Getting the 'Deep Dish' on Chicago

This year's American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Expo is meeting in a mainstay of architecture and design.

Chicago is famous for its blues, pizza, and politics, but it's also the birthplace of the skyscraper. The towering buildings gracing the skyline are some of the most famous in the world. It's this latter element that makes the city the logical choice for this month's 2006 American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo and its "Reaching New Heights " theme.

AIHce is being housed this year in McCormick Place in the Lakeside Center (formerly the East Building). The facility has a total of 2.2 million square feet of floor space, making it the nation's largest convention center.

AIHce 2006 Highlights
Prior to the expo, those interested in looking to the future of industrial hygiene should plan to attend the day-long symposium "Nanoparticles in the Workplace" on Saturday, May 13, at 8 a.m. Nanotechnology has quickly become a red-hot topic among safety professionals. Many naysayers fear its rapid advance will outpace safety measures and unleash a Pandora's box of health and safety problems, while supporters foresee innovations previously only dreamt of in science fiction. Form an opinion after hearing speakers discuss topics such as the nature of the nanotechnology industry and possible fugitive emission scenarios; our current understanding of the toxic properties of nanomaterials; measurement methods; government initiatives; and workplace protection. Registration costs $395.


The nanotechnology symposium on May 13 may be a hot ticket this year.

This year's AIHce will see the addition of a new science symposium titled "Science--It Does Matter to Industrial Hygiene!" Intended to be the first in a series, this new event is intended to provide ways in which scientists can make their research more accessible and applicable; to encourage practitioners to recognize the value and importance of scientific research in their practice; and to discuss ways to improve communication and expedite efforts that will benefit the field. Special emphasis will be placed on discussing the historic role scientific research has played in the field and highlighting key areas in which the industry has benefited from improvements in scientific understanding. Mark your calendars for Monday, May 15, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For a healthy and fun way to get reenergized at the midpoint slump of the event, join the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation's 22nd annual "Fun Run/Walk," sponsored by MSA, on Tuesday, May 16. The $25 advance fee/$30 on-site fee to walk the 2K or run the 5K will contribute to the foundation's student scholarships. The race runs from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.

After pumping those muscles, pump some neurons and test your industry knowledge by participating in the "Unsolved IH Mysteries" workshop presented by John Seibert, CIH, CSP, of the Office of the Secretary of Defense in Washington, D.C. His program will present case studies involving IH fieldwork. Groups will brainstorm solutions and present their results. Afterward, the facilitator will explain the remedies actually taken. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 16, from noon to 1:30 p.m., and priced at $35 for advanced tickets ($45 on site).

Chicago Attractions
As for Chicago, its annual Great Chicago Places and Spaces festival takes place May 19-21, if you're staying around a few extra days. Attendees will get an up-close look at Chicago's famous architecture and design heritage (it is home to the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy). Presented by Starbucks Corp. and the Mayor's Office of Special Events, the event is described by the Chicago Office of Tourism as a celebration of "Chicago's architectural heritage with programs and tours of 'places and spaces' from the well known to the rare and obscure." More than 200 free tours are scheduled and will be conducted by some of the world's leading architecture and design experts.


Chicago's annual Great Chicago Places and Spaces festival takes place May 19-21, if you're staying around a few extra days.

On the other hand, have you ever wondered what happens to everything you've thrown away? Your cast-offs could be famous someday: The Field Museum offers the "Trash to Treasure: Salvage Archaeology in The Field Museum's Backyard" exhibit so visitors can see a selection of bottles, stoneware, ceramics, metal objects, and other personal effects once used in Chicago's early 20th Century hotels, restaurants, breweries, and other businesses. The items were found in the several million cubic yards of the early 1900s man-made landfill that are now the site of museum and its campus grounds. This is a chance to see what treasures have been hidden underneath the city for nearly a century--what better way is there to know what the Midwest's dynamo is made of?

Expo Hours
The AIHce 2006 expo will be open these hours:

Monday, May 15, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, May 17, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The following list of exhibitors was obtained March 6 from Melissa A. Hurley of the American Industrial Hygiene Association's communications department.

Exhibitor

Booth Number

A

 

A.P. Buck Inc.

114

Abatement Restoration Specialists Inc.

155

Accuform Signs

945

ACGIH (American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists)

1031

Actio Corp.

971

Advanced Calibration Designs

832

Aearo Co. (AOSafety®, E-A-R®, Peltor®)

321

Aemtek Inc.

1046

Aerobiology Laboratory Associates Inc.

750

Aerotech P&K

815

American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Committee Showcase

331

AIHA Periodicals

343

Aim

547

Air Science USA

554

Air Systems International

100

Alexeter Technologies

254

AliMed

151

Alistagen Corp.

762

AMCA International Inc.

146

American Board of Industrial Hygiene

351

American Industrial Hygiene Association

139

American Society of Safety Engineers

934

Analytics Corp.

110

Ansell

715

App-Tek International

560

Arizona Instrument

261

Ashtead Technology Rentals

741

Assay Technology Inc./AT Labs/MNR Services

911

Auburn Engineers Inc.

366

   

B

 

Bacou-Dalloz

211

Baseline-Mocon

461

Berylliant Inc.

454

Best Lab Deals Inc.

1070

Best Manufacturing Co.

954

BGI Instruments

702

BioHygiene Laboratories

1126

Bios International Corp.

540

Bioscience International

927

BMS Solutions USA Inc.

737

Board of Certified Safety Professionals

326

Bongarde Media Safetysmart!

955

Brady Corp.

1000

Bruel & Kjaer

640

Brush Wellman Inc.

754

Building Remediation Sciences Inc.

371

Bullard

121

BW Technologies Ltd.

431

   

C

 

California Pacific Lab Safety

842

CASELLA USA

233

CavCom

1166

CCOHS

903

CD-adapco

354

CDC/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

671

Cederroth Industrial Products AB

651

Cepheid

1127

CGI-AMS

253

ChemWatch NA

731

Clayton Associates Inc.

347

Clayton Group Services

441

CleanAir Instrument Rental

844

Coastal Training Technologies Corp.

154

Cole-Parmer Instrument

565

Columbia Analytical Services Inc.

445

Complete Equity Markets Inc.

162

Compliance Solutions

723

Compur Monitors Inc.

652

Concentra Health Services

951

Contour Design

470

CPAC Imaging

257

Crowcon Detection Instruments

940

Custom Protect Ear

456

   

D

 

DAMARCO Solutions

622

DataChem Laboratories Inc.

541

Datachem Software Inc.

620

DCM Clean Air Products

650

Delmhorst Instrument Co.

846

Delta Environmental Consultants Inc.

1052

Department of Defense--Health Affairs/Resources Information Technology Program Office

1120

Dispensers Optical Service Corp.

756

DOD Technologies

552

Dolphin Software Inc.

704

Draeger Safety Inc.

511

DuPont Co.

421

DustBubble Ltd.

670

Dustcontrol by Transmatic

936

   

E

 

Eagle Safety Eyewear

752

EBAC Industrial Products, Inc.

964

EHS Management Solutions Inc.

634

EI Inc.

771

EMSL Analytical Inc.

641

EMSL Products

328

ENMET Corp.

234

Entech Instruments

355

Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory & Pure Air Control Services Inc.

371

Environmental Hazards Services LLC

1067

Environmental Microbiology Laboratory

345

Environmental Protection

835

EORM Inc.

251

ErgoGenesis LLC

930

Ergos USA LLC

866

ERLAB Inc.

571

ESIS Risk Control Services

921

ESS

644

Examinetics Inc.

451

Extech Instruments

1158

   

F

 

Facility Safety Management

764

Fiberlock Technologies Inc.

562

Flow Sciences Inc.

531

Fluke Corp.

464

Foster Specialty Construction Brands Inc.

356

   

G

 

Galson Laboratories

601

Gastec Corp.

850

GfG Instrumentation

523

Global Dosimetry Solution, Inc.

654

Global Vision Eyewear

457

GOJO Industries

674

Golder Associates

757

Gray Wolf Sensing Solutions

138

Grimm Technologies Inc.

663

   

H

 

Hamilton Thorne Biosciences Inc.

851

Hays Affinity Solutions

863

Hazard Technology

1167

Hazco Services

923

Health Conservation Inc. (HCI)

129

Health Resources Corp.

966

HEPA Corp.

556

Hillmann Environmental Group LLC

912

Holaday EMF Measurement/ETS-Lindgren

133

Humantech

444

Hygiene Technologies

455

Hy-Safe Technology

148

   

I

 

ICU Environmental Health & Safety

1030

Indoor Biotechnologies Inc.

144

Industrial Data Systems Inc.

471

Industrial Hygiene News/Rimbach Publishing

817

Industrial Hygiene Safety Coating Inc.

935

Industrial Safety & Hygiene News

931

Industrial Scientific Corp.

111

Innov-X Systems

260

Institute of Professional Environmental Practice (IPEP)

353

Interactive Safety Products Inc.

142

International Safety Systems Inc.

160

Ion Science (Americas) LLC

1159

   

J

 

J and N Enterprises

1060

   

K

 

Kanomax USA Inc.

128

KCH Engineered Systems

645

KD Engineering

551

Kem Products

840

Knorr Associates Inc.

632

Komyo Rikagaku Kogyo K.K.

960

   

L

 

LabComparisons.com

914

Labconco Corp.

544

Lagus Applied Technology Inc.

377

Lakeland Industries

801

This article originally appeared in the May 2006 issue of Occupational Health & Safety.

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