Wednesday’s General Session Challenges Attendees’ Notions of Health, Safety Interventions
MONTREAL (May 22, 2013) — The third day of AIHce 2013 featured a General Session address by L. Casey Chosewood, MD, Senior Medical Officer for Total Worker Health™, NIOSH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Chosewood informed attendees that exposures facing the modern worker are more challenging than ever before. He also emphasized that whether physical, environmental, psychological, social, cultural, familial, communal, or a combination of these, addressing today’s exposures requires swift action, a high level of professional judgment, and broader perspectives.
“Health is a currency that allows you to save up, to invest, and then to have it, to do what it is you want to do with your life. That’s how we should be talking to people about health,” said Chosewood.
He added, “When you talk about numbers to the people you serve every day, I want you to add in a sentence that says this is important because it will get you home safe every day.”
Wednesday’s events also included the Donald E. Cummings Award Lecture entitled, “Now We Are 75, What Have We Learned About Protecting Worker Health?” The presentation featured Lindsay E. Booher, CIH, CSP, who looked ahead to AIHA’s upcoming 75th anniversary in 2014 by reflecting on his career in industrial hygiene and the experiences along the way that shaped his personal perceptions and professional practice. Booher also touched on the challenges today’s industrial hygienists face and discussed the profession as a whole.
“We need to turn more attention to educating managers and employees, and communicating in a natural way,” said Booher.
Tomorrow, which will mark the last day of the conference, will feature several technical sessions and a technical tour led by a practicing industrial hygienist. Thursday’s tour will be held from 9:00 am through noon at the Hydro-Quebec Beauharnois Generating Station, one of the largest and most powerful hydroelectric plants in the world. Participation in the technical tours is limited to professional registrants. Tickets are $55 each and can be purchased at registration.
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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.