AIHA FALL CONFERENCE
DEPARTMENTS
Trends and Transformations
Keep Pace with New Ideas at AIHA’s Fall Conference
BY ED RUTKOWSKI
This year’s AIHA Fall Conference in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 26–27, will bring together a cohort of experts to examine how trends in the culture at large might affect industrial hygiene over the next several years. Guided by work recently completed by other AIHA volunteers, the Fall Conference Planning Team, led by Chris Laszcz-Davis, MS, CIH, FAIHA, has created a program that addresses six areas of promise for industrial hygiene and appeals to professionals at every career stage. WORK FORCE DEMOGRAPHICS The populations IHs are expected to protect have changed significantly, resulting in new or different hazards. For example, financial insecurity is keeping many people in the work force past retirement age, and these workers are at greater risk for musculoskeletal disorders. In addition, traditional notions of “the workplace” are giving way as contract work proliferates. People who might once have taken a job on an assembly line are now working out of their homes or their cars. At the Fall Conference, keynote speaker Michael Rodgers will examine changes in demographics, technology, culture, and human nature. Rodgers, an author and journalist, writes the “Practical Futurist” column for MSNBC and is a frequent guest on radio and television. Laszcz-Davis has heard futurists speak at other AIHA conferences and believes Fall Conference attendees will find Rodgers’ presentation to be entertaining and practical in equal measure. Rodgers is “in a position to paint the landscape,” she says. “If you know what that landscape might look like, you can potentially prepare for it, you can anticipate, you can adjust, and you can strengthen your skills and resources.”
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ED RUTKOWSKI, is editor in chief of The Synertist. He can be reached at
(703)846-0734 or erutkowski@aiha.org.
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