- M.P.H., Public Health/Industrial Hygiene, University of California, Berkeley, 1977
- B.S., Biochemistry, University of California, Davis, 1974
- Certified Industrial Hygienist, Toxicology Aspects Certification
- Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP)
- Fellow, American Industrial Hygiene Association
- American Industrial Hygiene Association—AIHA, Sacramento Valley Section (Past President)
- American Industrial Hygiene Association—AIHA (Fellow)
- American National Standards Institute, Committee Z 9.8 member
- AIHA National Indoor Environmental Quality Committee (Past-Chairman, 1999)
- International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate
- University of California (Los Angeles and Davis) Hazardous Waste Consortium Advisory Board
- University of California Extension (Davis) Health and Safety Certificate Advisory Board
- University of California Berkeley and Davis, Extension Instructor (Indoor Air Quality, Mold, Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, Industrial Hygiene)
- CAL/OSHA Advisory Committee, Minimum Ventilation Standard (Technical Consultant)
- EPA Building Assessment and Study Evaluation Program Steering Team
- EPA Peer Review Panel—Indoor Air Quality
Mr. Hicks' areas of experience include environmental health investigations related to industrial settings, concerns of environmental contamination, and indoor air quality in the built environment. He also has experience in areas such as reports of illness and disease clusters with concerns of environmental causes.
These studies have included hazardous waste sites, indoor air pollution/building illness investigations; environmental mold evaluations; asbestos, lead, and other hazardous material abatement and remediation projects; asbestos and crystalline silica exposure and health assessments; workplace chemical and dust exposure assessments; pesticide use and applications; environmental health issues associated with agricultural operations; health, safety and environmental audits; regulatory analysis and compliance plans; hazardous waste health and safety support; radioisotope measurement and exposure assessments; microorganism and sewage contamination; environmental lead and lead-based paint studies within the built environment; ambient air toxic measurements and studies; and source emission measurements from a wide variety of combustion devices, processes, and agricultural facilities.
Mr. Hicks routinely serves as an expert witness. He has provided consultation in these areas in a diverse cross section of environments, including: manufacturing environments, electric utilities, mining, vehicles, transportation and service facilities, railroad, maritime and aircraft operations, agricultural activities, metal processing and mining facilities, office and institutional buildings, residential settings, construction sites, electronics manufacturing and assembly, chemical and petroleum operations, food processing, pulp and paper operations, wood products, agricultural operations, and hazardous waste sites.
Mr. Hicks has taught public health, safety, environmental science, industrial hygiene, indoor air quality, and related courses for the University Extension programs at UC Davis and UC Berkeley since 1982.