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Concurrent Session 1

Enterprise Ris​​k Management & Risk Assessment

Enterprise Risk Management & Risk Assess​ment Track

Monday, October 30 

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Moderator: Jody L. Smith, CIH, CSP, Staff EH&S Specialist, Nektar Therapeutics, Decatur, AL​. 

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
AIHA Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Body of Knowledge (BoK): The Inseparable Connection of Worker Health, Corporate Health, and Product Risks

Presenter: Kathy Murphy, CIH, Global Director Regulatory Affairs, The Sherwin Williams Company, Cleveland, OH. 

Risk assessment is a core skill of industrial hygienists, and AIHA® has several volunteer groups and projects whose primary focus is risk assessment of risk management. Currently there are two Bodies of Knowledge (BoK) under development. This presentation will focus on the Enterprise Risk Assessment efforts. 

Many industrial hygienists or EHS professionals participate in risk assessment or risk management related to specific tasks (example: exposure risk assessment, job safety analys​​is), which occur within a single operational area or a facility. Enterprise Risk Management explores the role of IHs within a much broader context, which is typically only practiced by mid- or senior-level IHs. The presenter will provide an update on the BoK work completed to date, outline next steps, and discuss opportunities for input or review by participants.


2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Keys to Effective Risk Communication: How to get the Emotional Audience to Listen to the Science

Presenter: John Farris, CIH, Executive Consultant, SafeBridge Consultants, Inc., Mountain View, CA.

Occupational exposure, environmental exposure, and alleged health effects situations are complex and contain several components, which may include physical, psychological, and emotional effects on workers potentially exposed or affected. A thorough investigation is required with an objective of both solving the problem technically and communicating the risk effectively. Risk communication techniques are a learned skill. Careful thought and planning should be given to how a situation will be communicated from the beginning of the investigation. Because of the nature of hazardous chemicals and perceptions regarding their use, these situations have been described as “Low Trust/High Concern” environments where people may be reacting emotionally rather than logically. 

This session will discuss the four factors that drive resistance to risk-related messages among groups of workers and community members and how to effectively overcome them. The session is based on the principles of the founders of the study of risk communication and the successful implementation of them in practice based on experience.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​



Name and Bio

John Farris, CIH, Executive Consultant, SafeBridge Consultants, Inc., Mountain View, CA.

Mr. Farris, having recently transitioned into semi-retirement, was the leader of SafeBridge Consultants, a professional technical firm of health professionals and other scientific consultants providing environmental health and safety services globally to pharmaceutical, fine chemical, and biotechnology industries 

He is a recognized expert in potent pharmaceutical compound safety and has participated in the development of several technical systems and technologies to protect workers from exposure, including the first control banding system in the industry. His career includes managing one the most complex and contentious major environmental remediation projects in the country at Times Beach, Missouri. 

Mr. Farris is known for his experience with top executives in finding constructive solutions to complex problems. He has a broad technical background in safety, health and environmental protection within industry and as a consultant. He was named to the Power List of the 100 most influential people in the pharmaceutical industry by “The Medicine Maker” magazine in 2015.

Formerly, Mr. Farris was the vice president of the Corporate Environmental Health and Safety Division of Syntex with worldwide responsibility for EH&S services to Syntex chemical, pharmaceutical and research units and he was president of Agribusiness Technologies Inc., a Syntex subsidiary involved in environmental remediation. 

He has published several papers on the subject of hazard categorization and control, he conducted PDCs on the subject at the AIHce for several years, and he has lectured on the subject frequently over the past two decades.

He holds a BS in Occupational Health Sciences and Biological Science from California State University at Hayward and he has done graduate work in industrial hygiene at the University of Southern California and the University of Utah. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienistand is a member of AIHA®, the Occupational Hygiene Society of Ireland and the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering.​

Kathy Murphy, CIH, Global Director Regulatory Affairs, The Sherwin Williams Company, Cleveland, OH.

Kathy Murphy is currently the Global Director of Regulatory Affairs for the Sherwin-Williams Corporation. Previously she has held positions with Honeywell and ExxonMobil. Kathy has more than 25 years experience as an industrial hygiene professional and has held positions within business, consulting and government. Kathy is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and Vice-President of AIHA. She is currently serving as the Board Liaison to the Enterprise Risk Management Body of Knowledge development team.

Kathy has been involved in risk assessment and risk management for more than fifteen years where she has helped to inform business leadership regarding EHS or product related hazards/risks which could impact employee health or safety, the health or safety of the public or negatively impact brand image. She was able to recommend appropriate actions to mitigate or eliminate risks and determine what, if any, communications needed to be made. ​