How often do you get the opportunity to go behind the scenes to look at occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) issues in the daily operations of a facility or program? The learning experiences at AIHce EXP are designed to expand your expertise, help you explore new topics and ideas, and strengthen your career. This is why, in addition to our sessions and professional development courses (PDCs), we offer technical tours as an educational experience.
“The tours are led by industrial hygiene/occupational health specialists and include an in-depth look at how the facility maintains its worker health and safety standards and procedures,” says Ravi Chea, the coordinator for global meetings at AIHA.
Tech tours have been offered at AIHce since 2008, and CM points are awarded in the same manner as for educational sessions. So, how exactly are the sites selected?
“The Local Advisory Committee selects the sites through its intimate knowledge of the area and its relationships with people in the profession,” says Chea. “Tours must be of specific interest/value to the IH community and not just a tourist attraction or generally interesting place to visit. The people leading the tours in Minneapolis are all IH/OH or other safety professionals in their respective companies. We have wonderful folks from some of our conference sponsors and partners such as 3M and TSI, and we also have people from the University of Minnesota and other companies local to the conference area.”
These tech tours do cost extra, so what are the benefits of attending one? You’ll get to see how other IH/OH professionals have applied safety measures to protect their workers in a live environment. Through the relationships we’ve built, we’re able to give attendees a more in-depth look at how these facilities advance worker health and safety. These tours are not the same tours offered to the general public and have a specific focus on IH/OH components.
We’ve got eight exciting tech tours lined up for AIHce EXP 2019 in Minneapolis, including a sensory evaluation lab, the City of Minneapolis’ Water Treatment & Distribution Services facility, and even a raptor center — yes, we said raptors! You can view the full list of details of this year’s tech tours on our website, and sign up for them when you register for the conference.
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