For workers in a variety of industries, exposure to chemicals is commonplace. American workers handle, transport, or encounter thousands of chemicals every day, from cleaning products to industrial solvents. Although many of these chemicals have important uses, they can also be harmful to workers who are exposed to them.
‘Workplaces are not merely spaces where people work – they are spaces where people live their lives. Anything which would be prohibited on grounds of consumer health or environmental protection should also be prohibited in workplaces.’ These were the words with which Laurent Vogel, a researcher at the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), closed the ‘Work and Cancer’ conference organised by the ETUI in November in Brussels.
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.”
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.