20 Apr 2014
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15 May 2014
Final programme
31 Jan 2014
Abstract submission
01 Sept 2013
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28 Feb 2014
Answers to authors
of abstracts
15 Mar 2014


NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods 5th Edition and Harmonization
of Occupational Monitoring

Kevin Ashley
Senior Research Chemist, Managing Editor, NIOSH Manual
of Analytical Methods - CDC/NIOSH
Kevin Ashley was born in Hammond, Indiana in 1958 and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. Ashley received his PhD in physical-analytical chemistry from the University of Utah in 1987 and then joined the chemistry faculty at San Jose State University in California. Since 1991 he has been a researcher with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr Ashley's work at NIOSH has focused on the development and evaluation of methods for elemental exposure monitoring in the workplace (e.g., lead, hexavalent chromium, beryllium and multi-element analysis). Author / co-author of over 100 scientific publications, Ashley and has also contributed to more than two dozen international voluntary consensus standards (ASTM and ISO). Some of the recognitions he has received include the ASTM Award of Merit, the ASTM Committee D22 Moyer D. Thomas Award, the NIOSH Alice Hamilton Award, Federal Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer, and the Japan Industrial Safety and Health Association Foreign Researcher Award. Dr Ashley chairs ASTM International Subcommittee D22.04 on Workplace Air Quality and was elected Chair of the Cincinnati section of the American Chemical Society (2014-2015).

Measurement of particulate/vapor mixtures at workplaces

Dietmar Breuer
Head of Unit Chemical Agents II - Institut für Arbeitsschutz der Deutschen Gesetzlichen Unfallversicherung (IFA)
PhD in chemistry from University of Paderborn in Germany in 1988.
Since 1988 head of the section Analytical Chemistry II at IFA.
Research interests: Workplace air, indoor air, organic vapours, volatile organic compounds, sampling of vapour droplet mixtures, inorganic acids, hydroxides, complex organic analytes (e. g. metal working fluids, bitumen), gas chromatography, ion chromatography, infrared spectrometry, proficiency testing, preparation of test gas atmospheres.
Member of the working group Analytical Methods of the Senate Commission for the Investigation of Health Hazards of Chemical Compounds in the Work Area (MAK-Commission).
Chairman of CEN Technical Committee 137 (CEN TC 137) Assessment of workplace exposure to chemical and biological agents and convener of Working Group 2 General requirements for measuring procedures of CEN TC 137.
German delegate, ISO Subcommittee (TC 146/SC 2) on Workplace Air Quality, member of WG 2 Inorganic particulate matter and convenor of working group 9 Sampling pump performance.
Member of ASTM International Subcommittee D22.04 on Workplace Air Quality

Semi volatile aerosols and evaluation of their impact on various workplace aerosol samplers in connection with air monitoring
and human health
George-Constantin Dragan
Dipl. Eng. Junior Scientist - Helmholtz Zentrum München/CMA

George-Constantin Dragan studied Chemical Engineering at the Technical University in Iasi, Romania. He is working since 2010 in aerosol sciences at the Helmholtz Zentrum in Munich, Germany where he is running a semi-volatile aerosol experimental facility. His main research interest is the study of dynamic particle-vapor mixtures on both experimental and theoretical modeling aspects. The investigation of sampling artefacts also plays an important role in his studies.

Solving the puzzle of bioaerosol exposure : how conventional
and modern meet

Caroline Duchaine
Professor - Université Laval, Quebec Heart and Lung Institute
Since the beginning of her academic career in 2000, Prof. Duchaine has obtained, in addition to important equipment grants, over 50 operating grants and contracts from various sources (including FRSQ, IRSST, FQRNT, Canadian National defense, NSERC, EHSRC, INSPQ). She is the 2006 Young Investigator Awardee (international Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie). She was the expert of the Quebec Government for the management of mould-associated problems in homes after natural tragedies as well as expert-witness in several bioaerosol-associated court trials. She took part to international meetings aiming to set the basis for bioaerosol research (Iowa CAFO meeting, 2005; Skokloster Sweden organic dust meeting, 2003; Tromso Organic dust symposia 2010) and was invited by the NASA to the Workshop on life detection in extraterrestrial samples (2012). She co-authored a seminal chapter in the Manual of Environmental Microbiology (2007 and 2014) and is currently leading a strategic group on Bioaerosols and Respiratory Viruses within the Respiratory Health Network. Her main field of expertise is the characterization of bioaerosols, application and development of non-culture methods for bioaerosol characterization, as well as human exposure assessment. Her research involves the study of agricultural, domestic, industrial, and hospital environments. She is the author of over 300 manuscripts and abstracts.

Where occupational and environmental hygiene overlap
Martin Harper
Chief, Exposure Assessment Branch - NIOSH
Dr. Martin Harper has worked in NIOSH, Morgantown, WV, since 2002. Originally from the UK, his first degree was in geology from Oxford University, he has a Master of Science in Earth Sciences and the Environment, and he obtained his PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is a Chartered Chemist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and he is certified in the Chemical Practice of Industrial Hygiene. Dr. Harper has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal papers, book chapters, encyclopedia articles and standards. He has received several awards from the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the American Society for Testing and Materials. He served as Chair of the ISO Technical Committee 146, sub-Committee 2 (Workplace Air Quality) for six years, and for four years as an Editorial Board member for Journal of Environmental Monitoring, and he is currently Editor of the Analytical performance Issues column for Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. He has organized and chaired several international conferences on air sampling and analysis. His interests include sampling and analysis of aerosols, including wood dusts, metals, metalworking fluids, fibers (including asbestos), silica and nanoparticles; active and diffusive gas and vapor sampling; indoor air chemistry; quality assurance of measurements; and exposure assessment strategies and models.

Biomacromolecules as in vivo dosimeters of cumulative exposures
to chemicals

Jaroslav Mraz
Head of the department - National Institute of Public Health,
Prague, Czech Republic
Jaroslav Mráz, born 1960, studied analytical chemistry at the Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Following graduation in 1983 (RNDr. degree), his professional carrier was very simple. He joined the Department for assessment of occupational exposure to chemicals at the Centre of Occupational Health, National Institute of Public Health, Prague, where he had been working as a researcher and currently as a head of the department and head of the National reference laboratory for biological monitoring. In the meantime he finished external PhD. studies in analytical chemistry at the Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague (1993). In 1992 he obtained a fellowship in toxicology for a 1-year stay at Aston University, Birmingham, UK. Dr. Mráz's professional interests cover all aspects of biological monitoring of occupational exposure to chemicals, especially identification of new biomarkers, development of analytical procedures, and human volunteer studies. His current research projects focus on investigations of the blood protein adducts with xenobiotics and their use in biomonitoring. Partially he also involved in observing occupational health aspects of nanomaterials.

Air quality in aircraft cabins – in-flight measurements
of organophosphates and other hazardous substances
in different types of aero planes

Wolfgang Rosenberger
Laboratory head - Hannover Medical School/Institute of Occupational Medicine
1981/1985 - Chemical engineering, Technical College, Werdohl, North Rhine-Westphalia
1996/1998 - Health and Safety Officer, university of applied science, Berlin
Professional Career:
1986/1991 - Analytical Laboratory of the German Federal Armed Forces, Hannover Analysis of food, water, drugs and environmental samples
1991/2002 - Institute for Indoor Hygiene, TÜV Nord, Hannover Specialist for indoor air measurement
2002/2010 - Institute of Occupational Medicine, Hannover Medical School Technical Assistant Chromatography, mass spectrometry, atomic absorption spectrometry, air monitoring
Since 2004 - Lecturer for measurement of hazardous substances, Hannover Medical School
Since 2010 - Laboratory head, Institute of Occupational Medicine, Hannover Medical School
Committee work:
Since 2009 - Member of the Working Group Air Analyses Permanent Senate Commission for the Investigation of Health Hazards of Chemical Compounds in the Work Area, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Expert guest, Indoor Air Hygiene Commission (IRK), German Federal Environmental Agency
Project work on aircraft indoor measurements since 2009

Studies of the solubility and bioaccessibility of work-room aerosol

Yngvar Thomassen
Reseach Director
Yngvar Thomassen was born in Porsgrunn, Norway, on March 25, 1947. Thomassen's academic training (cand real) was obtained in the Department of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Oslo from where he graduated in 1973. He spent one year at the Norwegian Defense Institute before taking a post research associate position at the Department of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Oslo, where he conducted research for 2 1/2 years. In 1978 he visited The University of Toronto, Department of Environmental Studies and Geology, for one year with a Royal Norwegian grant (visiting scientist).
He is currently Research Director, Department of Chemical and Biological Work Environment, National Institute of Occupational Health in Oslo where he has spent 37 years of his professional life.
He is also appointed from 2004 as a professor in environmental chemistry, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences outside Oslo.
Thomassen is the author or co-author of 160 scientific publications, the majority focusing on atomic spectrometry and other spectrometric methods for the determination of essential and toxic elements with special emphasis on electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry. In recent years more focus has been given to other spectrometric methods as inductively coupled plasma atomic emission and mass spectrometry. His main scientific activity during the last ten years has been in the field of environmental and occupational exposure characterisation and assessment in human health studies. His research focuses on clinical aspects of analytical chemistry and the application of atomic spectroscopy within the context of environmental and occupational health.
Thomassen has served on the Editorial Boards of The Analyst, Analytical Communication and Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health and Journal of Environmental Monitoring and serves on the Board of Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology.
He has given over 275 presentations on various aspects of his research, of which 105 were invited lectures at major conferences and symposia. In the period 1983-91 he was a member of the Commission on Toxicology, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (titular) member from 1986, where he initiated the development of human body fluids as quality assurance materials for the measurement of minor, trace and ultra-trace elements and organic metabolites. From 2011 he is elected as a titular member in the Analytical Chemistry Division.
Thomassen has organised a number of national, Nordic and international conferences on topics dealing with analytical chemistry, atomic spectroscopy and environmental and biological issues. His present research focuses on clinical aspects of analytical chemistry and the application of atomic spectroscopy within the context of environmental and occupational health.

Measurement of occupational exposure to airborne chemical agents: which type of strategy ?
Raymond Vincent
Project Executive - INRS/Direction for prevention applications
Raymond VINCENT received an initial training in chemistry and has over 35 years of experience in the field of occupational chemical risks. After working in the oil industry, he joined INRS where he served as a research officer and responsible of laboratory within the Metrology department pollutants. His work has involved the development of methods of sampling and analysis, conducting national and international exposure surveys like SUMER, the French inventory of CMR chemicals, CAREX WOODRISK, Asbestos-META..., studies on sampling strategy, development and management of exposure databases and contributed to the development of national regulations ...'
He is currently project executive at the INRS direction for prevention applications and member of various national and international committees in charge of recommending limits and methodologies for assessing occupational exposure to chemical agents. He is currently a member of the French committee at ANSES for OELs and leads the TC 137 WG1 in charge of the revision of EN 689 on the sampling strategy.

19th century innovations for 21st century exposure science:
how crayons, paper and pencils can revolutionize occupational/environmental health

John Volckens
Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences - Colorado State University

Dr. John Volckens is an Associate Professor and Associate Department Head of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences at Colorado State University. His research interests involve human exposure to airborne particles, aerosol measurement, and air pollution-related disease. He received a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003 and then went on to Postdoc at the U.S. EPA's National Exposure Research Laboratory in Research Triangle Park, NC. Dr. Volckens is the recipient of the AIHA Journal's 'Best Paper' award in 1999, has served two terms as Chair of AIHA's Aerosol Technology Committee, and is the former President of the Board of Directors for the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. He has over 15 years of experience and has published over 40 manuscripts related to exposure science and air pollution.

Occupational exposure to manufactured nanomaterials:
available data, approaches and needs

Olivier Witschger
PhD, Researcher - INRS
Olivier Witschger is an aerosol physicist at the Aerosol Metrology Laboratory at INRS and has over 20 years experience in the measurement and characterization of airborne particles in the Workplace. Since 2004, Olivier is involved on the topic of risks associated with development of nanomaterials.
Olivier participates in different working groups at the French, European and international level dealing with aerosol metrology, characterization of occupational exposures and measurement strategy. In the framework of the European Commission Mandate M/461 to CEN, he is currently the project leader for the Measurement of dustiness of bulk nanomaterials pre-normative research project.
Olivier and co-workers have published in various journals, in book chapters, and presented their research at scientific international conferences. He is a regular member of scientific committees for organizing international conferences on occupational health implications of nanomaterials. Recently, he was the chairman of the Nano2011 conference on the risks associated with nanoparticles and nanomaterials.

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