Education

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL – Ph.D., Plant Biology, 1992
Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL – M.S., Botany, 1987
Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL – B.S., Botany w/Chemistry Minor, 1986

Certifications and Registrations

  • American Board of Industrial Hygiene – Certified Industrial Hygienist – #CP 7707 (1998)
  • IDPH Licensed Asbestos Project Designer – #100-06293
  • IDPH Licensed Asbestos Building Inspector – #100-06293
  • IDPH Licensed Asbestos Management Planner – #100-06293
  • IDPH Licensed Asbestos Project Manager – #100-06293
  • IDPH Licensed Air Sampling Professional – #100-06293
  • IDEM Licensed Asbestos Project Designer – #19A002960
  • IDPH Licensed Lead Inspector/Risk Assessor – #L-001035
  • IDPH Licensed Lead Supervisor – #L-1035
  • Asbestos Identification using Polarized Light Microscopy, MICA (2018)

Professional Experience

Dr. Aikman is a Certified Industrial Hygienist with more than 28 years of experience in comprehensive industrial hygiene services.  His educational background in Botany/Plant Biology and a minor in Chemistry provide him with an applied science background that is well suited to consulting in the occupational health, safety and environmental fields.  He has worked on a variety of projects in both the public sector and private industry throughout his career, and this experience has given Dr. Aikman a comprehensive understanding in the field of environmental Industrial Hygiene and Safety.

Dr. Aikman’s professional experience ranges from performing basic environmental field assessments to comprehensive industrial hygiene exposure assessments for a large chemical plant and hazardous building materials assessments for demolition of industrial facilities larger than 600,000 sf.  Managing such large projects involve interaction with a project team that includes the Architect/Engineer, Using Agency EH&S and Project Managers, general contractor, demolition contractor and other trades to safely address potential environmental and occupational exposure issues.  In his current role, Dr. Aikman performs industrial hygiene, indoor environmental quality and microbial assessment across the United States.  His other professional experience includes managing environmental projects for a large private University and Medical Center in the Chicagoland area over the past 25 years, ranging from one-day asbestos abatement projects to comprehensive environmental surveys for demolition and development of new sites.  Dr. Aikman also oversees Phase I, II & III Environmental Site Assessments that include hazardous building materials assessments, as well as soil and underground storage tank remediation projects for compliance with US EPA and local regulations.  Recently during the pandemic, he has worked closely with other partners to evaluate COVID-19 risks and develop programs for compliance with CDC and other consensus guidelines to provide “safe” indoor environments.

Dr. Aikman has served as an expert on several cases that involve industrial hygiene, mold, and asbestos.  He has also partnered with clients to develop and implement industrial hygiene programs, safety programs and assess biological hazards in a variety of workplaces (e.g. hospitals, higher education, office buildings and community settings).  He has also made numerous presentations to professional organizations and worked with the Chicago Local Section of the AIHA to provide scholarships for local higher education programs through the AIHA Foundation.

Dr. Aikman has been actively involved in professional associations throughout his career, providing leadership on local and regional levels. Dr. Aikman is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (National and Chicago Local Chapter), American Board of Industrial Hygiene, and servers as a co-Chair of the Chicagoland Safety, Health & Environmental Conference.  Dr. Aikman was recognized as an AIHA Fellow in 2014 that represents the top 5% of all AIHA members.

Professional Affiliations & Honors

  • American Industrial Hygiene Association Fellow – 2014
  • Chicagoland Safety, Health & Environmental Conference – Steering Committee since 2005
  • Chicago Local Section of the AIHA – Government Affairs Sub-Committee/Task Force
  • Asbestos and Licensed Industrial Hygiene Task Force Chairman (since 2004)
  • Illinois General Assembly Joint House-Senate Task Force on Mold in Indoor Environments, CIH Representative (2004 & 2005).
  • Illinois Environmental Contractor’s Association Mold Task Force to review and draft proposed rules for Illinois House Bill 4231 – Mold Remediation Act – 2010 & 2011.

Presentations

  • Hearing Conservation. Chicagoland Safety Health & Environmental Conference in Naperville, IL – Sept. 2019.
  • Indoor Air Quality for Facility Managers – Infections Diseases & Environmental Health Hazards. Illinois Facility Managers Association in Schaumburg, IL – June 2019
  • Sampling and Analysis of Crystalline Silica. ASSE NEIL Chapter Meeting in Schaumburg, IL – Oct. 2018.
  • Testimony Regarding Ethylene Oxide Air Testing Indoors and Outdoors for MEADE. Joint IL Senate/House Hearing for Energy Committee. Chicago, IL – Oct. 2018.
  • Update on EPA Findings for Ethylene Oxide from Sterigenics Facility to School Board. Hinsdale Township High School District #86, Hinsdale, IL – Sept. 2018.
  • Update on EPA Findings for Ethylene Oxide from Sterigenics Facility to Village of Burr Ridge Board of Trustees. Burr Ridge, IL – Sept. 2018.
  • Update on EPA Findings for Ethylene Oxide from Sterigenics Facility to Darien City Council. Darien, IL – Sept. 2018.
  • Respirable Silica: Final OSHA Rule Overview. Chicagoland Safety Health & Environmental Conference in Naperville, IL – Sept. 2016
  • IDPH & IEPA MOA and Recent Regulatory/Legislative Update. Occupational Training Services 21st Annual Regulatory Seminar – Sept. 2014.
  • Industrial Hygiene for Safety Professionals, Full Day PDC. Chicagoland Safety & Health Conference in Naperville, IL – Sept. 2012.
  • JC Restoration – The Ripple Effect. UAS Presentation on Biocontaminants – Virus, Fungi & Bacteria. Continuing Education Seminar. Rolling Meadows, IL. June 2012.