HI Industry Watch: Environmental Information Association (EIA)
- June 1, 2017
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- Bob Krell
- Posted in Association WatchFeatured
Since its founding as the National Asbestos Council in 1983, The Environmental Information Association (EIA) has been a leader in identifying and sharing information concerning environmental health and safety issues with building owners, environmental consultants, remediation contractors, general and sub-contractors, laboratories, universities, and government and regulatory agencies. EIA provides an open forum for EH&S practitioners, stakeholders and the public to enhance their knowledge and understanding of issues surrounding the identification, evaluation, and control of environmental hazards in buildings and facilities. The diversity of the EIA membership has produced a unique group of experts in the areas of asbestos, lead-based paint, mold, IAQ, USTs, Phase I & II ESAs and other environmental issues.
EIA’s Mission Statement
The Association’s multi-disciplinary membership will collect, generate and disseminate information concerning environmental health hazards to occupants of buildings, industrial sites and other facility operations.
Code of Ethics
Evaluating and controlling the potential health risk resulting from the use of environmental health hazards in buildings and structures is an import- ant task. Members of EIA recognize that their work has a vital impact on both quality of life and life expectancy of all people. Accordingly, the services provided by the members require honesty, competence and integrity, and must be dedicated to the protection of public health, safety and welfare. In the performance of this work, members of the EIA must perform to standards of professional behavior that require adherence to the highest principles of ethical conduct on behalf of the public, clients, employees and their profession. Members of the EIA in fulfillment of their professional duties shall, therefore:
- Hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of their employees and the public in the performance of their services
- Perform services only in areas of their competence
- Issue public statements only in an objective and truthful manner
- Act in a professional manner for each employer or client as agents or trustees and avoid con- fl of interest
- Build their professional reputation on the merit of their services and not compete unfairly with others
- Act in such a manner as to uphold and enhance the honor, integrity and dignity of the membership
- Continually strive to enhance the development of safe and effective environmental evaluation and control techniques
- Continue their professional development and encourage the professional development of those they supervise
- Promote the education of the public concerning safe and acceptable means by which environmental management should be handled
Each year, hundreds of professionals from across the country travel to a new and exciting city to attend the EIA’s Annual Conference. This is an excellent opportunity for members and guests to network and expand their knowledge of emerging and established issues. The vendor hall provides a magnificent and welcoming environment to learn of the latest technology, work practices, and equipment used in the EH&S field. Renowned industry experts present technical sessions on a variety of EH&S issues. These technical sessions and the social events provide an open forum to discuss specific problems and concerns with experts in the field, and others dealing with similar situations.
Publications & Professional Discounts
As a member, you will receive several out- standing periodic publications as well as other benefits:
- EIA Net News – Once a week, you will receive pertinent information via email, from the nation’s leading publications for review and study.
- Industrial Hygiene News – This monthly news publication provides a host of information regarding current activities within asbestos, lead, mold and related industries.
- Inside EIA – This semi-monthly newsletter keeps you apprised of events within Selected topics give unparalleled insight into recent trends in our industry.
- Members receive discounts on EIA technical publications, training products and merchandise.
Be Part of One of the Most Established Environmental Organizations
It seems each day a new organization is holding a conference or soliciting memberships. EIA, a non-profit organization established in 1983 as the National Asbestos Council, was one of the first organizations to focus on indoor and environmental health and safety issues. In 1984, EIA was contracted by EPA to create the first asbestos worker training manual, providing a springboard to working with private companies, universities, and governmental agencies in creating training programs/ manuals and guidance documents for asbestos, lead-paint, mold, and other EH&S concerns.
Please visit us at www.eia-usa.org to learn more. EIA is the information and networking source for individuals and companies needing answers to their Environmental, Health and Safety concerns. EIA Committees provide members with a forum for frank discussion and focused exploration, research, and problem resolution for the specific issues of each environmental concern.
EIA Purple Book Revision
The Environmental Information Association is very proud of the publication Managing Asbestos in Buildings: A Guide for Owners and Managers. This document is a revision to the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s 1985 document Guidance for Controlling Asbestos-Containing Materials in Buildings (EPA 560/5-85-024), known as the Purple Book.
This updated guidance document is an invaluable asset for building owners and managers to assure compliance with regulations, manage asbestos effectively and protect their workers and occupants from asbestos exposure. Led by Tom Laubenthal, the Purple Book Committee included industry experts Dr. Ronald Dodson, Andy Oberta, Steve Hays and Jim Millette. You can order Managing Asbestos in Buildings: A Guide for Owners and Managers by visiting the EIA website at www.eia-usa.org and clicking on the publication link. The publication is $25 per copy for quantities of one to five (1 to 5) and $15 per copy for quantities of six or more (6 or more).
EIA State and Regional Chapters
EIA chapters provide timely and effective in- formation on regulatory standards and changes on a local level that impact your business. EIA Chapter participation in local meetings and conferences is an advantageous and often profitable compliment to your National EIA activity. Upon joining EIA, membership in your local state chapter is automatically included. If a state chapter has not been formed in your state, you may choose to “opt in” to any of the EIA chapters of your choosing.