SECP Learning Call #2 Recap

Thanks to everyone who participated in our learning call on Monday!

We started our call with Bob Poll ( who introduced us to the Engineering Industry Special Interest Group (SIG). He clarified for us that the SIG is NOT the same as the Hazard Prevention and Engineering Controls Committee. While the Committee deals with engineering controls the SIG focuses on supporting the health and safety of those working as engineers, environmental and construction consultants. He notes that many members have wealth of knowledge and the SIG provides a number of networking opportunities for those interested in joining. The groups meets regularly via teleconference and any one interested in joining is welcome to call in.


Next, we had  Mike Ochs from the  Stewardship and Sustainability Committee speak. He explained that the  Stewardship and Sustainability Committee is one of the largest committees and is broken up in to three focus areas (or subcommittees): Stewardship, Environmental, and Products. They are an active award winning groups that sponsors about 8 PDC every conference. New members are encouraged to reach out to Thursa La ( for contact information.


Finally, Aaron Rogers, CSP from Golder Associates gave the 45 minute lecture on “Studying for the CIH exam?  What you need to know about IAQ/Mold.”

The presentation can be viewed for two weeks here.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at our next learning call is on October 13, 12pm CST –  “Studying for the CIH exam?  What you need to know about Noise.”!



A Brief History of Labor Day

The very first United States Labor Day celebration was held on September 5, 1882 in New York City and was organized by the New York Central Labor Union. (1) While there is some debate over who is the official founder of the holiday are two men generally credited with the establishment of this holiday, Peter McGuire and Matthew Maguire. (2)  The holiday slowly grew in recognition and was locally celebrated by a number of states over the proceeding decade until if became a federally recognized holiday in 1894. (3) In many ways we still celebrate the holiday as it was founded with time off from work to celebrate our dedication to our industrious nature with parades, picnics, and good people.

Labor Day has become a modern day signal for back to school, the end of the BBQ season, and end of summer savings. However, in the midst of all this activity we tend to overlook the initial intent of the holiday, to honor the American worker.