Friday, March 25, 2011

Episode 60: Brazilian Blowout

Episode 60: Brazilian Blowout: Michael Wood, administrator of the Occupational Safety and Health Division of the Oregon Department of Consumer Services (Oregon OSHA), discusses that the popular hair treatment, the Brazilian Blowout, has more effects than just straight hair. The exposure to toxic fumes is a serious health issue for salon workers. Mr. Wood also talks about how people should be wary of the label “formaldehyde free” on the packaging.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Episode 59: AIHA is Digital

Episode 59: AIHA is Digital: Ed Rutkowski joins the show to talk about improvements AIHA has made to keep up, and to stay ahead in an increasingly digital world.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Episode 58: GuLF Study

Episode 58: GuLF Study: Dr. Richard Kwok from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) discusses a new long-term health study of clean-up workers that worked on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill called the GuLF study

Monday, March 7, 2011

Episode 57: PortaGreen

Episode 57: PortaGreen (7.3 MB) Ken Parekh, President of PortaGas Inc.( discusses the eco-friendly PortaGreen Cylinder Program and how the recycling program can benefit you if you use PortaGas calibration gasses.

Episode 56 Ice Rinks

Episode 56 Ice Rinks (8.5 MB) Dr. Joe Cocciardi (, who was recently featured on the Today Show about carbon monoxide levels in ice arenas after ice resurfacing occurs, talk about the methods of his testing, what his data showed, and lets us know how dangerous these carbon monoxide emissions can be for people at the ice rink.

Episode 55: Flame Retardants

Episode 55: Flame Retardants (11.2 MB): Dr. Arlene Blum founder and executive director of the Green Science Policy Institute ( ) discusses the presence of chemical flame retardants in everyday furniture and children's products and the harmful effects of being exposed to them

Episode 54: Using Social Media

Episode 54: Using Social Media: (12.4MB) KiKi L'Italien, Senior Consultant of Technology Management at DelCor Technology Solutions ( talks about how you can use social media effectively and why you should monitor your brand online.

Episode 53: Fundamentals of IH

Episode 53: Fundamentals of IH: (9.7 MB)Dianne Grote Adams, MS, CIH, CSP, CPEA and Bill Adams, CIH CSP, CPEA, LEED AP, discuss the Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene course from AIHA, why you should take it, and how everyone can benefit from taking it

Episode 52: PDC’s

Episode 52: PDC’s : (8.9 MB) Jessica Pagel, Continuing Education Coordinator at AIHA teaches us about what PDC’s are, and how you can get involved in the PDC’s AIHA offers

Episode 51: Chrome VI

Episode 51: Chrome VI  (7.6 MB): Dr. Rebecca Sutton, senior scientist at Environmental Working Group ( discusses the recent study about Chrome VI found in drinking water in US Cities and  the safe maximum recently proposed by California regulators.

Episode 50: Clandestine Laboratories

Episode 50: Clandestine Laboratories (7.7 MB): John R. Cotner from Drug Enforcement Administration Clandestine Laboratory Training and Research Center discusses the dangers of living around, as well as the clean up and remediation of, clandestine methamphetamine laboratories

Episode 49: Telewebs

Episode 49: Telewebs (6.5 MB) Cinthia Minan the AIHA Distance Learning Program Manager joins the show to discuss what a Teleweb is, and how you can benefit from attending them

Episode 48: Membership

Episode 48: Membership (4.4 MB MP3) Frazier Rogers, the AIHA Member Services Coordinator, talks about member benefits and what you need to know about being a member of AIHA.

Episode 47: ISO 26000

Episode 47: ISO 26000: (10.4MB MP3) Michelle Bernhart from True Blue Communications talks about the new ISO standard on social responsibility, and why it is important for organizations and health and safety professionals to implement it into their business.

Episode 46: TSA Scanners

Episode 46: TSA Scanners: (14.7 MB MP3) Mahadevappa Mahesh, MS, PhD, FAAPM, FACR, is the Associate Professor of Radiology and Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD and the Chief Physicist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD joins the show to answer the question: Are the new TSA full body scanners safe.

Episode 45: Public Policy

Episode 45: Public Policy (7MB MP3) Aaron Trippler, AIHA’s Government Affairs Director, discusses the public policy survey and explains what the top public policy issues are for our members.

Episode 44: Pesticides and Herbicide Methods

Episode 44: Pesticides and Herbicide Methods: (10MB MP3) John Reynolds of ALS Environmental talks about new NIOSH analytical methods for pesticides and herbicides that he has developed.

Episode 43: Corrosive Drywall

Episode 43: Corrosive Drywall (9.12 MB MP3): Ed Light, CIH talks about identifying and remediation of corrosive drywall, why it is harmful, and discusses the new AIHA White Paper about corrosive drywall.

Episode 42: Value Strategy

Episode 42: Value Strategy (12.3 MB MP3): AIHA President Dr. Michael Brandt, CIH, answers some questions about what the AIHA Value Strategy is, how AIHA came up with it, and how EHS professionals can use it.

Episode 41: Lead Renovation Repair & Painting Rule

Episode 41: Lead Renovation Repair & Painting Rule (10MB MP3): Dave Sandusky, CIH from Forensic Analytical Laboratories, Inc. educates us about the new EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule requiring lead the use of lead-safe practices, and how to properly test your house for lead dust.

Episode 40: OEL’s Part 2: WEEL

Episode 40: OEL’s Part 2: WEEL (11.4 MB MP3): In a series of two about OEL’s. Susan Ripple, CIH the Global Senior Industrial Hygiene Manager at Dow Chemical joins the show to inform us about WEEL’s, what they are, and how your company can comply with WEEL’s.

Episode 39: OEL’s Part 1: TLV

Episode 39: OEL’s Part 1: TLV (8.6 MB MP3): In a series of two about OEL’s. Dave Wagner the director of Product Knowledge for Industrial Scientific Corporation  joins the show to inform us about TLV’s, what they are, and what compliance to TLV’s means.

Episode 38: Asbestos

Episode 38: Asbestos (6.78 MB MP3): Michelle Whitmer from the Mesothelioma Center ( joins the show to educate us about asbestos, asbestos related diseases, and what resources you can use if you have been exposed to asbestos.

Episode 37: Fire Prevention

Episode 37: Fire Prevention (10.9MB MP3): Judy Comoletti the Division Manager of Public Education at the National Fire Protection Association ( joins the show to discuss Fire Prevention week, and the education opportunities the NFPA offers on fire prevention for adults and children.

Episode 37: Fire Prevention

Episode 37: Fire Prevention (10.9MB MP3): Judy Comoletti the Division Manager of Public Education at the National Fire Protection Association ( joins the show to discuss Fire Prevention week, and the education opportunities the NFPA offers on fire prevention for adults and children.

Episode 36: IEQ in Schools

Episode 36: IEQ in Schools (8.0 MB MP3): Ben Kollmeyer, CIH (, discusses Indoor Environmental Quality in schools, and how communication is necessary for addressing IEQ issues.

Episode 35 Calculus Diaries

Episode 35 Calculus Diaries:(11.7 MB MP3)  Jennifer Ouellette author of Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help you Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse explains how calculus is not nearly as scary as people think when you face it head on.  She also explains that math is everywhere and tells us how calculus fits into our everyday lives

Episode 34 Government Affairs

Episode 34 Government Affairs (9.2 MB MP3):  Aaron Trippler, AIHA’s Director of Government Affairs talks about why AIHA has a government affairs presence, what has gone on with heath and safety bills this term, and what we should expect to see from the government in the future.

Episode 33 Unions

Episode 33 Unions (11.5 MB MP3): Scott Schneider, CIH from the Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America ( celebrates our laborers by talking about unions, and how they have been out in front to push standards for workers which create a safer workplace.

Episode 32: Galileo Players

Episode 32: Galileo Players (9.4 MB MP3): Ronnie Feldman, a producer and founding member of the sketch comedy troupe Galileo Players ( talks about how to make science funny, why they chose science for their comedy, and offers some tips on how to present subjects that traditionally are very dry. 

Episode 31: Laboratory Improvement

Episode 31: Laboratory Improvement (14.3 MB MP3) Heather Thompson the Quality Systems Manager AIHA Affiliate Laboratory Programs joins the show to discuss her recent article in the August issue of the Synergist about laboratories needing improving as well as discuss what exactly the AIHA Affiliate Laboratory Programs are.

Episode 30: Preventing Catastrophes

Episode 30: Preventing Catastrophes: (20.8MB MP3)Tom Krause, Chairman and Founder of BST Solutions ( joins Safe & Sound to discuss safety leadership and explain to us why man-made catastrophes, such as BP’s Deepwater Horizon incident, could have been prevented.  

Episode 29: Job Interviews

Episode 29: Job Interviews: Mary Ellen Brennan, SPHR, AIHA’s Director of Human Resources joins us to talk about what to expect during a job interview. She tells us how to prepare for an interview, and gives some tips on how to have a successful interview during your job search process.

Episode 28: BP Oil Spill: Looking Back on 100 Days

Episode 28: BP Oil Spill: Looking Back on 100 Days (26.5MB MP3): Scot Rudolph, BP Deepwater Horizon Incident (Houma ICC) Safety Officer, joins the show to discuss worker safety, training for the clean up and remediation crews, and the samples that have been taken in the Gulf of Mexico. Rudolph also shares some insight on lessons learned, the evolution of the clean up efforts, and the environmental impact of the incident.

Episode 27: Crucial Conversations

Episode 27: Crucial Conversations (16.3 MB MP3): David Maxfield, the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller, Influencer: The Power to Change Anything and vice president of research for VitalSmarts ( joins us to talk about crucial conversations. He explains that we have crucial conversations everyday, and lets us know how to tell when the conversation has become a crucial one.

Episode 26: Behavior-Based Safety

Episode 26: Behavior-Based Safety (25.0 MB MP3) Terry Mathis, CEO and Founder of ProAct Safety ( recently named one of the 50 Most Influential EHS Leaders by EHS Today, joins the show to talk about behavior-based safety, extrinsic motivation, and some new safety concepts and programs we can apply at our workplace.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Episode 25: People-Based Safety

Episode 25: People-Based Safety (22.3 MB MP3): Dr. Scott Geller an Alumni Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems at Virginia Tech and one of the 50 Most Influential people in EHS according to EHS Today tells us about behavior-based safety (BBS) and how he believes it has evolved into people-based safety (PBS).

Episode 24: Leadership

Episode 24: Leadership (19.0 MB MP3) Rick Fulwiler, Sc.D, CIH, CSHM is one of the 50 most influential leaders in EHS as listed in EHS Today’s 2010 list, as well as the instructor for Exceptional Functional Leadership which was one of the top five PDC’s at AIHce 2010. He joins us to tell us a little bit about what it takes to be a leader, and asks if you are a buffalo or a goose.

Episode 23 Mathematical Modeling

Episode 23 Mathematical Modeling: (12.3 MB MP3): Catherine Simmons, CIH, editor of the Mathematical Models for Estimating Occupational Exposure to Chemicals, 2nd Edition explains what mathematical modeling is and how you can benefit from using this publication.

Episode 22: Starting Your Own Consulting Practice

Episode 22: Starting Your Own Consulting Practice: (21.6MB MP3) Tom Blank, CIH, CSP joins the show to give tips on how to start your own consulting practice as well as some advice on what to expect when you start your own practice.

Episode 21: Urban Search & Rescue

Episode 21: Urban Search & Rescue (14.0 MB MP3): Jeff Lewis, the Medical Team Coordinator for the Fairfax County, VA Fire and Rescue Department is a member of the Urban Search and Rescue Team that went down to Haiti to help out after the earthquake. He lets us know how he got into Search and Rescue, and tells us about what the earthquake aftermath was like form a firsthand point of view.

Episode 20: State of AIHA

Episode 20: State of AIHA (10.6MB MP3): Peter O’Neil, AIHA’s Executive Director, joins Safe & Sound to give a State of AIHA address, and discusses what is in store for the future for AIHA.

Episode 19: Jobs, Resumes, and Interviews

Episode 19: Jobs, Resumes, and Interviews (12.4 MB MP3) Roger W. Thompson, CIH Manager, Safety Systems Integration at Bechtel Jacobs Company LLC and member of AIHA’s Career & Employment Services Committee (CES) since 1995 joins the show to discuss tips for your resume, interview tips and where you can go to look for jobs in the OEHS field.

Episode 18: AIHce 2010 Recap

Episode 18: AIHce 2010 Recap (19.1MB MP3): Back from AIHce 2010 in Denver, Colorado, Melissa and Craig highlight and recap what went on at AIHce.  We thank all of our attendees for making AIHce 2010 a success.

Episode 17: Value Strategy

Episode 17: Value Strategy (9.48MB MP3): Do you know your value? Mary Ann Latko, CAE CIH CSP QEP Director, Scientific and Technical Initiatives, joins us in studio to discuss how the AIHA Value of the Profession study has progressed and has become the Value Strategy.  She discusses what the future for this value strategy holds, and how AIHA will use this information.

Episode 16: Clandestine Drug Labs

Episode 16: Clandestine Drug Labs (22.8MB MP3): Dr. John Martyny joins the show to discuss the dangers of Clandestine Drug Labs, Marijuana Grow Operations (MGO), and how important it is to have an IH properly remediate these facilities.  Dr. Martyny also talks about what happens to the children in these facilities after they have been busted, and reminds us that this is not CSI, but real life.  You can find out first hand about these dangers at AIHce 2010 at the Mock Meth Lab Exhibit.

Episode 15 ABET

Episode 15 ABET: Dr. Michael Milligan the Executive Director of ABET joins Safe & Sound to educate us what ABET is, what it means to be an ABET accredited program, and what value you can get from being an ABET accredited program.

Episode 14: Industrial Green Buildings

Episode 14: Industrial Green Buildings: Erica Stewart CIH, HEM EH&S Senior Manager National Environmental, Health and Safety at Kaiser Permanente joins us to discuss industrial green buildings, LEED certification, and health of green buildings.

Episode 13: Nanotechnology

Episode 13: Nanotechnology (15.9 MB MP3) Jack Springston, a Senior Industrial Hygienist at SOMA ( joins Safe & Sound to discuss  what nanomaterials are and lets us know the occupational safety and health challenges of nanotechnology.

Episode 12 Exposome

Episode 12 Exposome (21.5 MB MP3): Paul Middendorf and Gayle DeBord from NIOSH ( join the show to discuss the new initiative at NIOSH called exposome. They discuss what it is, and hope to get people to think holistically, look at physical agents, and not just limit exposures to chemicals. We define “total exposure” and learn how exposome relates to the importance to the etiology of human diseases. 

Episode 11: Green Homes

Episode 11: Green Homes (21.8 MB MP3) Michelle Desiderio the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center( Director of Green Buildings, joins Safe & Sound to answer some questions as to what makes a green building green, as well as discusses some things you can do to your home to make it a greener. We also discuss that you cannot just call your home green and there are levels of certification in order to be considered green.

Episode 10: Social Media

Episode 10: Social Media: Andy Steggles, the Chief Operating Officer and Social Strategist for Higher Logic ( joins Safe & Sound to discuss how you can benefit from social media, and how you can use the social web effectively. We discuss topics like mobile use, professional vs. personal networks,“listening” on the internet and you return on engagement

Episode 9: EPA HERO

Episode 9: EPA HERO (17.7 MB MP3): Dr. John Vandenberg, Division Director at EPA's National Center for Environmental Assessment office in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, joins Safe & Sound to discuss why the Health & Environmental Research Online (HERO) database ( is a useful tool for risk assessment information. We also discuss the Open Government Directive and that public participation, transparency and collaboration are key elements to the success of HERO.

Episode 8: Noise

Episode 8: Noise (21.3 MB MP3) Melissa and Craig discuss noise induced hearing loss, the Noise Reduction Ratings (NRR) update, and general noise safety that you can practice everyday with Lee Hager, a Noise Conservationist for 3M. Lee lets us know that there is such thing as over protection and tells us that if you listen to the Mighty Mighty Bosstones at full volume (like they should be) you may want to take a break in order to preserve your hearing.

Episode 7: ABIH

Episode 7: ABIH (13.4 MB): Craig and Melissa talk about the CIH certification, and how to get certified with Torey Nalbone, PhD, CIH, the newly elected Chair of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH). Dr. Nalbone provides Safe & Sound with some insights as to what the ABIH is doing and what his goals are as the Chair.

Episode 6: AIHA Education

Episode 6: AIHA Education (10.9MB MP3)  Some listeners asked about AIHA’s education opportunities.  Craig with guest host Jessica Pagel talk to Stacey Talbot AIHA's Education Manager, and interview Mark Katchen and Maharshi Mehta about the international education offerings. To get involved with AIHA's education team, provide feedback, become a presenter or member of AIHA's Continuing Education Committee or even be highlighted as an educational partner or sponsor of an upcoming course contact Stacey Talbot directly at

Episode 5: AIHce 2010

Episode 5: AIHce (10.0MB MP3) Carol Tobin, AIHA Director of Meetings and Education, joins Safe & Sound in studio to discuss AIHce 2010. Carol discusses what is offered, new events, high profile speakers, and why AIHce is the premier conference for OEHS professionals. Listen and learn about what AIHce 2010 in Denver, May 22 -27, has to offer.

Episode 4: Combustible Dust

Episode 4: Combustible Dust (19.4 MP3): John Astad, Director and Research Analyst of the Combustible Dust Policy Institute, joins Safe & Sound to educate us about combustible dust. Most recently Mr. Astad’s incident data was utilized in OSHA’s proposed combustible dust rulemaking (ANPRM), so stakeholders can understand the probability of occurrence in the industrial sector. The Combustible Dust Policy Institute and Mr. Astad’s work can be found at

Episode 3: Haiti

Episode 3: Haiti (11.6MB MP3): Lito Ignacio, CIH, CSP, MPH, REHS, joins Safe & Sound to discuss Haiti relief efforts, and the heath and safety of those in Haiti affected by the earthquake devastation. He also discusses how people can assist with remediation. Ignacio is a past chair of the AIHA Incident Preparedness and Response Working Group.

Episode 2: Getting Published

Episode 2: Getting Published Melissa and Craig interview Ed Rutkowski, theManaging Editor of the Synergist, and Katie Robert the Product Development Manager about getting published with AIHA. We also discuss the benefits of being published, the challenges of writing, and the processes of getting published.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Safe & Sound Episode 1: Ergonomics

Episode 1: Ergonomics (36.2 MB MP3): Sheree Gibson, PE, CPE, ergonomic consultant for Ergonomics Applications in Salem, SC, and a member of the AIHA Ergonomics Committee, talks to Melissa and Craig about ergonomics and the updated Ergonomics Committee position statement.