Managing COVID-19 risks in the workplace (Ongoing)

Posted On 2021-08-02 11:34:32

This series on “Managing COVID-19 risks in the workplace” is edited by Drs. Kenneth A. Mundt and Justine Parker from Cardno Chemrisk, USA

Kenneth A. Mundt, PhD, FACE
Senior Principal Health Scientist, Cardno Chemrisk, Boston, MA, USA

Dr. Kenneth A. Mundt, PhD, FACE, is an epidemiologist with professional interest and experience in applying epidemiological concepts and methods to understand human health risks from environmental, occupational and consumer product exposures. Dr. Mundt is Senior Principal Health Scientist at Cardno ChemRIsk – a consultancy specializing in evaluating human health risks – and Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology. He resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Mundt received his MS in Epidemiology from the University of Massachusetts and PhD in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina. He is Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, and of Environmental Health Sciences, at the University of South Carolina. He is Adjunct Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Associate Director of the Institute for Global Health, and member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Mundt is a Member of the Board, American University of the Caribbean, Haiti, and Secretary General of MEDICHEM, a global society fostering cooperation among health professionals promoting the safe production and use of chemicals.

In addition to teaching epidemiological concepts and methods, Dr. Mundt has designed, conducted and published numerous epidemiological studies and critical reviews and syntheses of the published literature. He is active in the development of methods for integrating evidence across lines of evidence including epidemiology, toxicology and exposure science, especially as they inform science-based regulation and decision-making.

Justine Parker, BS
Managing Health Scientist, Cardno ChemRisk, Boulder, Colorado, USA

Ms. Parker is a board Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and Certified in Public Health (CPH) with over 18 years of experience in industrial hygiene, exposure assessment, occupational health and global emergency response to occupational hazards. Ms. Parker began her industrial hygiene career at NASA – Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Prior to joining Cardno ChemRisk, she served as Health and Safety consultant for nine years as a Health & Safety Manager for ABC News in New York City, New York. Ms. Parker has managed occupational hazard responses in Haiti, Liberia, Afghanistan, Japan, China, and across the United States. She is expert in creating and implementing health and safety programs and protocols associated with emergency response including building and infrastructure, radiation, hostile environments, Ebola response, PTSD programs, wildfires, floods and other natural disasters. She is a graduate of Sam Houston State University where she earned a B.S. in Industrial Design with a minor in Environmental Science. She is active in the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) at both the local and national level, currently contributing to the Direct Reading Instrument Body of Knowledge Working Group, the Occupational Exposure Banding Working Group, the Exposure Control Banding Committee, the International Affairs Committee, the Developing World Outreach Initiative and the emerging Big Data initiative.

Series outline:

  1. Introductory Preface for the special series
  2. Future Directions of Infection Control and Risk Management on Military Vessels
  3. Pandemic and global crisis effects on modern slavery risks
  4. Lessons Learned from SARS-CoV-2: A Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment (QMRA) Framework for IH/EHS Practitioners
  5. Modeling and probabilities of determining probability of contracting COVID-19 in the workplace
  6. Bidirectional effects of COVID transmission in the workplace and the public’s health in resort, travel and leisure venues
  7. Infectious Disease Through the Lens Total Worker Health
  8. Face covering use and selection for COVID-19

The special series “Managing COVID-19 risks in the workplace” was commissioned by the editorial office, Journal of Public Health and Emergency without any funding or sponsorship. Kenneth A. Mundt and Justine Parker are serving as the unpaid Guest Editors for the special series.