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    • 28 Mar 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • World of Beer Rockville Town Center West 196 E Montgomery Ave #B, Rockville, MD 20850

    Schedule (this is an in-person event only) 

    • 6:00 pm – Registration/Social Hour (dinner and 1 drink ticket provided with the cost of registration).
    • 7:00 pm – Presentation.
    • 8:00 pm – Program concludes.
    Note: We will also be honoring Bruce Donato for his 20+ years of dedicated service to the Potomac Local Section at this meeting. We hope you can come out and join us as we thank Bruce for all he’s done for the Potomac Local Section!

    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.

    Registration Information:

    • Members:  $15.00
    • Non-members: $25.00
    • If a registrant is unable to attend, we can provide a refund for registrations that are canceled prior March 18, 2023.
    • 6 Apr 2023
    • 5:00 PM - 6:45 PM
    • Smithsonian American Art Museum, G St NW and 8th St NW, Washington DC

    This in-person event is free to all. Please register for the event via the link above.

    Potomac LS and WCG encourages attendees to follow CDC guidelines; masks are welcomed and available.

    Event Details

    • 5:00 - 5:45 pm – Social Time and Light Refreshments (MacMillan Education Center).
    • 6:00 – 6:45 pm – Lecture and moderated audience conversation (McEvoy Auditorium)
    • 6:45 pm – Program concludes (Museum closes at 7:00 pm)


    The WCG and AIHA Potomac Local Section are excited to host this joint meeting focusing on the history and future of the Safety and Cultural Heritage Summit, our annual professional development seminar coordinated by Potomac LS, WCG and the Smithsonian Institution. Speakers Kathy Makos (Potomac) and Anne Marigza (WCG) have been members of the Summit Planning Team since its 2016 inception. Using a key example from each year, they will explain its importance to OEHS and cultural heritage work, its impact on future case studies and the expansion of the Summit from 100 attendees to an international online audience of 700+. The presentation will be followed by a moderated audience discussion of what health and safety themes in cultural heritage research, collection care and facility management should we focus on as we begin planning for the Fall 2023 Summit (now being offered every 2 years).

    About our speakers

    Kathryn Makos, CIH, Potomac LS Secretary and Past Chair, retired (2013) from the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Safety, Health and Environmental Management. For 26 years, she was responsible for developing occupational health and safety management programs, conducting exposure risk assessments, and providing safety training to staff in collection care, research laboratories, exhibit fabrication shops, and facility operations and maintenance. Ms. Makos has lectured and published widely on topics of environmental hazards unique to museums and cultural institutions and is a co-editor of Health and Safety for Museum Professionals (2012). Her 35+ year career included positions with the US Department of Energy and the Illinois OSHA On-Site Consultation Program. Ms. Makos holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois Chicago and is currently a Research Collaborator with the National Museum of Natural History. She is an Awarded Honorary Member of the American Institute for Conservation, a former Chair of their Health and Safety Committee, and a member of both the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists. Kathy is the co-founder (with Eryl Wentworth, former AIC Executive Director) and Past-Chair of the AIHA Museum and Cultural Heritage Industry Working Group.

    Anne Marigza, WCG Liaison to the Safety and Cultural Heritage Summit and Member of the AIHA Museum and Cultural Heritage Industry Working Group. Ms. Marigza is a conservator of books and documents at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, and a Professional Member of the American Institute for Conservation. She is a past member of the AIC Health and Safety Committee, including serving as co-chair from 2017 to 2019. Anne received her Master’s degree from the Preservation and Conservation Studies program at the University of Texas School of Information. Before the Holocaust Museum, she worked in term positions at the Library of Congress, University of Maryland Libraries, and the National Archives and Records Administration, and was a post-graduate Mellon fellow at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia. Anne is a member of the AIHA Museum and Cultural Heritage Industry Working Group, a professional collaborative partnership with AIC to provide health and safety information to the collections care profession. She has also served on the board of the Washington Conservation Guild in various positions.


    • “Gallery Place-Chinatown” Metro Station (Green Line)
    • “Metro Center” Station (Blue/Orange/Silver Lines)
    • Paid parking lots in area.

    We are looking forward to seeing you at our April Technical Meeting!

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