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Commuting/Parking: World of Beer is within walking distance from Rockville Metro Station. There is also a pay parking garage under the building.
Topic: New materials and new technologies create unforeseen hazards and opportunities for workers. Occupational safety and health professionals can observe signals of change that can help us predict both the evolution of changes to the way we work as well as to attempt to understand the potential impact of introducing new, and sometimes disruptive technologies. Using strategic foresight, we can seize opportunities to use new technologies for our benefit as well as to plan for and control any hazards they may create.
About our speaker: Frank Hearl retired from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) at the end of 2022 where he served for the previous 18-years as the NIOSH Chief of Staff. Frank began his career in 1974, working on the NIOSH testing and certification program for gas detector tubes. During the 1980s, he conducted field industrial hygiene and epidemiology studies on various lung disease-producing agents in mining, manufacturing, and non-textile cotton industries. In the 1990s, he was the NIOSH lead on an international project with the Tongji Medical University in Wuhan, China and the U.S. National Cancer Institute to study silica, silicosis, and lung cancer. During his 48-year career he co-authored numerous publications, book chapters, and presentations on industrial hygiene, exposure assessment, silicosis, coal workers pneumoconiosis, cumulative risk, and most recently on risk analysis, robotics, and artificial intelligence. He is a retired Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service, a Fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis, a licensed professional engineer, and has degrees in chemical engineering from Purdue University and MIT.
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