July 31, 2023

AIHA and ACGIH Appoint Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene Associate Editors

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (July 31, 2023)—AIHA and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) have appointed Igor Burstyn, PhD, and Qingsheng Wang, PhD, PE, CSP, as the new associate editors of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. Also known as JOEH, AIHA and ACGIH have jointly published the peer-reviewed journal on the knowledge and practice of occupational and environmental health and safety since 2004. The two associate editors will assist JOEH Editor-in-Chief, Mike Larrañaga, PhD, CIH, CSP, in selecting articles prior to peer review and guiding authors on manuscript development.

Burstyn is an associate professor at Drexel University and adjunct professor at Utrecht University. His research focuses on identifying the sources and health impacts of occupational and environmental exposures and has led several studies as the primary investigator. In particular, his interests concern the health effects of occupational and environmental exposures on children and pregnant people. He has published extensively on the topics of occupational hygiene, exposure assessment, and occupational and environmental epidemiology and presented his research at numerous conferences. Burstyn has received a doctorate in environmental and occupational health from Utrecht University, as well as a master’s degree in occupational hygiene and a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of British Columbia.

Wang, an associate professor of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has extensive experience in occupational safety, process and reactive chemical safety, nanocomposite manufacturing, and computational fluid dynamics. An internationally recognized and widely cited researcher with over 165 peer-reviewed journal publications, Wang has been invited to review for numerous journals, serves on five editorial boards, and has received a Certificate of Excellence in Reviewing from the Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries. Wang is also the subject editor for Process Safety and Environmental Protection and associate editor for the Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry. Wang holds a doctorate in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from Zhejiang University.

“We’re delighted to welcome Burstyn and Wang to the ranks of our dedicated team at JOEH as associate editors,” said Larrañaga. “Through their insightful contributions and innovative approach, we’re confident that their presence will further elevate the standard of excellence in our journal. Our goal is for JOEH to be a thriving platform that cultivates pioneering research, stimulates creativity, and safeguards the health and well-being of workers and their communities. “Burstyn and Wang’s expertise and dedication will undoubtedly enrich our journal’s mission of advancing knowledge and promoting excellence in the field of occupational and environmental hygiene,” said Lawrence D. Sloan, AIHA CEO. “I look forward to their valuable contributions and collaborative efforts to drive innovation, foster research excellence, and support the health and well-being of our workers and communities.”

Interim Executive Director of ACGIH Phillip Rauscher MPH, CIH, CSP, also welcomed the new associate editors. “Their arrival marks a pivotal moment in our journey, and we’re honored to have them join us in shaping the future of our publication,” he said. “Their expertise, dedication, and passion for academic excellence will be invaluable assets to JOEH. Together, we will embark on a collaborative journey, united by the pursuit of knowledge and the desire to make a lasting impact.”

With the addition of Burstyn and Wang, “our journal’s community grows stronger,” Rauscher said. “We’re confident that their remarkable contributions will leave an indelible mark on the field.”

JOEH publishes peer-reviewed research studies across a wide range of investigation types—including laboratory investigations, field studies, simulations, and secondary data analyses—that examine exposures, risks, and controls that can be used to understand how exposures relate to health outcomes and may be managed for the betterment of society. Predominantly, the journal focuses on stressors that relate to adverse health outcomes, including chemical, biological, radiation, noise, ergonomic, and psychosocial hazards, as well as how work-life organization affects these exposures. JOEH is freely accessible to AIHA and ACGIH members at oeh.tandfonline.com.

About AIHA
AIHA is the association for scientists and professionals committed to preserving and ensuring occupational and environmental health and safety in the workplace and community. Founded in 1939, we support our members with our expertise, networks, comprehensive education programs, and other products and services that help them maintain the highest professional and competency standards. More than half of AIHA's nearly 8,500 members are Certified Industrial Hygienists, and many hold other professional designations. AIHA serves as a resource for those employed across the public and private sectors as well as to the communities in which they work. For more information, please visit www.aiha.org.

Since 1938, ACGIH has been respected for its dedication to the industrial hygiene and occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) communities. ACGIH facilitates an interchange of scientific experiences among OEHS experts to collect and make accessible data to support threshold limit values (TLVs) for chemical substances and physical agents, biological exposure indices (BEIs), practical applications for industrial ventilation operations and design, as well as bioaerosols agents. For more information, please visit acgih.org.