AIHce EXP 2019 is one of the best opportunities for OEHS professionals to learn the latest research and techniques, network with peers, and take a deeper dive into issues affecting the profession and the workers we protect. But we also know it can be overwhelming (even intimidating) to tackle this conference for the first time – and perhaps by yourself! That’s why we have designed this FAQ info and events specifically for first timers.
1. Is there anything on the schedule for first timers?
YES! Thanks to DuPont, the following sponsored events are specifically focused on the needs of first time attendees at AIHce EXP:
- We will host a First Timers Webinar on Wednesday, May 8 at 2:00 p.m. ET, during which we will walk you through what to expect, what to prepare and pack, how to select sessions appropriate for your goals, and more.
- We will also host a can't-miss First Timers Meet and Greet on Monday, May 20 at 6:30 a.m., that will introduce you to other first timers with whom you can network, partner up with for sessions, and plot your evening activities.
2. Navigate with an AIHce PAL
The Personal AIHce EXP Liaison (PAL) Program helps first-time attendees get the most out of AIHce by matching the first-timer (or attendees who have not attended AIHce in the last 5 years) with an experienced AIHce attendee. PALs are matched by AIHA staff, and participants are provided each other’s contact information at least two (2) weeks prior to AIHce EXP. PALs are encouraged to contact their matches before AIHce EXP to learn what the first-timer hopes to gain from their conference experience and to arrange a time and location to meet at the start of conference.
To request a PAL, sign up during registration.
3. When should I arrive in Minneapolis?
The actual conference dates of AIHce EXP 2019 are Monday, May 20 through Wednesday, May 22. Professional Development Courses (PDCs) are offered on Saturday, May 18; Sunday, May 19; and Thursday, May 23. PDCs require separate registration and an additional fee.
We encourage you to arrive in time to pick up your badge materials at least 30 minutes prior to your first activity.
4. When should I depart Minneapolis?
Educational content ends on Wednesday, May 22 at 5:00 p.m.
5. Are there any additional events I can sign up for?
Technical Tours: Tour a local facility to learn what best practices are being implemented by their OEHS divisions. Tours require separate registration and an additional fee.
PDCs: Professional Development Courses provide a deeper dive into educational content before and after the conference. All PDCs require separate registration and an additional fee. Veteran tip: Many PDCs reach capacity early on during registration, so be sure to register early to ensure you get a seat in the session(s) you really want!
AIHF Fun Run/Walk: Join your colleagues in a friendly competition during the 33rd annual Fun Run/Walk on Tuesday, May 21. Prizes are available for different age groups, and all funds raised support the AIHF. Veteran tip: Not a runner? Haven’t trained? Not sure you are up for 3.1 miles? Sleep-in registrations are also accepted!
6. How can I edit or add to my registration?
You can edit or add to your conference registration by logging back in to the AIHce EXP 2019 registration site.
Resources for First Time Conference Attendees