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Join thousands of OEHS professionals at the largest industrial hygiene gathering of the year
After ten years, the premier conference and exposition for occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) professionals is coming back to Toronto. The American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo (AIHce) will be held May 30-June 4 in the heart of what writer Ray Bradbury called "the most perfect city in the western hemisphere." Participants can earn up to 6.5 CM points by choosing from over 200 weekend professional development courses (PDCs) and weekday technical sessions.
The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) cosponsor AIHce.
Pre-conference offerings on Saturday and Sunday will feature a variety of PDCs, including the returning attendee-rated "top 10" courses on Bayesian statistics, noise control engineering, hearing protection, biological monitoring, exposure assessment strategies and statistics, and much more. The PDC program includes half-day, full-day, and two-day sessions.
If attendees plan to take the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) exam, they will not want to miss AIHce's advanced preparation workshop. This three-day course begins on Friday and covers the three areas of the CSP exam—engineering, management, and information management and communications. Participants will practice solving analytical problems and will review test-taking strategy, test format, scoring procedures, and recent exam results.
Other highlights of the opening weekend include a pair of two-day management courses. The introductory course "Improving Communication Effectiveness for the IH Manager and OEHS Professional" will help new managers develop their skills. For those who have some management experience, the intermediate-level "Finance for the Nonfinancial Manager" may be just what they are looking for. In today's economic climate, the ability to interpret financial information is crucial.
Focus on the Future
At the AIHce opening general session on Monday, Peter H. Diamandis, MD, will present "Challenges, Progress, Innovation: Predicting the Future by Creating It." As chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, Diamandis helped revolutionize the way the world thinks about space travel. The $10 million dollar Ansari X PRIZE was awarded in 2004 to the winner of a private space flight competition. Inspired by Diamandis' work on the X Prize, AIHA will launch its own constructive Breakthrough Thinking Prize competition to spur innovative thinking about current OEHS challenges. A new Breakthrough Thinking Track features professionally facilitated teams of attendees working on two key challenges: (1) the IH Regulatory Environment in the United States, and (2) the Practice of Global Occupational Hygiene. More details can be found on the AIHce website.
The general sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday will address two major challenges in the field: sustainability and nanotechnology. On Tuesday, Edward L. Quevedo, JD, will present "Sustainable Development Beyond Borders: Taking an Active and Meaningful Role in Advancing Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility in Your Organization." And, on Wednesday, Kristen Kulinowski, PhD, director of External Affairs at the Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN), will share her extensive knowledge of issues in nanotechnology in her presentation "Taking Science Beyond Borders: Global EHS Issues of Nanotechnology." Her work at CBEN helped establish that organization as a leader in nanotechnology educational outreach.
Something for Everyone
In addition to the general sessions, AIHce offers a full week of educational opportunities that will appeal to OEHS professionals at every level of experience. Highlights of the conference include the following:
About American Industrial Hygiene Association
Founded in 1939, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is the premier association of occupational and environmental health and safety professionals. AIHA’s 10,460 members play a crucial role on the front line of worker health and safety every day. Members represent a cross-section of industry, private business, labor, government, and academia.
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