The annual conference of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH) kicks off in Melbourne this weekend. It is an international conference which promotes the science and practice of protecting worker health and brings together researchers, practitioners, regulators and those people interested in occupational hygiene, to discuss issues that affect health at work.
If you are an occupational hygienist in Australia, then this is the bees knees of Conferences. It is the technical (and social) highlight of the year. Apart from catching up with friends in person, rather than via email, there are a few awesome things happening this year.
Firstly, the Keynote for this year’s conference is John Henshaw. He is speaking on OSHA’s response to the 9/11 disaster; how OSHA became involved in the development of the National Response Plan (now the National Response Framework) and OSHA’s current role as the coordinating U.S. agency changed to ensure that worker safety and health was managed appropriately during major disasters. Cannot wait.
Secondly, the AIOH Conference is hosting its first round of Ignite sessions. Two sessions of five x 5-minute presentations set to enlighten us…very quickly. These are sure to be a hit, and will get uploaded to YouTube post-conference which is fantastic.
Thirdly, the award recipients will be announced….and the next Draeger Young Hygienist for 2014 will be unveiled. Award announcements are always kept under wraps until the Annual Gala Dinner on Tuesday night, so I can’t wait to see who will get to go to Draeger HQ in Germany and IOHA 2015 in London next year!
Of course the biggest item on the Conference agenda that hygienists across Australia plan for months in advance is the 3M themed night. Last year Kristy, Holly, and I came away with an apron (that’s a good thing!) for our impersonation of Kath, Kim, and Sharon. This year the plans have been in place for a few months now and we’re hoping fora repeat win…fingers crossed.
Hope to see you there!