Conference 2017 Highlights!

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Event Time Location Event Type
Sunday, June 4
AIHce EXP Social 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Grand Ballroom A-D, Seattle Sheraton Hotel Networking
Monday, June 5
First Timers’ Orientation 6:30 – 7:30 AM Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Grand Ballroom A Networking
 

First time attending AIHce 2017 and don’t know where to start? Meet other first time attendees and learn how to make the most of all the learning opputunies avaliable!

 

Opening Keynote: Life in the Form of a Question, Ken Jennings 8:00 – 9:30 AM Check final program Keynote
CES: Resume Critquing 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Hall 4B, Level 4 Washington State Convention Center Employment Services
SECP: Table Topics 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Expo Hall, The HUB Table Talk
 

Topics address issues of specific interest to young industrial hygienists or to hygienists new to the profession. Seating is first-come, first-serve. The first 25 attendees to appear at this session will receive a discounted voucher for lunch.

 

·        IH Training Opportunities Through ERCs

·        Career Paths in Industrial Hygiene

·        CIH Exam 101

·        Field Work and Travel for the Industrial Hygienist

·        Networking for the Industrial Hygienist

·        Students in Global Industrial Hygiene

·        Breaking Down Barriers

 

CES: Career Portfolio: The New Professional Development Tool 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Hall 4B, Level 4 Washington State Convention Center Round Table / Employment Services
CES Seminar – Let’s Get Hired! 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Hall 4B, Level 4 Washington State Convention Center Round Table / Employment Services
MPDC/SECP: The 8th Habit of Highly Effective Industrial Hygiene Leaders 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Rooms 618-620, Washington State Convention Center Round Table
CES: Resume Critquing 3:15 – 4:00 p.m. Hall 4B, Level 4 Washington State Convention Center Employment Services
Expo Hall Networking Reception 4:30 – 5:30 PM Exhibit Hall 4EF, Washington State Convention Center Networking
MPDC Mentoring Networking Event 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. FareStart, 700 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101 Networking
Tuesday, June 6
AIHF Fun Run/Walk 6:30 a.m. Olympic Sculpture Park Networking
 

Come meet fellow IHs and support the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF) Scholarhip fund! Run, walk, (or sleep in) your donations help fund schlarships for students pursuing degrees in IH and related fields.

 

Ignite 8:00 – 9:00 AM Check final program Keynote
CES: Resume Critquing 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Hall 4B, Level 4 Washington State Convention Center Resume Critquing
CES: Mock Interviewing 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Hall 4B, Level 4 Washington State Convention Center Employment Services
Student Local Sections Council Business Meeting 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Room 3A, Washington State Convention Meeting
SECP: The Sole IH/EHS Professinal in Your Organisation 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m Room 606/607,Washington State Convention Round Table
SECP: Lunch Talks 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Expo Hall, The HUB Table Talk
 

Topics address issues of specific interest to young industrial hygienists or to hygienists new to the profession. Seating is first-come, first-serve. The first 25 attendees to appear at this session will receive a discounted voucher for lunch.

 

·        Building a Career Portfolio – Sponsored by Career and Employment Services Committee

·        Industrial Hygiene in the Oil & Gas Industry – Sponsored by the Oil & Gas Working Group

·        Communication Etiquette in the Digital Age – Sponsored by the Communication & Training Methods Committee

·        Top 5 Hazards in the Workplace and Ways to Control Them – Sponsored by the Hazard Prevention & Engineering Controls Committee

·        Emergency Response & Incident Preparedness for the Young Professional – Sponsoredby the Incident Preparedness and Response Working Group

·        How Mentoring Relationships Can Set You Up for Professional Success – Sponsored by the Mentoring & Professional Development Committee

 

CES: Resume Critquing 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Hall 4B, Level 4 Washington State Convention Center Employment Services
CES: Speed Networking 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Hall 4B, Level 4 Washington State Convention Center Networking / Employment
SECP: Prespectives on Preparation for the CIH Exam 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Room 303, Washington State Convention Center Round Table
Mentoring and Professional Development Committee Meeting 4:30 – 6:30pm Willow B, Sheraton Seattle Hotel Meeting
AIHce Power Hour 6:30 – 7:30 PM Sheraton Hotel, Metropolitan Ballroom Networking
Wednesday, June 7
27 th Annual Student Poster Session 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Expo Hall Poster Session
CES: Mock Interviewing 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Hall 4B, Level 4 Washington State Convention Center Employment Services
MPDC: Education Session: Mentoring – Experiences, Advice and Real World Application 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 p.m. Room 307/308,   Washington State Convention Center Round Table
SECP: Oh, The Places You’ll Go! 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Room 613/614, Washington State Convention Center Round Table
Closing Keynote: The Brains Behind Leadership 2:15 – 3:15 PM Check final program Keynote
Students and Early Career Professionals Committee Meeting 3:30 – 5:30pm Aspen Room, Sheraton Seattle Hotel Meeting

 

 

To Diversify or Specialize

By Elizabeth Handler

Many educational and career options can make it difficult for students and early career professionals to choose a specific path.  There are academic programs that offer very specialized education in specific occupational safety topics, such as Industrial Hygiene or Fire Safety, while others may offer the ability to study multiple disciplines in safety. With so many options to choose from, how does one narrow down the option to diversify or become specialized in one discipline?

Studying the current career market may provide some information of what employers are currently looking for.  Depending on the size of the company, their needs for employees may differ. Large multimillion dollar companies may be able to employ larger numbers of safety professionals and can afford employees to specialize in one or two specific disciplines, where smaller or medium size companies cannot afford an industrial hygienist, safety engineer, or other specialized employees. Companies in these situations will focus on finding an employee that is well rounded and able to address different aspects of a safety program yet still be effective. This also can be difficult because it can lead to an employee that is a “jack of all trades, but master of none” and may lead to outsourcing for assistance on projects or situations that are more specialized and require an in depth knowledge on a specific topic.

When I started to look at programs for my Master degree, I decided to go with a program that provided me a broad spectrum of safety fields. My undergraduate degree was in journalism and I did not learn about careers in health and safety for a number of years until after finishing my degree program. I worked a variety of odd jobs and started volunteering with a local fire department. Through that work, I started to learn about safety as a career option and eventually was hired as a fire safety specialist. It was at this time that I decided to reinvest in a new career and attend school.  I did look at a few different programs that offered both a broad spectrum of safety related course work and programs that were more specialized in specific disciplines. I finally decided that, because of my lack of safety background, a program that provided more diversity was a good fit for me, and ultimately would make me a stronger candidate to prospective employers in my area. This may not be true for all prospective safety specialists and it is important for each individual to weigh their options before choosing a program.

Elizabeth Handler is currently a Master student at IUP majoring in Safety Sciences.

AIHF 2016 Scholarship Accepting Applications

Are you a student studying IH or a related field?

The American Industrial Hygiene Foundation has scholarships available for students at the undergraduate and graduate level.

One application qualifies you for up to 30 scholarship opportunities!

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Learn more about applying and eligibility!