Convention NewsThe California Industrial Hygiene Council (CIHC), founded over 23 years ago to establish a legislative presence in the California State Capitol for the profession, has historically sponsored first rate EH&S conferences which-- draw dynamic speakers and conference participants into a robust dialogue on the latest EH&S initiatives. This year’s conference theme, “Connecting Sound Science and Responsible EHS Solutions,” will be held at the beautiful international Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco.

Key topics at this year’s conference include Business, Government, Policy and Regulatory Drivers; Emerging Issues; Labor & International EH&S Partnerships; Cross-Over EH&S Issues; Product Stewardship & Sustainability; and EH&S Case Studies—Learning From Experience.

Of particular note this year,  Dr. John Howard, MD, Director of NIOSH, Ellen Widess, Chief, Cal-OSHA and Dick Evans, Sr. International Business Advisor & Director of Companies and former President and CEO,  Alcan, have agreed to speak at the conference along with a panel of world renowned experts.

Experts include, among many others, Dr. Barbara Materna, Chief, Occupational Health Branch, CA Department of Public Health; Larry Gibbs, Associate Provost, EHS, Stanford University; Aaron Trippler, Director, Governmental Affairs, national AIHA; Robert Nocco, Technical Team Leader, Chevron Occupational Hygiene Center of Excellence; Dr. L. Casey  Chosewood, Sr. Medical officer, Total Worker Health, CDC; Kevin Thompson, Editor, Cal-OSHA Reporter; Robert Matthews, Partner, McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP; James Gibson, Asst. Vice Chancellor, EHS, UCLA; Michael Andrew, Asian Operations Director, Sumerra; Ben Hensler, General Counsel and Deputy Director, Workers Rights Consortium; Dr. Dara O’Rourke, UC Berkeley and Founder of “The Good Guide;” Ayesha Barenblat, Program of the ILO-IFC; Katie Schmitz Eluitt, Associate Director, Stakeholder Engagement, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB); Dr. Michael Wilson, UC Berkeley; John Uhlrich, Green Chemistry Alliance (GCA); Dr. Zack Mansdorf, Center for Health & Safety Sustainability; Beth Concoby, DuPont Product Stewardship; and Ben Kollmeyer, Chief Science Officer, Forensic Analytical Consulting Services.

We are pleased to report that we are keeping the registration fees at 2012 prices, $495 early bird rate for the 3 day conference, followed by $595 as the conference time frame approaches. Continuing education certification points for the conference are being pursued with ABIH, BCSP and REHS. The full conference agenda, registration forms, and hotel booking information can be found at

Come join us. Expand your horizons and professional mastery. Learn from some of the best minds around. Engage in lively conversations with colleagues. Get your CM points at cost effective prices and enjoy the San Francisco area during the holiday season!