Of course you’re going to hear this at an EHS conference like the AIHce. But like many professions, the EHS ranks have not recovered completely from the sometimes draconian cuts suffered during the Great Recession of 2007-2008.
One session at the AIHce focused on the increasingly popular topic of fatigue management. It’s a product of the 24/7 economy. It’s estimated today 40-60 percent of workers in North America find themselves in non-traditional shiftwork, and the traditional 9 to 5 worker is now in the minority.
Monday’s keynote speaker was Adam Steltzner, lead landing engineer of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover Project. In a Q&A following his talks, Steltzner made these points about leadership and teamwork:
ISHN noted these trends at the AIHce in Baltimore: • Globalization is alive and well in EHS. Being promoted at the conference is the 2nd China-US Occupational Health Symposium, July 12-13, in Guangzhou, China, and the 2018 International Occupational Hygiene Association meeting in Washington, DC.
Robots are everywhere these days – from tackling robots on football practice fields to assembly lines to warehouse retrieval systems to surgical operations. At this year’s American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Expo, which kicked off officially Monday in sunny Baltimore, ISHN talked to one expo vendor, RoboVent, about the invasion of robots into the welding field.
A Monday morning session at the AIHce studies the risks of microbiology exposure. Workers in many different jobs may be exposed to various infectious biological agents either intentionally or accidentally.
A roundtable discussion Monday morning at the AIHce tackles the subject, “Big Legal and Business Issues in the Small World of Nanotechnology.” Also Monday morning, the Henry F. Smyth, Jr. Award Lecture focuses on “The Challenge of Setting Occupational Exposure Limits for Engineered Nanomaterials.”
Dr. Dan Anna, Ph.D., CIH, CSP and AIHA President hosts this “show” with guests Dr. David Michaels and Dr. John Howard. This is an interesting time to hear both the longest-serving OSHA chief ever and the longest-serving NIOSH director.