Epstien, Barbara L. – MPH, CIH, FAIHA

Senior Project Manager

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EDUCATION

MPH, Environmental Health Sciences, University of Illinois-Chicago School of Public Health, 1978
B.A., Sociology-Anthropology, Knox College, 1976

CERTIFICATIONS AND REGISTRATIONS

American Board of Industrial Hygiene, Certified in Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene (CIH) #4631
Fellow, American Industrial Hygiene Association (FAIHA)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND HONORS

  • American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA):
    • Member: 1980-Present
    • Local Section Regional Representative, NW Region, 2015-present
    • Committee member: Construction
    • Member: Construction Focus 4 Health Project Team
    • Member: Green Building Working Group
    • Committee member: Indoor Environmental Quality
    • Local Section Regional Representative, South Region, 2010-2013
    • President: Georgia Local Section
    • Secretary: Wisconsin Local Section
  • Award Recipient: Fellow, AIHA (FAIHA), 2010
  • UIC-SPH Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Alumni Achievement Award, 2014

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Barb has over 30 years of experience providing comprehensive and proactive industrial hygiene project management and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) services. Barb has assisted a wide array of private and public sector employers and facility owners & managers, including manufacturing; construction; commercial buildings; educational institutions; insurance; aerospace; healthcare; and federal, state, and local government agencies.

Barb has conducted and managed complex industrial hygiene exposure assessments to evaluate chemical, physical, and biological hazards in a variety of workplace and community settings; mold assessments; provided technical and litigation support including workers’ compensation occupational disease/exposure injury matters; developed health & safety programs, hazardous building materials operations and maintenance (O&M) plans and hazard communication programs; and conducted loss control audits. Her experience also includes eight years as an OSHA industrial hygiene compliance officer, and she has since provided OSHA compliance assistance for many clients.

Barb’s IEQ experience includes identifying and resolving concerns about vapor and moisture intrusion, mold and moisture, chemical products, and building materials and processes. Barb works with clients to identify and implement effective IAQ controls and mitigation. She also assists with proactive “green building” initiatives for new construction and renovation including materials selection, pre-occupancy testing, and moisture management, while concurrently recognizing and addressing potential construction worker safety and health concerns that may accompany some “green” technologies. Her IEQ experience also includes high profile projects where she was recognized for her ability to understand the delicate needs of the business environment in conjunction with her sensitivity to employee and occupant needs and concerns.

Barb has been actively involved in professional associations throughout her career, providing leadership on national committees and at local and regional levels to help shape policy and provide guidance on regulatory and emerging issues in the industrial hygiene field.

SHORT COURSES/SYMPOSIUMS

  • Nanomaterials, Chemical Exposures and Control Banding: What Does it Mean for Workplace Safety? Short course, University of Washington Dept. of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Bremerton, WA, 2015
  • Exposure Judgment: Improving Inhalation, Dermal & Noise Assessments; Georgia Local Section AIHA Professional Development Course (PDC), Atlanta, GA 2014
  • Improving Exposure Data Interpretation and Professional Judgment; Georgia Local Section AIHA PDC, Atlanta GA, 2012
  • Advanced Design of Local Exhaust Ventilation Systems, PDC, AIHce, Denver, CO 2010
  • Bayesian Decision Analysis, Alabama AIHA PDC, Birmingham, AL 2010
  • OSHA Recordkeeping Training and Workers’ Compensation Challenges for 2010: Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP, Atlanta GA 2010
  • Vapor Intrusion Site Issues, USEPA Technology Innovation Program, CERCLA Education Center, 2009
  • Georgia Safety, Health & Environmental Conference: Georgia Department of Labor, Savannah, GA, 2009
  • Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous & Explosive Chemicals; The Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, 2009
  • Combustible Dust Safety Training: Prevention and Mitigation of Combustible Dust Fires and Explosions; The Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, 2009
  • Tools of the Trade – Vapor Intrusion Investigation for an Industrial Hygienist, AIHA PDC, AIHce, Toronto, ON, 2009
  • Intensive Short Course: Hearing Protection and Conservation, E.A.R/Peltor Brands, Atlanta, GA, 2009
  • Anticipation, Recognition, Evaluation, and Control of Welding Health Hazards, AIHA PDC, Professional Conference on Industrial Hygiene (PCIH), Tampa, FL, 2008
  • Risk Assessment and Risk Management: Determination Application of Risk-Based Values, Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council, 2008
  • Nanotechnology Update for IHs: Toxicology and Exposure Assessment, AIHA, Atlanta, GA 2008
  • 2nd Annual Preventing and Defending Chemical Products Liability Litigation, American Conference Institute, Chicago, IL 2007

PUBLICATIONS

  • Sahmel, J., Gaffney, S., Knutsen, J., Epstien, B. and Paustenbach, D. (2014) ‘Determinants of carbon monoxide exposure inside a motor home during on-board generator use’, Int. J. Vehicle Safety, Vol. 7, Nos. 3/4, pp.409–424.
  • Epstien, B., J. Meeker, P. Susi, CJ McInnis, J. Platner, 2011. Industrial hygiene issues in construction. Chapter 47. In: The Occupational Environment: Its Evaluation, Control, and Management, 3rd edition. D. Anna (ed.), AIHA, Fairfax, VA.
  • Epstien, B., E. Horner. 2011. New materials and IAQ: How the introduction of a new material impacts the indoor air quality of a green building. Environmental Design + Construction, 14(8):28-30.
  • Millette, J., B. Epstien, E. Horner, 2010.  Analysis of microscopic contaminants in sick building investigations. Chapter 8, pp. 155-173. In: Sick Building Syndrome and Related Illness: Prevention and Remediation of Mold Contamination. W.E. Goldstein (ed.), Taylor & Francis Group, LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
  • Epstien, B. 2001. Childhood asthma and indoor allergens: the classroom may be the culprit. Journal of School Nursing, 17:253-257
  • Morey, P.R., W.E. Horner, B.L. Epstien, A.G. Worthan, M.S. Black. 2000.  Indoor air quality in nonindustrial occupational environments. Chapter 65, pp. 3149-3241. In: Patty’s Industrial Hygiene, 5th edition. R. L. Harris (ed.), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, NY.
  • Epstien, B., W. Spain. 1996. Federal asbestos guidance and regulation: a chronology. Environmental Choices, 5(1):3-10

PRESENTATIONS

  • “Noise at the Museum”; case study presentation to Portland Local Education Committee/Pacific NW AIHA, 2016, Portland, OR.
  • “Legionella Management: IH Approach”; presented to AIHA Idaho Local Section/Boise Chapter, 2015, Boise, ID.
  • “Managing Waterborne Pathogens in Healthcare Settings”; presented to Columbia Region Healthcare Engineers Association, 2015 Portland, OR.
  • “Under Construction: A Look at Some Industrial Hygiene Challenges and Emerging Issues”; presented at Pacific NW AIHA – Northwest Occupational Health Conference, 2014, Richland, WA.
  • “Green Paradox: Safety & Health Issues in Green Construction”; presented to Savannah area ASSE/AIHA, 2014, Savannah, GA.
  • Awareness training on lead, asbestos, mold & moisture, and respiratory protection; presented to jobsite superintendents and project management staff of a general contracting construction client, 2014, Atlanta, GA.
  • Guest instructor for OSHA Outreach 30-hour General Industry Course; occupational health related topics including Hazard communication and new GHS, Air contaminants & noise, Personal protective equipment, Ergonomics, IAQ & Mold, 2013, Atlanta, GA.
  • “Vapor Intrusion Basics for the Industrial Hygienist”; presented at AIHA Carolinas Local Section Spring Conference, 2013, Asheville, NC.
  • Webinar co-presented with J. David. “Safety & Health Issues in Green Building Construction”; webinar presented at Travelers Risk Control entitled: Under Construction? How to Simplify your Construction IH Monitoring, 2012.
  • “Metals in Motion: Hexavalent Chromium, Lead, and Other Hot Work Exposures in Construction”, presented at American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Atlanta Chapter Construction Section, 2012, Atlanta, GA.
  • “Indoor Air Quality and Historic Structures”; presented at USEPA/USGBC Conference: It’s Time to Join the Voices: Sustainability & Historic Preservation, 2012, Atlanta, GA.
  • “Green Paradox? Case Studies Illustrating Worker Health Impacts of Some ‘Green’ Technologies”; presented at AIHce 2012, Indianapolis, IN.
  • B. Epstien. “The industrial hygienist’s role in preventing mold growth during construction”; roundtable session with B. Beardslee et al entitled “Managing Moisture on Construction Sites”, presented at AIHce 2011, Portland, OR.
  • B. Epstien. “Industrial hygiene – Part 1: Lead and welding, and Part 2: Silica and noise”; presented at Georgia Branch Associated General Contractors Safety Day 2011, Duluth, GA.
  • B. Epstien. “Noise exposure in construction”; presented at American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Georgia Chapter – Construction Section, 2010, Atlanta, GA.
  • Co-presented with P. Susi. “Frequently Cited OSHA Violations in Construction – What Can We Be Doing Better?”, AIHce 2009, Toronto, ON.
  • Epstien, B. “Thinking globally for effective hazard communication”; presented at Georgia Safety, Health & Environmental Conference, Georgia Dept. of Labor, October 2008, Savannah, GA.
  • Epstien, B. and D. Brinkerhoff. “Case studies illustrating IEQ challenges in sustainably constructed buildings”; presented at AIHce, 2007, Philadelphia, PA.
  • “Construction Indoor Environmental Quality Management”, short course presented at 21st annual Utah Conference on Safety & Industrial Hygiene, 2004, Salt Lake City, UT.