Conventions

A safety meeting without an agenda?

Try an "UnSession"
May 21, 2013

Here is a meeting idea for you to maybe try out. “The UnSession” will be present for two hours this morning at the AIHce in Montreal. UnSessions started in the high-tech industry. They are not for those who like a more passive learning experience with a traditional lecture approach.


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Globalization and smart phones

"Distracted attendance" is the new normal
May 21, 2013

Good morning from cloudy and cool Montreal, site of the 2014 AIHce. The confab got underway yesterday (Monday) morning bright and early at 8 am. The opening session was pretty much SRO. In the darkened hall I couldn’t help but notice I was surrounded by smartphone gazers.


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Management systems lessons learned

Pin the policy on the front door
May 20, 2013

Consultants Tom Rancour and Bradford Russell offered these takeaways in a session yesterday afternoon: Some companies implement and dedicate time to management systems, but the guiding principle, the safety and health policy, is buried in some labor manual.


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Boomer EHS pros see the finish line

There IS a life after industrial hygiene
May 20, 2013

AIHA and ACGIH do much to recognize and encourage the careers of young professionals. But when it comes to traveling to conventions, seniority often rules and so it was yesterday I heard several Baby Boomer EHS pros gabbing on the exhibit floor.


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AIHce 2013 draws 5K+ to Montreal for annual confab

Some already there for pre-show sessions
May 20, 2013

5,000+ professionals from the occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) world convene in Montreal starting today (Monday, May 20) for 74th annual American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce). The conference and trade show takes place at the Montreal Convention Center until Thursday, May 23.


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Pre-plan your Safety 2013 exhibitor visits

Online tools let you create a custom list, make appointments
May 20, 2013

At Safety 2013, June 24-27 in Las Vegas, hundreds of companies will showcase the latest in EHS-related products and services in the spacious Las Vegas Convention Center. Whether you’re interested in hearing, hand or fall protection, hazcom training or gas detectors or anything else related to workplace safety, you’ll find manufacturers and distributors that will be able to explain and demonstrate items you may need.


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What are the hot issues?

AIHce 2013 topics a reflection of important, emerging concerns
May 20, 2013

One barometer is to look at the recently formed working groups that will be holding meetings in Montreal: Nanotechnologyworking group; Incident preparation and responseworking group; Oil and gasworking group; Control bandingworking group; Clandestine laboratoryworking group; Green buildingworking group.


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Developing young talent

It's all about jobs, jobs, jobs
May 17, 2013

AIHA does a solid job of appealing to and catering to the needs of young professionals. This year’s CareerAdvantage in Montrealfeatures sessions designed to help those in the occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) field advance their current careers and find and maintain positions in the industry. 


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What’s a conference without a mobile app?

Customization is the goal
May 17, 2013

Mobile apps are quickly becoming a mandatory staple of meetings and conventions of all sorts. The “AIHce 2013 Mobile App” allows attendees to create and manage their schedule, view detailed session and exhibitor listings, and stay informed about the latest meeting happenings. All this from the convenience of a mobile device.


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Where did all the industrial hygienists go?

Terminology changes with profession
May 17, 2013

AIHA calls its members “occupational and environmental health and safety professionals.” That about covers it all. The organization says “members play a crucial role on the front line of worker health and safety every day.” Note the inclusion of safety.


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