City of San Antonio Draws Thousands of Industrial Hygienists for Premier Educational Event

Release No. SPR-14-0516-01

Nicole Racadag, Public Relations Specialist
AIHA Communications
(703) 846-0700;
Shanna Smith, Partner Communications Manager
San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau
(210) 207-6737;

Occupational and environmental health and safety professionals from around the world to convene with the goal of better protecting worker health

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (May 16, 2014) — For the first time, the city of San Antonio, Texas, will host thousands of industrial hygiene and occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) professionals for the 2014 American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce) + Stewardship, the premier OEHS conference and exposition of the year. These professionals will convene at the 1.3 million-square-foot Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center from May 31 to June 5 to discuss trends, best practices and concerns in the OEHS industry.
“San Antonio will provide a festive backdrop for this year’s conference as our organization celebrates its 75th anniversary and looks ahead to another successful 75 years,” said Barbara J. Dawson, CIH, CSP, president of the American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA), one of the co-sponsors of the conference.
"As convention and meeting business is highly important to our local economy, we are delighted that the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition has chosen to host its premier annual conference and exposition in San Antonio. Over 5,000 attendees from across the U.S. will converge on the Alamo City and will generate an estimated economic impact of $7 million during their stay with us,” stated Casandra Matej, executive director of the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We look forward to welcoming their group to our great city at the end of this month,” added Matej.
Here are a few of the educational highlights for industrial hygienists:
  • Monday, June 2, from 8-9:30 a.m. – Peter Leyden, founder and CEO of Reinventors Network, will discuss the digital revolution and what business owners and professionals need to know in order to stay ahead of the curve.
  • Tuesday, June 3, from 8-9:00 a.m. – John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM, director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, will address the 75th anniversary of AIHA and the future opportunities and challenges on the horizon for the industrial hygiene profession.
  • Wednesday, June 4, from 8-9:00 a.m. – Scott Nova, executive director of the Worker Rights Consortium, will discuss the eeconomic, political and technical dynamics behind global workplace challenges in Bangladesh and elsewhere, along with potential solutions and promising new models for worker protection.
AIHce 2014 + Stewardship will feature more than 125 technical sessions covering more than 40 topic areas – from aerosols to toxicology, and from emerging issues to safety. These topics will be covered in a variety of formats, including general educational sessions, lectures and poster sessions. Stewardship 2014, being held concurrently with AIHce as a conference within a conference, will bring together prominent experts and practitioners involved in minimizing the health, safety, environmental, and social impacts of products and packaging.
In addition to the educational programming, AIHce 2014 + Stewardship will feature more than 200 exhibitors and sponsors, promoting the latest OEHS products, services and technologies to help attendees protect the health and safety of workers. A special exhibit by AIHA’s Clandestine Laboratory Working Group will display a mock drug lab that focuses on hazards associated with the production of methamphetamine and indoor marijuana group operations.
AIHce + Stewardship offers a variety of registration options. If attendees are not able to attend the full conference, they can pick a day take advantage of the AIHce one-day registration option (see for session information).
NOTE: Qualified media representatives are invited to attend AIHce 2014 + Stewardship free of charge. Please fill out the press registration form to pre-register for the conference. Members of the press can contact Nicole Racadag at (703) 846-0700 or for further information.
About AIHA®
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. AIHA will celebrate 75 years of protecting worker health and serving the industrial hygiene community at AIHce 2014, the premier event for IH and OEHS professionals.
About ACGIH®
ACGIH is a member-based organization that advances occupational and environmental health. ACGIH is one of the industry's leading publications resources, with approximately 400 titles relative to occupational and environmental health and safety, including the renowned TLVs® and BEIs®. For more information, visit the ACGIH® website at or call our Customer Service Representatives at 513-742-2020.
About the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau
The San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau is a department of the City of San Antonio, and is the sales and marketing arm of San Antonio as a leading leisure and meetings destination. San Antonio welcomes 30 million visitors annually. Hospitality is one of the top five industries on the city, contributing $12 billion into the local economy annually and employing 112,000. For more information,