A7: Fellows SIG Debate - TEH/TWH: What Should be the Width of Our Swim Lane?

Donald Weekes, CIH, CSP Moderator
Ottawa, ON 
Fred Boelter, CIH, PE, BCEE, FAIHA Presenter
Boelter Risk Sciences and Engineering LLC
United States of America
Jennifer Sahmel, CIH, CSP, FAIHA Co-Presenter
Insight Exposure and Risk Sciences
Boulder, CO 
United States of America
Chris Laszcz-Davis, MS, CIH, COH, FAIHA, Co-Presenter
The Environmental Quality Organization, LLC
Orinda, CA 
United States of America
Deborah Nelson, Ph.D., CIH, FAIHA Co-Presenter
Boulder, CO 
Andrew Havics, CIH, PE, FAIHA Co-Presenter
pH2, LLC
Avon, IN 
United States of America
Kirk Phillips, Col, USAF, BSC Co-Presenter
Total Work Health Advisory Group, AIHA
Washington, DC 
S. Zack Mansdorf, PhD, CIH, CSP, QEP, FAIH Co-Presenter
Sustainability Consultants
Boca Raton, FL 
Mon, 5/24: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Education Session 
Room: Virtual 7 


Our profession is facing a brave new world rebranded as Healthier Workplaces, A Healthier World. We know our core focus has been protecting workers through excellence in exposure science, the Four Step Paradigm, and AARECC. Our core focus is our "Swim Lane". But our lane markers are being challenged and brave navigators are exploring the uncharted horizons where available maps are marked "Here Be Dragons". This 4th AIHA Fellows SIG Debate will present varied views of our expanding swim lane. The AIHA Content Priority Advisory Group (CPAG) has announced that Total Exposure Health/Total Worker Health is a priority for 2020-2025. During this session, perspectives will be explored regarding the potential width of our swim lane and what dragons await in ambush beyond the uncharted edges in this brave new world. The discussion will include: 1) benefits and challenges of these approaches; 2) whether an employer has a right/responsibility to evaluate or control exposures outside the workplace; 3) whether sleep, exercise, and nutritional aspects are employer responsibilities; 4) how psychosocial factors affect workers on/off the job, and 5) effects of human factors and community exposures on worker exposures. Through this lens, six debaters will explore the future of our profession.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the session, the participant will be able to:

• Develop a familiarity with the TEH/TWH CPAG priority.
• Recognize challenges and benefits of TEH/TWH principles

Content Level


Interactive Session Experience



Changing Workforce Demographics/Environment/Total Worker Health
Total Exposure Health/Total Worker Health ®
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