AIHce EXP 2019 was held May 20–22, 2019, in Minneapolis, Minn. Conference news from The Synergist is published on this page.

Post-Conference Reporting

Cardiologist Paves the Way for Virtual, On-Demand Healthcare
Is wearable technology the future of healthcare? According to Dr. Leslie Saxon, a cardiologist who addressed attendees at the Closing General Session of AIHce EXP 2019 in Minneapolis, the answer is an emphatic yes—and perhaps more than any other individual, she is working to bring about a digital transformation in the way healthcare is delivered. READ MORE

Not Just Police: "Fentanyl Epidemic" a Concern for Several Occupational Groups
Skyrocketing demand for fentanyl and its analogues among drug users has cultivated an illicit international trade in these opioids that potentially endangers several occupational groups, according to an industrial hygiene consultant who delivered a presentation about fentanyl’s occupational hazards at AIHce EXP 2019. READ MORE

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The Machines Are Coming: NIOSH Speakers Preview the Future of Occupational Robotics
"Robots are being let out of their cages," and NIOSH's Chuck Geraci, PhD, CIH, FAIHA, and Naomi Swanson, PhD, were at AIHce EXP 2019 to discuss what an increasing amount of human-robot interaction means for workers and the field of industrial hygiene. READ MORE

First Responders Describe Cave Rescues in Saint Paul
Since the 1980s, eight people have died in a complex system of artificial caves on the banks of the Mississippi River in Saint Paul, Minn. This morning at AIHce EXP 2019, two firefighters from Saint Paul shared what their department has learned from participating in cave rescues and described improvements that have led to several successful rescues in recent years. READ MORE

Researcher Sketches Grim Outlook for Fight Against “Superbugs”
The already alarming number of deaths caused by organisms resistant to prescription drugs is likely to rise unless significant resources are directed to address the problem, according to Aurora Le, a researcher from the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington who discussed the challenges of so-called “superbugs” yesterday at AIHce EXP 2019. READ MORE

Beyond Exposures: Cummings Lecturer Calls for New Focus on Employment Quality
​Industrial hygienists must shift their focus toward the social aspects of work in order to protect workers in the new economy, argued Noah Seixas at yesterday’s Donald E. Cummings Memorial Award Lecture. READ MORE

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Reporter Highlights Dangers of Neglecting Farm Safety at AIHce EXP
Investigative reporter Jeffrey Meitrodt of Minneapolis' Star Tribune became the nineteenth journalist to present the annual Upton Sinclair Memorial Lecture yesterday at AIHce EXP 2019. Meitrodt’s reporting behind his award-winning series of articles "Tragic Harvest" and its impact on farm safety in Minnesota spurred AIHA’s Social Concerns Committee, which sponsors the lecture, to invite him to speak at the conference. READ MORE

Dunn Lecturer Shares Advice for Lowering Noise Exposure, Measuring Return on Investment
Dennis Driscoll, a noise prevention and hearing conservation specialist, discussed practical ways to lower occupational noise exposure and quantify the benefits of hearing conservation and prevention programs during the Derek E. Dunn Noise Lecture yesterday at AIHce EXP 2019. READ MORE

AIHce Speakers Focus on Industrial Hygienists' Role in the Opioid Crisis
Industrial hygienists and environmental health and safety professionals have the ability to make worthwhile contributions to combat the opioid crisis, even as daily attention at the national, state, and local levels remains high, members of AIHA’s Opioids Responder Working Group stressed at an AIHce EXP 2019 session focused on emergency preparedness and training for workers at risk of exposure to opioids. READ MORE

Monday, May 20, 2019

Late-Breaking Session Addresses 2018 Nerve Agent Attack
John Koerner of the Department of Health and Human Services and Jennifer Hornsby-Myers of NIOSH addressed attendees at AIHce EXP 2019 today to share what they had learned about the dangers of fourth-generation nerve agents and the ways emergency responders can protect themselves if they encounter these highly toxic substances. READ MORE

Fighter Pilot Brings Lessons in Leadership to AIHce EXP
Opening keynoter Carey Lohrenz kicked off AIHce EXP 2019 by sharing lessons learned from her career in the U.S. Navy, where she made history by becoming the first female F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot. Lohrenz has spent the last 15 years helping organizations build high-performing teams, and on Monday morning she spoke with conference attendees about how “focused leadership” can lead to success, especially in fast-paced, dynamic environments. READ MORE