What Does It Mean to Be a Virtual AIHce EXP Attendee?
Although AIHce EXP will return to hosting in-person events in 2022, the virtual conference program will still be a significant part of the experience. Virtual attendance is the most affordable, accessible way to participate in AIHce EXP. Moreover, although safety will be a priority at the in-person conference—check out AIHce EXP’s vaccination and COVID-19 testing policy for more information—you may decide that virtual AIHce EXP attendance is more in line with your personal risk assessment.
The 2022 virtual AIHce EXP will be designed to mirror the conference held on-site in Nashville, Tennessee, but will be hosted on a virtual platform. About half of the conference’s 145 education sessions will be broadcast live from the conference. Starting in the weeks after the conference, the majority of education sessions will be available on AIHce EXP OnDemand for attendees with full conference registration to watch anytime and anywhere.
“Attending virtually doesn’t mean attending alone,” said Michele Twilley, DrPH, CIH, AIHA’s on-staff industrial hygienist. “You’ll have great opportunities to connect with other virtual participants, such as through lively online chat sessions.”
Along with online networking opportunities, the virtual AIHce EXPerience will be fully fleshed out by select professional development courses and pre-recorded health and wellness activities, Pop-up education, and Learning Pavilion sessions. While saving on travel and accommodation expenses, you have the opportunity to attend keynote presentations and education sessions, earn CIH certification maintenance points, and access exclusive content only available to virtual attendees from anywhere with an internet connection and on your own schedule.
Here’s a sample of the most exciting educational sessions on the 2022 virtual agenda:
Session E1: Research Roundup – Climate Change 1. Presenters Sylvia Fontes, CIH, and Bill Beadie, CIH, will discuss OEHS professionals’ role in assessment, cleanup, and recovery operations after the destructive 2020 wildfires in California and Oregon. This session will be held Tuesday, May 24, and as the first of a series, will be followed by Session F1 later the same day.
Session E7: Climate Change Challenges and Opportunities for OH&S. Presented by Michael Larranaga, PhD, CIH, FAIHA, John Comiskey, EdD, and Brenda Jacklitsch, PhD, MS, this Tuesday, May 24, session will address the way occupational health and safety will change in the era of climate change.
Session E9: Science and Power of Stories Affects Risk Perceptions. In this session, Jonathan Klane, MSED, CIH, CSP, will discuss using stories and narratives to communicate scientific information about safety and risk. Occurring Tuesday, May 24.
Session F1: Research Roundup – Climate Change 2. Bill Beadie, CIH, and Teniope Adewumi-Gunn, PhD, will continue the series that began with Session E1 on climate change and OEHS by presenting on asbestos surveys, air monitoring, and soil sampling during wildfire cleanup as well as the need for workplace heat standards to address the effects of rising temperatures. To be held Tuesday, May 24.
Session H4: Occupational Hazards in Seattle's Strip Clubs. This Tuesday, May 24, session will discuss hazards encountered by workers in the adult entertainment industry, including bloodborne pathogens, chemical exposures, and workplace violence. Eva Glosson and Venetia Runnion, CIH, CSP, will present.
Session N8: Advancing Injury Prevention Through AI and Wearable Technology. Presented by Heather Chapman, MS, CSP, CHMM, CEAS, and Matthew Hart, BA, MA, MBA, this session will cover risk assessment applications for artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other emerging technologies. Occurring Wednesday, May 25.