Today's News / Conventions / Environmental and Occupational Health

Meeting today’s occupational safety challenges a topic at AIHce

Industrial hygienists urged to educate managers

AIHce 2013Occupational exposures facing modern workers are more challenging than ever before – and require more from safety professionals.

That point was made by L. Casey Chosewood, MD, of NIOSH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during yesterday's General Session at AIHce 2013.

Chosewood said that whether physical, environmental, psychological, social, cultural, familial, communal, or a combination of these, addressing today’s exposures requires swift action, a high level of professional judgment, and broader perspectives.

Home safe every day

“When you talk about numbers to the people you serve every day, I want you to add in a sentence that says this is important because it will get you home safe every day.”

Chosewood, who’s Senior Medical Officer for NIOSH’s Total Worker Health™ initiative, emphasized the need for health interventions.

“Health is a currency that allows you to save up, to invest, and then to have it, to do what it is you want to do with your life. That’s how we should be talking to people about health,” said Chosewood.

What have we learned?

Wednesday’s events also included the Donald E. Cummings Award Lecture entitled, “Now We Are 75, What Have We Learned About Protecting Worker Health?” The presentation featured Lindsay E. Booher, CIH, CSP, who looked ahead to AIHA’s upcoming 75th anniversary in 2014 by reflecting on his career in industrial hygiene and the experiences along the way that shaped his personal perceptions and professional practice.

Booher also touched on the challenges today’s industrial hygienists face and discussed the profession as a whole.

“We need to turn more attention to educating managers and employees, and communicating in a natural way,” said Booher.

Today, the last day of the conference, features several technical sessions and a tour of the Hydro-Quebec Beauharnois Generating Station, one of the largest and most powerful hydroelectric plants in the world.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to ISHN.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

Scenes from the World of Safety

Sights, signs & symbols from the National Safety Congress & Expo held in San Diego, CA, September 15-18

12/11/14 11:00 am EST

Why Flame Resistant Workwear? Understanding Workplace Hazards and OSHA Compliance

By defining the leading causes of flash fires, electric arc and molten metal splatter, we will address the ways in which companies can better protect their employees from such hazards through proper staff outfitting. In the topic, we will discuss the benefits of – and recent developments to – flame-resistant workwear and what to consider when creating a program for your employees.

ISHN Magazine

ISHN1214_cover.jpg

2014 December

Check out ISHN's last issue of the year, which features articles about distance learning, foot protection and confined space.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

THE ISHN STORE

M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\ISHN\safetyfourth.jpg
Safety Engineering, 4th Edition

A practical, solutions-driven reference, Safety Engineering, 4th edition, has been completely revised and updated to reflect many of today’s issues in safety.

More Products

For Distributors Only - SEPTEMBER 2014

ISHN FDO SEPTEMBER 2014For Distributors Only is ISHN's niche brand standard-sized magazine supplement aimed at an audience of 2,000 U.S. distributors that sell safety products. Circulation only goes to distributors. CHECK OUT THE SEPTEMBER 2014 ISSUE OF FDO HERE

STAY CONNECTED

Facebook logo Twitter YouTubeLinkedIn Google + icon

ishn infographics

2012 US workplace deathsCheck out ISHN's new Infographic page! Learn more about worker safety through these interactive images. CLICK HERE to view the page.