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Concurrent Session 10, Part 1

Management & Leadershi​​p

Management & Leadership Track

Tuesday, October 31

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Industrial Hygiene Leaders

Arrangers/Moderators: Tim Paz, CIH, Industrial Hygienist, Architect of the Capitol, Washington, D.C.; Nicole Greeson, CIH, Occupational Hygiene & Safety Division Director, Duke University/Duke University Health System, Durham, NC. 

Throughout the typical industrial hygiene career, there will be continuous lifelong learning within technical competencies. However, the most distinguished industrial hygiene leaders will tell you that they also developed soft skills to help them advance their careers. In this session, some of the most highly regarded leaders in industrial hygiene (who have also served among the highest ranks within their industrial, military, government​​al, and consultancy organizations) will provide an encore of their remarkable insights first presented at AIHce 2016 in Baltimore, with an opportunity to replay key concepts/learnings at the Fall Conference in Tampa. They will share nuggets of wisdom gleaned from their respective successful career journeys that helped them become more effective industrial hygienists and EHS professionals and accelerated their development into industry leaders. 

The Self-Empower​ment Habits 

​Presenter: Chris Laszcz-Davis, MS, CIH, FAIHA, REPA, AIC Fellow, The Environmental Quality Organization, LLC, Lafayette, CA. 

The Habit of Fostering and Seeking Inter-Professional/Inter-Disciplinary Collaboration 

Presenter: John Henshaw, MPH, CIH, John Henshaw and Associates, Inc., Sanibel, FL. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​



Name and Bio

Chris Laszcz-Davis, MS, CIH, FAIHA, REPA, AIC Fellow, President, The Environmental Quality Organization, LLC, Lafayette, CA.

As Founder & President of The Environmental Quality Organization (EQO) LLC, Chris Laszcz-Davis has more than 35 years of executive management, professional, operational, technical, and consulting experience in occupational safety & health, environmental affairs, operational integrity, risk management, product stewardship/product quality, strategic planning, auditing, and corporate acquisitions/divestitures in industry and government. She is also presently affiliated with the internationally-based Aluminium Consulting Engineers (ACE) which services the aluminum mining, smelting, and fabricating industries.

As former Corporate Vice-President, Environmental Affairs, Health, Safety (EH&S), Product Stewardship & Operational Integrity for Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation, Chris helped lead the corporation’s initiatives to reshape its safety culture, expand its global EH&S horizons to address the full life cycle of its organization’s aluminum, refractory and chemical operations, and integrate its EH&S workings into the fabric of the operational line organization. Prior to industry, Chris worked for the US Department of Energy (DOE) in both Washington DC and the west coast as a regional EH&S Manager and at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories.

Chris is an AIHA Fellow, a national American Institute of Chemists (AIC) Fellow, and a recipient of the AIHA Kusnetz Award, AIHA’s Alice Hamilton Award, the AIHA-Yuma Pacific Southwest Section’s Clayton Award, and the AIHA-Northern California Section’s Dr. Christine Einert Award. As a past president for the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene (AIH), Chris was instrumental in having the profession sponsor its first major Fall Conference on Risk Assessment in Vancouver, British Columbiain the early 1990’s. Industrial Safety & Hygiene News recognized Chris in 2011-2012 as one of the 101 most influential EHS leaders in the country.

Service to the global professional community has earmarked Chris’s career. Over the years, she has served as a director for the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), AIHA, and the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH); as a Trustee with the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF); an appointee to both the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); as an appointed member for the US Department of Commerce Board of Examiners, Malcolm National Quality Award; and president of both AIHA’s Northern California and Yuma Pacific Southwest Local Sections. She is presently a Board Director for the global Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA), 2017 member of NIOSH’s Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC); management representative to CalOSHA influential Standards Board; and Past-President and ongoing Board member with the California Industrial Hygiene Council (CIHC), a statewide EH&S legislative advocacy group focused on bringing sound science into the region’s very active legislative/regulatory process. She was also appointed to ASSE’s Council on Professional Affairs (COPA).

Chris lectures and speaks frequently on emerging issues and leadership, has chaired numerous EH&S conferences, authored numerous articles and chapters, been instrumental in orchestrating national professional telewebs on various subjects, and has been the recipient of various awards. She continues to assume collaborative leadership team building and mentoring roles in bringing cutting edge subjects (such as climate change, sustainability, product stewardship, risk assessment, exposure limits and renewable energy alternatives) into the EH&S dialogue. Chris received her BS in Chemistry and Biology from Notre Dame and her MS in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Minnesota. On a personal note, Chris is a huge advocate of two basic philosophies-- “Wherever you go, do so with all your heart," and “Believe in the power of one—one person can truly make a difference.”

John Henshaw, MPH, CIH, President, John Henshaw and Associates, Inc., Sanibel, FL.

John Henshaw is a health and safety professional with 40 years’ experience in industrial hygiene, safety, environmental health, and quality assurance. He currently is President of John Henshaw and Associates, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in environmental and occupational health and safety. Prior to establishing his own firm, he served as Senior Vice President & Managing Principal at Cardno ChemRisk. He also served as the Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) from August, 2001 through December 31, 2004 and President of AIHA® 1990-1991. Prior to becoming the OSHA administrator, he served in Director positions in Environment, Safety, and Industrial Hygiene at Solutia and Monsanto. He was the 2016 recipient of the ABIH Lynn C. O’Donnell Lifetime Achievement AwardHe has also received many other awards and honors during his career, including the 2008 William Steiger Memorial Award from ACGIH, the 2006 Presidents Award from ASSE, the 2006 Henry F. Smyth Award from the Academy of Industrial Hygiene, and the 1988 Kusnetz Award from AIHA®.​