TechConnect World 2019
Co-Located with Nanotech 2019 SBIR/STTR Spring AI TechConnect
Nanotech 2019

Tools and Techniques: Applying the Best Health, Safety, and Environment Practices to Advanced Manufacturing

Poster/Paper Abstracts due: March 8

Symposium Co-Chairs

Sally  TinkleSally Tinkle
Senior Strategy and Policy Advisor
IDA/Science and Technology Policy Institute

Chuck GeraciChuck Geraci
Associate Director
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Jo Anne ShatkinJo Anne Shatkin
Vireo Advisors

Wu-Sheng  ShihWu-Sheng Shih
Project Manager
Brewer Science Inc

Key Speakers

Michele OstraatAdvanced Manufacturing and the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Michele Ostraat
Research Center Leader - Downstream, Aramco Services Company

Christina AgapakisWhat’s Happening in the Biomanufacturing Sector?
Christina Agapakis
Creative Director, Ginkgo Bioworks

Alan J KennedyFrom Emergence to Convergence: The Growing Divide between Innovation and Risk Assessment
Alan J Kennedy
Research Biologist, Engineer Research and Development Center - U.S. Army

Kevin DunnAdditive Manufacturing: Occupational Safety Techniques and Lessons Learned from 13 NIOSH site assessments
Kevin Dunn
Mechanical Engineer, CDC/NIOSH

Wendel WohllebenBeyond Nanotech: An International Perspective on Advanced Materials & Systems
Wendel Wohlleben
Senior Scientist, BASF SE, Germany


Advanced manufacturing encompasses new technologies, processes, and management methods that improve the development and manufacture of products. Advanced manufacturing is one of the many technologies that comprise the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), and the range of application areas include nanotechnology, biotechnology, bio-additive and nano-additive manufacturing, robotics and automation, and others. As advanced manufacturing permeates all industrial sectors, an effective and sustainable worker health, safety, and environment (HSE) program can enable successful product stewardship. Tools and techniques developed in other manufacturing settings—from small to large companies—are a ready source of best practices information that can inform advanced manufacturing HSE programs. Through a series of invited talks and expert panel—audience discussions, this is session will:

  1. Provide a forum to discuss and evaluate HSE tools and techniques used in, or applicable to, advanced manufacturing and 4IR;
  2. Consider the challenges and opportunities to incorporate safety paradigms into business operations with particular focus on start-up companies, incubators, and academic groups;
  3. Examine international safety approaches for commonalities in best practices that can be readily extended to advanced manufacturing and 4IR in the U.S.

Additionally, the poster session directly after this symposium will provide an additional opportunity for participants to present their research and experience and to continue discussion with the panelists.

Who should attend: Companies of any size; however, academics, incubators, and start-up companies are particularly encouraged to share their ideas and needs.

Topics for Session:

  • Tools and techniques from large industry perspective: How can they be deployed and optimized for small start-ups, incubators, and academic organizations?
  • Success stories: Applying HSE to advanced manufacturing.
  • Best practices in HSE as applied to nanomanufacturing, biomanufacturing/biotechnology, additive manufacturing, digitization of the workplace, human-machine interface.
  • Methods and models for risk assessment and risk management across the advanced manufacturing life cycle
  • Resource availability: Where can I go to find the information I need?
  • Implications for HSE in work organization and psycho-social interactions: the 'new normal' of digitization


Submit Your Abstract

Please first review the information for authors — abstract submission guidelines.


Topics & Application Areas

  • Additive Manufacturing EHS
  • Nanomanufacturing EHS
  • Biotechnology EHS
  • Robotics & Automation
  • Innovation in EHS Devices & Assessment Methods
  • Other
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