Stress Can Cloud Facts, Hamper Communication

During high-stress situations, people tend to focus on the potential hazards or outcomes to such a degree that it minimizes their ability to process facts. On 25 July, SPE will hold a webinar entitled “Risk Communication—It’s Not Just About the Facts.” The webinar is geared toward professionals who may need to discuss technical matters in a highly stressful or emotionally charged situation.

Understanding the principles behind risk communication will enable a company to gain public trust and credibility while effectively communicating. The risk-communication webinar, organized by Ralph Marshall, global industrial hygiene manager for ExxonMobil, and Kristin Koblis, senior occupational health adviser for Noble Energy, will highlight some of the more common communication issues related to onshore oil and gas development, chemical exposure, and disease outbreaks.

Speakers will be Denise Hill, toxicologist and regulatory affairs professional with Cardno; Marisa Kreider, a toxicologist and senior managing health scientist with Cardno ChemRisk; and Laurie Gneiding, an associate toxicologist with Amec Foster Wheeler Environment and Infrastructure.

Hill’s consulting practice focuses on product stewardship in the petroleum and specialty chemicals industries. She provides hazard and risk assessment, regulatory review, and guidance regarding emerging issues and market-specific public concerns for trade associations, member organizations, and individual companies. Before joining Cardno, Hill conducted academic research at the Texas A&M Health Science Center’s Institute of Biosciences and Technology.

Kreider holds a PhD degree from the Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at Duke University. She currently serves as Cardno ChemRisk’s practice area lead for toxicology.

Gneiding holds a BA degree in biology from William Paterson College and an MS degree in environmental toxicology from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She has more than 33 years of experience in the preparation and presentation of human health and ecological risk assessments.

Register for the webinar here. (Available on demand after presentation date)