May 15, 2018

First Responders to Appear with Worker Safety Watchdogs to Address On-the-Job Opioid Exposure Crisis

Susan Marchese
(202) 256-8986

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (May 15, 2018) - The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) will host a press conference at the AIHce EXP 2018 conference on May 22, 2018, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, to discuss the opioid exposure crisis threatening the safety of the nation’s first responders. Speakers will include first responders, occupational safety experts, and a White House drug control official. Participants will discuss the risks of opioid exposure and the critical steps necessary to adequately train and protect first responders on the job. AIHA warns that every day a wide range of first responders are in danger of potentially fatal opioid exposures, including firefighters, EMTs, nurses, doctors, law enforcement, and crime lab technicians.

What: First Responders Opioid Exposure Crisis Press Conference

Where: AIHce EXP 2018, Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC), 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA (Ballroom AB)

When: 9:15 am – 9:45 am, Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018


  • Lawrence D. Sloan, CAE, CEO, American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • Adam K. Thiel, Philadelphia Fire Commissioner
  • Crystal Yates, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for EMS, Philadelphia Fire Department
  • Donna S. Heidel, CIH, FAIHA, Member of AIHA Board
  • John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM, MBA, Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • Kemp Chester, Associate Director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy ​

The press conference is a credentialed event taking place outside the PCC Ballroom AB in a private area that is closed to the public and will immediately follow an 8:00 am panel discussion entitled “Mitigating Opioid Exposure Risks to First Responders: What’s Been Done, What’s Left to Do & How You Can Help.” The panel discussion is also open to the press. Media wishing to attend the panel discussion and/or the press conference must register for an AIHA Press Credential by contacting Susan Marchese at or (202) 256-8986. A press feed will be available.

About AIHA

Founded in 1939, AIHA is a nonprofit organization serving professionals dedicated to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, control, and confirmation of environmental stressors in or arising from the workplace that may result in injury, illness, impairment, or affect the well-being of workers and members of the community. We provide comprehensive education programs and other products and services that help its members maintain the highest professional standards.

More than half of the nearly 8,500 members are Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIHs), and many hold other professional designations. AIHA serves as a resource for those employed in the industrial, consulting, academic, and government sectors. Learn more at