Keynote Speaker Highlights


Speaker Biography
Fitzgerald Washington Mr. Fitzgerald Washington, Secretary of Labor, Alabama Department of Labor
Experienced Secretary with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry. Skilled in Sales, Management, Business Development, Marketing Strategy, and Organizational Development. Strong administrative professional with an Associate of Science (A.S.) focused in Management/Supervision from Shelton State Community College.


Frank Hearl, Chief of Staff, U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Frank Hearl began his NIOSH career working on the former NIOSH testing and certification program for gas detector tubes. During his 48-year career with NIOSH, he has co-authored numerous publications and presentations on industrial hygiene, exposure assessment, silicosis, coal workers pneumoconiosis, cumulative risk, occupational robotics, and artificial intelligence. Mr. Hearl is a licensed Professional Engineer in Maryland and West Virginia. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University in 1974 and earned a Master of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980.
Frank Mortl III
Frank Mortl is the ACGIH Executive Director, he is responsible for providing guidance and support to the Board of Directors while leading ACGIH’s team of professionals who are committed to serving a membership that strives to deliver critically important industrial hygiene knowledge along a wide spectrum of topics ranging from air sampling instruments, bioaerosols, biological exposure indices, industrial ventilation, as well as threshold limit values for chemical substances and physical agents.
Shari Franklin Smith Shari Franklin Smith, CIH, CSP
Shari Franklin Smith has worked for more than 25 years helping to keep workers safe and healthy, including over nine years managing safety and health professionals supporting 3M’s PPE products such as hearing, respiratory, fall protection, and protective clothing. Using human factors research in high-visibility clothing and hearing conservation, Franklin Smith supports the construction, chemical manufacturing, and food industries as a 3M application engineer. She has helped several companies implement hearing protection fit testing, hosted multiple safety and health symposiums, and presented on COVID-19, manganese hazards in welding, silica, and beryllium. She is the secretary of AIHA’s Construction Committee.