The Connection
November 10, 2020
Association News

Many of you have had the chance to attend one of Kat Dobson's amazing presentations about suicide and mental health in the construction industry. This week, she and Angela Cloud will be presenting a panel on this topic - "Crisis in Construction: Mental Health and Suicide Awareness" - at the 2020 Safety Leadership Conference. 

Check out the article highlighting Kat and Angela on the EHS Today site, and please join us in congratulating and thanking them for their excellent work in the fields of safety and mental health!

If you haven't heard yet, NAWIC has a new blog. Our first few feature articles are up, so check them out and let us know what you think!

We'll be regularly posting new content and featuring hot industry topics. If you have any topics YOU would like to see covered on our blog, email and share your requests. 

Also on our blog, we'll be featuring our very own NAWIC industry rockstars in our "Best Person for the Job" column. Are you doing great things in the construction industry (ok, we know you are), fill out the application and brag on yourself a little (or nominate someone you think deserves the recognition). 

NAWIC Members are priority to this organization. As such, we endeavor to become an ally to you - wherever you are in your career and your personal journey. Inclusion is what led us to NAWIC, and diversity is what makes our organization better.

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Task Force is aimed at providing an elevated level of representation and efficiency in our outreach, programs, and membership. The task force has developed a simple assessment, and we would love your participation to help us better understand our members and their needs within the organization.

NAWIC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force

Team Chair: Rowena Dziubla (MWR)
Team Lead: Rita Brown (NCR)
Board Advisor(s): Doreen Bartoldus, Lauline Mitchell & Kristey Stewart
Members: Romina Byrd (NER), Gerri Harris (PSW), Chandra Jones (SCR), Jennifer Morales (SER), Argelia Simon (SCR), Sherita Evans (SAR), and Jeanine Cooper (PSW)

On November 17, 2020, NAWIC will hold a chartering meeting for our newest chapter, Montana 387!

Find details on joining us for this meeting here

WIC Week 2021 (March 7-13, 2021) will be here before we know it! Get your planning off the ground with this year's posters and pins, which are ready to order. 

We can't wait to meet all your WIC Week partner companies and see all the amazing activities you have in store!

Stay up to date by following the WIC Week Committee on social media (@NAWICWICWeek), and get all the forms and information you need on the WIC Week webpage.

Thinking of running for a position as a NAWIC National Officer or Region Director? Download the Candidate Applicaiton here.

All applications must be submitted by Feb. 1, 2021.

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Join NAWIC PD&E Committee and ECS on Thursday, November 12 (11 AM-12 PM CST) for "Selecting the Correct Foundation System"
Attendees will learn selection criteria for a foundation systems, types of foundation systems and the differences and comparison of the different foundation systems.
(AIA 1 LU; PDH 1 Credit)


NAWIC is excited to offer a new OSHA 10 Certification Pilot Program!

The first class will be December 9-11. This course will be instruced by our very own Kat Dobson and Cindy Spiropoulos, and it will be offered at a specially discounted introductory rate.

Attendance is limited to the first 40 registrants, so don't wait!

Thursday, November 19, 2020

12-1 PM CST

Register now!



In an ever-changing environment, stay up to date with the latest information regarding weld fume controls and how to keep your environment clean and compliant.

In this webinar, our experts will navigate OSHA’s Hierarchy of Controls, walking you through key steps and recommendations to implement weld fume solutions in relation to each tier of the hierarchy. They will discuss best practices for weld fume management to help you identify and determine an effective approach plan best suited for your workplace, helping to improve productivity, efficiency and air quality.

Key topics that will be discussed:

  • Common base metals associated with welding
  • Factors that can impact operator exposure
  • How to identify and assess welding fume particulate in your work environment
  • How to mitigate risk following OSHA’s Hierarchy of Controls, considering the most feasible and effective solution options
  • Short- and long-term benefits of controlling welding fume in your work environment


Bert Schiller
Industrial Hygienist

Bert is an industrial hygienist certified in the Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene. He has more than 35 years of experience with a wide variety of industries. Bert also worked with OSHA in Michigan for five years and has taught at the University of Michigan for the past five years.

Jeremy Bruesewitz
Product Specialist, Welding Safety and Health
ITW Miller Electric Welding

Jeremy is a product specialist for the welding safety and health team at ITW Miller Electric Welding. He has more than seven years of experience, specifically focused in weld fume extraction, and works directly with engineers at Miller to identify end user needs to develop fume extraction products to address those needs. Jeremy also works directly with end users on designing proper fume extraction systems for their facility.

Kevin Quinn
Welding Safety Solutions Manager
ITW Miller Electric Welding

Kevin is a welding safety solutions manager with ITW Miller Electric Welding. He has more than 12 years of experience within industrial safety, with a focus on respiratory protection. In his role with Miller, he works with industrial customers to address welding fume issues to protect their workers and the environment.

Susan Fiore
Advanced Applications Manager
ITW Hobart Brothers Welding

Susan is an advanced applications manager with ITW Hobart Brothers Welding. She is a materials engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the welding industry and is a fellow of the American Welding Society. Her expertise covers a broad range of welding and weldability-related concerns. She has worked extensively in the area of weld safety and health. In her current role with Hobart, she works closely with customers to resolve issues and to promote new ideas and welding innovations. Susan is past chair of the American Welding Society Safety and Health Committee, and currently serves as the chair of the AWS Safety and Health Subcommittee on Fumes and Gases.

Kevin Druley
Associate Editor - Moderator
Safety+Health Magazine

Kevin Druley covers worker safety for Safety+Health magazine. He will moderate this session.

Are you a construction professional involved in the healthcare space? Does your company provide construction and design services to healthcare clients? You need to understand what’s really happening in healthcare following the pandemic.

RESET and the American Institute of Constructors (AIC) are co-sponsoring a webinar on Tuesday morning, November 17th at 10:00 a.m. CST covering the most important issues to align with right now.

The webinar will feature plugged-in executives Sally Jeffcoat (former EVP Trinity West/Midwest Group, VP/COO Ascension Health, and Regional Health system CEO’s for Ascension, HCA and Christus) and Shawn Cloonan (former COO at Texas Medical Center), as moderated by RESET CEO Wayne O’Neill. In this webinar, you will learn about:

  • Healthcare operational changes that will become more permanent.
  • Substantial changes to supply chain, patient intake, and patient flow.
  • The REAL business and political issues in healthcare.
  • How all of this leads to a building envelope.

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