Turning Numbers into Knowledge: Sensors for Safety, Health, Well-being, and Productivity Webinar Recording

Event Type: Webinars, AIHA Webinars

Earn 2 Contact Hours

Member $199 | Nonmember $225 | Student $25

Participants in this webinar will discover a life-cycle approach to the development, selection, and use of modern direct-reading and sensor technologies; an update on the sensor-related Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives being coordinated by the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office; an update on activities of the Exposure Science 21 Federal Initiative; current examples of occupational applications and opportunities for sensors; and considerations for the ethical use of sensors. There will be frequent question and answer opportunities and a concluding panel discussion.


Participants should have a basic understanding of the science and practice of hazard and exposure assessment for occupational risk management.

Informative background on current and emerging issues for sensor development, selection, and use:

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Anticipate potential applications, benefits, and challenges of real-time monitoring in environmental and occupational health settings
  • Recognize specific situations where real-time monitoring might contribute to improved assessment and control of hazard, exposure, and resulting risks
  • Evaluate and communicate options for the selection of methods, including considerations for the temporal and spatial deployment of monitors and the collection and quality assurance of data
  • Control the monitoring lifecycle to meet critical objectives including differences for regulatory versus research applications
  • Confirm that the intended monitoring objectives were successfully met and communicated


Dr. D. Gayle DeBord is the Associate Director for Science for the Division of Applied Research and Technology with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. She is also the Director of the NIOSH Center for Direct Reading and Sensor Technologies. Dr. DeBord obtained her Ph.D. in Environmental Health (Toxicology) from the University of Cincinnati and joined NIOSH shortly thereafter. Dr. DeBord is the Manager of the NIOSH Exposure Assessment program, serves on the NIOSH team that develops the NIOSH Hazardous Drug List, and is tasked with leading the Occupational Exposome effort within NIOSH.

Dr. DeBord is the co-chair of the Exposure Sciences 21 Federal partners working group. She has deployed to the CDC Emergency Operations Center for the anthrax attacks and led a Health Hazard Evaluation Team during Deep Water Horizon Gulf Oil Release. Dr. DeBord recently deployed to Liberia where she served as the CDC Safety Officer.

Dr. Mark D. Hoover is a senior research scientist in the Division of Respiratory Disease Studies with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. He is co-Director of the NIOSH Center for Direct Reading and Sensor Technologies, and Coordinator of the NIOSH Exposure Assessment Program. Dr. Hoover obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering from the University of New Mexico and his B.S. in Mathematics and English from Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Hoover is board certified in the comprehensive practice of health physics and in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene. He has served as chairman or contributor to the development of many national and international standards; is a past chair of the AIHA Control Banding Working Group and a past chair of the AIHA Nanotechnology Working Group; and is author or co-author of more than 200 open literature publications.

Dr. Lisa E. Friedersdorf became the Deputy Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) in May 2014 after serving in the office for two years as a full-time consultant on a wide variety of programs and projects. She has been involved in nanotechnology for nearly twenty years, with a particular interest in advancing technology commercialization through university-industry-government collaboration. She is a strong advocate for STEM education and has almost two decades of teaching experience.

Dr. Friedersdorf has also been active in nanotechnology policy issues on the state and regional level as Director of CIT’s Virginia Nanotechnology Initiative and as a member of the Virginia General Assembly’s Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS) Citizen’s Nanotechnology Advisory Committees (2005, 2006, and 2007). Prior to working with the NNCO, she was the Managing Director of the Institute for Nanoscale and Quantum Scientific and Technological Advanced Research (nanoSTAR) at the University of Virginia. She earned her PhD and MSE in Materials Science and Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida.​

Timothy (Tim) Watkins is the Deputy Director of the National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL) in the U.S. EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD). Watkins has held a variety of positions in ORD including the Deputy National Program Director for the Air, Climate, and Energy research program, acting director of the Environmental Public Health Division in the ORD’s National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL), and deputy director of the Human Exposure and Atmospheric Sciences Division in NERL.

Watkin's expertise and interests lie in the area of air pollution exposure assessment, including air monitoring and modeling. He has also supported collaborative activities involving monitoring and modeling, including collaborative efforts between the EPA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to support the CDC’s Environmental Public Health Tracking program. Watkins has worked with the EPA since 1990. He received his MS in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his BA in Economics and Mathematics from Rollins College.​

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