Press Release

ACGIH® Presents Demonstrating the Value of Your EH&S Program in Tough Economic Times Webinar



Cincinnati, Ohio — May 5, 2009 — ACGIH® will present Demonstrating the Value of Your EH&S Program in Tough Economic Times on June 17, 2009 at the following times:

2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Central Time
12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Mountain Time
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time

With the gravity of our current economic forecast and the growing number of layoffs announced daily from organizations both large and small, it is important to demonstrate the financial importance of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) to upper management. Whether you have a large corporate program, a small department, or a single hygienist or technician, you can demonstrate the value of your efforts to eliminate hazards and minimize risks using financial analysis tools such as Return on Investment (ROI), Net Present Value (NPV), and Payback Period, as well as other non-financial measures of the impact on business processes and objectives. These are not just terms used in the finance department, they can effectively be used in EH&S to demonstrate the value of your Prevention through Design initiatives. This webinar will demonstrate tools to help the EH&S professional validate the worth of their program and help those who are already doing so by serving as an important benchmark in the process. Case studies of companies implementing these techniques will be presented.

After participating in this webinar, attendees will understand:

  • The four areas where industrial hygiene activities can provide value to the organization.
  • How to express the value of industrial hygiene activities in the language of management.
  • How the value of industrial hygiene activities can be expressed in qualitative (non-financial) terms that are meaningful to management.
  • The relationship between industrial hygiene and other activities, such as the production process, within the organization.
ACGIH® is pleased to offer webinar attendees an audio option. U.S. and Canadian attendees can connect to the audio portion of the webinar via the toll-free audio telephone link or listen to the audio portion through an audio stream directly through their computer. Other international participants can listen via the audio stream without incurring additional telephone charges.

Elyce A. Biddle, PhD, Donna S. Heidel, MS, CIH, and Dee Woodhull, MS, CIH, CSP will present this webinar.

Elyce A. Biddle, PhD is a Senior Research Economist for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Dr. Biddle's work focuses on economic cost models and health outcome measurements for occupational injuries and fatalities. Her most recent work includes drafting guidelines for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on methodology for constructing business cases for health promotion and prevention, drafting the AIHA Strategy to Demonstrate the Value of Industrial Hygiene to derive the impact that industrial hygiene has on the organization, and applying these methods in field studies at collaborating firms. She has served as the NIOSH Coordinator of the Economic Evaluation of Occupational Health and Safety Interventions at the Company Level Task Force, on the NIOSH Economics Forum, on the steering committee for the CDC Health Economics Research Group, and chaired the National Occupational Research Agenda Social and Economic Consequences of Workplace Illness and Injury team. In 2006, she received the Samuel Gompers Award in recognition of outstanding efforts in improving the working conditions of the masses from the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions.

Donna S. Heidel, MS, CIH is a research industrial hygienist with NIOSH and coordinates the Prevention through Design (PtD) National Initiative. Ms. Heidel has over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, first at Merck and Co., Inc. and later at Johnson & Johnson (J&J). While at J&J, she completed a 2-year international assignment establishing industrial hygiene programs at 42 facilities in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. She also served as Worldwide Director of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Toxicology where she led the development and implementation of their global health hazard and control banding programs. In that role, Ms. Heidel developed the J&J "prevention through design" process for designing out hazards and minimizing risks during facility, process, and product design. These design standards were applied to 14 new pharmaceutical R&D and manufacturing facilities, including chemical synthesis and biotechnology plants. After leaving J&J, Ms. Heidel continued to work promoting PtD efforts as a consultant to a number of large multi-national companies. She received her MS in industrial hygiene from Temple University. In addition, she holds an undergraduate degree in occupational safety and is a professional nurse. She is board-certified in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.

Dee Woodhull, MS, CIH, CSP is a Senior Consultant with ORC Worldwide in Washington, D.C. Ms. Woodhull joined ORC in 1999, bringing 30 years of experience in the environment, health and safety arena, including assignments in both corporate and operating-level positions in several Fortune 100 companies, as well as experience as an OSHA field compliance officer. Prior to joining ORC, she was Manager of Safety, Industrial Hygiene and Workers Compensation for United Technologies Corporation in Hartford, CT, a global company. At ORC, Ms. Woodhull is a leader of the International Safety and Health Forum, the Executive Business Issues Forum and the Asia Pacific HSE Forum. She also provides expert advice and assistance to member companies on a broad range of safety and industrial hygiene policy, regulatory and practice issues. Areas of focus include safety program management, serious injury and fatality prevention, making the business case for safety and health, leading indicators, nanotechnology, respiratory protection, and occupational health hazards. She and her colleagues at ORC recently worked on the AIHA Strategy to Demonstrate the Value of Industrial Hygiene. Ms. Woodhull is certified in both occupational safety and industrial hygiene, and holds an MS degree in environmental health. She is the co-author (with Fred Toca) of the book Managing People and Programs in Industrial Hygiene, and has published several articles on occupational safety and health.

This webinar is pending approval by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) for .5 ABIH (IH) Certification Maintenance (CM) Point. This webinar qualifies for .15 BCSP (SP) Continuance of Certification (COC) Point for Certified Safety Professionals. Participants seeking CM or COC points must attend the live webinar or view the archive and submit a final exam and evaluation. Certificates of Completion will be issued in a timely manner after receipt and completion of these items.

For more detailed information about the Demonstrating the Value of Your EH&S Program in Tough Economic Times webinar, contact Tammy Vanderbilt at or 513-742-2020. To register for this exciting event, visit the ACGIH® website at

ACGIH® is a member-based organization that advances occupational and environmental health. ACGIH® is one of the industry's leading publications resources, with approximately 400 titles relative to occupational and environmental health and safety, including the renowned TLVs® and BEIs®. For more information, visit the ACGIH® website at or call our Customer Service Representatives at 513-742-2020.

Amy B. Bloomhuff, Esq., CAE
Associate Executive Director