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Tuesday, April 18, 2023
10:15 am (Handout)
Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene
(Basic)  Lauren Miedema, Senior Industrial Hygienist, Spectrum Health.

Whether Industrial Hygiene is your full-time position or just an important part of your role, IH is a vital piece of the worker health and safety puzzle. IH work is centered around the art and science of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling workplace hazards. This session will explore these fundamental principles to help participants better understand the IH discipline and how to apply to your work environment.

11:30 am (Handout)
Hearing Protector Fit Testing:  Systems, Methods, Motivation
(Intermediate)  William Murphy, Senior Scientist at Stephenson and Stephenson, Research & Consulting, LLC.

Advances in hearing protector fit-testing systems will be presented. He will focus on the research into Personal Attenuation Ratings (PARs) and derating of the Noise Reduction Rating as well as the consistency of HPD PARs over a work shift.  He will present his experience with the NIOSH National Occupational Research Agenda for Hearing Loss Prevention – both as a former NIOSH scientist and now as an independent consultant.

1:45 pm (Handout)
Occupational Heat Stress
(Intermediate)  Brenda Jacklitsch, PhD, MS, Health Scientist, NIOSH.

Workers exposed to extreme heat or work in hot environments are at risk for heat-related illnesses and injuries. Learn about heat stress, risk factors, types of heat-related illnesses, and workplace recommendations for prevention. Heat stress educational products developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), including the OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool App will be discussed.

3:15 pm (Handout)
Protecting the Health of Workers in the Cannabis Industry
(Basic) David Kahane, MPH, CIH, Founder Forensic Analytical Consulting Services.

This presentation will cover the health and safety aspects related to employee health in the cannabis industry. The cannabis process, from seed to retail will be reviewed to provide an understanding of the process in relation to employee health.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023
9:00 am (Handout)
Direct Read Instruments: Changes in Employee Monitoring
(Intermediate) Aaron Jacob, MSA Safety, Senior Field Sales Manager.

Technologies continually have advanced the ability of employers to directly measure employee exposures to ambient gas and vapors, particulates, ambient & 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.

10:15 am (Handout)
Industrial Ventilation 101
(Basic)  Bob Dayringer, CIH, MIOSHA (retired).

This presentation will provide an overview of ventilation system design principles and preventative maintenance to ensure the effective capture of airborne contaminants and minimize employee exposures to health hazards.

11:30 am (Handout)
Combustible Dust: Identification and Control (Intermediate)  Gregg Grubb, CIH, President, Grubb Industrial Hygiene Services.

OSHA/MIOSHA currently enforces a national emphasis program addressing combustible dust hazards.  Additionally, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has created several standards addressing the assessment and control of fire and explosion hazards posed by combustible dust. This presentation discusses how to identify and control combustible dust hazards in your facility.

1:45 pm (Handout)
Teleworking Ergonomics: Best-Practices for the “New Normal”
(Intermediate) Tara Diesbourg, PhD, CPE, Assistant Professor, Oakland University.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, standard ergonomics recommendations seemingly went out the window as almost everyone scrambled to transition to a socially-distanced teleworking model. We’ve come a long way since then, and we’ve learned a lot. In this session, we’ll discuss ways to ensure that workers are able to work safe and comfortably from home, even in a worst-case scenario.

3:15 pm (Handout)
Exposure Assessments: What are the steps to properly determine workplace e
xposures? (Intermediate) Dave Huizen, Associate Professor, PhD, CIH, Grand Valley State University.

This session will discuss the basics of exposure assessment and tools to assess worker occupational exposures that include using the AIHA exposure assessment strategy.

  • Chair:  Cindy Ostrowski, CIH, CAO Consulting, LLC
  • Division: Jeff Fusee, CIH, CSP, Michigan State University
  • Dave Huizen, PhD, CIH, Grand Valley State University
  • Harvey Johnson, CIH, MIOSHA CET
  • Tim Kearney, CSP, COHC, 3M Personal Safety Division
  • Sarunas Mingela, PhD, FAIHA, Retired/Surrendered CIH, CSP, ROH, CRSP, CHMM, CEP, Principal Vytis
  • Lynn O’Donnell, CIH
  • Oscar Rodriguez-Franco, PhD, CIH, Oakland University
  • Jennifer Walton, PhD, CIH, Central Michigan University
  • David Woods, Forensic Analytical Consulting Services, Inc.