10:15 am  pdf (Handout) (604 KB)

Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene:  Hazard Recognition: No Problem or Big Problem (Basic) Megan Brock, Industrial Hygienist, MIOSHA.

Determining what is and what isn’t a health hazard in the workplace can be difficult.  This session will help participants better understand what could be a hazard in their workplace.  Practical tips on hazard recognition for application in the workplace will be discussed. 

11:30 am            

Direct Reading Instrument Technologies for Real-time Evaluation of Employee Exposures (Basic) Aaron Jacob, Argus-Hazco.

Technologies continually have advanced the ability of employers to directly measure employee exposures to ambient gas and vapors, particulates, ambient & radiant heat, ionizing and non-ionizing radiation and noise within their work environments. This presentation will provide an overview of the devices available to quickly and reliably screen or measure these exposures as well as the increasing use of wireless technologies to expedite the transfer of this data for rapid review and for the generation of required summary reports and documentation.

1:45 pm pdf (Handout) (1.18 MB)

How Reliable Are Your Air Sampling Results? (Basic)  Cynthia A. Ostrowski, CIH, FAIHA, CAO Consulting, LLC, and Laura Parker, HSE Laboratory Service Manager, Bureau Veritas North America.                

The speakers will have a conversation that discusses criteria needed to develop an effective sampling strategy and to demonstrate the importance of collaborating with an accredited laboratory to achieve the most reliable air sampling results.

3:15 pm  pdf (Handout) (3.70 MB)

Controlling Occupational Health Hazards – An Overview (Basic) Robert Allen, CIH, Pfizer.

Worker exposure to occupational health hazards may require the application of one or more controls.  This presentation looks at the ‘hierarchy of controls’, classic control methods for a variety of chemical, physical, and biological hazards, and summarizes the information required to select a specific control method.



Ergonomic design principles focus on quantifying the job requirements and worker capabilities so workplace designs can be developed to reduce injury risk and accommodate workers with a broad range of capabilities.  Workers and employers are interested in utilizing ergonomic design principles because musculoskeletal disorders account for approximately one-third of nonfatal days away from work.  In addition, overexertion and repetitive motion (combined) are the leading causes of nonfatal days away from work.  This symposium will provide case studies showcasing the use of occupational ergonomics design principles and tools.  In addition, a Physical Demands Analysis will be described.  Illustrations of how this procedure can be used for pre-loss review, post-injury review and post offer hiring and how it can be used to assist with ADA and EEOC compliance will be included.  Finally, the strengths of ergonomics and wellness programs will be described and how the integration of these programs can impact worker safety and health.

9:00 am pdf (Handout) (56 KB)


Ergonomics: Successful Workplace Applications (Intermediate) Sheryl S. Ulin, PhD, CPE, Research Program Officer and Director of Continuing Education, University of Michigan.

Case studies showcasing the use of occupational ergonomics design principles and tools within workplace settings will be presented.  Examination and comparison of work requirements and worker capabilities allows occupational safety and health professionals to determine work design parameters.

10:15 am (co-sponsored by the Metal Fabricating Division)  pdf (Handout) (5.20 MB)


Where is the Link? Safety, RTW & Ergonomics through Physical Demands Assessments (Intermediate)

Rachel Michael CPE, CHSP, Ergonomics Practice Thought Leadership  and Christina Bergman CWCP, CHRS Managing Consultant and Transitional Duty  Thought Leader, AON.

Your organization wants to be in compliance with ADAAA, EEOC and OSHA. To do this, are you utilizing three different departments/resources? Compliant and integrated essential function and physical demands analyses can meet all these compliance needs while also impacting pre-loss metrics, post-loss metrics and overall total cost of risk.

11:30 am   pdf (Handout) (3.89 MB)


The Intersection of Ergonomics and Wellness Programs: Do they work well together? (Intermediate)

James D. McGlothlin, MPH, Ph.D., CPE; Faculty Scholar and Professor Emeritus of Health Sciences Purdue University.

Ergonomics Programs work; Wellness Programs work, but how well on their own, and in synergy with each other? This presentation will discuss the evolution of both programs, lessons learned, and their future direction and impact as it relates to worker safety and health.

1:45 pm   

Occupation and Cancer (Intermediate) Jennifer Beebe-Dimmer MPH, PhD Associate Professor, Department Oncology Wayne State University School of Medicine Scientific Director, Epidemiology Research Core Co-Program Leader, Population Studies and Disparities Research Karmanos Cancer Institute.

The presentation will focus on occupational exposures and cancer. It will provide a brief overview of epidemiologic methods, cancer epidemiology and review epidemiologic evidence linking occupational exposures to potential carcinogens with cancer risk by tumor type.

3:15 pm     pdf (HANDOUT) (1.31 MB)

Is the BLS Survey of Employers an Accurate Estimate of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses in Michigan? (Intermediate) Kenneth Rosenman MD, Professor of Medicine, Michigan State University

Chief of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

The state’s multi-data source surveillance system for work-related injuries and illnesses, SENSOR - Sentinel Event Notification System for Occupational Risks, will be described and the data derived from it will be compared to the estimates derived from the Bureau of Labor Statistics employer survey and worker compensation claims. Use of the SENSOR data to target interventions will also be presented.

Industrial Hygiene Division Roster

Chair: Cindy Ostrowski, CIH, CAO Consulting, LLC  


Robert Allen, CIH, Pfizer, Inc.

David Dickhaut, CIH, GM Lansing Delta Township Assembly 

Dave Huizen, CIH, Grand Valley State University 

Harvey Johnson, CIH, MIOSHA CET

Thomas Kakos, CIH

Timothy Kearney, CSP, 3M

Sarunas Mingela, CIH, Vytis Environmental

Lynn O'Donnell,CIH 

Oscar Rodriguez-Franco, CIH,Lansing Board of Water and Light 

Jennifer Walton, PhD, CIH, Central Michigan University 

David Woods, Fibertec IHS 

Future Conference Dates

April 17-18, 2018, Lansing, MI

April 16-17, 2019, Grand Rapids, MI

April 7-8, 2020, Grand Rapids, MI

April 13-14, 2021, Lansing, MI 

April 12-13, 2022, Lansing, MI

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