Emily Goswami
Emily R. Goswami, CIH
Managing Scientist
Health Sciences
  • Oakland

Ms. Goswami has over 15 years of professional experience in human health risk assessment, exposure assessment, industrial hygiene, chemical fate and modeling, statistical analysis, literature research, and project management.

Ms. Goswami’s experience includes conducting human health risk assessments for various contaminated sites; evaluating chemical exposures from consumer products; designing and conducting numerous exposure simulations associated with use of consumer products; performing probabilistic modeling in order to evaluate exposures to chemicals in the workplace; performing residential investigations including air and surface sampling and analysis for mold and other indoor contaminants; and evaluating odors. Ms. Goswami also has extensive experience reviewing the published literature pertaining to exposure, epidemiology, and toxicology associated with various sources and types of occupational, paraoccupational, and environmental exposure to various chemicals. Ms. Goswami has testified as an expert witness in the area of industrial hygiene.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • M.S., Environmental Health, University of Washington, 2001
  • B.A., Environmental Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1998

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Industrial Hygienist - Comprehensive Practice, American Board of Industrial Hygiene, since 2009

Publications

Goswami E, Craven V, Dahlstrom DL, Alexander D, Mowat F. Domestic asbestos exposure: A review of epidemiologic and exposure data. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2013; 10(11):5629–5670. http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/10/11/5629 

Sheehan P, Bogen KT, Hicks J, Goswami E, Brorby G, Lau EC, Ott B. Benzene inhalation by parts washers: New estimates based on measures of occupational exposure to solvent coaromatics. Risk Analysis 2010; 30(8):1249–1267.

Bogen KT, Goswami E. Screening-level hazard assessment for six phthalates under A.B. 1108 and Proposition 65 (Rev. 1). Technical Report prepared by Exponent, Inc., for the Environment Section, Office of the Attorney General, California Department of Justice (CalDOJ), May 2009 (made public by CalDOJ, August 2009), Exponent, Inc., Oakland, CA, 97 pp.

Sheehan P, Malzahn D, Goswami E, Mandel JH. Simulation of benzene exposure during use of a mineral spirit solvent to clean elevator bearing housings. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment 2008; 14:421–432.

Goswami E, Larson T, Lumley T, Liu L-J. Spatial characteristics of fine particulate matter: Identifying representative monitoring locations in Seattle, Washington. Air and Waste Manage Association 2002; 52:324–333.

Book Chapters


Barrie, MD, Dahlstrom DL, Goswami E, Kaetzel R. The Halogens. Patty’s Toxicology 2012; 1033–1108.

Presentations


Goswami E, Craven V, Dahlstrom D, Mowat F. Domestic asbestos exposures: A review of epidemiologic and exposure data. American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce), Denver, CO, May 22–27, 2010.

Sheehan P, Bogen K, Brorby G, Goswami E. Improved estimates of worker exposure to benzene during parts washing based on a new approach analyzing solvent and air data for other aromatic constituents. Presented at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo, Denver, CO, May 22–27, 2010.

Sheehan P, Bogen K, Brorby G, Goswami E. Worker inhalation exposure to benzene from solvents during parts washing. Society for Risk Analysis 2009 Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, December 6–9, 2009.

Sheehan P, Goswami E, Hicks J, Barrie M. An assessment of historical benzene exposures of printing press operators. Presented at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo, Minneapolis, MN, May 31–June 5, 2008.

Sheehan P, Hicks J, Goswami E, Lau E, Greene J, Fedoruk MJ. Assessment of mechanics’ exposure to benzene in mineral spirit solvents during parts washing activities. Presented at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo, Chicago, IL, May 13–18, 2006.

Goswami E, Malzahn D, Richter R, Sheehan P. Simulation and modeling techniques to reconstruct historical benzene exposures. Platform presentation at the Society for Risk Analysis Meeting, Baltimore, MD, December 3–6, 2006.

Brorby G, Kalmes R, Goswami E, Mowat F, Sheehan P. Evaluating exposures to consumer products. Platform presentation at the Society for Risk Analysis Meeting, Baltimore, MD, December 3–6, 2006.

Sheehan P, Malzahn D, Goswami E, Kalmes R, Hicks J, Mandel J. Use of a simulation to estimate benzene exposure from degreasing elevator parts. Presented at the Society for Risk Analysis Meeting, Baltimore, MD, December 3–6, 2006.

Goswami E, Greene J, Sheehan P, Hicks J. Analysis of exposure to benzene in mineral spirit solvents during parts washing and degreasing operations. Poster presentation at the Society of Toxicology Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 5–9, 2006.

Goswami E, Kalmes R. Exposure to formaldehyde during use of a nail care product. Poster presentation at the American Industrial Hygiene Association Conference and Exposition, Anaheim, CA, May 21–26, 2005.

Madl AK, Leung HW, Proctor D, Goswami E, Hays S, Cohen E. Derivation of a RfD for perchlorate: Identifying a critical health endpoint and the most sensitive subpopulation. Poster presentation at the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, March 21–25, 2004.

Prior Experience

Graduate Student Research Scientist, University of Washington, Department of Environmental Health, 1999–2001

Web Site Coordinator, U.S. EPA Region IX, 1998–1999

Professional Affiliations

American Industrial Hygiene Association, 2005–present

American Industrial Hygiene Association – Northern California Section, 2009–present

Genetic and Environmental Toxicology Association of Northern California, 2006–present

Project Experience

Consumer Product Assessment

Designed and conducted exposure simulations to assess personal inhalation exposure to ethylbenzene during use of marking pens, benzene during use of adhesive sprays, and formaldehyde during application of beauty and personal care products. Designed and conducted numerous exposure simulations of product use followed by hand-wiping to measure the potential hand-loading and subsequent oral exposures via hand-to-mouth behaviors. Various products evaluated for lead and/or phthalates include dinnerware, cookware, polyvinyl chloride [PVC] products, painted containers, marking pens, tools, hair care products, detergents, handbags, and nail polish, etc. Evaluated experimental exposure results with regard to Proposition 65 and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) compliance.

Industrial Hygiene and Air Sampling

Designed and conducted air sampling for various agents including benzene, formaldehyde, lead, silica, particulate matter, fungi, and odors in various occupational, residential, and laboratory settings. Evaluated odors associated with consumer appliances including analyses of air samples and use of a consumer panel. Performed literature reviews for worker exposure data, epidemiology data, and air sampling methods. Evaluated adequacy of safety data sheets (SDSs), chemical handling procedures, and personal protective equipment. 

Collected and analyzed air monitoring data from 40 stations to evaluate potential exposures to particulates, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide in Seattle as part of an EPA-sponsored study. Health effects of elderly residents near the monitoring stations were recorded to evaluate toxic responses to the particulate exposures in that area.

Risk Assessment

Conducted numerous risk assessments for various types of sites including former gold mines, a former barium manufacturing facility, railroad corridors, and foundries, as well as the first former munitions site in California to be granted DTSC approval for unrestricted residential use. Prepared statistical analyses of metals, explosives, radionuclides, pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polyaromatic hydrocarbon (PAHs) concentrations to determine whether soils were affected by site activities. Developed remediation goals protective of future residents, commercial workers, construction workers, recreational site users, and ecological receptors. Also evaluated modeled potential re-suspended dust emissions during remediation activities. 

Developed clean up levels for soil and groundwater based on estimated indoor concentrations of volatiles from soil and groundwater sources using Johnson and Ettinger modeling. Formulated potential exposure pathways, analyzed site-specific data, developed remediation goals protective of human health and ecological species, and calculated cancer and non-cancer risk values.

Asbestos

Provided extensive support to experts in epidemiology, exposure assessment, and risk assessment for numerous asbestos-related cases for a variety of chrysotile asbestos-containing products. Evaluated risk of disease and asbestos exposure for a variety of occupations including insulators, plumbers, pipefitters, electricians, railroad workers, farmers, power plant workers, sheetmetal workers, steel workers, bricklayers, carpenters, construction laborers, bakers, TV repairmen, gardeners, refinery workers, and longshoremen. Conducted extensive review of literature regarding domestic or paraoccupational asbestos exposures. Reviewed product literature, scientific literature, and case-specific materials. Reviewed and analyzed pathology articles related to fiber deposition and clearance, degree of toxicity based on fiber type and size, fiber lung burden and epidemiology. Worked with experts to create exhibits and prepare for trial testimony.

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CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • M.S., Environmental Health, University of Washington, 2001
  • B.A., Environmental Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1998

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Industrial Hygienist - Comprehensive Practice, American Board of Industrial Hygiene, since 2009