Executive Director Engages with Students & Faculty at University of Findlay


I am excited to share the news of a recent visit to the University of Findlay by the esteemed Executive Director of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), Phillip Rauscher, CIH, CSP, MPH. This visit marked a significant collaboration between ACGIH and our university, strengthening the ties between academia and industry in the field of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences (OEHS).

Mr. Rauscher, accompanied by ACGIH’s commitment to “globally protect worker health,” engaged in fruitful discussions with the Departmental Chair, Dr. Kim Lichtveld, MSPH, Ph.D., along with faculty members Dr. Seth Ebersviller, Ph.D., CIH, and Mr. Carl Habekost, JD, COSS, COSM, who serve as Associate Professor and Assistant Professor, respectively, in the Department of Environmental, Safety & Occupational Health Programs.

The meeting was not only an opportunity for knowledge exchange but also a platform to discuss ACGIH’s support for OEHS professionals, both students and faculty, in line with their mission. The University of Findlay, being a leading institution in environmental, safety, and occupational health programs, was an ideal setting for such discussions.

One of the highlights of the visit was Mr. Rauscher’s engagement with emerging professionals in the ESOH 465 Environmental Audits and Assessment class. The students had the unique chance to learn directly from an industry leader, gaining insights into the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities in the field. This interaction aimed to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and real-world applications.

Moreover, the visit took an exciting turn as Mr. Rauscher shed light on the partnership between ACGIH and Safety for Non-profits (S4NP). This collaboration provides students with valuable experiential work experience, allowing them to apply their skills in real-world scenarios. Such initiatives align with ACGIH’s commitment to nurturing the next generation of OEHS professionals.

The University of Findlay is thrilled to be a part of this partnership, offering students the chance to participate in meaningful projects and gain hands-on experience that is invaluable in today’s competitive job market.

ACGIH will continue to foster strong relationships between academia and industry, they are confident that these collaborations will empower our students and faculty to make meaningful contributions to the field of Occupational and Environmental Health Safety Profession. We look forward to more exciting ventures and opportunities that arise from such enriching partnerships.

Thank you, Mr. Phillip Rauscher, for your insightful visit and dedication to advancing the mission of ACGIH.


Donald D.  Elswick, CIH,CSP, CIT, CHMM