Press Release

ACGIH® Presents New Webinar – Selling Safety and Health to Small Businesses: So You Want to be a Consultant?



Cincinnati, Ohio — September 9, 2008 — ACGIH® presents a new webinar – Selling Safety and Health to Small Businesses: So You Want to be a Consultant?, scheduled for December 11, 2008 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)

Small businesses make up a significant portion of the global economy and represent a broad variety of industries providing employment, and producing goods and services to the worldwide marketplace. Yet, few small businesses have the expertise, resources, or programs in-house to address occupational safety and health challenges. Small businesses can greatly benefit from qualified assistance addressing occupational concerns and providing guidance for practical solutions. It can, however, be challenging to reach out to these businesses and demonstrate the return on investment for employing occupational hygiene strategies. This webinar will guide the practicing safety and health professional to accomplish the following:

  • Identify and reach small businesses with strategies for marketing consultative services
  • Demonstrate the benefits of consultative services and effective safety and health programs
  • Provide specialized service with practical solutions that address common challenges small businesses may face

Examples, business case studies, and additional resources will be provided to webinar attendees.

After participating in this webinar, attendees will be better able to understand:

  • The unique characteristics associated with small businesses
  • The key steps for organizing a consulting business
  • Strategies for reaching and communicating with small businesses to address occupational safety and health challenges
  • Techniques to develop a business plan
  • How to tailor services and products specifically to meet the needs of small businesses
  • Ways to measure success and determine best practices

ACGIH® is pleased to offer webinar attendees a new 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.

The presenters for this webinar are Janet Keyes, CIH, Roger Wabeke, MSc, MScChE, CIH, CHMM, PE, and William H. Weems, DrPH, CIH. Mary A. Newman, PhD, CIH serves as Webinar Education Development Coordinator for this webinar.

Janet Keyes, CIH is one of the founders and principals of CHESS, Inc., a Minnesota safety and health consulting firm specializing in providing assistance to small and medium-sized businesses (80% of their clients have fewer than 50 employees). Prior to founding CHESS 15 years ago, she worked as an industrial hygienist for the Minnesota Department of Transportation and for an industrial hygiene consulting firm. Ms. Keyes received her Bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Illinois – Chicago and her Master of Science degree in Environmental Health (Industrial Hygiene/Occupational Toxicology) from the University of Minnesota. She is certified in the comprehensive practice of Industrial Hygiene by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.

Roger Wabeke, MSc, MScChE, CIH, CHMM, PE is President of Chemical Risk Management, which provides comprehensive services in industrial hygiene, safety engineering, and environmental pollution control. Mr. Wabeke is an industrial hygienist with 44 years of professional experience. He began his career as a Navy and Marine medical corpsman aboard an aircraft carrier. After his military service, Dr. Wabeke completed Bachelor's degrees in chemistry and biology followed by Master of Science degrees in industrial hygiene and chemical engineering from Wayne State University. He is a registered professional engineer, and is certified in the comprehensive practice of Industrial Hygiene by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene and in Hazardous Materials Management by the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management. In 2007, he was awarded Fellow status by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). Mr. Wabeke is a member of the ACGIH® Small Business Committee.

William H. Weems, DrPH, CIH is the Director of an innovative group of occupational safety and health and environmental programs at the University of Alabama (UAB). These programs are designed to support businesses through continuing education, technical assistance, and applied research. One of these programs is "Safe State", the OSHA consultation service for small employers in Alabama. Dr. Weems has over 40 years of experience in occupational safety and health. He is a certified industrial hygienist with a doctorate in the field from UAB. He holds leadership positions in a number of national professional associations, and he serves on the Board of Directors, as past president, of the National Association of Safety and Health Consultation Programs (OSHCON). He is a member of the ACGIH® Small Business Committee and a member of the accredited Z-10 Committee that recently developed an ANSI national consensus standard on Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems. In 2005, he became the first recipient of OSHA's Higgins Award for sustained contributions to safety and health among small businesses. In 2008, he was awarded Fellow status by AIHA.

Mary A. Newman, PhD, CIH is the founder and President of Healthcare Environments, Inc., a company that focuses on safety and health issues among healthcare workers. Dr. Newman is a member of the ACGIH® Small Business Committee and has previously served as a member of the ACGIH® Board of Directors. She is the author of Why Is This Job Killing Me?

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 Selling Safety and Health to Small Businesses: So You Want to be a Consultant? 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