Exposure Assessment Strategies and Statistics

Sponsored by the Exposure Assessment Strategies and Statistics Committee

46 CM Credit hours / 4.6 CEUs/COCs / 46 Contact hours

Course Description

This intermediate self-study DVD course introduces key concepts including: exposure groups, sampling designs, interpreting exposure monitoring data, Bayesian statistics and dermal exposure assessment. One of our most popular and highly rated courses, the workshop also gives participants the opportunity to apply concepts to real-world scenarios through problem-solving exercises.​

Course Components

A 14-hour DVD video, PDF student handout, AIHA PDF publication "A Strategy for Assessing and Managing Occupational Exposures, 3rd Edition," a final exam and an evaluation.

Prerequisites

Prior to attending the course, participants are required to have a working knowledge of exposure assessment and hands on experience with exposure monitoring. This course is targeted for industrial hygienists with 2-10 years of experience.

 

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Welcome and introductions 

  • Basic characterization similar exposure groups define/judge exposure profiles 

  • Workshop 1: further information gathering exposure monitoring strategies, recordkeeping and reporting 

  • Workshop 2: implementation 

  • Statistics review spreadsheet demonstration/instruction Bayesian workshop 

  • Random sample exercise dermal workshop  

  • Other Applications—data management, noise, control banding, batch ​

 Learn​ing Objectives 

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to: 

  • Describe and demonstrate more efficient uses of monitoring resources. 

  • Describe practical applications and lessons learned from the implementation of the exposures assessment strategie​​​s in the field.  

  • Conduct a thorough evaluation of exposures and monitoring data.  

  • Complete several problem-solving activities to apply the concepts presented.  

  • Apply statistical tools to assist with decision making regarding the acceptability of exposure monitoring results. 

  • Describe and apply improved communication of exposure risks to employees and management.   

Time to Com​plete

This course will take approximately 50 hours to complete. You will have up to 12 months from your enrollment date to complete the course.

Instructors 

Sheryl A Milz, PhD, CIH 

Dr. Milz is an assistant professor of public health at the Medical University of Ohio. Milz is responsible for teaching industrial hygiene, risk assessment, exposure assessment, epidemiology and statistics to graduate students enrolled in one of three degree programs. Milz is currently researching noise among farm families. Previously, she worked as a field industrial hygienist for the Navy. Milz was the chair of the Exposure Assessment Strategies Committee in 2005. 

Jennifer Sahmel, CIH, CSP

Sahmel currently works in the National Park Service’s Intermountain Region as the occupational health manager. She manages the industrial hygiene program for 89 regional park units and 5,400 employees and volunteers. Prior to the National Park Service, she worked in the EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT)/Chemical Engineering Branch providing exposure assessment expertise for numerous national programs and regulations. She served as chair of the Exposure Assessment Strategies Committee’s Dermal Subcommittee (2000-2005) and currently chairs the full committee. She received a Master of Public Health degree in environmental health and industrial hygiene from the University of California at Berkeley in May of 1996. 

Michelle Dunham, MSPH, MSM 

Dunham is a consultant for Georgia Tech’s Safety and Health Consultation Program which is funded by OSHA. She specializes in occupational exposure assessment related to OSHA compliance and has conducted numerous health surveys for small Georgia businesses in high hazard industries. Examples of these businesses include wood-working shops, boat building, chemical manufacturers, and a variety of other manufacturing establishments. She is a member of the course faculty for the OSHA Training Institute at Georgia Tech and is actively involved in proposal and project development. She is co-author of A Practical Approach to Exposure Assessment Programs in the Private Sector: A Partial Validation Study of a Qualitative Chemical Exposure Assessment Model in Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. She was a co-presenter in the ACGIH International Symposium on Occupational Exposure Databases in London where she also presented an exposure assessment poster. She received her Master of Science in public health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Master of Science in management from Georgia Institute of Technology. 

Barry Graffeo, CIH

Graffeo is currently the corporate industrial hygienist at Eli Lilly and Company. He consults with research and manufacturing sites around the world to implement comprehensive exposure assessment programs. Barry has more than 14 years of experience in bulk chemical, biochemical, and pharmaceutical manufacturing; as well as research and development activities. Barry is the past chair of the AIHA Exposure Assessment Strategies Committee. He has taught numerous exposure assessment courses and coordinated a symposium on the subject. He is the 2005 recipient of the Kusnetz Award sponsored by AIHA. 

Carey Newton, MSPH, CIH 

Newton is an associate environmental consultant for Eli Lilly and Co. During his seven year tenure at Lilly, he has provided exposure assessment and containment strategies for the pharmaceutical research and development (bio-development and small synthetic molecule) components. He has been instrumental in developing global strategies for classifying R&D pharmaceutical compounds into default containment bands and also sits on the Lilly committee that establishes occupational exposure guidelines (OEL’s) for all Lilly pharmaceuticals. Newton has provided numerous technical presentations on comprehensive exposure assessment, containment of potent compounds, surrogate monitoring techniques, and OEL development. Prior to his work at Lilly, Newton had 10 years previous HS&E experience in the semiconductor, utility, and heavy manufacturing industries. 

Paul Hewett, PhD, CIH 

Dr. Hewett is the founder and president of Exposure Assessment Solutions Inc., and an adjunct professor at West Virginia University where he teaches a graduate seminar on industrial hygiene statistics and sampling strategies. Previously, Paul worked for 25 years as an industrial hygienist for NIOSH's Division of Respirable Disease Studies, specializing in the measurement and characterization of pneumoconiosis producing dusts. His credentials include a doctorate in industrial hygiene from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Public Health (1991). Hewett is also the author of numerous articles and chapters on exposure assessment and statistics for industrial hygienists, as well as a past chair of the AIHA Exposure Assessment Strategies Committee. 

William Bullock, MSPH, CIH, CSP 

Bullock holds an MSPH in Environmental Health Science from Tulane University and a BS. in Physical Geography/Geology from the University of South Alabama. He is currently the global manager of occupational health and safety, at International Paper’s Arizona Chemical Division in Jacksonville, Florida. He has held this position since 1995. Prior to this, he was a senior process industrial hygienist with International Paper’s Corporate IH Group in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, Bullock has been an adjunct instructor in the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health since 1993. Bullock is the co-author of  A Practical Approach to Exposure Assessment Programs in the Private Sector, Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene Volume 16(2): 2001. 

Joseph Damiano, CIH, CSP 

Damiano is the occupational health manager for Alcoa Investment Cast and Forged Products. Damiano has responsibility for industrial hygiene, ergonomics, and medical services. During his more than 25 years at Alcoa, Damiano has provided leadership and support in the areas of occupational exposure assessment, industrial hygiene standards of practice, performance metrics, pre-acquisition assessments, start-up of health and safety programs in new ventures, and the management of various occupational health issues. He received a MS in industrial hygiene from the University of Cincinnati's Kettering Laboratory, and earned his BS in environmental science at Rutgers University. He has served as chair of the AIHA Exposure Assessment Strategies Committee, chair of the AIHA Management Committee, and was awarded Fellow membership status with the AIHA in 2001. Damiano is co-author of the second edition of the AIHA book, A Strategy for Assessing and Managing Occupational Exposures.