Rick Neitzel is an occupational hygienist whose research focuses on the characterization of exposures to noise, otoxins, and heavy metals, and assessment of the risk of various health effects related to these exposures. He also studies injury risks associated with occupational activities and active transportation, as well as psychosocial stressors in the workplace. He is particularly interested in incorporating new methodologies and technologies into exposure and 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
PUBHLTH305: The Environment And Human Health
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
The research of the Physical Hazards Lab spans the assessment, analysis, and control of human exposures to a range of physical health hazards. Physical agents such as noise, vibration, and temperature, as well as safety hazards associated with occupational and nonoccupational activities and the built environment, are ubiquitous in our daily lives. These physical hazards are associated with a long and growing list of adverse health outcomes, including hearing loss, cardiovascular disease, tinnitus, annoyance, sleep disturbance, performance degradation, ... More >>
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Neitzel RL, Crollard A, Dominguez C, Stover B, Seixas NS (January, 2013). A mixed-methods evaluation of health and safety hazards at a scrap metal recycling facility Safety Science, 1, 432-440.
Rabinowitz PM, Galusha D, Dixon-Ernst C, Clougherty JE, Neitzel RL (December, 2012). The dose response relationship between in ear occupational noise exposure and hearing loss Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Neitzel RL, Hong O, Quinlan P, Hulea R (June, 2012). Pilot task-based assessment of noise levels among firefighters International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, N/A, N/A.
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.
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