Interactive Learning

Take advantage of one or more of these opportunities for networking with colleagues in small, highly interactive group settings.

Check out these new formats -

Wednesday, May 22, 10:00 a.m.-Noon

New! Unsession

Unsessions originated in the high-tech industry and have taken off as an innovative way to connect with colleagues, share experiences and ideas, explore new trends and opportunities, and brainstorm out-of-the-box solutions to existing challenges.

Not for those who like a passive learning experience with a traditional lecture approach, Unsessions are designed to create the interactivity, intimacy and free-flow of ideas that traditional sessions frequently leave wanting. Unsessions are flexible, spontaneous and participant-driven:

  • Session content can start coming together through online interaction
  • Participants build the session agenda on site with the assistance of a facilitator
  • Anyone interested in solving a problem has the opportunity to tackle it with others
  • A variety of formats can be used in the “Unsession” once the content has been decided

Participants are often amazed that concrete solutions to difficult problems emerge at the same time community, camaraderie and commitments are forged!

Details available in the AIHce Final Program. For more information, contact Carol Tobin, Director of Global Education at ctobin@aiha.org.

New! Luncheon Discussions

Monday, May 20 – Wednesday, May 22, 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Boxed Lunch Included. Fee: $45 by April 30 / $55 after April 30 | Limit: 30

Monday, May 20, 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

EV-03 IH Mysteries Workshop Sold Out

Test your knowledge! Actual case studies involving IH field work are presented. Participants are given all the data — players, circumstances, time lines — but not the outcomes. Working in teams, colleagues discuss the cases and potential remedies and each group reports its findings. At the end of the session, the facilitator explains what actually occurred. One workshop is offered Monday and one on Tuesday, each with a different facilitator.

  • Facilitator: Ellen Clas, Clas Consulting, LLC, Norfolk, MA

EV-04 Occupational Exposure Limit Setting – Is There a Future? Sold Out

Moderators: C. Laszcz-Davis, The Environmental Quality Organization, LLC and Affiliate, Aluminium Consulting Engineers, LLC, Lafayette, CA; J. Perkins, UTHSC Houston School of Public Health, San Antonio, TX

Industrial hygienists and allied professionals have historically considered OELs to be one of the most effective tools for performing risk assessments upon which risk management strategies for worker protection are based. With the changing regulatory arena, particularly in Europe, shifting centers of manufacturing growth, a move towards a more global perspective on occupational and environmental health issues, tendencies towards control banding and the formulation of control assumptions without the apparent use of exposure data, is it time to re-examine the continued value of OELs? Are the professional needs shifting? Or, do parallel paths exist internationally to converge in some logical venue in the near future? Explore the shifts historically and globally, their drivers, what is being undertaken to bridge gaps globally, what potential professional alliances are forming and the potential role each of us can play.

Tuesday, May 21, 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

EV-05 IH Mysteries Workshop Sold Out

See above description.

  • Facilitator: Fred Boelter, Environ International, Chicago, IL

EV-06 Sustainability and Social Responsibility Careers – Why IH Professionals are Best Suited to Lead

Moderator: J. Hogue, McDonald’s Corporation, Oak Brook, IL

Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) careers have evolved from niche to mainstream over the past 10 years.  At the same time, many IH and EHS professionals have transitioned their careers holistically to support the balance of environmental, social and economic objectives of a variety of global organizations. This discussion focuses on the transitioning role of the IH to support organizational Sustainability and CSR strategies, and why the foundational skills of IH/EHS professionals are key to organizational performance and leadership.

Wednesday, May 22, 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

EV-07 Oil and Gas Extraction: Differentiating Health Hazards from Media Hype Sold Out

Moderators: M. Botham, Cenovus Energy Inc., Calgary, Alberta, Canada; E.B. Tobias, Syncrude Canada Ltd., Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada

Increase your understanding of key Oilsands extraction processes of steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) and surface mining. Discussion explores the challenges with assessing health risks within the context of media hype that surrounds resource extraction.

EV-08 Exposure Assessment Strategies: Are You Hitting the Bull’s Eye? Sold Out

Moderators: S. Arnold, EH&S, LLC, Roswell, GA; S. Jahn, SRS, Aiken, SC

AIHA’s exposure risk assessment and management strategy provides a solid foundation for gauging occupational and environmental exposure risks. How adept are you in applying the tools developed to support this strategy? How accurate are your judgments? Are you sure?

This discussion centers on a real exposure scenario. Your job is to decide, as a group, the most likely exposure category, given the data. Participants deliberate, explore different approaches for conducting this exposure assessment and collectively make an exposure judgment. The session concludes with the “true” exposure category revealed, allowing participants to calibrate their own and collective exposure judgments.


Tuesday, May 21, 2:30 p.m.-4:o0 p.m.

IGNITE! Offering Enlightenment and Knowledge – in a HURRY!

IgniteThe IGNITE session originated in the high-technology profession but has spread worldwide.  In a five-minute presentation, speakers share their professional and personal passions using 20 slides that auto advance every 15 seconds.  AIHce 2013 is offering its own version of IGNITE.  Learn what’s on the mind of your colleagues and friends in this innovative and engaging new format.  Find out why this program has become an international phenomenon and why there was standing-room-only attendance last year!

Moderator:  P. Logan, 3M, St. Paul, MN. Arranger/Monitor: C. Tobin, AIHA, Falls Church, VA

Experience firsthand what is meant by the IGNITE motto, “Enlighten us, but make it fast!”   (Advise arriving early to get seats!)

  • What the Heck Happened after I Got My Dad’s Ring Back?
    J. Klane, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
  • Blue Sky Mining
    C. Ficklen, SQA2, Inc., Hampton, VA.
  • Feeling Funky, “Phat,” & So Fine Through IH Fitness
    K. Chapital, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA.
  • Why Social Networking is a Necessity for IH’s in Today’s World
    D. Weekes, InAir Environmental, Ltd., Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Paris in the Spring
    J. Kunz, 3M
  • My Love/Hate Relationship with Conference Calls
    C. Johnson, GE, Billerica, MA.
  • You Want Me to Sample What?
    B. Bullock, CSX Transportation, Jacksonville, FL
  • On Your Own — Steer Any Direction You Choose
    Y. Zhen, Belzona Global LLC, Miami, FL.
  • Demonstrating Your Passion for Industrial Hygiene
    N. Zimmerman, Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN.
  • Deep Survival
    S. Bucherl, pH2, LLC, Indianapolis, IN.
  • The Artist’s Path to Industrial Hygiene: How Everyday Field Work Becomes Artwork
    M. Griffin, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA.
  • Embracing Your Inner Nerd
    K. Merrit, SQA2, Inc., Hampton, VA

View the Ignite presentations from AIHce 2012.

Table Topics

Monday, May 20 – Tuesday, May 21

Purchase lunch and pick a topic; seating is open to all, but availability is first-come, first-served. Table Topics are held in the Expo.

Monday, May 20, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

“SECP Talks” – Designed for Students and Early Career Professionals, AIHA members lead discussions on research, career goals, CIH certification, and more.

Tuesday, May 21, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

“Tech Talks” – Facilitated by NIOSH researchers, discussions focus on high-interest topics in research and technical content.

1. Engineering Controls

Moderator: R. M. Hall, NIOSH, Cincinnati, OH

Engineering control efforts include planning and conducting research on engineering control technologies to prevent worker exposures to hazards and promoting the use of effective engineering control technologies that protect workers. NIOSH researchers evaluate workplaces and develop practical, solutions-oriented control technology interventions. NIOSH scientists and engineers work collaboratively with companies, unions, trade associations, labor organizations, universities, and governments, in the U.S. and around the world. Discuss areas of engineering control research within NIOSH and any emerging issues related to industrial hygiene and engineering controls.

2. Nanotechnology

Moderators: C. Geraci, K. Martinez and L. Hodson, NIOSH, Cincinnati, OH

NIOSH is the leading federal agency conducting research and providing guidance on the occupational safety and health implications of nanotechnology. NIOSH has conducted numerous field investigations to evaluate exposures and control technologies to gain an understanding of good risk management practices that are applicable to working with engineered nanomaterials. Discussion focuses on what NIOSH has learned from these field evaluations and how the results are contributing to the development of good risk management practices and nanomaterial occupational exposure limits.

3. Application of REACH Tools

Moderator: E. Lee, NIOSH, Morgantown, WV

The REACH is a regulatory regime for chemicals of the European Union (EU) where chemicals must be registered in three phases to the European Chemicals Agency depending on the amount manufactured or imported per year. Registration will require submission of a chemical safety report if the application of the chemical is classified as having health or environmental effects. U.S. companies that produce and export chemicals to the EU must conform to the new regulation. The REACH guidelines introduce tiered approaches for estimating the exposure in the iterative process of developing the exposure situations. This discussion focuses on introducing tier models including strength and weakness, selection for specific exposure situations and future plans.