Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Spring Ahead

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Spring Ahead

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Mark your calendars. The American Occupational Health Conference and the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition are just around the corner.

A little sun, a little fun, and a lot of occupational health and industrial hygiene information. That could be the formula for safety and health professionals attending the American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC) in Orlando, Fla., May 9-16 and the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHCE) in Dallas, May 17-23.

AOHC: More than 3,500 occupational health and nursing professionals are expected to attend the AOHC, which will be held at the Orange County Convention Center. The conference is co-sponsored by American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) and the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN).

On Tuesday, May 13, AAOHN's opening session features A. Brian Verrall of McMasters University, who will present the Catherine Dempsey lecture.

On Wednesday, May 14, a joint AOHC plenary session, sponsored by ACOEM and AAOHN, will focus on workplace violence. Presented by Deborah Whelchel, Ph.D., RN, and OH Contributing Editor Stephen C. Yohay, an attorney with McDermott, Will & Emery in Washington, D.C., the session will explain the key elements to consider in developing a worksite violence contingency plan and discuss the OSHA voluntary guidelines for preventing workplace violence.

Later that morning, ACOEM's opening session will feature the Sappington Lecture by C. Arden Pope III, an economics professor at Brigham Young University. Pope will discuss fine or respirable particulate air pollution, which may increase the risk of chronic respiratory disease and of cardiorespiratory mortality.

ACOEM scientific sessions will include "What Constitutes Excellence?: The Best Corporate Health Programs in America!" This Wednesday afternoon session will feature winning companies in ACOEM's inaugural Corporate Health Achievement Award competition. Other sessions will include examinations of allergic rhinitis, worker notification, health promotion, chemical injuries to the eyes, outsourcing, and environmental health risk assessment.

AAOHN's concurrent sessions begin Wednesday afternoon. "Your Role in Managed Care and the Integrated Benefits Area" will examine key business trends in managed care and how occupational health nurses can adapt to practice in this arena. …

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