Deborah E Dickerson, PhD CIH CSP Expert Witness

Contact Information

  • Company: Dickerson Consulting LLC
  • Phone: (540) 449-2068
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Specialties & Experience

General Specialties:

Safety and Industrial Hygiene

Specialty Focus:

Occupational injury, Occupational Illness, Product Liability, Premises Liability, OSHA, Worker's Compensation, Human Factors, Equipment Design, Respiratory Protection, Respiratory Illness, Chemical Exposures, Dust, Asbestos, Silica, Lead


PhD, Virginia Tech; CIH, ABIH; CSP, BCSP; MS, Virginia Tech

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Additional Information

I am an associate professor of safety engineering and human factors engineering and the Director of the Healthy Work Design Laboratory in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. I hold MS and PhD degrees in human factors/safety engineering and the certified safety professional (CSP) and certified industrial hygienist (CIH) credentials. I have over 25 years of experience in the fields of industrial hygiene and safety engineering: conducting incident investigations and designing safe work systems. From 1996 to 2007, I led a compliance organization responsible for conducting investigations and ensuring compliance with safety and health standards. I have 21 years of university teaching experience and have taught courses on occupational safety, industrial hygiene, designing for hazard control, risk control, and human factors engineering. My expertise is in the control of occupational health hazards and Prevention through Design. Prevention through Design (PtD) emphasizes the elimination of hazards associated with the design of equipment, tools, materials, and systems. I have been involved in Prevention through Design efforts at the national level. I have served on an advisory committee of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) concerning the development of PtD initiatives. I am the author of a textbook chapter on the subject in the Handbook of Industrial and Systems Engineering.