News & Events
Join us in congratulating Jaime Steedman-Lyde.
Jaime was recently appointed to the Analytical Accreditation Board for the American Industrial Hygiene Association Laboratory Accreditation Program (AIHA-LAP). The Analytical Accreditation Board oversees the governance and processes related to the AIHA-LAP, and have authority for AIHA-LAP accreditation decision making. This responsibility includes: approval, denial, suspension or withdrawal of accreditation. Members must vote on proposed revisions to AIHA-LAP, LLC policies. As a former laboratory director of an AIHA accredited laboratory, this position will keep her in touch with her chemist roots.
Joel Berman continues his work on the AIHA Stewardship and Sustainability committee. The Stewardship and Sustainability Committee, established in 1984 as the Product Safety Committee, provides a bridge between AIHA members, and businesses; workers; government; and the community, to meet the health, safety, and environmental needs of present generations without compromising the needs of future generations. Through education, and the development of training, communication, and resource tools, the committee enables the AIHA membership to utilize sustainability and stewardship models to balance the financial, social, and environmental objectives of the organization.
Joel is also the government affairs officer for the Orange County Local Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (OC AIHA) serving as a board member of the California Industrial Hygiene Council (CIHC) on their behalf. The California Industrial Hygiene Council was founded in 1990 to establish a legislative presence in the California State Capitol for the industrial hygiene profession. It is supported by the local sections of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) within California.
HSA sponsored the 7th Annual A/E/C MAKE THE CONNECTION: Cocktails, Conversation, & Charity, July 23rd at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco, California.
Make the Connection is an Annual Mixer that brings together professionals from the architectural, construction, engineering, facility management, green building, interior design and marketing communities in Northern California for an evening of conversation and cocktails. Presented by AIA SF, AIA East Bay, SMPS, IFMA, IIDA, RECON, AEBL, Drinks By Design.
Each year the proceeds from the Make the Connection event benefit a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the Architecture, Engineering or Construction industry. This year, the 2015 beneficiary is the Cypress Mandela Training Center, Inc. Located in Oakland, CA, the Cypress Mandela Training Center offers a free 16-week pre-apprenticeship program for Bay Area men and women over 18 years old. Training is both hands-on and in the classroom, and prepares students for skilled trade jobs that are relevant to today's construction industry. Students have the opportunity to earn college credits from UC Berkeley, UC Davis, or Laney College. In the past two years, over 85% of the graduates were placed in jobs.
Health Science Associates welcomes Sylvia Fontes, CIH to our Northern California team.
Sylvia is now our Director of Business Development and Project Manager for Technical Operations for our Northern California locations. Her experience working at a variety of consulting firms and private industry has given her a comprehensive understanding of the field of occupational and environmental health and safety. Ms. Fontes experience covers private industry as well as all branches of the military including the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) and Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC). Ms. Fontes experience has included projects around the globe from Afghanistan and Kuwait to Guam, Saipan and throughout the United States.
Ms. Fontes brings with her 30 years of experience in the Industrial Hygiene, Safety and Environmental Fields. Most recently, she served as the Health and Safety Director for HDR Environmental, Operations and Construction Services (previously e2M – Engineering-environmental Management). Prior to that, Ms. Fontes worked for the County Sanitation District of Los Angeles, Crawford and Company/The FPE Group, Radian Corporation and the State Compensation Insurance Fund.
Ron Collingwood, an REHS on our staff, will be working under our Senior REHS with over 40 years of experience. A REHS works to improve the quality of life and health through environmental education, consultation, and enforcement. Some typical responsibilities include food production safety programs, program compliance review, land use, recreational swimming programs, waste water, onsite sewage disposal, drinking water, housing, vector control, disaster sanitation, and solid waste and hazardous materials management.
We are also excited to announce that both Devin Berman and Lucas Wallin, two of our Industrial Hygienists, have passed their Certified Asbestos Consultant (CAC) exams. With 6 CACs on staff we can be even more flexible responding to our clients needs.
Jaime Steedman-Lyde, CIH has passed her LEED Accredited Professional (AP) exam advancing HSA's understanding of green buildings and LEED credit requirements. This will enhance our work on commissioning teams and testing for Indoor Environmental Quality credits.
Welcome back to Ingrid Zubieta, MPH, CIH. Ingrid took a leave of absence from HSA to spend a year in Spain. While she was there she worked as a volunteer with two professional organizations, the Asociacion Espanola de Higiene Industrial (AEHI) and the Union Institute of Work, Environment and Health (ISTAS) on several interesting projects. For the AEHI, she worked on a team to identify, review and assess current Industrial Hygiene curriculum at Latin American Universities and recommended improvements for that curriculum. They also worked to review and update a Pan American Health Organization document that outlines the required knowledge, roles and responsibilities of an Industrial Hygienist to provide to Latin American Universities and professional organizations. For ISTAS, she helped to promote a heat illnesses prevention campaign to implement heat-safe work practices in different industries as well as the importance of having a heat prevention program at each worksite.
A short article, in Spanish, "Calor y trabajo: participación y negociación colectiva para prevenir los daños a la salud" was published at ISTAS | www.porexperiencia.com
January 2014 — Joel I. Berman, Government Affairs Director for the Orange County Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (OCAIHA).
As of January 2014, Joel I. Berman has taken on the role of Government Affairs Director for the Orange County Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (OCAIHA). As the Government Affairs Director, Joel will now also be one of the representatives on the board of the California Industrial Hygiene Council (CIHC). The CIHC was established in 1990 to provide the Industrial Hygiene community with a legislative presence in the State of California. Joel is excited about joining this important board and representing his profession in our state.
July 9, 2012 - IAQA Chapter Workshop
Our Vice President, Joel I. Berman, CAC, CIH, CIAQM will be presenting "Commercial and Residential Odor Investigations - How to plan and implement a successful odor investigation" - at the IAQA Chapter Workshop on July 19th. Follow this link for more information:IAQA Chapter Workshop on July 19th
Dec 2011 - Howard B. Spielman presented with two honors
Howard B. Spielman, our President and Founder, was presented with two honors at the recent CIHC Conference. CIHC presented Howard with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his Outstanding Leadership and Support of the California Industrial Hygiene Council. The California State Senate further honored him with State Senate Resolution 2343 which recognizes Mr. Spielman as a pioneer in the Industrial Hygiene industry.
We invite you to view this event below,
or by following the link provided here: Howard B. Spielman, CIHC 2011
Spanish Language Classes Now Available
Our CDPH Lead-in-Construction Worker Initial Course in Spanish is now available and we are offering the CDPH Lead-In-Construction Continuing Education for Spanish Worker classes. We now offer a Lead Awareness (Lead Safe Work Practices), Operations and Maintenance (O&M) and Asbestos Awareness class in both English and Spanish.
Ingrid Zubieta will be providing our Spanish language courses. Ms. Zubieta comes to us from the Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program (LOSH) at UCLA where she was a EHS Specialist/Industrial Hygienist responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of comprehensive programs in Spanish and English. Those programs included hazard identification, exposure assessment, IIPP, HAZWOPER, Cal/OSHA overview, Indoor and Outdoor Heat Illness Prevention, and Green Chemistry, among others. This makes her a perfect fit to enhance Health Science Associates extensive and comprehensive services. We expect that her contributions here will help us continue to provide the high quality consistent service that people have come to expect from HSA.
NIOSH 582 Equivalency Course Announcement
Health Science Associates' NIOSH 582 equivalency course is listed as an AIHA Registry Programs LLC reviewed NIOSH 582 Equivalent course on the web listing at AIHA Registries. AIHA Registry Programs, LLC has determined that Health Science Associates course meets the requirements detailed in the AIHA Registry Programs NIOSH 582 Equivalency Course Requirements for Listing document and is considered by the AIHA Registry Programs, LLC to be equivalent to the NIOSH 582 course. The next class date has been set for the end of August 2012- will we see you here?
Spring 2011 - Health Science Associates is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council.
The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 78 local affiliates, more than 20,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 140,000 LEED? Professionals?, USGBC? is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students. USGBC is the developer of the LEED green building certification program and the convenor of the Greenbuild? International Conference & Expo.
We want to congratulate our staff member Russell Clay on passing his Certified Asbestos Consultant (CAC) exam. Russell has been with us for over three years and continues to take on more responsibilities. We are constantly striving to provide you with the highest expertise and encourage our employees to grow in their knowledge and qualifications.
Ingrid Zubieta, one of our CIHs, was invited to participate in an intense conference in San Francisco on September 22nd and 23rd, the focus was on improving the health of California's low wage workers. We are excited about her participating in the 2011 California Wellness Foundation Conference on Wellness and Health.
Press: Health Science Associates (HSA) of Los Alamitos, CA., has sold its Laboratory Division to EMSL Analytical, Inc., doing business as LA Testing, Inc.
Los Alamitos, CA May 20, 2005:
Health Science Associates (HSA) of Los Alamitos, CA., has sold its Laboratory Division to EMSL Analytical, Inc., doing business as LA Testing, Inc. The acquisition includes a complete transfer of all lab equipment, instruments, supplies, lab facilities, accreditations / certifications and key laboratory personnel. HSA was conceived originally to specialize in the industrial hygiene/occupational health field. It continues to provide the highest degree of competence, experience and services available in this field today. However, it quickly became apparent that occupational health and occupational safety were inseparable issues in the workplace and that an integrated approach was essential. Therefore, HSA offers the full scope of occupational health and safety technical, training and advisory services consistent with CAL/OSHA and Federal OSHA requirements.
This business transaction has been both amicable and mutually advantageous to both companies. "We're very excited about this business decision, it will allow Health Science Associates to turn its full attention to providing the full scope of quality industrial hygiene, safety and training services to California's public and private sector as it has done for over 30 years. Our professional staff pride themselves on providing reliable, accurate surveys in the areas of air, water, soil and bulk material testing." says Howard B. Spielman, President of Health Science Associates. "We're ramping up our training services and are working towards creating a Training offering as diverse as our Industrial Hygiene and Safety services."
Health Science Associates staff includes Certified Industrial Hygienists, Registered Professional Engineers, Certified Safety Professionals, Registered Environmental Health Specialists, Registered Environmental Assessors, Certified Asbestos Consultants, and Certified Lead-Related Construction Specialists. Environmental Microbiology Services are led by Joel I. Berman, CIH, CSP, Vice President, who has become an industry leader in this field. Kathy S. Jones, CIH, CAC and Vice President has a 25 year background in Industrial Hygiene, and Environmental consulting and Laboratory Direction. She brings this eminent background to her leadership role at HSA in providing quality services to our clients. Considered to be a pioneer in the Industrial Hygiene industry, HSA's president, Howard B. Spielman, PE, CIH, CSP, REHS, has more than 30 years of experience performing IAQ, health and safety reviews.
The Los Alamitos laboratory, a fully AIHA Accredited laboratory which currently provides IH, Microbiology, Lead, and Asbestos Lab Services is located at across the parking lot from Health Science Associates facility at 10772 Noel Street, Los Alamitos CA 90720 and will continue to serve Health Science Associates? customer base. Health Science Associates will continue to provide quality industrial hygiene, safety and training services from their Los Alamitos and Oakland facilities and all contact information remains the same. For further information or to discuss how Health Science Associates can be of service, please contact us at (714) 220-3922 or visit our website at www.healthscience.com.
Come visit our booth at:
May 2-4, 2016
New Mexico Mine H&S conference
Where: Socorro, NM
May 18, 2016
Long Beach ASSE Professional Development Conference
This annual Professional Development Conference provides one of the most sought after events for attendees to learn the profession’s best practices focusing on Safety, Health & Environmental Issues.
Where: Lakewood, CA
May 21-26, 2016
Where: Baltimore, MD
June 9, 2016
11th Annual SAME Camp Pendleton Day
A great event for learning, networking, and giving back is being planned - See more at: http://www.sameoc.org/
Where: Camp Pendleton, CA
July 28, 2016
California Construction Expo
Where: Long Beach, CA
August 23-24, 2016
NDIA Gold Coast
Where: San Diego, CA
March 9, 2016, 2016
2016 Bay Area Safety Symposium
Where: San Ramon, CA
October 5, 2016
Where: Sacramento, CA
October 4-7, 2016
2016 CWC & Risk Conference
Where: Dana Point, CA
October 15-21, 2016
National Safety Council
Where: Anaheim, CA
October 24-27, 2016
Where: Las Vegas, NV