AIHA Spotlights Former OSHA Official as Industry ‘Thought Leader’


Release No. SPR-13-0529-01

Nicole Racadag, AIHA Communications
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Past US Department of Labor Assistant Secretary Featured in 75th anniversary interview project

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (May 29, 2013) — Although the 74th annual American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition (AIHce) wrapped less than a week ago, the American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) is already looking ahead to next year’s meeting when the Association will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the profession. As part of the ongoing Thought Leaders video project, AIHA is highlighting the work of John L. Henshaw, MPH, CIH, senior vice president and managing principal at Cardno ChemRisk and former assistant secretary for Occupational Safety and Health with the United States Department of Labor.

In his video interview, Henshaw describes how the work of occupational health and safety professionals affects the safety and well-being of not just the workers, but their families and communities as well.

“We have to sell the value of what we [industrial hygienists] do to everybody,” says Henshaw. He discusses the importance of convincing workers to protect themselves and enterprises to make sure they take the necessary steps to preserve their human capital.

Henshaw worked for the US Department of Labor from August 2001 through December 2004, heading up the Agency’s efforts to ensure worker safety and health in the United States by working with employers and employees to create better working environments. Henshaw is currently serving as vice president of Cardno ChemRisk , a consulting firm in industrial hygiene, safety, exposure/risk assessment and environmental management.

AIHA launched its Thought Leaders Project in January 2013 to highlight the contributions of industrial hygienists who protect worker health around the world. The project will run through May 2014, when AIHA will celebrate the history of industrial hygiene at AIHce 2014, the premier event for occupational and environmental health and safety professionals.

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Founded in 1939, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is the premier association of occupational and environmental health and safety professionals. AIHA’s 10,000 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.