July 2019
American Industrial Hygiene Association
St. Louis Local Section

Publication of the St. Louis Local Section to keep members up to date on events and environmental health & safety topics.  
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President's Corner

There was an avid English mountaineer in 2006 who was able to overcome many obstacles and challenges when it came to hiking and climbing. Unfortunately his life came to an end during his assent to the summit of Mount Everest. The death of this mountaineer had started a huge debate on the ethics of mountain climbing because as he sat in a cave struggling with elevation sickness in what is known as the "death zone" of Mount Everest. He was noticed by a large climbing group who then left him unattended so they could continue on to the summit. Some argue that the group should have stopped their climb and started a recuse descent to get him the medical help that he needed. Others stated that the group did the right thing by continuing on with the climb as they would be risking their own lives to save him. I guess we ask ourselves, what would we have done if in the situation of that climbing group?
As many of you have experienced throughout your careers, professionals in the health and safety field will often find themselves being challenged by fellow co-workers, and company leadership to make decisions that may be considered unprofessional and even unethical. Unfortunately ethical dilemmas do not just leave us the moment we go home after a long day of work but will continue to even follow us into our personal lives. In order to prepare for circumstances where our integrity will be tested, whether it be at work, within our communities or within our own homes we must ask ourselves, that when the time comes, will we make the right decision? Will we think of the impact that our decision has on others? Will the actions we take have legal implications?
To better prepare ourselves for future events in our careers or even in our personal lives that may force us to use critical thinking and ethical decision making, the local AIHA Saint Louis chapter will be hosting a 2 hour AIHA Ethical Training at the AT& T location at 12851 Manchester Road Saint Louis MO 63131. The training will go from 11:30am to 1:30 pm and lunch will be provided!  

Have a wonderful Independence Day!
Rachael Phillips

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Monthly Meetings Dates:
July 18th, 2019 - Ethics (ATT)
August 15th, 2019 - TBD
September 19th, 2019 - Shrimp Boil - Kirkwood Park
October 17th, 2019 - TBD
November 21st, 2019 - TBD
December 5th, 2019 - Membership Appreciation Night

Board Meetings Dates:
Fall Planning Meeting - TBD

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St. Louis AIHA
8816 Manchester Road
PMB #106
Brentwood, MO 63144-2601

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NEW JOB POSTING on our Facebook Page @AIHAStLouis & on LinkedIn Group
·         US-IL-Sauget
Sr. EHS Specialist - Industrial Hygiene/Safety

·  Sr. EHS Specialist - Industrial Hygiene/Safety

Location US-IL-Sauget
Health, Safety and Environment


Responsible for the management of Afton’s global IH and Safety programs, including all activities related to manufacturing, R&D and administrative functions. Provides IH risk identification, monitoring, mitigation and overall support & direction for Manufacturing, R&D and general Administrative personnel.   Develops, implements and maintains consistent safety programs and practices at all sites. Establishes programs that minimize work place risk (ie. chemical, physical, ergonomic, etc). Defines, designs and implements safe work practices and programs that ensure regulatory compliance. Works closely with site leaders and employees to achieve goal of “Vision of Zero”. Provides IH and safety program thought leadership; establishes global standards, policies, procedures and tools needed to minimize IH and safety-related risks, ensure compliance and protect employees. Directs global network of IH and safety contract resources. Maintains global databases & tools.


  • Manage global Industrial Hygiene and Safety programs. Work with sites and groups to perform risk assessments to establish site-specific improvement plans.
  • Maintain scorecards, KPIs and other metrics/tools to ensure program execution.
  • Sets-up and manages global IH resource network that provides Afton-approved IH support to sites within each region.
  • Provides IH and safety support, direction, and assistance to sites, teams, employees in order to ensure regulatory compliance and drive to Vision of Zero injuries/illness/exposure.
  • Supports the business by working with customers, directly if needed, to work through any product or application-related IH or safety issues.
  • Supports new product/new raw material introduction process. Reviews risks and develops safe work practices that effectively mitigate risk. Work closely with Toxicology and Product Stewards on labeling, SDSs, etc.
  • Establishes and maintains IH and safety related policies, procedures, work instructions, and tools.
  • Works with Engineering to establish Global Engineering Standards as needed to ensure IH and safety-related risk mitigation is considered and “Design with EHS in Mind”.
  • Provides subject matter expertise in IH and safety-related areas (ie. ergonomics, monitoring and sampling, PPE selection, job risk assessments, ventilation, noise, etc.)
  • Work with Medical Department on “work relatedness” determinations, recordability, job evaluations, return to work, pregnancy reviews.
  • Develops and executes IH and safety training programs at global sites.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Hygiene or Industrial Safety
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) 
  • Demonstrated effective program and project management, strategic thinking and leadership skills.
  • Experience in manufacturing and/or R&D/process development environments.
  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience.
  • Advanced degree in Safety/Industrial Hygiene
  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP)
  • Chemical or petrochemical industry experience
  • International experience
  • Multi-site experience
 SKILLS / ABILITIES: (EHS & Leadership Competencies)
  • EHS Risk Assessment: Ability to identify EHS hazards and assess risks associated with the hazards.   (ie. JSA, risk assessment, PPE assessment, ergonomics, IH monitoring and sampling, Process Hazard Analysis experience).
  • EHS Risk Control: Ability to prevent, eliminate, reduce or mitigate EHS risks through management systems and a hierarchy of controls. (ie. elimination, work resign, engineering controls, administrative and PPE controls).
  • EHS Compliance & Conformance: Ability to identify, analyze, communicate and manage compliance (external regulatory requirements) and conformance (internal requirements).
  • EHS Management Systems: Ability to design, operate and maintain processes that support execution of the Afton EHS policy and drive continuous improvement. (ISO-14001 and RC-14001 management systems standards)
  • Design with EHS in Mind: Ability to understand, manage, and communicate product or process EHS related effects throughout its lifecycle.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Ability to use opportunities to maximize the effectives of EHS by building relationship and partnering with internal and external stakeholders. (ie. customers, OEMs, medical, regulators, employees, contractors, suppliers, neighbors, first responders.)
  • Decision Making - Decision making in a timely manner based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; sometimes with incomplete information, under tight deadlines and pressure; while based upon appropriate risk and authority
  • Business Acumen - The understanding of the basis for our business model and how that is realized in the market. The understanding of how business and operations are intimately linked. The ability to utilize information, practices & trends, affecting the business to engage and drive new strategies and tactics work in the marketplace.
  • Analysis and Problem Solving - Solves difficult problems with effective solutions; asks good questions and questions all likely sources for answers; can solve complex problems and recognize complex patterns; utilizing all appropriate tools to reach a robust answer.
  • Communication - The ability to communicate information clearly and succinctly in an engaging and convincing manner.
  • Coaching - The ability to provide the structure, environment and support for teaching, training and development of individuals and teams to enable them to achieve specific personal or professional results or goals.
  • Performance Bias - Possessing the drive and focus to achieve challenging goals. Moving from thought and problem solving into value creation.
  • Collaboration and Networking - The ability to work in and across Afton's organizational matrix to achieve business objectives, via engaging and rewarding interactions. Through this network provide support, exert influence.   Influencing without authority.
  • Project Management - The ability to manage tasks and activities and drive their completion within the agreed   framework, across regional and organizational boundaries
  • Leadership - The ability to form a vision for the organization and the capacity to transform and align the organization around the new goal(s). Active personal awareness and development, developing the effective balance of humility, integrity and resilience to drive results.
Equal Opportunity Employer
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to the individual’s race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, genetic information, status as a military veteran or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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Contact info for your 2019 Executive Board
Rachael Phillips, MPH
(314) 349-9206
Donn Cahill, CIH, CSP
(314) 393-4251
Past President & Media Coordinator 
Richard Shoaf, JD, CFI
Safety Training & Consultations International
(636) 625-8083
John Malone, CSP, CIH
(314) 606-5313
Don Ridenhower, CIH
Environmental Health & Safety Solutions
(314) 565-9877
Mike McCormick, CSP
Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
(314) 803-0219
Chris Merli, CSP, CIH
Chris' Safety and Health Consulting, Inc.
(314) 805-3232
Paige Jones, MS, CIH
(405) 205-3322
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