January Meeting: A Day in the Life at MSP – Safety, Health and Security at Our Airport, The Annual Combined Meeting w/ AIHA’s Upper Midwest Section

  • January Meeting
     January 21, 2020
     11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Join us for the annual combined meeting of the AIHA Upper Midwest Section and the ASSP Northwest Chapter for a very special event at the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) General Office.  This fascinating presentation will explore the complexities and practices in safety and risk management of the Minneapolis-St Paul Airport.  The presentation will include an overview of the airport processes, the structure and purpose of the MAC organization and their partners (airlines, TSA etc.), and a showcase of how all of these stakeholders work together to keep the airport, passengers and employees safe and secure.


Dr. Dawn Errede is an industrial hygienist, certified by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. She earned her PhD in Environmental Health from the University of Minnesota, investigating the influence of substrate on mycotoxin production by indoor mold. At the Metropolitan Airports Commission in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Dr. Errede investigates indoor air quality complaints, works with labor and management representatives to recognize, evaluate and control workplace hazards and assists with investigation and resolution of injury claims from the traveling public. Dr. Errede partners with airport staff to control exposure of airport workers to contaminants such as silica dust from runway repairs, lead dust in a gun range, carbon monoxide and ultrafine particles in tug drives, and mold from water-damaged building materials. Previously, Dr. Errede served for 19 years as the Chemical Hygiene and Research Safety Officer for the University of Minnesota, as well as six years in consulting conducting health risk assessments for Superfund sites and site inspections and RCRA Facility Assessments for the EPA.




Mr. Joseph Hennessy is the Manager of Safety Management Systems for the Metropolitan Airports Commission. In this role, Joseph is charged with the development and administration of the safety management system for the Minneapolis – St. Paul (MSP) airport and six reliever airports. Prior to his current position, Joseph led safety for Delta Air Line’s MSP operation and Life Link III, the largest air medical operator in the upper Midwest. In 2017 Joseph was the recipient of the Airbus Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award. Joseph holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth and Master of Science in Aviation Safety from Central Missouri University.





Dr. Arnold Vang joined CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ) in 2010. He is the Officer-in- Charge at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Quarantine Station at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Under his jurisdiction, Dr. Vang is responsible for all federal quarantine station activities for the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska. He enforces mandated federal regulations, and provides guidance and direction to port partners in DGMQ principles, bioterrorism preparedness, and other public health activities related to control and prevention of communicable diseases. Prior to joining CDC, Dr. Vang worked as a in the Emergency Department at San Bernardino and various urgent care centers. Dr. Vang has a Doctorate and Masters in Public Health from Loma Linda University School of Public Health, and a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from Western University of Health Sciences. In addition to English, he also speaks Hmong, Laotian, and Thai.





Mr. John Ostrom is the Manager of the Airside Operations Department at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).  He has been with MSP and Airside Operations for the past 33+ years and is responsible for the management of the Airside Operations staff, and oversight of a number of MSP’s key Airside Operational programs, including wildlife hazard management, runway safety, certification training, technical operations, self-inspection and winter operations.  John has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Business Administration. He has designed and instructed a number of aviation industry courses including MSP’s 139 Boot Camp for college students, American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Airport Wildlife Techniques, Airport Wildlife Manager’s and Airport Wildlife Trainer’s Courses for both national and international professionals.  John was also responsible for the creation of MSP’s Runway Incursion Review Board and Root Cause Investigation Programs.




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Venue:   Metropolitan Airports Commission - General Office Building

6040 S 28th Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55450


6040 S 28th Ave

Minneapolis, MN 55450