Selection and Use of Direct-Reading and Sensor Technologies for Occupational Health & Safety

This webinar will describe the NIOSH Right Sensor Used Right Initiative. The objective is to promote the competent development, adoption, and interpretation of real-time monitors and direct-reading methodologies. The Right Sensors Used Right initiative focuses on Right Sensors—the selection of appropriate sensors/methodologies to meet mission objectives (fit for purpose), Used Right —the appropriate usage of the sensors/methodologies to obtain the needed data quality.

Webinar participants will learn about the AIHA Technical Framework for Guidance on Use of Direct Reading Instruments and will be introduced to the different user groups- Basic, Intermediate, Specialist and Advanced Users - and their role in the selection, use and interpretation of the data provided by real-time monitors. Every user group should be involved in adopting a Right Sensors Used Right approach in the identification and usage of real-time monitors and direct-reading methodologies.

Participants will be able to apply the Right Sensors Used Right stepwise approach for using real time technologies to evaluate worker exposures.

  • Step 1. Define the Objective: What is the purpose of using a real-time or direct reading method or monitor?
  • Step 2. Select the Monitor/Method: There are several important points to consider in assessing the suitability of a sensor for a given application, and these may be used to classify sensors. Selection is based not only on the capabilities of the monitor or method but, also the limitations of the monitor. 
  • Step 3. Interpret Data, Define Actionable Data: Based on the selected use, prior to deploying real-time instruments/methods a plan for the collection, use and interpretation of data should be carefully constructed and documented for all stakeholders.
  • Step 4: Communicate: Prior to deploying real-time instruments/methods a communication approach should be developed to transform processed data into usable information. The goal should be increasing situational awareness around exposures using the sensors and delivered to Basic, Intermediate, Specialist and Advanced users.

Register below for this free webinar in the third installment of the IH Summit
: May 28, 2020
TIME: 4:00PM ET - 3:00PM CT - 1:00PM PT

John Snawder, Ph.D.
Dr. John Snawder received his Ph.D. degree from Mississippi State University in 1990 and did post-doctoral work at the National Center for Toxicological Research. From 1992-present he has worked at NIOSH as a research toxicologist. Dr. Snawder is the Leader of the Biomonitoring Research Team and Co-Director of the NIOSH Center for Direct Reading and Sensor Technologies. His research has focused on the role of metabolism of workplace chemicals and the use of biological monitoring to measure exposure and effect, conducting worker exposure assessments across many workplaces and the development and evaluation of direct reading instruments and methods.

Duration: 1 Hour

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