Rick Neitzel is an occupational hygienist interested in quantitative and subjective exposure assessment in occupational and non-occupational settings and development and evaluation of effective occupational and community health interventions and controls. He is also interested in incorporating new methodologies and technologies into risk assessment efforts. Prior to his appointment to the faculty of the University of Michigan Department of Environmental Health Sciences and to the University of Michigan Risk Science Center, he worked as a Reseach Scientist in the University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences from 1998-2011. He has been a Certifed Industrial Hygienist since 2003.
EHS500: Principles of Environmental Health Sciences
EHS655: Human Exposure Analysis
EHS658: Physical Hazards
Ph.D., Environmental and Occupational Hygiene, University of Washington, 2009
M.S., Environmental Health, University of Washingtion, 1998
B.S., Safety (Psychology minor), University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1996
Research Interests & Projects
There is currently much focus in occupational and environmental health on emerging technologies and their potential impacts on human health. However, as important and intriguing as these emerging issues are, there are many existing hazards that we have known about for years, decades, and even longer, and yet continue to grapple with.
To help address these important human health issues, the research of the Physical Hazard Lab focuses on the application of novel exposure- and health-related sensing technologies to evaluate exposures to noise and other physical hazards; on assessment of auditory and non-auditory health effects associated with noise exposure and exposure to ototoxic agents; and on characterization of injury risk associated with noise exposure and transportation-related activities, with a particular focus on bicycling.
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Neitzel R, McAlexander T, Magda L, Pearson J, Gershon RRM (2012). Exposures to transit and other sources of noise among New York City residents Environ Sci Tech, 46(1), 500-8.
Neitzel RL, Stover B, Seixas NS (2011). Longitudinal Assessment of Noise Exposure in a Cohort of Construction Workers Ann Occup Hyg, 55(8), 906-16.
Neitzel R, Daniell WE, Sheppard L, Davies HW, Seixas NS (2011). Evaluation and Comparison of Three Exposure Assessment Techniques J Occup Environ Hyg, 8(5), 310-23.
Neitzel RL, Daniell WE, Sheppard L, Davies HW, Seixas NS (2011). Improving Exposure Estimates by Combining Exposure Information Ann Occup Hyg, 55(5), 537-47.
Seixas, N.S., R. Neitzel, B. Stover, L. Sheppard, W.E. Daniell, J. Edelson and H. Meischle (2010). A multi-component intervention to promote hearing protector use among construction workers International Journal of Audiology, epublished December 2010
Griffin, S., R. Neitzel, W. Daniell and N. Seixas (2009). Indicators of hearing protection use: self-report and researcher observation Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 6, 639-647.
Neitzel, R., R.R.M. Gershon, M. Zeltser, A. Canton and M. Akram (2009). Noise levels associated with urban mass transit systems. Americal Journal of Public Health, 99 (8), 1393-1399.
Edelson, J. R. Neitzel, W. Daniell, L. Sheppard, B. Stover and N. Seixas. (2009). Predictors of hearing protection use in construction workers. Annuals Occupational Hygiene, 53 (6), 605-615.
Neitzel, W.E., L. Sheppard, H. Davies and N.S. Seixas (2009). Comparison of perceived and quantitative measures of occupational noise exposures Journal of Environmental Exposures Assessment, 19 (4), 349-359.
Neitzel R, Naeher L.P., Paulsen M, Dunn K, Stock A, Barr D, Simpson C.D (2009). Biological monitoring of smoke exposure among wildland firefighters: comparison of urinary methoxyphenols with personal exposures to carbon monoxide, particular matter, and levoglucosan J Environ Exp Assess Epi, 19(4), 349-58.
2001 - Present: Past-President, National Hearing Conservation Association
2002 - Present: Member, American Industrial Hygiene Association Noise Committee
2005 - Present: Member, American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists
2005 - 2011: Member, Acoustical Society of America
2011 - Present: Member, Expert Panel, Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award
2012 - Present: Member, International Society of Exposure Science