Improving Inhalation Exposure Assessments | Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety Education and Research Center

Improving Inhalation Exposure Assessments


8AM - 5PM

AIHce Exp 2022

Nashville, TN

Industrial Hygienists need strategies and tools to make effective and efficient decisions in rapidly evolving domestic and international environments. New international regulations such as REACH, CEPA, and the proposed overhaul of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in the U.S. are impacting large and small businesses alike. Consequent pressure from stakeholders has motivated many IHs and their organizations to identify more efficient, comprehensive methods for assessing and managing exposure risk. AIHA's exposure risk assessment and management strategy provides a solid foundation for gauging occupational and environmental exposure risks. By developing and integrating new qualitative tools (environmental determinant heuristics, exposure models) with existing tools using a Bayesian data analysis, the strategy empowers IHs to make more accurate, efficient exposure risk judgments.

Attendees will learn how to apply a user-friendly tool to inform preliminary exposure judgments through a series of interactive workshops. Utilizing combinations of visual files, basic characterization information, determinants of exposure, and sampling data for inhalation exposures to pure chemicals and chemical mixtures, you will learn how to make more accurate qualitative and quantitative exposure risk judgments using the newly revised Structured Deterministic Model 2.0 (SDM 2.0) and how to apply these new skills and tools within your organization. The capstone of the course will be a facilitated discussion reviewing the results and lessons of each workshop, providing direct feedback to each attendee. A six-month follow-up scenario will be emailed to each participant, eliciting an exposure judgment to evaluate sustained learning.

***This is a two-day course, held Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22. By registering, you are committing to attend both days to receive full credit.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

• Identify judgment errors made with exposure risk assessments.
• Integrate methods to effectively address and correct common judgment errors.
• Utilize exposure assessment tools and strategies to make effective and efficient risk management decisions.
• Implement modeling tool (SDM 2.0), ventilation heuristics and other tools to guide exposure judgments.
• Use strategies for assessing exposures to chemical mixtures.
• Evaluate the impacts of implementing different control levels on airborne concentrations of chemicals and mixtures.
• Compare risk profiles of agents with different health effects ratings and exposure categories.
• Apply deterministic exposure models to real exposure scenarios.
• Incorporate inhalation exposure assessments into a comprehensive strategy.
• Leverage free resources offered by AIHA and networks of dedicated OEH professionals.