Expert Guidance to Improve Your Workplace Safety

Each episode of the Healthier Workplaces Show covers timely and informative topics about industrial hygiene, environmental health, and safety issues to help you improve your workplace safety. In each episode, we speak with professionals from various industry sectors to explore workplace challenges, professional development opportunities, and solutions to today’s most pressing industrial hygiene and occupational safety challenges.

New episodes drop on the first and third Wednesday of each month. They can be found through the below link, at the Healthy Indoors community site, and on all prominent podcast streamers, including Amazon, Spotify, Apple, Pandora, Podbean, and more—search for “Healthier Workplaces” on your favorite podcast site to get started.

The series is produced for AIHA by Healthy Indoors® / IAQNET LLC.

Your Healthier Workplaces Show Host

Bob Krell

Industry veteran Bob Krell hosts AIHA's Healthier Workplaces Show. Bob is the CEO of IAQnet, LLC, which provides video production services, and is an internationally recognized indoor environmental consultant and trainer in the IAQ industry for over 29 years. Bob has designed and managed successful indoor environmental projects for commercial, educational, and healthcare facilities throughout the US and conducted hundreds of IAQ investigations. He is also a nationally-known speaker and presenter on indoor environmental topics, featured at numerous industry conferences, and widely published in trade journals and conference proceedings. You can find him on LinkedIn.

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Episode 33
AIHA Mentoring Institute

(February 7, 2024)

In episode 33 of The Healthier Workplaces Show Podcast, host Bob Krell highlights the AIHA Mentoring Institute, featuring a founding member from the institute Melissa Rupert, MS, CIH. Listen to this episode and get an insight into the importance of mentorship in the world of industrial hygiene and occupational and environmental health and safety (IH/OEHS).

Don't miss this insightful discussion! Engage with the episode and connect with fellow professionals in the Catalyst and Healthy Indoors communities. Stay informed, stay inspired!

Episode 32
Impulse Noise Management

(January 24, 2024)

In episode 32 of The Healthier Workplaces Show Podcast, host Bob Krell delves into the critical topic of Impulse Noise Management, featuring three distinguished guests—Cullen Whittaker, PE, CIH, CSP, Rob Agnew, Ph.D., CIH, CSP, and Chris Robertson, MSPH, CIH, CSP. Together, they unravel the complexities surrounding impulse noise and its impact on industrial hygiene and occupational and environmental health and safety (IH/OEHS).

Don't miss this insightful discussion on impulse noise and its crucial role in the broader landscape of occupational and environmental health. Engage with the episode and connect with fellow professionals in the Catalyst and Healthy Indoors communities. Stay informed, stay inspired!

Episode 31
Key Trends in IH/OEHS for the Next Decade

(December 21, 2023)

In episode 31 of The Healthier Workplaces Show Podcast, host Bob Krell goes deeper into the future of industrial hygiene and occupational and environmental health and safety (IH/OEHS) with esteemed guests Dina M. Siegel, CIH, CSP, CBSP, FAIHA, current AIHA Board of Directors President, and Nicole M.H. Greeson, MS, CIH, President-Elect. Together, they explore key trends shaping the next decade in IH/OEHS, providing valuable insights for professionals navigating the ever-evolving landscape. Join the conversation as they discuss emerging challenges, innovations, and strategies to create healthier workplaces. Engage with this episode and more in the Catalyst and Healthy Indoors communities.

Episode 30
Adapting to Change: JOEH's Approach to Open Access and the Evolution of Publishing Trends

(December 6, 2023)

In episode 30 of Healthier Workplaces, host Bob Krell explores the world of academics with Michael D. Larranaga, Ph.D., PE, CIH, CSP, FAIHA, editor-in-chief of Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH). The discuss how JOEH is navigating the changing tides of publishing trends in an era of open access and rapid information sharing. Hear about the journal's strategies to embrace openness while maintaining the integrity of scholarly communication in the field of occupational and environmental hygiene. Discuss this episode and more in both the Catalyst and Healthy Indoors communities.

Episode 29
AIHA’s ABET Program Evaluators and Their Crucial Role

(November 22, 2023)

In episode 29 of Healthier Workplaces, host Bob Krell talks with AIHA members Alice Greife, Ph.D., CIH, FAIHA, and Torey Nalbone, Ph.D., CIH, FAIHA, who volunteer as ABET Program Evaluators. Learn about the vital role they play, the qualifications needed, and how this unique opportunity not only contributes to educational standards but also enhances professional networks and careers. Tune in for an insider's perspective on ensuring the quality of post-secondary education programs and exploring the many facets of the ABET accreditation process. Discuss this episode and more in both the Catalyst and Healthy Indoors communities.

Episode 28
Welding Safety Champion: Lessons from an OEHS Expert

(November 08, 2023)

In episode 28 of Healthier Workplaces, host Bob Krell talks with AIHA member Mike Harris PhD, CIH, FAIHA, about his remarkable journey as an IH and welding safety expert, tracing his career from the early days to influential work in welding safety. Discuss this episode and more in both the Catalyst and Healthy Indoors communities.

Episode 27
Inspiring the Next Generation: Women in OEHS Careers

(October 18, 2023)

In episode 27 of Healthier Workplaces, host Bob Krell talks with AIHA member Diana Peroni about women’s experiences, challenges and contributions to the multifaceted landscape of OEHS. Discuss this episode and more in both the Catalyst and Healthy Indoors communities.


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Episode 26
"DEI in the OEHS and the Workplace"

(October 05, 2023)

In episode 26 of Healthier Workplaces, host Bob Krell talks with AIHA member Isabel Bacarella, MPH, CIH, CSP and Kanani Patricio-Young, BA, about the importance of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) for OEHS Professionals. Discuss this episode and more in both the Catalyst and Healthy Indoors communities.



Episode 25
"Building Your OEHS Career: The Power of Portfolio"

(September 20, 2023)

In episode 25 of Healthier Workplaces, host Bob Krell and AIHA member Isabel Bacarella, MPH, CIH, CSP, dive into portfolio building, interview strategies, and valuable resources offered by AIHA's Career and Employment Services Committee. This episode was recorded during AIHce EXP 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.


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Episode 24
Navigating the Soundscape of Occupational Health

(September 06, 2023)

In episode 24 of Healthier Workplaces, host Bob Krell talks with AIHA members Cullen Whittaker, PE, CIH, CSP, Richard Lee Neitzel, PhD, CIH, FAIHA, about the updated noise manual for OEHS professionals, some of its key updates and additions, as well as some of the practical applications and benefits that professionals can derive from it. This conversation took place while at AIHce EXP 2023 in Phoenix.


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Episode 23
Navigating Workplaces Risks

(August 16, 2023)

In episode 23 of Healthier Workplaces, host Bob Krell talks with AIHA members William Bullock, DHSc, MSPH, CIH, CSP, FAIHA, and Steven Jahn, MBA, CIH, FAIHA, about the significance of accurate exposure judgment, the impact on worker well-being, strategies for integration, bias mitigation, collaboration's pivotal role, and a glimpse into emerging innovations.


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Episode 22
Fostering Global Safety

(August 02, 2023)

In episode 22 of Healthier Workplaces, host Bob Krell talks with AIHA members Lucinette Alvarado, CIH and Laurence Svirchev, CIH, MA about AIHA's International Committee's efforts to support OEHS professionals and worker health and safety in developing countries.

Episode 21
Safe Steps: Protecting the Next Generation of Workers in the Workplace

(July 19, 2023)

In episode 21 of Healthier Workplaces, host Bob Krell talks with AIHA members Michaela A. Hall, MPH and Jennifer L. Maclachlan about the critical topic of teen safety in the workplace. From identifying common hazards and concerns faced by young workers to exploring the role of education and collaboration in promoting a secure working environment, Hall and Maclachlan shed light on the emerging trends and challenges that demand our attention to safeguard the well-being of the next generation in the workforce.

Episode 20
Leadership Lessons (from AIHce)

(July 5, 2023)

In episode 20 of Healthier Workplaces, host Bob Krell talks with AIHA member Jason Kunz, MS, CIH, CSP, to discuss Lessons in Leadership from AIHce EXP 2023. In the second half of the show, Bob is joined by Andrew Floeder and Nathan Chen, respectively 1st and 2nd Best in Show Student Poster winners, shared their experience at the premier conference for OEHS professionals. This conversation took place at AIHce EXP 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. Discuss this episode and more in both the Catalyst and Healthy Indoors communities.

Episode 19
Safety for All: Nonprofits Leading the Charge in Workplace Safety Advocacy and Education

(June 21, 2023)

In episode 19 of Healthier Workplaces Show, Bob talks with Faridodin "Fredi" Lajvardi President / CEO and Director of STEM Initiatives at Si Se Puede Foundation, Sharon Shindel, CIH, CSP, Arizona Board Member & AZ Lead at Safety 4 Nonprofits (S4NP), and Nancy Orr, CIH, CSP, Executive Committee Member at Safety 4 Nonprofits, Inc, about navigating the intersection of OEHS and nonprofits. Lajvardi was the closing keynote speaker at AIHce EXP 2023. Discuss this episode and more in both the Catalyst and Healthy Indoors communities.

Episode 18
Considering the Future of OEHS

(June 7, 2023)

In episode 18 of Healthier Workplaces Show, Bob talks with Dr. Poppy Crum, opening keynote speaker at AIHce EXP 2023, and AIHA member Mwangi Ndonga, CIH, CSP, CHMM, talk about the future of OEHS and how AI and digital tools can be used to create healthier workplaces. This conversation took place following Dr. Crum's keynote presentation at AIHce EXP 2023.
Discuss this episode and more in both the Catalyst and Healthy Indoors communities.

Episode 17
Mental Health and OEHS

(May 17, 2023)

In episode 17 of Healthier Workplaces Show, Bob talks with Liz Hill, CIH, CSP, about the impact of mental health in the workplaces and why OEHS professionals should make mental well-being and psychological safety a priority. Discuss this episode and more in both the Catalyst and Healthy Indoors communities.

Episode 16
A New Normal of Hot & Smokey Environments

(May 03, 2023)

In episode 16 of Healthier Workplaces Show, Bob talks with Mona Shum, MSc, CIH, about how climate change impacts occupational and environmental health and safety professionals, especially regarding heat stress and wildfire smoke. Shum and Michael Cooper MS, MPH, CIH, will be delivering an AIHce EXP educational session, “I3: A New Normal of Hot and Smoky,” on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m., Mountain time. AIHce EXP 2023 will be held May 22–24 both virtually and onsite at Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. To register, visit the conference website.

Episode 15
Importance of Diversity in STEM

(April 19, 2023)

In this episode, Fredi Lajvardi, President, CEO, and Director of STEM Initiatives at Si Se Puede Foundation, shares why diversity is key to igniting interest in STEM education, building teams that support and motivate each other, and fueling creative innovation and problem-solving in remarkable ways. Lajvardi is the closing keynote speaker at AIHce EXP 2023. Discuss this episode and more in both the Catalyst and Healthy Indoors communities.

Episode 14
Climate Change and OEHS Challenges

(April 5, 2023)

In this episode, Sadie Daffer, CIH, and Doug Fallon, CIH, CSP, discuss their upcoming AIHce EXP session about the increasing challenges OEHS professionals are finding as global warming continues. They also discuss their experiences about anticipating and recognizing climate change hazards within their areas of responsibility, and what OEHS professionals can do to better prepare for the future.

Episode 13
Enhancing Human Performance

(March 16, 2023)

In this episode, Dr. Poppy Crum, Chief Technology Officer at NextSense Inc., previews her upcoming session topic at AIHce EXP 2023. Dr. Crum envisions a future where human capacity and performance is enhanced through technology, without replacing human interaction and experiences. Her opening keynote on May 22 is sponsored by SGS Galson. Discuss this episode and more in both the Catalyst and Healthy Indoors communities.

Episode 12
Personal Branding for STEM

(March 1, 2023)

In this episode, Warm Robots CEO and founder Goldie Chan shares about the importance of personal branding, a key component of finding success in today’s career environment. She shares how OEHS and IH professionals can overcome specific challenges that many STEM-oriented people find in branding themselves as experts in their field.

Episode 11
Indoor Air Quality in Schools

(Feb 15, 2023)

On this episode, AIHA's Mark Ames, Nancy McClellan, and Alex LeBeau join show host Bob Krell to discuss post-pandemic indoor air quality (IAQ) in schools, and how IH/OEHS professionals can engage with their local districts to enhance their relationships.

Episode 10
The Importance of Influencing

(Feb 1, 2023)

C.J. Backlund, MS, CIH, CSP, an environmental safety and health (ESH) coordinator for Sandia, and Brian Thomson, a health physicist at Sandia and head of the lab’s human performance improvement, talk about how influencer skills may help IHs be more efficient in their work. Discuss this episode and more in both the Catalyst and Healthy Indoors communities.

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Episode 09
Future of IH in 2023

(Jan 18, 2023)

Want to know the future of OEHS for the coming year? Join Donna Heidel, MS, CIH, FAIHA, Principal Industrial Hygienist, Amazon, and Felix Boachie, MS, CIH, CSP, Global Industrial Hygiene Director, McCormick & Company, in Episode 9 of Healthier Workplaces Show. Discuss this episode and more in both the Catalyst and Healthy Indoors communities.

Episode 08
Commit to C.A.R.E

(Dec. 21, 2022)

On the final episode of 2022, the Healthier Workplaces Show welcomes IBEC's CSO, Ken Martinez, AIHA's CEO Larry Sloan, and AIHA's Managing Director of External Affairs, Sue Marchese to discuss the public awareness campaign Commit to C.A.R.E.

Episode 07
AIHA’s Content Portfolio Advisory Group (CPAG)

(Dec. 9, 2022)

This episode we learn about AIHA’s Content Portfolio Advisory Group (CPAG) and how it provides input and advice to the AIHA Board of Directors and the staff regarding the association’s body of content on industrial hygiene and occupational and environmental health and safety. We are joined by guests Chuck Geraci, CPAG Chair, and Justine Parker, CPAG Board Liaison.

Episode 06
Product Stewardship and PSX

(Nov. 23, 2022)

The Product Stewardship Society is a group that focuses on this important area. Their annual PSX event brings a diverse group of professionals together each year to learn and network. This week we are joined by Lisa Marie Nespoli, the Society’s incoming President-elect, and Tina Armstrong, past chair of the PSX 2022 event, to discuss the recent meeting in Louisville, as well as some of the goals of the Product Stewardship Society. Discuss this episode and more in both the Catalyst and Healthy Indoors communities.

Episode 05
AIHA's New PR(IH)DE

(Nov. 2, 2022)

Over the past few years, there has been a heightened emphasis on creating, and expanding diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives (otherwise known as DEI) in the workplace. These programs reinforce cultures of psychological safety among workers who increasingly come from diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and life experiences. This week we meet three of AIHA’s new PR(IH)DE Special Interest Group members to learn about their team's goals. Discuss this episode and more in both the Catalyst and Healthy Indoors communities.

Episode 04
Leadership Challenges

(Oct. 19, 2022)

This week's guests are Dina Siegel, AIHA's President-Elect, and Nicole Greeson, AIHA's Vice President. Bob sat down with them to discuss some of the leadership challenges they faced during their IH/OEHS careers. Discuss this episode and more in both the Catalyst and Healthy Indoors communities.

Episode 03
The Power of Empathy

(Oct. 5, 2022)

The May 2022 issue of The Synergist featured a cover story on Harnessing the Hidden Power of Empathy, and how it can lead to effective leadership and greater compassion from OEHS professionals. In this episode, Bob talks with authors Tim Paz and Amy McCae to dive into why you need to be thinking both strategically AND empathetically with your audience and why it matters to them when you deliver a message. Discuss this episode and more in both the Catalyst and Healthy Indoors communities.

Episode 02
IH Journeys into Leadership

(Sept. 21, 2022)

This week, Bob spoke with IH leaders Lucinette Alvarado and Courtney Tinner about their respective career tracks, leadership opportunities, and some of their workplace challenges. Bob then discussed Emotional Intelligence with AIHA's CEO, Larry Sloan. Discuss this episode and more in both the Catalyst and Healthy Indoors communities.

Episode 01
Early IH Career Stories

(Sept. 7, 2022)

Welcome to the first episode of Healthier Workplaces, a program dedicated to highlighting the efforts of the industry professionals who protect our workers and their communities from occupational and environmental hazards. For our inaugural episode, we met with three OEHS professionals to share their professional journeys: Denese Deeds, Subena Colligan, and Vishal Nathu. Discuss this episode and more in both the Catalyst and Healthy Indoors communities.