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Sliman Aboulfadl, BSChEGlobal Perspectives on ERM

Sliman Aboulfadl, BSChE, Hydrocarbons & Energy EHS Manager, Sadara Chemical Company, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Aboulfadl is a graduate of the University of South Florida, with 18 years operational experience in commodities, specialty chemicals, fine chemicals, food, pharmaceuticals, and petrochemicals. The last 10 years he has focused on managing change and developing culture. He has been a commissioning and startup leader of a site in Turkey; an EHS integration manager for 3 Rohm and Haas facilities in North America; Personal Safety Leader and Operational Excellence Implementation Leader for Sadara Program; and EHS Manager for Sadara’s Hydrocarbons and Energy first product assets.

Quick Talk 1

​Cody Anfinson, MS, CSP, BHP Billiton, Houston, TX.

Cody Anfinson is an Industrial Hygienist with BHP Billiton in Houston, Texas. Cody supports BHP Billiton’s North American Shale Operations and has 8 years of experience in Oil and Gas. Cody is a member of AIHA Gulf Coast Chapter and is a Certified Safety Professional.


Daniel E. Arrieta, PhD, DABT, Senior Toxicologist, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, LP, The Woodlands, TX.

Daniel E. Arrieta earned his PhD in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of California, Davis. He has worked at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) as an Associate Service Fellow studying the effects of chemical allergens using a murine (mouse) model. At Chevron Phillips Chemical LP, he is a staff toxicologist. Mr. Arrieta manages and provides technical support to the Specialty Chemicals and Drilling Specialties business lines in matters related to chemical management programs (HPV, EHPV, OECD SIDS HPV) and global registrations (e.g. Australia, Canada, China, Europe, United States, and Offshore Drilling in The North Sea). He coordinates toxicity testing, and participates in various trade associations. Mr. Arrieta chairs the American Chemistry Council (ACC) Hydrocarbon Solvents Panel. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology (DABT®), member of the Society of Toxicology and American Industrial Hygiene Association, serves on the Workplace Environmental Exposure Level (WEEL) Committee, and co-authored a book chapter on hazard identification for beginners.

Kelly F. Bailey, CIH, FAIHAQuick Talk 5

​Kelly F. Bailey, CIH, FAIHA, Kelly Bailey Consulting, LLC, Birmingham, AL.

Kelly Bailey, recently retired as Corporate Director of Safety, Health and Environment for Vulcan Materials Company, the nation's largest producer of crushed stone, sand and gravel, after 36 years. He began his industrial hygiene consulting business this past June. He was also selected as an AHIA Fellow this past May for his contributions to the profession.

Bailey has held numerous positions in the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, including: Chairman of the Technical Advisory Committee, Safety and Health Committee, Occupational Health Subcommittee, and Director of the NSSGA EHS Division. He also served as Chairman of the American Chemistry Council's Crystalline Silica Panel. He holds BS degrees in Chemistry and Human Biology from Lamar University in Texas and was certified as a professional industrial hygienist in 1980.​​

Andrew Becker, CIH, CPEAQuick Talk 4

​Andrew Becker, CIH, CPEA, Arkema Inc., King of Prussia, PA.

Andy Becker provides oversight and support for Arkema Medical Surveillance, Industrial Hygiene, Behavioral Safety and Job/Task Risk Assessment Processes in the Americas. He is a past member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association Exposure Assessment Strategies Committee and Past Chair of the American Chemistry Council Qualitative Exposure Assessment Work Group. Becker is a graduate of Villanova University (BS) and Drexel University (MS).​

Fred Boelter, CIH, PE, BCEE, FAIHAExpansion of the IH Domain Pt 1

​Fred Boelter, CIH, PE, BCEE, FAIHA, Principal, RHP Risk Management, Inc., Chicago, IL.

Fred Boelter, a Principal at RHP Risk Management, has over 40 years of experience in industrial hygiene, environmental engineering, and risk characterization and decision-making. Fred is also a Fellow of the AIHA and a recipient of the AIHA Edward J. Baier Technical Achievement Award and the Henry F. Smyth, Jr. Award.​

Quick Talk 7

Moira Botham, M.Eng., CIH, ROH, CRSP, Senior Industrial Hygienist, MESA Environmental Health, Calgary AB, Canada​

Corey BriggsPDC6

​Corey Briggs, Ramboll Environ US Corporation, Boston MA.

Corey Briggs is a senior manager at the ENVIRON International Corporation. The primary focus of his work is to assist clients with technical and management problems related to occupational health, industrial hygiene and potential employee workplace exposures, personal and equipment safety, process safety management, and occupational health and safety (OHS) regulatory compliance (OSHA, MSHA, International). He has provided technical consulting and training services to a wide variety of industries, as well as federal, provincial, state, and local agencies. With more than 33 years as an environmental, health, and safety (EHS) consultant, he has conducted and managed numerous assignments around the world. Mr. Briggs received his BS from the University of Rhode Island and an MSPH in environmental health sciences/industrial hygiene from the University of South Carolina. He is an assistant adjunct professor in the College of the Environment and Life Sciences at the University of Rhode Island. He is a CIH and an NESHTA Certified Environmental Trainer. Mr. Briggs is an AIHA® Fellow and Past President of the New England Section of AIHA®.​

Garrett D. Brown, MPH, CIH, FAIHAWorld of Opportunities, Quick Talk 5

​Garrett D. Brown, MPH, CIH, FAIHA, Maquiladora Health & Safety Support Network, Berkeley, CA.

Garrett Brown is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and an AIHA Fellow. He worked for 20 years for Cal/OSHA as a field compliance officer for 18 years in the Oakland District Office, and then 2.5 years as the Special Assistant to the Chief of Cal/OSHA before retiring in 2014. Since 1993, Brown has been the volunteer Coordinator of the Maquiladora Health & Safety Support Network and has directed health and safety capacity-building projects with grassroots worker organizations in Mexico, Central America, Indonesia, China, and now Bangladesh.

Since February 2014, Brown has visited Bangladesh five times and has worked with the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety. He is currently establishing a workplace health and safety “train-the-trainer” program – the OHS Initiative for Workers and Communities – with six leading non-governmental organizations in Dhaka, including three labor, one women’s rights, one public health, and one grassroots OHS organizations.​

Stephanie CarterPDC7

​Stephanie Carter, Veritox, Inc., Redmond, WA. 

Stephanie Carter, PhD, CIH has 8 years of experience as the mechanical IH contact for a large petroleum refinery. This included the planning and implementation of IH initiatives for over 30 turnarounds. She has been involved in the presentation of three papers at AIHce conferences on topics related to turnarounds including silica, welding, and confined space ventilation. Stephanie is co-author of the AIHA® publication Field Guidelines for Temporary Ventilation of Confined Spaces with an Emphasis on Hotwork. She is currently a senior industrial hygienist with Veritox, Inc in Redmond, WA.​


Benjamin Chandler, MS, CIH, Senior IH Consultant, GHD Services, Inc., Little Rock, AR.

Benjamin Chandler is a board-certified industrial hygienist with over 15 years of experience in the environmental, health, safety, and emergency response fields. Mr. Chandler is a Senior IH consultant for GHD Services, Inc. GHD is responsible for planning, conducting, and reporting the results of exposure assessment projects for private and public sector clients. He serves as a project manager for GHD’s North America emergency response program. In this role, Chandler has responded to numerous facility fires, chemical releases, train derailments, pipeline events, and other emergencies to provide IH support to responding personnel, surrounding communities, and other potential receptors.

Chandler has served as the on-site H/S Coordinator during emergency responses and developed site specific HASPs in compliance with OSHA standards and the applicable environmental regulations. He has implemented site specific air monitoring/sampling work plans designed to characterize emergency response chemical exposures and interpreted the results of exposure monitoring assessments. Chandler has also liaised between industry representatives and/or incident command and government regulators during the response phases of emergency events and satisfied the reporting requirements established by local, state, and federal government environmental agencies.

L. Casey Chosewood, MD MPHBreakfast and Lunch Events

​L. Casey Chosewood, MD MPH, Office for Total Worker Health®, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Atlanta, GA.

Dr. L. Casey Chosewood is currently the Director of the Office for Total Worker Health® at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this role, he promotes the protection and improvement of the safety, health and well-being of workers around the world. From 2004 to 2009, he served as the Director of the CDC Office of Health and Safety safeguarding the 15,000 members of the CDC workforce as they faced the new challenges of the modern public health era, including emerging infectious diseases, bioterrorism and other global health challenges. Chosewood's office leads numerous CDC workforce protection programs, including all occupational health services, laboratory and biosafety programs, environmental and compliance activities, and workplace well-being and prevention initiatives. 

Additionally, Chosewood has served as the Medical Director of CDC’s three occupational health clinics. His team has overseen a multi-faceted workplace health program providing more than 200,000 encounters, screenings, and health opportunities annually. He has presented extensively on the topic of occupational safety and health, biological and laboratory safety, international travel medicine, and workplace well-being.  

Chosewood received his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia and completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Connecticut. He has been an Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine since 1997 and received an MPH in Health Policy and Management from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health in May 2014.  Before coming to CDC, Chosewood was the Medical Director for the Southeastern Region of Lucent Technologies.​

Emergency Response Pt 1

Joseph Cocciardi, PhD, MS, CIH, CSP, REHS/RS Principle Owner, Cocciardi and Associates, Inc., Mechanicsburg, PA.

Dr. Cocciardi has spent more than 35 years in the fields of public safety and public, occupational, and environmental health. An emergency responder himself, he formerly developed and managed the Emergency Response Program for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's largest state agency. Dr. Cocciardi is an internationally published author. He has developed Health and Safety Plans for most national and international events of consequence since 2001. He holds various state and federal licenses to work with toxic materials. He has been qualified and testified as both an expert witness and a litigative consultant. Dr. Cocciardi is a Board Certified Safety Professional, a Board Certified Industrial Hygienist, and a Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian. He is a member and/or Chair of more than a dozen international Health and Safety Committees.

Ken DaigleExpansion of the IH Domain Pt 1

​Ken Daigle, ASSE Risk Assessment Institute Chairman, Corporate VP of Safety Management , BP,  Los Angles, CA.

Ken began his career in the Oil & Gas industry with Shell Oil in 1989 working at various manufacturing sites, providing engineering support to projects, operations and maintenance.  In 1999 he began a series of assignments leading initiatives to improve process safety performance and risk assessment processes, while also providing technical support and training to the businesses in the areas of risk assessment, hazard analysis and incident investigation.

In 2011, Ken moved to BP’s corporate Safety and Operational Risk organization and is currently the Vice-President of Safety Management.  In this role, he leads a team of Safety Technical Authorities providing expertise to support strategic improvement in safety management processes throughout all of BP’s operations globally.

Mr Daigle has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Orleans, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Rice University.  Ken also serves as the Chairman of the American Society of Safety Engineers Risk Assessment Institute and is a Certified Professional Engineer.

Quick Talk 4

Regis d'Albenas, Industrial Hygiene Corporate Manager, Health Safety and Environment Group, Arkema Inc.France, Colombes, France

Regis is currently in charge of occupational health and safety issues for Arkema Europe and works in cooperation with the Americas and Asia to develop a corporate culture worldwide about risk assessment and health issues. Regis is a graduate of University of Paris VI with a degree in cheical engineering. He has worked on development acitivities and as a production, process, and EHS manager in different sites of the Arkema Company.

Thea DunmirePDC5

​Thea Dunmire, CIH, Enlar Compliance Services, Inc., Largo, FL.

Thea Dunmire, JD, CIH, CSP is an environmental attorney and EHS professional who assists organizations with the implementation of integrated management systems. She specializes in helping organizations address complex legal requirements using a management system approach. Thea has actively participated in the development of several management system standards – including OHSAS 18001, ISO 14001, ISO 19011 and ISO 45001.  She is the current chair of ANSI Z1-Auditing Subcommittee leading efforts to develop auditing guidelines for the United States. In August 2015, she received an Outstanding Achievement in Standards Development award from the U.S. TAG to ISO/TC207 for “exceptional contribution in the development of ISO 14001:2015.”​


LCDR Kevin Dunn, MS, CIH, Field Studies Team Leader, Nanotechnology Research Center, The National Institute, for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), Cincinnati, OH.

Kevin Dunn has been an Industrial Hygienist with CDC/NIOSH since 2009. He received his Masters of Science in Environmental Health and Industrial Hygiene from the University of Cincinnati and has been certified by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. He is currently the Field Studies Team Leader and the Exposure Assessment Critical Area Coordinator for the NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Adrienne EastlakePDC12

Adrienne Eastlake, The National Institute, for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), Cincinnati, OH.

Lieutenant Eastlake, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps,currently works as an Industrial Hygienist in the Nanotechnology Research Center at NIOSH. She is a registered Environmental Health Specialist. LT Eastlake received a BS in Natural Resources and Allied Medicine from the Ohio State University and her MS in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Cincinnati. She has conducted site visits to nanomaterial producing facilities to gain an understanding of the processes, tasks, possible exposures, and controls that are being used.​

David Eherts, PhD, CIHExpansion of the IH Domain Pt 2

​David Eherts, PhD, CIH, Vice President Global EHS, Allergan, Parsippany, NJ.

Dr. Eherts joined Allergan (then Actavis) Pharmaceuticals in March of 2014 as Vice President of Global EHS. Allergan is a global, integrated specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and distributing generic, brand and biosimilar products. Allergan is a leader in a new segment called “Growth Pharma” and Forbes has ranked Actavis #1 in its list of the top 17 global large cap ($50+ billion market capitalization) pharmaceutical companies.

Prior to Allergan, Eherts has worked over 30 years in the fields of Safety and EHS starting as a toxicologist in Pre-Clinical Drug Safety Assessment at Merck. He moved to EHS and has held positions of increasing responsibility at Merck, Sanofi-Aventis, Purdue Pharmaceuticals and just prior to Allergan, he led Aviation and Product Safety at Sikorsky Aircraft as their Vice President and Chief Safety Officer. His experience and expertise span aviation, environmental toxicology, occupational health, potent compound control and management systems in the aerospace, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.

Eherts holds Bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Biology and a Masters and PhD in Environmental Toxicology from Drexel University. In his spare time, he is an adjunct professor at New York Medical College and at Tulane University, where he teaches courses in EHS Management, Environmental Toxicology, Industrial Hygiene, and Occupational Health.​

Neil A. FeldscherPDC4

​Neil A. Feldscher, Bureau of Engineering, Design & Construction, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Corona, NY.

Neil Feldscher is the Chief, Environmental Health & Safety Programs for the Bureau of Engineering Design & Construction of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. He is responsible for managing the EHS section for a $14B capital construction program and has recently led the development of an EHS (ISO 14001/ANSI Z-10) Management System. Formerly, as an attorney in the environmental group of the litigation department of a large law firm, he counseled clients on administrative, environmental, health, safety, and construction law matters. He is admitted to the practice of law in both New Jersey and New York. A CIH and CSP, Mr. Feldscher previously worked as an industrial hygiene, health and safety, and environmental consultant and expert witness. He is an AIHA Fellow and has written and lectured on the aspects of experts and their work in the legal arena, environmental law, ethics and personal liability issues. He served as an editor for the seventh edition of the New Jersey Environmental Law Handbook. Mr. Feldscher is the former chair of the AIHA Legal Issues Committee and ASSE Legal Branch.​

Yashira FrederickPDC6

Yashira Frederick, CIH, Senior Associate, Ramboll Environ US Corporation, Phoenix, AZ​.

Yashira Frederick, CIH is a Senior Associate at Ramboll Environ’s Phoenix, AZ office with 10 years of experience in various industries including, aerospace, manufacturing, healthcare, and research Facilities.  She has  led industrial hygiene and safety management programs as well as all management of change.  She has led and participated in numerous regulatory inspections and audits and managed VPP re-certifications.

Richard Fulwiler, ScD, CIH, CSHMPDC13, Leadership Driven Excellence

​Richard Fulwiler, ScD, CIH, CSHM, President, Transformational Leadership Associates, Cincinnati, OH.

Dr. Richard D. Fulwiler is President of Transformational Leadership Associates. Prior to forming Transformational Leadership Associates, he had a 28 year career at Procter & Gamble retiring as their Global Director of Health & Safety where he was responsible for occupational medicine, industrial hygiene, safety, workers’ compensation, and OSHA.

Fulwiler is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He has a faculty appointment at the Harvard School of Public Health and is Co-Director for their Leadership & Management Course. With an international reputation, Fulwiler is widely published, and a frequent speaker at conferences. He is listed as one of the two gurus in EHS Today’s 2015 list of the 50 most influential leaders in Environment Health & Safety.

Richard Gerlach, PhD, CIH, CSPPDC13

Richard Gerlach, PhD, CIH, CSP, Senior Director of Safety & Health, Cintas Corporation, Milford, OH.

Dr. Richard Gerlach is Senior Director of Safety & Health at Cintas Corporation. He has 35 years of professional safety & health experience including positions at Halliburton NUS, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC and Cintas. He holds the following credentials: Certified Safety Professional, Certified Industrial Hygienist, and Certified Professional EH&S Auditor. Dr. Gerlach is a former Chair and Current member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association Management Committee. He is also the current Chair of the Textile Rental Services Association Safety Committee.


Eric Glassford, MS, CIH, Industrial Hygienist, Field Studies Team, Nanotechnology Research Center, The National Institute, for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), Cincinnati, OH.

Eric Glassford has been an Industrial Hygiene Fellow with CDC/NIOSH since 2015. He received his Master of Science in Environmental Health and Industrial Hygiene from the University of Cincinnati and is a Certified Industrial Hygienist by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. He is currently a member of the Nanotechnology Field Studies Team for the NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

PDC8, Emergency Response

Dyron Hamlin, MS, PE, Professional Chemical Engineer, GHD Services, Inc., Little Rock, AR.

Dyron Hamlin, M.S., PE, is a Registered Professional Chemical Engineer with over 15 years’ experience conducting air monitoring, air dispersion modeling, environmental fate assessments, and other engineering analyses for emergency responses, transportation and industrial risk assessments, and litigation projects. Mr. Hamlin has responded to numerous major hazardous materials emergencies. He has performed dispersion modeling remotely for chemical releases and release prevention scenarios. Mr. Hamlin has served as an expert for litigation and as an expert in the chemical manufacturing and transportation sectors regarding matters related to chemical releases and Toxic Inhalation Hazards (TIHs). He has also been retained to evaluate, through field testing, new technologies in development-stage air monitoring equipment and the fate and transport of large-scale TIH releases.

Michael HarrisPDC3

​Michael Harris, Hamlin & Harris, Inc., Baton Rouge, LA.

Mike Harris received an earned research Doctorate from Louisiana State University in 1979 and is President of Hamlin & Harris, Incorporated in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 2003, his book, Welding Health and Safety: A Field Guide for the OEHS Professional was selected as “Critic’s Choice” for best non-committee AIHA publication. His welding experience includes:

  • Teaching aircraft welding at the US ARMY Transportation School
  • Welding environmental test equipment for Ling Electronics
  • Welding aircraft drop tanks at Royal Industries
  • Welding pressure vessels for nuclear submarines at Aerojet General

Mike is a Fellow of AIHA and the 2014 recipient of the Donald E. Cummings award.​

Emergency Response

Orlando Hernandez, Life Safety Coordinator, Texas Division of Emergency Management, Austin, TX.

Orlando P. Hernandez is the Life Safety coordinator at the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) – Austin.

He joins Texas Department of Public Safety – Texas Division of Emergency Management from the National Fire Protection Association where he served as a Senior Emergency Specialist as well as the staff liaison and specialist for emergency management, fire and explosion investigations, and pre-incident planning for fire departments.  He also served as the administrator for the United States Technical Advisory Group – Technical Committee 223 Societal Security for the International Organization for Standardization.

Orlando began his career with the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) in 1992 as an inspector I, and over his 12-year career was promoted to program manager for the Life Safety Inspection Division.  In 2005, Orlando left the SFMO to become the Bexar County fire marshal and emergency management coordinator where he supervised the Fire and Arson Investigation, Fire and Life Safety Inspections, and Building and Plan Review divisions; the Office of Emergency Management; and the Fire Alarm Communication Center for volunteer fire departments in Bexar County.

Orlando holds a Bachelor of Science in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology, with a double minor in fire and arson Investigation and police administration, from Eastern Kentucky University.

Paul Hewett, PhD, CIHPDC9

Paul Hewett, PhD, CIH, Exposure Assessment Solutions, Inc., Morgantown, WV.

Paul Hewett, PhD, CIH, FAIHA, is the founder and President of Exposure Assessment Solutions, Inc. Previously, he worked for 25 years as an industrial hygienist for NIOSH, in the Division of Respirable Disease Studies, where he specialized in the measurement of pneumoconiosis producing dusts. Dr. Hewett received an MS in industrial hygiene from the University of Central Missouri, a PhD in industrial hygiene from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Public Health, and is certified by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. He is the author of numerous articles and chapters on exposure assessment and statistics for industrial hygienists, as well as past chair of the AIHA Exposure Assessment Strategies Committee and recipient of the Edward J. Baier Technical Achievement Award for his work applying Bayesian statistics to decision making in occupational exposure assessment.

Laura HodsonPDC12, Quick Talk 2

​Laura Hodson, MSPH, Coordinator, NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Center, NIOSH, Cincinnati, OH

Laura Hodson is the Coordinator of NIOSH’s nanotechnology research center. She is certified in the practice of industrial hygiene and has a BS in Chemistry and Environmental Studies, and a MSPH in Industrial Hygiene.  Laura has over 30 years of chemistry and industrial hygiene experience including the evaluation of nanomaterial facilities, and is the document manger of several NIOSH nanotechnology guidance documents including Approaches to Safe Nanotechnology. She is a co-recipient of the AIHA 2015 Edward J. Baier Technical Achievement Award for the nano field team efforts, and an active member of the AIHA Nanotechnology Working Group.  Laura is a former laboratory director and chemical hygiene officer of an AIHA accredited laboratory located at RTI International and is a former member of the AIHA laboratory and lead accreditation committees.  Laura has also been providing a PDC on good risk management practices of nanomaterials at the AIHce since 2008.

Nick van den Hurk, MSc.Quick Talk 1

​Nick van den Hurk, MSc., Arbo Unie, s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

Nick is a young occupational hygienist from Holland who's main interests are hazzardous substances and non-ionizing radiation.​

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