Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Want to read a short story about a young safety professional?

If so, consider backing the 2018 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide on Kickstarter.  

The Industrious Hygienist's first published fiction work ("On the Lam on Luna") was selected for this science fiction anthology. My short story is about Eunji Nexi, a 14 year old safety coordinator-in-training. Eunji studies and works on the moon and has a robotic left arm from an unfortunate micronizer incident in a production area.

It's a fun story for middle grade/young adult readers and I am elated to be part of this anthology. The cover art for the book is amazing:

Look for the Industrious Hygienist's short story in this anthology!

I'm hoping to submit another story to the anthology next year, starring Eunji and her best friend Riko. This is a great opportunity to support #STEMeducation and #safety and encourage young readers to see safety and occupational hygiene as a career goal. Please join me in backing this project from Dreaming Robot Press. #IamIH and proud of it!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Support a new safety grad

I just learned that one of my former students from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) is in need of financial support for a rare cancer diagnosis. Mason just graduated with his M.S. in Safety Sciences from ERAU-Prescott and is a generally wonderful human being, IMHO. 

Mason served as the President of the Arizona ERAU Student Section of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) last year. I'd love to see the ASSE and AIHA community band together to support Mason.

Please donate to Mason Saldana and his family with GoFundMe donation ID #236854:

#masonbeatscancer - GoFundMe Donation ID #236854

Join me and let's see how close we can get Mason to his GoFundMe goal! #masonbeatscancer

Friday, May 19, 2017

One month to go until #Safety2017

I realized today that I have one month to finish preparing for the presentation that my co-speaker and I are giving at #Safety2017 in Denver, CO on June 20, 2017. The slides are pretty much squared away and we submitted a companion paper to the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Professional Safety journal. We are just waiting to hear back on whether the article was accepted. 

If you'll be attending Safety 2017, we'd love to have you attend Session 537: Practical Tools for Gender Equal Protection in OSH Programs from 1:00-2:00pm on June 20, 2017. If you're an alumni or supporter of the Safety and Health Management (SHM) program at Central Washington University (CWU), there is a celebration/networking event scheduled for June 20, 2017 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at Rhein Haus in Denver (see e-invite below). The "real" evite is on LinkedIn on the CWU SHM page and on our CWU SHM website. 

We are having this event because my colleague, Dr. Sathy Rajendran, is being presented with ASSE's Outstanding Safety Educator Award at Safety 2017, and I am being presented with ASSE's Industrial Hygiene Practice Specialty - Safety Professional of the Year Award! So it's going to be an amazing conference. 

I also get to see my friends at #AIHce2017 in Seattle - I can only attend the Expo, but hope to be able to catch up with my colleagues, former clients, and mentors. 

Since it is nearing the end of the academic year, I had to compile a list of all the service, scholarship, and teaching activities that I have been working on since starting at CWU in September 2016. Here's the short version of the list.


  • Assistant Administrator, Training and Communications Practice Specialty of ASSE
  • Executive Secretary and Content Coordinator, Industrial Hygiene Practice Specialty of ASSE
  • Editorial Advisory Board, National Safety Council
  • Chair, University Health and Safety Council at CWU
  • NSF ADVANCE - Institutional Transformation Leadership Team at CWU

  • Proceedings paper and presentation for Session 537 at Safety 2017 with J. Krzystowczyk as co-presenter
  • "Inclusive and Gender Equal Worker Protection" submitted to Professional Safety with J. Krzystowczyk as co-author
  • Presentation at Pacific Northwest Section ( of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) during the 2017 Spring Symposium on "Using Continuity of Operations Planning to Improve Your EH&S Program"

TEACHING (including Summer 2017 courses):
  • SHM 327 - Research and Laboratory Safety
  • SHM 351 - Incident Analysis
  • SHM 371 - Emergency Preparedness and Preplanning
  • SHM 379 - Facility and Building Safety
  • SHM 471 - Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene
  • SHM 477 - Environmental Management
  • SHM 480 - Safety and Health Laboratory
  • SHM 485 - Safety and Health Management Capstone
  • SHM 490 - Cooperative Education

I will (as promised) be bringing Piper Pangolin and perhaps one other member of the #sockpuppetsafety team to Safety 2017. We hope you will #talksafetywithus and #geekoutaboutsafety with Piper and the Industrious Hygienist. Look for more videos soon!