Boat Cruise for EHS Professionals.  This year we are making arrangements to go to Harriet Island in St. Paul and cruise the Mighty Mississippi River with the Padelford Riverboats.  The event is scheduled for 3:00 – 6:00 PM on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.  More details and registration information will be coming as we get closer to summer.  Don’t miss this wonderful afternoon of socializing and networking!



AIHA - Upper Midwest Section is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. AIHA-UMS, P.O. Box 13717, Roseville, MN 55113
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