Application of Occupational Exposure Banding Strategies and Tools for Chemical Exposures in the Workplace

Intermediate | Competent
Sunday, October 27, 2019
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
CM Credit Hours: 7 


Emerging Issues; Occupational Exposure Assessment and Control; Risk Assessment


Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) provide a foundation for assessing chemical exposures and informing risk management decisions according to the hierarchy of controls, including identifying chemicals for elimination or substitution, and determining best practices and engineering controls. Occupational Exposure Banding is a process that uses available toxicological data to identify a range of concentrations, called Occupational Exposure Bands (OEBs), for which decisions can be made about exposure control strategies. The objective of this course is to examine: 1) The NIOSH guidance to derive an OEB, 2) application of the OEB in the workplace, and 3) application of banding strategies and tools for assessing chemicals with no existing OELs. This course will also provide user guides and hands-on training on resources available for occupational safety and health professionals, including training in small groups facilitated by experts and designers of the NIOSH Occupational Exposure Banding methodology. 

*Registration includes breakfast & boxed luncheon.

**Please note: power strips will not be provided at each attendee's seat; however, charging stations for laptops will be provided in each course room. 

Value Added 

Each participant will receive user guides and hands-on training on resources available for occupational safety and health professionals, employers, and workers. 


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Identify resources for finding Globally Harmonized System for classification and labelling of chemicals (GHS) hazard codes/categories and toxicological information
  • Describe primary toxicological terms used in the NIOSH Occupational Exposure Banding process
  • Develop an OEB using the NIOSH Occupational Exposure Banding methodology
  • Interpret how to utilize OEBs and understand the limitations of their application in the workplace
  • Explain the range of Occupational Exposure Banding derivation methods and their relationship to each other


  • Introduction: Toxicology, Hierarchy of OELs, OEBs, Hazard Communication/GHS, Resources for Banding
  • Proposed NIOSH Occupational Exposure Methodology
  • Emergency Response Applications
  • Facilitated Breakout Session to Develop OEBs, Using the Tier 1 Process and e-Tool
  • Overview of the Tier 2 and Tier 3 Processes
  • Report and Discuss Scenario Results

Transfer of Knowledge

Instructors will evaluate participants’ understanding of the materials presented based on:

  • Group activities
  • Hands-on demonstrations and practicum
  • Practice exercises

Your Instructors

Thomas J. Lentz, PhD
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH

T.J. Lentz is a lead health scientist/research occupational hygienist and Chief of the Document Development Branch with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (NIOSH/CDC). Dr. Lentz conducts research to evaluate occupational and environmental hazards, with projects and interests that include: investigation of small business industries and their hazards; assessment of safety hazards in construction trades; and evaluation of toxicology and epidemiology data on chemical and physical agents to determine health risks and appropriate prevention strategies.

Dr. Lentz is particularly interested in studying how design, planning, and control engineering can be used to address safety and health challenges in the work environment. Major duties include developing informational materials and guidance for other agencies, industry, labor groups, and the public. Dr. Lentz previously served as the Policy Response Coordinator for the Institute. Dr. Lentz earned his BA in biology/philosophy from Wittenberg University (1989), a MPH in environmental health sciences/health policy from Yale University (1991), and a PhD in environmental health/industrial hygiene from the University of Cincinnati (1997).

Lauralynn Taylor McKernan, ScD, CIH
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH

Captain Lauralynn Taylor McKernan is an environmental health officer in the U.S. Public Health Service and has been working as a research industrial hygienist for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health for 20 years. She is a certified industrial hygienist and received her Doctor of Science degree from Harvard University.

Dr. McKernan has conducted a variety of industrial hygiene field studies and has publications in topics ranging from bio-aerosols on commercial aircraft, blood lead monitoring techniques, risk probability, diacetyl sampling, and lessons learned for first responders. She is a subject matter expert in occupational exposure banding and has been a valued team member for the NIOSH Occupational Exposure Banding Initiative since 2013. Dr. McKernan is the past chair for the American Industrial Hygiene Association Exposure and Control Banding Committee.

Pranav Rane, MPH
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH

Pranav Rane is an Associate Service fellow working in the Education and Information Division (EID) of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). He earned his BS in Microbiology and Psychology from the Ohio State University and a MPH in Population Health Policy and Management from the University Of Kentucky College Of Public Health.

At NIOSH, he has contributed to several projects such as the NIOSH Pocket Guide and the NIOSH Occupational Exposure Banding Current Intelligence Bulletin. Mr. Rane also serves as the assistant coordinator for the NORA Manufacturing program.

Melissa Seaton, MS
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH

Melissa Seaton is an industrial hygienist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and a first year PhD student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Ms. Seaton earned her BS in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan and a MS in Environmental Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, where she specialized in Occupational Hygiene and Hazardous Substances.

At NIOSH, Ms. Seaton has been involved in several projects, including the development of the NIOSH Occupational Exposure Banding methodology, the development of a high priority Criteria for a Recommended Standard document, and multiple health hazard evaluations. Ms. Seaton has also been involved in emergency preparedness and response. She has deployed three times in support of the CDC Ebola Response, including two deployments to Sierra Leone, West Africa.​​​​​