How Do We Make a Difference in Global EHS?

By Nancy M. McClellan posted 05-08-2019 11:19 AM

While serving on various committees, boards and local sections I was always concerned with the growing need for more IH professionals to meet the global needs.  This concern became more pressing as I took global corporate roles in industrial hygiene.  The good news is that there is a growing, collaborative effort to globally grow our profession to meet the needs!
But, have you wondered who's making a difference in growing our industrial hygiene profession so that we are addressing the 2.4 million excess deaths per year that are attributed to occupational chemical exposures per the World Health Organization?  Come to one of the most exciting sessions at AIHce this year and find out who's making a difference globally!!  There will be an Auxiliary Session at AIHce on May 21 at 10 am in the Hilton Rochester Room so that we can learn and discuss this very concerning topic to continually grow our profession and meet the increasing need for IH competency and resources.  See the attached flyer for details and let's chat in the meantime!!  I welcome your feedback!!

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05-09-2019 05:05 PM

Thanks for the comment and I couldn't agree more.  A targeted approach is very important if we are to make an impact.

05-09-2019 07:41 AM

Doing the drill down across the globe, there are a select number of dedicated industrial hygienists and occupational health practitioners who are really making a difference. The difference can be found by providing education and training to university students and professionals, evaluating hazardous working conditions based on the political, economic, and social impact, raising awareness across various aligned professional associations - medical, epidemiology, toxicology, and environmental, and collaboration with all other stakeholders that understand the implications for profitability, productivity, and prosperity.