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Shannon Gaffney, PhD, MHS, CIH, Principal Health Scientist


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Location: San Francisco, CA





Dr. Shannon H. Gaffney is an environmental health scientist with a wide range of experience in industrial hygiene, exposure assessment and human health risk assessment.  She has been involved in researching, measuring exposure, reconstructing dose and exposure, and assessing risk to consumers, communities and workers exposed to a variety of chemicals such as benzene, diacetyl, hydrogen sulfide, trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), perchlorate, formaldehyde, arsenic, methanol, beryllium, dioxins/furans, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), n-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), pesticides, lead, cadmium, cobalt, copper, chromium, nickel, sensory irritants, radionuclides, silica and asbestos.  Dr. Gaffney has reviewed and contributed to the research behind setting occupational and environmental exposure limits. In addition, she has researched and assessed employer, distributor, and manufacturer responsibilities related to a variety of products and in regards to compliance with federal and state-level standards promulgated by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA).  In addition to participating on professional committees, Dr. Gaffney is a column editor for the Journal of Environmental and Occupational Hygiene, and on the board of directors of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists.


  • PhD, Environmental Health Engineering, Johns Hopkins University; Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2004
  • MHS, Industrial Hygiene, Johns Hopkins University; Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2001
  • BS, Environmental Geosciences, University of Notre Dame; School of Engineering, 1999

Professional Associations

  • International Society of Exposure Science (ISES) (2004-present)
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) (2001-present)
  • American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) (2008-present)
  • Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene Column Editor (2009-present)
  • AIHA/ACGIH Joint Industrial Hygiene Ethics and Education Committee (2011-present)
  • AIHA/ACGIH Permanent Conference Committee, Vice Chair (2007-2011)
  • AIHA Student and Early Career Professional Committee, Chair (2007-2010)
  • AIHA International Task Force III (2008)
  • American Industrial Hygiene Foundation Annual Fund Committee (2008)
  • AIHA Northern California Section (2005-2009)
  • Northern California Chapter of the Society for Risk Analysis (2004-2006)
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association Chesapeake Section Executive Board, 2001-2004

Awards/Professional Honors

  • Recipient of American Industrial Hygiene Association’s Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Committee’s “Best IEQ Paper Award” (2011)
  • American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists John J. Bloomfield Award, 2010
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association Future Leaders Summit, 2008
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association Future Leaders Institute, 2005
  • Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society Alpha Chapter, 2004
  • Environmental Health Engineering Student Development Fund scholarship recipient, 2004
  • Johns Hopkins National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Center for Urban Environmental Health grant recipient, 2003-2004
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences training grant recipient, 2001-2004
  • 3M Industrial Hygiene Scholarship recipient, 2001
  • Stockhausen Occupational Health Scholarship recipient, 2001
  • National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health training grant recipient, 1999-2000
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society, 1998

Practice Areas

  • Crisis Management
  • Exposure Assessment and Dose Reconstruction
  • Health and Environmental Risk Assessment
  • Occupational Health & Safety Sciences
  • Product Sustainability

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