As Executive Director of ICPHSO, I wear many different hats. I am responsible for ensuring the three Symposiums we run every year are planned in a timely and orderly manner, ensure the content is timely and of interest to our many different stakeholders and I am responsible for the financial well-being of the organization as well. On any given day, I am dealing with issues related to membership, the upkeep of our web-site to ensure timely and useful information and determining which critical safety issues should be covered by ICPHSO and planning for the next three Symposiums.
As you have heard us say before, ICPHSO is the one global organization that brings all health and safety professionals together in an international, neutral forum to learn, network and share information. Because of that, it’s important for me to be aware of product safety issues worldwide. I rely on news stories as well as information I receive from our Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and individual members to stay on top of issues that could affect ICPHSO members.
Having been your Executive Director now for a year and having successfully planned and implemented three Symposiums (2016 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium in Washington, D.C., the 2016 Regional Product Safety Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia, and the 2016 International Symposium in Brussels), I understand how important it is for the safety community to have a neutral forum to get critical information for the safe design, manufacture, and distribution of consumer products. To this end, I am committed to strengthening ICPHSO. I’m looking for opportunities where ICPHSO can collaborate with other organizations to bring critical product safety information and emerging safety issues to our many stakeholders. For example, ICPHSO and ASTM recently co-sponsored a one day workshop in Washington, D.C. on Information and Education Programs . We brought together experts in fields we haven’t generally heard. Additional opportunities are also being pursued. Please feel free to contact me, if you think your organization might have an opportunity to work together with ICPHSO.
For now, it’s back to finalizing our upcoming 2017 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium , in Orlando, Florida. We will open registration very soon as well as announcing numerous sponsorship/exhibitor opportunities for the Symposium. Hotel reservations for Orlando are open and I encourage you to make your reservations as soon as possible. The hotel offers many amenities and all Symposium sessions take place at the hotel. We are also working on some outside activities as well such as Dine-Arounds, to provide additional networking opportunities. Additional details will be posted on our website when available. More about ICPHSO in future blogs.