October 4, 2016

October 2016 Newsletter

Registry Programs Brand ​Up​​​date

Have you​ noticed our new look? We have rebranded with a new logo, new website, and a quarterly newsletter that will be launching in October! We will also be launching a new blog in honor of our new look. Make sure to like, follow, and share with AIHA Registry Programs on Twitter and LinkedIn​!

SDS and Label Authoring Registry Body of ​Knowledg​e Update

We are pleased to announce that the Body of Knowledge (BoK) update has been finalized. A team of SDS experts was assembled to update the knowledge areas and Registered Specialists were asked to weigh in on the frequency and importance of each knowledge area. After analysis of the results the final BoK is now ready for release. With the BoK update complete, the Registry Programs will now focus on updating the SDS and Label Authoring exam, with an expected delivery date at the Fall 2017 SCHC Meeting. For more information on the SDS and Label Authoring Registry click here.

Registered Specialist Credential ​Renewal S​​cheme

The SDS Core Team, made up of experts from SCHC and AIHA, has added a new mode of maintaining the SDS and Label Authoring credential. Registered Specialists may now submit information documenting professional development, presentations given, volunteer service, employment, etc., to maintain the credential, or, renew via examination. The renewal scheme details are posted on the AIHA Registry Programs website and Registered Specialists expiring in 2017 will be notified of the renewal scheme after this meeting. Some of the benefits include: renewal by examination is no longer the only option and participants can get credit towards renewal for things they are already doing.

New Designation for Registe​​red Specialists

Since the inception of the SDS and Label Authoring Registry, Registered Specialists have been issued an insignia recognizing their achievement of the Registered Specialist, SDS and Label Authoring. This image was used in the Registered Specialist community, but was limited in adoption due to the insignia being an image. In order to provide an easier to use option for showing the achievement of being Registered, the SDS Core Team has adopted a new designation for the program. SDSRP, or, SDS Registered Professional will now be used to recognize Registered individuals.

Take the SDS and Label Authoring Registr​​y Assessment Online

AIHA Registry Programs now offers the ability for qualified SDS and Label Authoring Registry candidates the option to take the competency assessment on-line via a remote proctoring solution. The candidate may schedule their preferred assessment date and time through our remote proctoring partner, ProctorU, learn more here.

Featured Progr​a​​m

The Asbestos Analysts Registry (AAR) program, offered by the AIHA Registry Programs, was designed to recognize organizations, and their affiliated analysts, involved in fiber counting of air samples outside of established laboratory locations, primarily on the job site or in the field. The program is also used by laboratory locations that desire documentation of their ability to do quality work, but that are not required by federal or state regulations to be accredited. For more information on the AAR program visit here.

FAQ from this Q​uar​ter

Why use the Asbestos Analysts Re​​gistry?

Organizations, and their affiliated Analysts, involved in the performance of fiber counts of air samples, on the job site or in a laboratory, that wish to demonstrate and ensure that they have sound quality practices should be a part of this program. The AAR maintains minimum standards of conduct for the quality control procedures and practices of fiber-counting operations. The AAR's Asbestos Analysts Testing (AAT) proficiency program is one of the largest statistically valid airborne fiber-counting quality control programs in the world. All enrolled analysts must maintain proficiency in the AAT program to meet all requirements for registration.

Article of Inte​r​est

The Synergist - Asbestos​ in Focus

According to the latest data from the United States Geological Survey, domestic consumption of asbestos in the U.S. has fallen from a peak of more than 800,000 metric tons in 1973 to a little more than 350 metric tons in 2015. But the long latency of asbestos-related diseases ensures that the health consequences of asbestos will be with us for years to come. And despite the well-known risks of exposure, some 2 million metric tons of asbestos were produced worldwide in 2015. You can read the full article here​.

Important Da​tes

  • 10/11/16 AAT 119 Results Due
  • SDS Exam - AIHA Fall Meeting 2016
    • Application Deadline: 10/18/2016
    • Exam: 10/23/16, 1-6 p.m., EST San Antonio, TX
  • 10/25/16 AAT 119 Results Post