Biography

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 asbestos, diacetyl, benzene, 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, mold and silica. 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). Recently, Dr. Gaffney has been involved in helping organizations respond to the COVID-19 pandemic while maintaining operation or re-opening operations by assisting with strategies to minimize the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection. In addition to participating on professional task forces and committees, Dr. Gaffney sat on the board of directors of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists and currently serves on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene.

Education

  • 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

Certifications

  • Certified Industrial Hygienist by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, #9351
  • Certificate in Risk Sciences and Public Policy, Johns Hopkins University; Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2001

Most Recent Awards/Professional Honors

  • American Industrial Hygiene Association Kusnetz Award, 2016
  • 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