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For First-Timers

AIHce EXP 2021 is one of the best opportunities for IH/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 designed this quick info guide for you. Have more detailed questions? Check our Frequently Asked Questions and see if the answer you seek is there.

1. Is there anything on the schedule for first-timers?


Thanks to our generous sponsor, DuPont Personal Protection, these events will make your first AIHce EXPerience  unforgettable:

  • The First-Timers Meet and Greet on Monday, May 24, 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m., will introduce you to other first-timers with whom you can network, partner up with for sessions, and plot your evening activities.
  • There will also be a First Timers Webinar in May. We'll talk you through what to expect, what to prepare and pack, how to select sessions appropriate for your goals, and more!

2. Navigate with a PAL

The Personal AIHce EXP Liaison (PAL) Program helps first-time attendees get the most out of the conference by matching the first-timer (or attendees who have not attended AIHce EXP in the last 5 years) with an experienced attendee. PALs are matched by AIHA staff and participants are provided contact information at least two (2) weeks prior to the event. PALs are encouraged to contact their matches prior to AIHce EXP to learn what the first-timer hopes to gain from their conference experience and to arrange a time and location (in-person or virtually) to meet at the start of and throughout the conference. 

To request a PAL, sign up during registration.

3. When should I arrive in Dallas?

The actual conference dates of AIHce EXP 2021 are Monday, May 24 through Wednesday, May 26. Professional Development Courses (PDCs) are offered on Saturday, May 22; Sunday, May 23; and Thursday, May 27. PDCs require separate registration and an additional fee.

In-person attendees will need to allow ample time prior to each day's activities to go through the required health screening station and pick up badge materials. Registration opens Friday, May 21 at 5:00 p.m., for those arriving for weekend PDCs.

4. When should I​ depart Dallas?

Conference educational content ends on Wednesday, May 26 at 4:45 p.m. Thursday PDCs are offered as half-day (morning) and full-day sessions on May 27.

5. Are there any additional e​vents I can sign up for?

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. NEW in 2021: We are pleased to offer PDCs in formats to suit all participation types: in-person only, virtual only, and hybrid. Select the participation type appropriate for your AIHce plans. 

AIHF Fun Run/Walk: Join your colleagues in a friendly competition during the 35th annual Virtual Fun Run/Walk. 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? You can walk, ride, or sleep-in too!

6. How can I edit or​ add to my registration (or change my registration type from in-person to virtual or vice versa)?

You can edit or add to your conference registration by logging back into the AIHce EXP 2021 registration site using the email you used to register. To switch your registration type from in-person to virtual or vice versa, email with your request. There is no cost to switch. 

Additional resources for the first-time attendee

AIHce EXP 2021 is sponsored by: