Deborah E Dickerson, PhD CIH CSP CHMM Expert Witness
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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Safety and Industrial Hygiene

Specialty Focus:

Injury, Illness, Product Liability, Premises Liability, Industrial Accidents, Warnings and Labels, OSHA, Worker's Compensation, Human Factors, Safe Equipment Design, Respiratory Protection, Respiratory Illness, Chemical Exposures, Dust, Asbestos, Silica, Lead, Temperature Extremes, Laboratory Safety


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

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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 safety engineering and the certified safety professional (CSP), certified industrial hygienist (CIH), and certified hazardous materials manager (CHMM) credentials. I have over 25 years of experience in the fields of industrial hygiene and safety engineering: conducting investigations and designing safe work systems. I led a compliance organization responsible for conducting investigations and ensuring compliance with safety and health standards (OSHA and EPA). I have 21 years of university teaching experience and have taught courses on occupational safety, industrial hygiene, 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.