The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) has released the official program for Fall Conference 2015: Sharing Solutions & Networking to Promote Worker Health & Safety, which will be held in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 24–28. The dynamic lineup of speakers includes Michael Rogers, who will present Monday’s opening session, “Envision Our Future: The Choices Ahead.” Known as the “Practical Futurist,” Rogers is a technology pioneer, author, and journalist who helps organizations around the world think about the future, covering topics such as change for organizations and individuals, blending technology, economics, demographics, culture, and human nature. 

Priorities and challenges

AIHA President-elect Steven Lacey, PhD, CIH, CSP, will moderate Monday’s general session, “A Taste of AIHA’s Strategic Content Priorities: Getting the Big Picture,” which will feature a high-level introduction to the top two of AIHA’s six content priorities. During this general session, John Mulhausen, PhD, CIH, director of corporate safety and industrial hygiene at 3M Company, will discuss AIHA’s first initiative, exposure banding/OEL process, and Ginger Rothrock, PhD, director of emerging technologies at RTI International, will cover the second initiative, sensor technology.

As recipient of the 2015 Henry F. Smyth, Jr. Award, Michael Ellenbecker, ScD, CIH, will present a lecture during Tuesday’s first general session. Ellenbecker, who is professor emeritus of occupational and environmental hygiene in the Department of Work Environment at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, will discuss the challenge of setting occupational exposure limits for engineered nanomaterials.

NIOSH's Howard on emerging issues

NIOSH Director John Howard, MD, will close out Tuesday’s general sessions with his presentation, “Scanning the Future: AIHA and NIOSH Research Priorities and Program of Work.” During this session, Dr. Howard will  discuss how AIHA and NIOSH compare, contrast, and complement one another in targeting of emerging issues, trends, and warning signs that have potentially significant impacts on industrial hygiene.

Additional AIHA Fall Conference 2015 highlights include:

  • five conference tracks : Thought Leader (new addition), Emergency Response & Management (ERAM), Interactive, Management & Leadership, Policy/Regulatory/Guidelines
  • technical tours of CSX Corporation and Disney World
  • discussions on content priorities such as OELs, nanomaterials, sensor technology, and the future of industrial hygiene

Registration for Fall Conference will open on Tuesday, July 28, 2015.

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