Aerosol Technology Committee


To provide a forum for exchanging ideas and information about aerosols and how they impact the workplace and the community. To participate in the development and analysis of related technological and regulatory issues. 

Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Assemble, evaluate, and disseminate to occupational and environmental health professionals information relevant to sampling, analysis, and the physical characterization of aerosols. 

Objective #1: Discuss and act upon aerosol issues.


  • Designate specific members to track and report on identified issues.

  • Respond to AIHA Board requests to address specific issues.

  • Meet at the AIHce and at other times as appropriate.

  • Solicit papers; organize sessions; and provide session arrangers, chairs, and monitors for the AIHce.

  • Prepare relevant information for publication.

Objective #2: Provide education and training on aerosol technology issues.


  • Provide an annual basic professional development course (PDC), solicit or develop new PDCs, and keep existing PDCs up to date.

Goal 2: Actively participate in identifying and responding to aerosol issues.

Objective #1: Identify, evaluate, and comment on proposed legislation, regulations and standards affecting aerosol technology.


  • Monitor and report on relevant activities by rule-making organizations.

  • Develop and recommend positions to the AIHA Board.  

David L. Swift Memorial Award

The Aerosol Technology Committee confers this award to honor the memory of Dr. Swift, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, for his outstanding contributions to aerosol and industrial hygiene research. The outstanding paper is selected from among all papers related to aerosol research published during the previous calendar year in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. The papers are rated for their:

  • Development of an aerosol sampler or sensor,

  • Evaluation of an aerosol sampler or sensor or an aerosol sampling method,

  • Use of an aerosol or aerosol sampling device to test a piece of equipment, and/or

  • Characterization of an aerosol in a workplace.

Past Swift Award Winners:

  • Publication Year 2013: Eric J. Esswein, Michael Breitenstein, John Snawder, Max Kiefer, and W. Karl Sieber, Occupational Exposures to Respirable Crystalline Silica During Hydraulic Fracturing, J Occup Environ Hyg 10:347-356 (2013)

  • Publication Year 2012: William G. Lindsley, William P. King , Robert E. Thewlis , Jeffrey S. Reynolds , Kedar Panday , Gang Cao and Jonathan V. Szalajda, Dispersion and Exposure to a Cough-Generated Aerosol in a Simulated Medical Examination Room, J Occup Environ Hyg 9:681-690 (2012)

  • Publication Year 2011: Pengfei Gao, Peter Jaques, Ta-Chih Hsiao, Angie Sheperd, Benjamin Eimer Mengshi Yang, Adam Miller, Bhupender Gupta, and Ronald Shaffer, Evaluation of Nano- and Submicron Particle Penetration through Ten Nonwoven Fabrics Using a Wind-Driven Approach, J Occup Environ Hyg 8:13-22 (2011)

  • Publication Year 2010: Seung Won Kim and Peter C. Raynor. Experimental Evaluation of Oil Mists Using a Semivolatile Aerosol Dichotomous Sampler. J Occup Environ Hyg 7:203-215 (2010).

  • Publication Year 2009: Peters TM, Elzey S, Johnson R, Park H, Grassian VH, Maher T, O'Shaughnessy P: Airborne Monitoring to Distinguish Engineered Nanomaterials from Incidental Particles for Environmental Health and Safety. J Occup Environ Hyg. 6(2):73-81 (2009).

  • Publication Year 2008: Eninger R, Honda T, Reponen T, McKay R, Grinshpun S: What Does Respirator Certification Tell Us About Filtration of Ultrafine Particles? J Occup Environ Hyg. 5:286-296 (2008).

  • Publication Year 2007: Sheehan M, Hands D: Metalworking Fluid Mist – Strategies to Reduce Exposure: A Comparison of New and Old Transmission Case Transfer Lines. J Occup Environ Hyg. 4(4):288-300 (2007).

  • Publication Year 2006: Verma DK, Shaw DS, Shaw ML, Julian JA, McCollin S-A, des Tombe K: An Evaluation of Analytical Methods, Air Sampling Techniques, and Airborne Occupational Exposure of Metalworking Fluids. J Occup Environ Hyg. 3(2):53-66 (2006).

  • Publication Year 2005: Quinn MM, Smith TJ, Schneider T, Eisen EA, Wegman DH: Determinants of Airborne Fiber Size in the Glass Fiber Production Industry. J Occup Environ Hyg. 2(1):19-28 (2005).

  • Publication Year 2004: Kuhlbusch TAJ, Neumann S, Fissan H: Number Size Distribution, Mass Concentration, and Particle Composition of PM1, PM2.5, and PM10 in Bag Filling Areas of Carbon Black Production. J Occup Environ Hyg. 1(10):660-671 (2004).

  • Publication Year 2003: Stefaniak AB, Hoover MD, Dickerson RM, Peterson EJ, Day GA, Breysse PN, Kent MS, Scripsick RC: Surface Area of Respirable Beryllium Metal, Oxide, and Copper Alloy Aerosols and Implications for Assessment of Exposure Risk of Chronic Beryllium Disease. AIHA J. 64:297-305 (2003).

  • Publication Year 2002: O'Shaughnessy P, Slagley J: Photometer Response Determination Based on Aerosol Physical Characteristics. AIHA J. 63(5):578-85 (2002).

  • Publication Year 2001: McCawley MA, Kent MS, Berakis MT: Ultrafine Beryllium Number Concentration as a Possible Metric for Chronic Beryllium Disease Risk. Appl Occup Environ Hyg. 16(5):631-638 (2001).

  • Publication Year 2000: Aizenberg V, Grinshpun SA, Willeke K, Smith JP, Baron PA: Performance Characteristics of the Button Personal Inhalable Aerosol Sampler. AIHA J. 61(3): 398-404 (2000).

  • Publication Year 1999: Chen, C.C., Lai, C.Y., Shih, T.S. and Hwang, J.S. (1999) Laboratory performance comparison of respirable samplers. American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal, 60, 601-611.

  • Publication Year 1998: Xiong JQ, Fang C, and Cohen BS. A portable vapor/particle sampler. AIHA J. 58 (9): 614-621 (1998)

  • Publication Year 1997: Gao P, Dillon HK, and Farthing WE. Development and evaluation of an inhalable bioaerosol manifold sampler. AIHA J. 58(3): 196-206 (1997)