Peter Leyden Brings the Digital Revolution to AIHce 2014 in San Antonio

Release No. SPR-14-0602-01​
Nicole Racadag, AIHA Communications
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Jennifer Nash kicks off Stewardship 2014 by urging attendees to explore the true meaning of product stewardship

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (June 2, 2014) — In his Opening Session keynote to thousands of OEHS professionals gathered at the 2014 American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce), entrepreneur Peter Leyden described the digital revolution as one of the most life-altering periods in history, with repercussions that we are just now beginning to understand.
Leyden drew from two decades of experience in Silicon Valley to explain what OEHS professionals need to know about the digital revolution and its next phases. Leyden, a respected journalist and frequent commentator and analyst in the media, presented information spanning hundreds of years to demonstrate what he described as the biggest technological transformation the United States has ever experienced.
“To understand the technological changes that are happening around us, we have to put them in an even bigger context. We’re talking about rhythms of national history, or even world history. We are going through a very rare global transformation. From an American perspective, it’s something we’ve gone through only a handful of times,” said Leyden.
Jennifer Nash, executive director of the Regulatory Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School, kicked off Stewardship 2014 at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio by challenging attendees to consider what the phrase “product stewardship” truly means to them, both in theory and in practice. In her keynote address, Nash, who also serves as associate director of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, urged product stewardship professionals to incorporate stewardship more fully into their organizations and actions.
Approximately 5,000 industrial hygienists and other occupational safety and health professionals have made their way to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio for AIHce—the first time this premier event has been held here. Stewardship 2014 is being held concurrently with AIHce as a “conference within a conference” and brings together prominent experts and practitioners involved in minimizing the health, safety, environmental, and social impacts of products and packaging.
AIHce 2014: Coming up on Tuesday, June 3:
  • Evolution and Journey to a Safer Tomorrow (8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. CDT): 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.
  • 14th Annual Upton Sinclair Memorial Lecture for Outstanding EHS Investigative Reporting: The Hidden Dangers at Work (10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. CDT): Journalist Gabriel Thompson, who has spent his career documenting the critical, but largely invisible, work done by child farmworkers and temporary warehouse workers, will discuss ways  in which advocates can gain exposure about their workplace issue in the press.
  • Media Q&A with AIHA Government Affairs Director Aaron K. Trippler (1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CDT): Aaron K. Trippler, who serves as AIHA’s chief liaison with Congress and federal agencies, will comment on several recent OEHS industrial happenings on Capitol Hill including the proposed silica standard, OSHA’s renewed focus on permissible exposure limits (PELs) and the proposed rule to track workplace injuries and illnesses.
For more information about conference events or to view the full program please visit the conference website or follow #AIHce on Twitter.  A full suite of resources for media is available at the AIHce 2014 Virtual Press Room.
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