Technical (Lunch) Meeting
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Lunch & Networking 11:30 am
Meeting & Presentation 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Offices of Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions
2677 Buford Highway, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30324
Google Maps link: 2677 Buford Highway NE, Atlanta, GA
Meeting Cost: $10.00 for GA-AHMP Chapter Members, $15.00 for non-members
(includes catered lunch and drink)
Payable by cash or check at the door, or online at our Payment Center (choose Meeting Fee-Member $10 or Meeting Fee-Non Member $15)
Jim Fineis – Vapor Solutions &
Rebecca Thornton – Pace Analytical Services
Topic: Georgia’s New Vapor Intrusion Guidance
The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is about to release their first ever vapor intrusion guidance. Vapor intrusion occurs when volatile compounds migrate from contaminated groundwater or soil into the indoor air of an overlying or nearby building.
The concern with vapor intrusion typically involves the potential for chronic health risks due to long-term exposure to relatively low vapor concentrations, although extreme cases can occur (e.g., explosion risks due to methane gas).
Please join Jim and Rebecca, and the Georgia AHMP Chapter for a brief discussion of what will be included in the new guidance. We will also discuss the most common mistakes that occur in the field when conducting vapor intrusion investigations.
Save the date and please send us your RSVP TODAY so we can plan accordingly.
(Last Chapter Meeting)
August 12, 2019
Topic: Improving Safety Results using Character Building: An Indirect Approach
Sensitivity education and character building are topics typically associated with Human Resources (HR) and Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs). However, psychology provides evidence that four distinct character strengths can have a significantly positive impact on organizational culture and safety programs. This session will explore an alternative and indirect method of improving safety culture by integrating character strength building into a previously established safety curriculum. The speaker will provide examples of how this approach is being implemented at the City of Atlanta, discuss ways to incorporate character building into an organization’s safety processes, and will provide useful tips and tricks for attendees to try.
Benjamin Martin is currently employed as the Safety Project Manager for the Mayor’s Office of Workplace Safety for the City of Atlanta. He received a Bachelor’s of Social Science in Clinical Psychology and Master’s Degrees in Applied Sociology as well as Clinical Psychology from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. Benjamin continued his graduate career in the Doctoral program at Virginia Tech in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, working with E. Scott Geller. He recently was named a “Rising Star in Safety” for 2019 by the National Safety Council and is the 2019 recipient of the State of Georgia Governor’s Award for Safe Driver Education.