AIHce EXP 2020 was held fully online for the first time, June 1–3, 2020. Conference news from The Synergist is published on this page.

AIHce EXP 2020 Closing Session Reveals Neurological-Based Tactics for Leaders
OHS professionals often act as leaders even in ordinary circumstances, but especially now that COVID-19 has urged the profession into the front lines working against the pandemic. In his AIHce EXP 2020 closing session on June 3, keynote speaker René Rodriguez addressed a virtual audience on techniques based in neurology that leaders can use to exert influence. READ MORE

Upton Sinclair Lecture 2020: Investigative Reporter Susie Neilson Reveals Dangerous Side of California's Recycling Industry
During AIHce EXP's 2020 Upton Sinclair lecture, reporter Susie Neilson discussed her investigation of the hazardous conditions facing California's waste and recycling workers. READ MORE

General Motors' Global Manager for Industrial Hygiene Details Efforts to Refocus Operations During COVID-19
Some businesses are already well into their response to COVID-19, with General Motors among them. Eltaneice Bolden, CIH, CHMM, GM’s global manager for industrial hygiene, shared her company’s efforts to refocus operations during the pandemic with AIHce EXP attendees on June 3. READ MORE

COVID-19 Prompts Development of New Training for Essential, Returning Workers
The ongoing pandemic has created a need for new training as workers, supervisors, managers, and others navigate workplaces in the time of COVID-19. It has also changed the way that training is traditionally delivered. During Virtual AIHce EXP, Jonathan Rosen, MS, CIH, FAIHA, provided an overview of new training tools intended for workers in industries with the potential for exposure to COVID-19. READ MORE

Industrial Hygienist Discusses Challenges of Reopening Global Supply Chains During COVID-19
During Virtual AIHce EXP, Garrett Brown, MPH, CIH, FAIHA, was one of three occupational hygienists who discussed challenges, successes, and considerations related to returning to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. His presentation focused primarily on how to safely reopen global supply chains and supply chain workers’ experience with COVID-19. READ MORE

Improving Health and Addressing Emerging Concerns in Construction
Industrial hygienists must take action to address pressing health and safety concerns in the construction industry, argued Barbara Epstien, MPH, CIH, FAIHA, at Virtual AIHce EXP 2020 on June 2. READ MORE

Bringing Real-Time Detection from Vision to Reality
Phil Smith, PhD, CIH, FAIHA, provided an overview of the past, present, and future of real-time detection systems during a live virtual session held June 2. READ MORE

Building Legos in the Rain: Modular Construction and Moisture Intrusion
Serious problems can arise during assembly of modular buildings, as Mike Smith, CIH, and Michelle David, MS, demonstrated during a virtual session held June 2. READ MORE

Sampling in an Engaged Community: Ethylene Oxide Exposures in Willowbrook, Illinois
An industrial hygienist from a consulting firm that participated in the sampling of ethylene oxide (EtO) in the Willowbrook, Illinois, community discussed his experiences during a prerecorded virtual session at AIHce EXP 2020. READ MORE

NIOSH Director: COVID-19 Vaccine Development Moving Quickly, but Hurdles Remain
NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard summarized the current state of knowledge regarding the COVID-19 pandemic at AIHce EXP 2020, addressing disease transmission, testing, mitigation strategies, and vaccine development. READ MORE

The “Courage Scale”: Opening Session Speaker Calls for OHS Professionals to Lead by Example
Author and speaker René Rodriguez opened the first fully virtual AIHce EXP conference with a discussion of the central role occupational health and safety professionals can play in leading their organizations’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE