Boy a year rolls around really quickly these days! It’s only 3 months until the next AIOH Conference, and this time it’s in Australia’s shopping capital of Melbourne. If any part of your role at work includes occupational health, occupational hygiene, or safety, then I encourage you to attend this conference.
Even more exciting is the vast range of Continuing Education Sessions (CES) offered this year. They range from guided tours of an operating Oil Refinery and Paint Manufacturing Facility, to ventilation design, noise control and audiometry, asbestos identification, chemical classification, safety behaviour, prevention of workplace injury and illness, electromagnetic fields, ionising radiation, occupational dermatitis, air sampling, legionella, hazardous materials emergencies, chemical protective clothing, fatigue, and risk management. Your problem will be making a choice of which one!
If you have never been to an AIOH Conference before then there are a few things you need to know. Firstly – this isn’t an ordinary boring conference where people just go through the motions. We occupational hygienists take these things seriously. You may have multiple people randomly come up to you and ask you how you are going and what you are interested in. You may then find yourself speaking to the world’s expert in that topic over lunch who will most likely want to help you. You might be taken back by how nice and friendly people are and you will grow your professional network. You’ve been warned.
Secondly, you will probably learn something new. Even if you have been doing what you’ve been doing for 15 years, there is a 99.5% chance that you will learn a new or better way of doing it. These are scientifically proven numbers I am quoting.
Thirdly, we take the social program very seriously. There are 3 nights of social events and it is an unspoken rule that you should participate, have fun, randomly strike up a conversation with someone you don’t already know, and not be home in bed by 8pm. We also take the 3M-sponsored night incredibly seriously. Each year it is a themed event, with this year’s 3M-night themed, “Exploration”. Expect to see some serious costumes.
The AIOH Conference is not the sort of event where you need to bring a friend to be comfortable. It is a warm and inviting event full of like-minded professionals who want to share their knowledge and grow the profession. First time attendees are made to feel especially welcome at the “Speed Networking” session on the first night…which is kind of like Speed Dating…only less awkward and far less pressure!
Have I convinced you yet? Good! You can register here.