Why Should Your Company Exhibit at AIHce EXP in 2022?
While supplemented with a virtual program, the primary focus of AIHce EXP 2022 will be to return attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors to in-person educational and networking opportunities. AIHA knows that face-to-face interactions are vital to building relationships between exhibitors and attendees and that all are excited to resume conferences in person.
Occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) professionals come to AIHce EXP to learn, discover what’s new in the field, expand their networks, and enjoy the event. In 2022, AIHA will support exhibitors in informing attendees about their products and services, sharing what makes these products and services new and exciting, and making the Expo Hall the conference hub. Most attendees view the Expo Hall as an extension of the conference’s educational offerings. Still, this year, AIHA also intends to draw attendees to the exhibition floor with chances to have fun and network.
AIHA encourages exhibiting organizations to make their booths unique, memorable locations for attendees to visit and promote their products and services in innovative ways. For example, AIHA’s booth will host activities and presentations to inform visitors of developments with the Association and the “Headshot Café,” where attendees can get professional headshot photos taken.
Exhibitors can reach out to on-site attendees through several creative sponsorship opportunities. These include the Pathway Passport scavenger hunt, where attendees visit participating exhibitors to scan a QR code in a provided booklet. The incentive is that attendees who complete the scavenger hunt will be eligible to win prizes. Exhibitors that wish to show off a product or service may also purchase a 20 to 25-minute presentation window at the Innovation Station to demonstrate how their offerings will enhance attendees’ daily lives or solve problems at their workplaces. Hosting an hour-long Learning Pavilion session for organizations wishing to share any particularly interesting research or technology is an option.
Additionally, AIHce EXP 2022 will introduce the conference’s first-ever Personal Protective Equipment and Clothing (PPEC) Fashion Show, which will highlight PPEC conceived for a workforce composed of varying sizes and proportions and that is more likely to adopt PPEC that is well designed, comfortable, and fashionable. Participating organizations are invited to showcase their offerings of equipment and clothing. Acceptable items include UV protective, fire retardant, electrical protective, and reflective gear; accessories such as fall protection harnesses and wearable sensor technologies; head, foot, hearing, and respiratory protection; eyewear; and gloves.
Dining carts and eating areas, a rescue demonstration area set up by AIHA’s Confined Spaces Committee, and even a mini-golf course will also pull attendees to the Expo Hall in search of food, fun, education, and networking. In particular, the Expo Hall will be the conference’s primary focus during non-compete hours, when all AIHce sessions are closed.
AIHce EXP will also provide ways for organizations to connect to virtual attendees for purposes of education or brand awareness via sponsorship opportunities, such as by choosing to extend their Innovation Station and Learning Pavilion presentations to our online audience or by signing up for a virtual banner ad. As in previous years, attendees will contact exhibitors or find their on-site booths through an online Exhibitor Directory, so organizations are encouraged to update their listings.
AIHce EXP 2022 will focus on the in-person experience, and because of this, the safety of attendees, exhibitors, vendors, and staff is paramount. For more information on the conference’s COVID-19 vaccination and testing policy, please visit the health and safety page on the AIHce EXP 2022 website.
More information on exhibiting and sponsoring at AIHce EXP 2022 is provided on the website. Current and prospective exhibitors may contact Alison Daniels, AIHA’s senior manager of expositions, or Laura Cilano Garcia, program director for Strategic Partnerships, regarding sponsorships.