AIHA Leads U.S. Delegation to China for Meetings on IH, OHS Issues

Posted October 7, 2014

A U.S. delegation led by AIHA attended the 7th China International Occupational Safety & Health Exhibition (COS+H), the largest health and safety conference in China, which was held Sept. 23–25. The delegation met with Chinese counterparts representing the Chinese government and related OHS industries.

AIHA was the only U.S. organization invited to co-sponsor the COS+H Conference, which was hosted by the State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS), a cabinet-level department of the Chinese government overseeing workplace safety; P. R. China; and the International Labor Organization (ILO). The event was established in 2002 as a platform for safety and health stakeholders across the Asia-Pacific region and around the world.

The U.S. delegation included representatives from AIHA, the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH), and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). AIHA President Christine A.D. Lorenzo, CIH, participated as a keynote speaker, along with Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA David Michaels​, who participated on behalf of OSHA. Lorenzo also opened and chaired the technical session on occupational safety and health management and practices at the conference.

While in Beijing, the U.S. delegation also participated in the 2014 International Seminar on Pneumoconiosis Prevention and Treatment, an event that was held concurrently with the COS+H Conference. The seminar was co-sponsored by AIHA in partnership with the National Center for International Cooperation in Work Safety. Michaels gave a keynote address, and AIHA Secretary Charles F. Redinger, PhD, CIH, presented on occupational exposure assessment methods. Lorenzo also addressed seminar attendees.

During the same week, delegates from AIHA and the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) held a meeting in Shanghai on core competencies of industrial hygiene professionals. The meeting was attended by 110 representatives from several industries and focused on global IH trends and key issues in China, providing a forum to exchange ideas, best practices, and concepts related to IH management.

Below is a slideshow featuring photos from the delegation’s visit to China. Click on photo to enlarge.​


 COS+H 2014 Photos


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