Biography

Dr. Anders Abelmann is a Managing Health Scientist with Cardno ChemRisk and a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH). His principal areas of training and expertise include industrial hygiene, exposure and risk assessment, and occupational safety. He has been involved in researching, measuring and reconstructing exposure, and assessing risk to consumers and workers exposed to a variety of chemicals such as diesel particulate matter, carbon monoxide, ethylene oxide, propylene oxide, toluene, styrene, formaldehyde, asbestos, silica, and diacetyl. Dr. Abelmann completed his doctorate in Public Health Science, with emphases in industrial hygiene and occupational safety, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. For his doctoral dissertation, he designed, executed, and evaluated a series of welding fume exposure experiments under laboratory-controlled conditions. A fractional factorial experimental design was used to evaluate process, environmental and physiological variables’ impacts on breathing zone concentrations. His master’s thesis research involved a life-cycle assessment of vegetable proteins, during which he evaluated the environmental impact associated with various protein substitutes in food products.

Dr. Abelmann has conducted independent research and literature reviews on a range of topics and chemicals, the results of which he has presented at scientific conferences and published in the peer-reviewed literature. He has also acted as a peer reviewer for scientific journals and conferences.

Dr. Abelmann is a member of the Advisory Board to the Illinois Education and Research Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Previously, he served on the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s Finance Committee from 2016 to 2019, on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Local Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association from 2010 to 2016, and was the Chair of the Environmental Section of the Illinois Public Health Association from 2009 to 2011.

Education

  • PhD, Public Health Science, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2010
  • MS, Automation & Mechatronics Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2005

Professional Associations

  • American Industrial Hygiene Association - Student member (2007 - 2010); Full Member (2010 - present); Chicago Local Section Executive Board (2010-present); Finance Committee (2016-2019)
  • Illinois Public Health Association - Environmental Health Section, Chair (2009-2011)
  • Swedish Association of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene - Member (2007-present)

Certifications

  • Certified Industrial Hygienist by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, #11431

Most Recent Awards/Professional Honors

  • Selected for the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s Future Leaders Institute Program, 2014
  • “Best of Session” Poster Award. Session 403. 2015 - Pilot Study of Exposures to Airborne Concentrations of Naturally Occurring Diacetyl During Coffee Consumption.
  • “Best of Session” Poster Award. Session 403. 2014 - Diacetyl and 2,3-Pentanedione Exposures Associated with Cigarette Smoking: Implications for Risk Assessment of Food and Flavoring Workers.
  • “Best of Session” Poster Award. Session 401. 2013 - A Comparison of Reported Peak Concentrations of Diacetyl in the Workplace and Estimated Diacetyl Concentrations in Mainstream Cigarette Smoke.
  • “Best of Session” Poster Award. Session 403. 2013 – A Comparison of Workday-Duration Occupational Exposures to Diacetyl to Estimated Exposures Associated with Cigarette Smoking
  • “Best of Session” Poster Award, 2012 - Analysis of Time-Weighted Average Concentrations of Formaldehyde During Keratin Hair Smoothing Treatments.