Rick Neitzel is an exposure scientist whose research focuses on the characterization of exposures to noise, heavy metals and other ototoxins, psychosocial stressors, and injury risk factors, as well as a range of adverse health effects associated with these exposures. His work, and the work of his team in the UM Exposure Research lab, takes place in occupational and community settings both domestically and abroad. He is particularly interested in incorporating new methodologies and exposure sensing technologies into research, and also has a strong interest in translating his research findings into occupational and public health practice. He directs the UM Risk Science and Human Health Certificate program, and is also Director of the Pilot Project Research Grant Program of the UM Center for Occupational Heath and Safety Engineering.
Prior to his appointment to the faculty of the UM Department of Environmental Health Sciences and to the UM 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 UM Exposure Research Lab team focuses on the assessment, analysis, and control of human exposures to a range of health and safety hazards. We study physical agents (e.g., noise and vibration); chemical agents (e.g., heavy metals and paper dust); psychosocial stressors (e.g., shiftwork and fatigue), and occupational and active transportation)-related injury risks. We also work to assess the association between these exposures and a range of adverse health effects, including hearing loss, cardiovascular disease, tinnitus, annoyance, sleep ... More >>
Chronic exposure to high noise is a known causal factor for noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), and NIHL is among the most common occupational diseases in the US and globally. However, despite our understanding of the general relationship between noise exposure and NIHL, gaps remain in our understanding of exposures and health risks associated with noise.
One of the primary gaps is lack of information about noise exposures associated with particular occupations. Noise exposure is thought to be among the ... More >>
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Neitzel RL, Galusha D, Dixon-Ernst C, Rabinowitz PM (March, 2014). Methods for evaluating temporal trends in noise exposure International Journal of Audiology, S2, S76-83.
Neitzel RL, Krenz J, de Castro AB (January, 2014). Safety and health hazard observations in Hmong farming operations Journal of Agromedicine
Hammer MS, Swinburn TK, Neitzel RL (2014). Environmental Noise Pollution in the United States: Developing an Effective Public Health Response Environmental Health Perspectives, 2, 115-9.
Lewis R, Gershon RRM, Neitzel RL. (June, 2013). Estimation of permanent noise-induced hearing loss in an urban setting Environmental Science and Technology
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.
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.
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
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
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 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.
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