Julia Diebol

Julia K. Diebol, Ph.D., CSP, C.P.S.M.

Managing Scientist
Human Factors
Bellevue
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Dr. Diebol’s areas of expertise include product and occupational safety, risk communication, chemical hazard communication, and human factors. She uses her expertise to evaluate the roles of warnings, instructions, risk communications, policies and procedures, standards, and regulations in safety and environmental health behaviors. Her expertise has been applied to a broad range of consumer, occupational, and community settings. Dr. Diebol routinely serves as a testifying expert in addition to providing consulting services in her areas of expertise.

As a Certified Product Safety Manager and a Certified Safety Professional, Dr. Diebol regularly evaluates product labels, user manuals, safety data sheets, product literature, warnings, instructions, and other communications, as well as occupational safety management policies, programs, and procedures. She has experience evaluating compliance with a variety of regulatory requirements including Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Proposition 65, and other state, federal, and international regulations. Dr. Diebol also has experience assessing conformance with consensus and industry standards by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and others.

Dr. Diebol has specialized knowledge of current and historical risk communication and safety management practices obtained through researching federal and state regulations, industry and consensus standards, and technical literature dating back to the early 1900s. She also has experience using a variety of research and data collection methods, including interviews, questionnaires, mailed and online surveys, and focus groups. Based on her research and professional practice, Dr. Diebol has lectured at the University of Michigan and at national and international conferences on topics related to safety management, risk communication, chemical hazard communication, environmental health, and process safety.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Diebol was a safety and human factors consultant at a firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as well as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Michigan, teaching a senior-level engineering course in Product and Occupational Safety Management. From 2012 to 2017, she also taught a professional development course regarding human factors for chemical hazard communication in consumer and industrial settings. Dr. Diebol serves as President of the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2013
  • B.S.E., Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2005
  • Risk Science Center Fellowship, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, 2011

    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Traineeship, Education and Research Center (ERC), School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2007-2009

    Marian Sarah Parker Scholarship, Human Factors Group, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), 2004-2005

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Safety Professional #CSP-32344

Certified Product Safety Manager #04082

OSHA 511, OSHA Standards for General Industry

LANGUAGES

  • German

Publications

Shah, R.J., Hall, S.M., & Diebol, J.K. (2016). Contextual considerations for the development and assessment of product warnings. In Proceedings of the XXVIIIth Annual Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference, pp. 120-125.

Zikmund-Fisher, B.J., Turkelson, A.E., Franzblau, A., Diebol, J.K., Allerton, L., Parker, E.A. (2013). The effect of misunderstanding the chemical properties of environmental contaminants on exposure beliefs: A case involving dioxins. Science of the Total Environment, 447, 293–300. March 1.

Franzblau, A., Zikmund-Fisher, B.J., Allerton, L., Turkelson, A., Diebol, J., Parker, E.A. (2012). Community beliefs about dioxin exposure pathways: Do they match the experts? Organohalogen Compounds, 74, 1160-1163.

Diebol, J.K., Parker, E., Franzblau, A., Ross, P.T., Weber, I., Zikmund-Fisher, B.J. (2010). A mental models framework for considering community perceptions of dioxin-like compounds. Organohalogen Compounds, 72, 332-333.

Young, S.L., Frantz, J.P., Shah, R.J., Rhoades, T.P., and Diebol, J.K. (2007). Perceptions and use of product-related age recommendations: A case study involving ATVs. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 51st Annual Meeting, pp. 30-34.

Frantz, J.P., Rhoades, T.P., Young, S.L., Diebol, J.K., and Shah, R.J. (2007). Exploring parental response to age-related warnings. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 51st Annual Meeting, pp. 1378-1382.

Presentations

Guest lectures in ChE 496: Process Safety Management, Chemical Engineering Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2016, 2018

Course Director and Instructor, Human Factors in Hazard Communication for Occupational and Consumer Settings, Society for Chemical Hazard Communication, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017

Guest lectures in IOE 438: Occupational and Product Safety Management, Industrial and Operations Engineering Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2009, 2011-2013, 2020-2021

Diebol, J.K. Receiver satisfaction with chemical hazard and exposure information. Society for Chemical Communication Fall Meeting Plenary Session, Arlington, VA, 2012

Guest lecture in HBHED 662: Risk Communication: Theory, Techniques, and Applications in Health, Health Behavior and Health Education Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2011

Diebol, J.K., Zikmund-Fisher, B.J., Ross, P.T., Turkelson, A.E., Weber, I., Franzblau, A., and Parker, E. Relationship between judgments of health risk and satisfaction with hazard and exposure communications. Society for Risk Analysis Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC, 2011

Diebol, J.K., Parker, E.A., Franzblau, A., Ross, P.T., Weber, I., Zikmund-Fisher, B.J. A mental models framework for considering perceptions of dioxin-like compounds. Dioxin 2010: 30th International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants, San Antonio, TX, 2010

Prior Experience

Managing Consultant, Applied Safety and Ergonomics, Inc., 2005-2018

Production Supervisor, General Motors, 2004

Industrial Engineering Internship, General Motors, 2003

Academic Appointments

Adjunct Lecturer (Occupational and Product Safety Management), Industrial and Operations Engineering Department, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2014-2018

Professional Affiliations

President, Society for Chemical Hazard Communication, 2020-Present

Vice President, Society for Chemical Hazard Communication 2018-2020

Member, American Society of Safety Professionals, 2018-Present

Member, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2014-Present

Member, Society for Risk Analysis, 2011-2014, 2019-Present

Secretary/Treasurer, Society for Chemical Hazard Communication, 2017-2018

Chair, Board of Directors, Society for Chemical Hazard Communication, 2016-2017

Member of the Board of Directors, Society for Chemical Hazard Communication, 2014-2016

Co-Chair, Program Committee, Society for Chemical Hazard Communication, 2012-2014

Member, Technical Committee, Risk Science Symposium, Risk Science Center, University of Michigan, 2011

Member, Junior Faculty Search Committee, Risk Science Center, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, 2010-2011

Project Experience

Served as a named expert in a products liability case alleging neurological effects from occupational exposure to a solvent (1-bromopropane (1-BP)/n-propyl bromide (NPB)) during employment. Analyzed safety communications provided by the process equipment manufacturer, solvent manufacturers, and employer, conducted a site inspection, developed opinions, and submitted expert report.

Served as a named expert in a combustible dust explosion case involving ground vulcanized rubber. Evaluated regulatory compliance and adequacy of labels and safety data sheets provided by rubber manufacturers and the employer’s hazard communication program. Conducted a site inspection and developed opinions.

Served as a named rebuttal expert in a wrongful death case, responding to allegations of improper safety management practices by a manufacturing company. Developed rebuttal opinions and provided deposition testimony.

Reviewed draft user manuals, quick start guides, and on-product labeling for a variety of consumer products with electrical, thermal, and mechanical hazards. Provided suggestions for improvements to communications for product safety and usability.

Additional Information

Advisory Appointments

Technical Committee, University of Michigan Risk Science Center Risk Science Symposium, 2011

Peer Reviewer

Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society - Safety Technical Group

Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society - Forensics Technical Group

Science of the Total Environment (STOTEN)

Toxicology and Industrial Health (TIH)

Knowledge

News & Events

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2013
  • B.S.E., Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2005
  • Risk Science Center Fellowship, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, 2011

    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Traineeship, Education and Research Center (ERC), School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2007-2009

    Marian Sarah Parker Scholarship, Human Factors Group, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), 2004-2005

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Safety Professional #CSP-32344

Certified Product Safety Manager #04082

OSHA 511, OSHA Standards for General Industry

LANGUAGES

  • German