AIHA University Webinar: Cleaning Out Your Data Closet

Date: Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022 - Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (EDT)
Event Type: Webinars, AIHA Webinars

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Are you an OEHS professional collecting data, but aren’t sure if you’re using it to its fullest capability? Does the term “big data” seem too vague or subject to interpretation?

You’re not alone. A 2020 survey of OEHS/IH Professionals found the following:

  • 89% of respondents indicate that their organization stores or maintains IH data
  • 75% store or maintain IH data as computer files of individual exposure monitoring reports
  • 32% use specialized computer software or data systems to store or maintain IH data
  • 59% use spreadsheet software as their analytical software
  • 41% indicate that the term “big data” means nothing to them
  • 73% indicate that their organization doesn’t analyze big data or they don’t know if their organization does

Join this webinar to learn how to take your data analysis to the next level - whether you are just starting to clean out your data sets, focusing on creating metrics and goals for monthly safety meetings, or turning your attention to aggregating data sets for better project planning.

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze the data you have – what can be done with what you’ve collected through tools like IHSTATs and EXPOstats.
  • Identify the data cleanup and the tools you can use to combine data files into a standardized format for analysis.
  • Describe some tools that can be used to supplement your data sets (NoiseJEM and OSHA CEHD).
  • Discuss the value and the risks of data aggregation.
  • List the rules for data aggregation.
  • Provide metrics high-performing organizations can use to set goals, plan, and monitor progress in the continuous improvement of their health protection program.

Presenters

John Baker

John Baker, CIH FAIHA has worked in the environmental and occupational health field since 1971. He became a CIH in 1978 and has held officer positions in the Western New York Local Section and the Nano and Advanced Materials Working Group of AIHA. He has a bachelor’s degree in physics, a master’s degree in environmental engineering and an MBA. He was Deputy Director of the Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology at Rice University. His work experience includes air pollution control enforcement and technical and managerial positions in the steel industry, manufacturing, and consulting. He retired from BSI EHS Services and Solutions in 2021. His interests include the risk management and hazard communication about manufactured nanomaterials and incidental ultrafine particulate matter.

Benjamin Roberts

Dr. Benjamin Roberts is a Senior Health Scientist with Cardno ChemRisk. He completed his Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. His training and research focused on improving exposure assessment techniques for occupational noise with an emphasis on using new technology and rigorous statistical methods. Dr. Roberts also holds an MPH in industrial hygiene from the University of Michigan and has helped train other industrial hygiene graduate students in using air sampling equipment, direct reading instruments, and noise dosimeters. Dr. Roberts is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and a past-chair of the AIHA Noise Committee.

Paul Wambach

Paul F. Wambach, CIH (retired) worked for the United States Department of Energy (DOE) headquarter offices since 1980 on assignments ranging from policy development and oversight to health studies. One of his projects at the DOE was the Beryllium-Associated Worker Registry, which collects, analyzes, and reports health and exposure data created through the operation of the Department of Energy chronic beryllium disease (CBD) prevention programs. Mr. Wambach has over 30 years of experience in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene.

Eric Adams manages a scientific programming group at Oak Ridge Associated Universities, overseeing the ORISE DOE Data Center, a collection of federal worker health protection programs, and managing the IT infrastructure for the ORISE Beryllium Laboratory which performs thousands of medical blood tests annually. He triple-majored at the University of South Florida in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Computer Engineering, and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in analytics from Georgia Institute of Technology. Eric’s passion for data science, health informatics, and the translation of data into knowledge is exemplified daily in the work he and his team performs.