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Myrtle I. Turner, Ph.D.

OSHA Training Institute Education Center Director
Certified Environmental, Safety
and Health Trainer (CET)
Principal Research Scientist/ Industrial Hygienist

Electronic Systems Laboratory
Human Systems Integration Division
Georgia Tech Research Institute
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332-0837

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, Higher Education-Occupational Studies
Georgia State University, 2000

Master of Public Health, Environmental Studies
Emory University School of Medicine, 1986

Bachelor of Science, Biology
Georgia State University, 1984

Employment History

  1. Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Electronic Systems Laboratory, Occupational Safety and Health Division (January 2004 to present)

    Roles included:
    • Principal Research Scientist, May 2009 to present
    • Senior Research Scientist, January 2004 to May 2009
    • Industrial Hygienist, January 2004 to present
    • Director, Region 4 OSHA Training Institute Education Center, January 2005 to present
  2. Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Occupational Safety and Health Division (July 1993 to January 2004)

    Roles included:
    • Senior Research Scientist, July 1993 to January 2004
    • Industrial Hygienist, July 1993 to present
    • Associate Director, Region 4 OSHA Training Institute Education Center, March 2001 to January 2004
    Other Georgia Tech activities included:
    • Instructor, BC 6300,Safety and Environmental Issues. Shared Appointment: Georgia Institute of Technology College of Architecture, Building Construction Program; Atlanta, Georgia, August 2008 to present
    • 2005 - Georgia Tech Learning Growth Development Program, Instructor for Undergraduate and Graduate Building Construction Program; Safety and Environmental Issues Course, Fall 2005 and Fall 2007.
    • 2000-2001 Georgia Tech Teaching Fellows Program, Instructor for Undergraduate and Graduate Safety and Ethics Courses for the School of Textile & Fiber Engineering.
    • Course director and instructor in asbestos, occupational safety and health, environmental audits,
    • lead-based paint, and Global Learning Observations to Benefit the Environment courses.
    • Provide technical assistance to the public, federal, state, and local agencies regarding lead-based paint issues, training, occupational health and safety, asbestos and related topics.
    • Developed and conducted Lead Hazard Awareness Training for the Greater Atlanta Community Corps Americorps Volunteers.
    • Subject Matter Expert - Worker Protection, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency National Lead Examination.
    • Facilitated the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Lead Training Center and consortium member lead-based paint training course evaluations.
    • Conducted the U. S. EPA Southern Regional Lead Training Center course evaluations of consortium members at Louisiana State University, Texas A&M, and the Environmental Information Association.
  3. Industrial Hygienist - U. S. General Services Administration - Region IV; Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Branch; Atlanta, Georgia (April 1991-July 1993)
    • Developed and implemented the Region IV Safety and Health Program.
    • Conducted employee exposure assessments.
    • Conducted Field Office Safety and Health Team Reviews.
  4. Industrial Hygienist - U. S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Atlanta Area Office; Tucker, Georgia (March 1990-April 1991)
    • Compliance Safety and Health Officer
    • Conducted workplace safety and health inspections, air sampling, and noise monitoring.
    • Represented OSHA via participation in the legal process.
    • Provided technical advice to the public, local and other Federal agencies.
  5. Industrial Hygienist - U. S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Boston North Area Office; Methuen, Massachusetts (March 1989-March 1990)
    • Compliance Safety and Health Officer
    • Conducted workplace safety and health inspections, air sampling, and noise monitoring.
    • Conducted the Atlantic Battery Inspection in Watertown, Massachusetts referenced in the U. S. Department of Labor Office of Information News Release (BOS 90-095) 5/8/90.
  6. Environmental Health Scientist - Williams-Russell and Johnson, Inc., REM V Program Office; Atlanta, Georgia (December 1987-March 1989)
    • Developed a Government Property Control Program for a Nationwide Superfund contract with the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency.
    • Corporate Health and Safety Manger Liaison.
    • Enforced medical monitoring for hazardous waste and asbestos workers.
    • Assisted in the preparation of an asbestos Management Control Program.
  7. Industrial Hygienist - Haztech, Inc.; Decatur, Georgia (January 1987-December 1987)
    • Developed and conducted eleven 40-Hour Safety and Health Training courses in compliance with the OSHA Hazardous Waste Standard, the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act.
    • Wrote and enforced hazard communication and respiratory protection programs.
    • Wrote company-wide asbestos program for engineers.
    • Conducted first aid and CPR training.
    • Poison Information Specialist - Grady Memorial Hospital, Georgia Poison Control Center; Atlanta, Georgia. April 1985-March 1989.
    • Provided technical advice and information to public, local and other federal agencies, and lay members of the community regarding poisonings, accidental workplace exposures, and poison prevention
  8. Laboratory Scientist -- Georgia Department of Human Resources, Newborn Screening and Virology Laboratories; Atlanta, Georgia (July 1984-April 1985)
    • Performed analytical procedures common to clinical and scientific laboratories.
    • Conducted laboratory tests for viruses (i.e., cytomegalo virus, herpes, adeno, polio, flu A&B, para Viruses I, II, & III, etc.).
    • Conducted bioassays for galactosemia, maple syrup urine disease, PKU, tyrosenemia , and methionine
  9. Laboratory Student Aide - Georgia Department of Human Resources, Virology Laboratory; Atlanta, Georgia (April 1983-July 1984)
    • Accessed serology and isolation specimens

Committees

  • OSHA Training Institute Education Center Advisory Committee, U. S. Department of Labor, 2006-2010.
  • Georgetown University Center for Business and Public Policy, McDonough School of Business Workplace Safety Summit Public Education and Outreach and Workplace Health and Safety Public Policy workgroups, May 2002 to May 2003.
  • Editorial Advisor for the International Center for Environment, Safety and Health (ICESH), January 2002 to January 2003.
  • National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) Credential Issues Working Group Committee Member, November 2001 to 2003.
  • Nominated and selected to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U. S. Department of Labor, December 2000 to 2003.
  • Member of the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health Alumni Board of Governors, April 1998 to April 2002.

Certifications

Certified Environmental Trainer (CET) - National Environmental Training Association, Occupational Safety and Health Discipline, 1997 to present

Experience Summary

Presently working as the Director of the OSHA Training Institute Education Center at GTRI. Provides coordination, scheduling, training and related technical assistance to public, local, state, federal agencies, and lay members of the community locally and abroad. Course Director and instructor in asbestos, lead-based paint, occupational safety and health, and Global Learning Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) courses. Involved in continuing education courses for lead-based paint supervisors, inspectors, and risk assessors. Periodically conducts asbestos surveys, lead-based paint inspections, and risk assessments. Principal investigator for acquisition and use of radioactive materials. Participated in research evaluating the settling speed of lead particles. Served as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the U. S. Department of Labor in December 2000. Participated in the development of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) curricula for Lead-Based Paint Risk Assessment and Worker Training. Conducted on-site training course audits and provided written evaluation reports. Coordinated course evaluations for all U.S. EPA Regional Lead Training Centers. Nominated to serve on and is a former member of the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health Alumni Governing Board. Conducted numerous health and safety inspections in a variety of private and Federal workplaces. Provided compliance assistance while gaining experience in the evaluation, recognition and control of health and safety hazards in various operations and work situations. Types of workplaces inspected include but is not limited to, hospitals, military bases, funeral homes, paper mills, carpet manufacturers, heavy equipment manufacturers, morgues, automotive repair shops, plating plants, bottled water companies, construction sites, lawn mower manufacturers, and battery manufacturers. Knowledgeable of industrial hygiene principles, methods and techniques. Wrote and enforced safety and health programs including medical surveillance, bloodborne pathogens, respiratory protection, personal protective equipment, confined spaces, asbestos, hazardous waste and indoor air quality. While obtaining a master's degree in public health, conducted master's thesis on the assessment of hazard communication training at CDC. Developed, wrote and implemented a Government Property Control Equipment Management Program for the REM V Superfund contract. Routinely presents on topics related to her discipline on numerous occasions for various organizations. Developed a new continuing education course entitled: Legal Aspects of Environmental and Occupational Regulatory Compliance. Implemented distance-learning courses in the Environmental Management Branch and has directed and instructed over 500 continuing education courses while at GTRI.

Current Fields of Interest

Higher education workforce sustainability; public and community health, occupational safety and health; bloodborne pathogens; hazard communication; lead; asbestos; and industrial hygiene.

Certifications

  • Certified Environmental Trainer (CET) in Occupational Safety and Health, 1997 to present
  • Certified Lead-based Paint Lead Inspector, 1997 to present
  • Certified Lead-based Paint Risk Assessor, 1997 to present

Professional Activities

  • National Environmental Safety and Health Training Association (NESHTA), Board of Directors, 2009 to present.
  • National Environmental Training Association, Member, 1996-Present
  • National Institute of Building Sciences, Member, 1994-Present
  • Environmental Information Association, Member, 1993-Present
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association, Full Member, 1993-Present
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association - New England Local Section, 1989-1990
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association, Associate Member, 1989-1990
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association - Georgia Local Section, 1988-Present
  • World Safety Organization, Member, 1987-1990
  • World Safety Organization, Certified Safety Technician, 1987-1990
  • Society for Occupational and Environmental Health - Member, 1985-1986
  • American Public Health Association, Member, 1985-1986

Major Reports and Publications

  1. The Role of Higher Education in Workforce Preparation: An Assessment of the Workplace Skills Desired by Employers and Perceived by Graduates, Georgia State University, College of Education, Department of Educational Policy Studies, February 2000.
  2. Inspecting for Lead-based Paint, Student Notebook and Instructor Manual developed for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., HUDUSER, December 1999.
  3. Lead Abatement Worker Course, Student Notebook and Instructor Manual developed for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.; HUDUSER, June 1998.
  4. Lead-based Paint Risk Assessment Model Curriculum, Student Notebook and Instructor Manual developed with the National Center for Lead Safe Housing (NCLSH) for the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.; HUDUSER, June 1995.
  5. An Evaluation of Hazard Communication Training Via Seminar, Emory University School of Medicine Master of Public Health Program, Department of Community Health, December 1986.