Friday, May 27, 2005

Industrial Hygienist Calls for Innovation in Field

"The industrial hygiene profession must change how it addresses customers and do a better job of marketing itself in terms of the business value it provides, Richard Fulwiler, Ph.D., CIH, told the May 25 general session of the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce) in Anaheim, Calif.

In an address titled, "Innovation Is Not a Choice, It Is a Must," Fulwiler, the president of Technology Leadership Associates, said the industrial hygiene field is faced with declining manufacturing employment, less regulatory pressure and less unionized employment. As a result, the field does not have "powerful, forceful drivers" to promote the use of industrial hygiene services.

Fulwiler said industrial hygienists need to make both a human and business case for their services, and do a "better job of expressing health and safety outputs as business outputs." He said industrial hygienists must be capable of dealing with rapid technological change, such as is occurring in the field of nanotechnology, and respond to a variety of other changes such as increasing service sector employment, rising health care costs and the continuing business preference for environmental, health and safety (EHS) generalists." (Via Occupational Hazards)

Industrial Hygine - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

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