AIHA Celebrates 75 Years on the Journey to a Safer Tomorrow


The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) will celebrate 75 years of protecting worker health and serving the industrial hygiene community at AIHce 2014 (+ Stewardship) “Evolution & Journey to a Safer Tomorrow,” May 31 – June 5 in San Antonio,TX.  The conference will host 135 technical sessions on the latest technologies and presentations relevant to those looking for solutions to workplace challenges. This is also an opportunity to get advice from prominent product stewardship professionals on current issues using case studies and other practical experiences.

Keith Rickabaugh, Technical Director, Materials and Analytical Services, at RJ Lee Group is on the agenda to deliver a presentation “Evaluation of Airborne Particle Releases from Cutting Gypsum Drywall Using Various Cutting Methods in a Controlled Environment” that is based on the results of a simulation study in which he participated. The study examined airborne dust emissions resulting from wallboard cutting activities. Study results will provide another step forward in helping develop policies and practices for a safe work environment and to help mitigate the risk for potential exposures to airborne particulates and respirable crystalline silica. This podium session is scheduled on Tuesday, June 3, 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM at Convention Center 006 C-D.

Keith will also be participating in a Roundtable discussion on “New Sampling and Analytical Techniques for Nano-Sized Particles,” on Wednesday, June 4, 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM, Convention Center 008. He will be discussing the thermophoretic sampler (TPS), a portable and easy-to-use personal sampler that is specifically designed for engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) and provides a means for direct analysis of particles including evaluation of particle size and agglomeration state without sample preparation and with minimal “interferences.” For a demonstration of the TPS and how easily it can work in a variety of situations, visit our Booth #2056.

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