Michael McCoy

Michael J. McCoy, M.S., CIH, DABT

Senior Managing Scientist
Health Sciences
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Mr. McCoy is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology (DABT) with 15 years of experience. Mr. McCoy is an industrial hygiene and toxicology professional with specific strengths in occupational and environmental exposure reconstruction, historical exposure assessment, and complex industrial hygiene evaluations. Mr. McCoy uses his experience and education in both industrial hygiene and toxicology to assist clients with complex and challenging issues in human exposure science and risk. He has designed and conducted hundreds of exposure assessments for metals, asbestos, volatile organic compounds, isocyanates, dusts, and bioaerosols. Mr. McCoy has evaluated and controlled worker exposure to highly potent pharmaceutical compounds and managed occupational health and industrial hygiene programs in the pharmaceutical industry. Mr. McCoy has designed and executed occupational exposure simulations for historical exposures to asbestos and dusts and has designed industrial hygiene programs for large multinational companies to control exposures to asbestos, mineral acids, organic solvents and metals, including lead, hexavalent chromium, and beryllium. Mr. McCoy has also provided client consultation on forensic toxicology of illicit drugs, alcohols, and pharmaceutical products.


  • M.S., Pharmacology and Toxicology, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2001
  • B.S., Medical Laboratory Technology, Marquette University, 1995


Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology (DABT)

Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), #9915 CP

Certified Safety Professional (CSP), #23172


McCoy MJ, Moore N, Willey C. 2021 May. Sharks and Swimmers: Evaluating Hazard, Exposure and Risk During OEL Selection and Use in the Pharmaceutical Industry. American Industrial Hygiene Association: The Synergist.

Benson P, Goswami E, McCoy MJ. 2021. The Dose Makes the Poison: Incorporating the Concepts of Exposure and Dose into Your Witness Questioning Strategy. DRI Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Newsletter. Volume 23, Issue 1.

McCoy MJ and Morris-Schaffer K. 2021 Jan. A review of the LD50 and Its Current Role in Hazard Communication. ACS Chemical Health and Safety.

McCoy MJ, Lewis R, Mowat F. 2021 Jan. Airborne concentrations of chrysotile asbestos during operation of industrial crane controls and maintenance of associated arc chutes. Toxicology and Industrial Health.

McCoy MJ, Hoppe Parr KA, Anderson KE, Matti H, Cornish J, Greivell J. 2017 January. Diacetyl and 2,3-Pentanedione in Breathing Zone and Area Air During Large-Scale Commercial Coffee Roasting, Blending and Grinding Processes. Toxicology Reports. 4:113-122.

McCoy MJ and Anderson KE. 2014 April. Characterization of Airborne Concentrations of MDI During Simulated Consumer Use of Gorilla Glue®. Journal of Safety, Health and Environmental Research. American Society of Safety Engineers. 10(1).

McCoy MJ and Anderson KE. 2012 May. Phase Contrast Microscopy-Detected Airborne Fiber Concentration in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during Building Demolition. Harris Martin’s COLUMNS- Asbestos.  12(6): 4-12.

McCoy MJ, Wolter ME, Anderson KE. 2011. Mesothelioma in drywall workers. Journal of the American Society for Testing Materials International.  Volume 8, No. 1.

McCoy MJ, Wolter M, Anderson KE. 2008. A safety professional’s review of natural rubber latex testing in the workplace.  Journal of Safety, Health and Environmental Research.  American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). 5(3).

Nithipatikom K, Holmes BB, McCoy MJ, Hillard CJ, Campbell WB. 2004. Chronic administration of nitric oxide reduces angiotensin II receptor type 1 expression and aldosterone synthesis in zona glomerulosa cells. American Journal of Physiology, Endocrinology and Metabolism. 287:820-827.

Nithipatikom K, McCoy MJ, Hawi SR, Nakamoto K, Adar F, Campbell WB. 2003. Characterization and application of Raman labels for confocal Raman microspectroscopic detection of cellular proteins in single cells. Analytical Biochemistry. 322:198-207.

McCoy MJ, Haberman TJ, Hanke CJ, Adar F, Campbell WB, Nithipatikom K. 1999. Detection of angiotensin II binding to single adrenal zona glomerulosa cells by confocal Raman microspectroscopy. Proc. Of SPIE Biomedical Applications of Raman Spectroscopy. 3608:195- 203.



McCoy, MJ. American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) AIHce Conference May 2019, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Airborne Asbestos Concentration During Operation and Simulated Work Activities with Industrial Crane Controls.

McCoy, MJ, Anderson KE, Boyd C. 2013 April 3-4. An Inhalation Study of Gorilla Glue. International Isocyanates and Health Conference, Potomac, Maryland.


May 2022. Fundamentals of Industrial Toxicology, Professional Development Course. Wisconsin Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. Waukesha, Wisconsin.

May 2022. Fundamentals of Industrial Toxicology Professional Development Course. AIHce EXP 2022. Nashville, Tennessee.

May 2022. Principals of Chemical Exposure and Occupational Toxicants. Wisconsin Federation of Environmental Technologists, 8-hour HAZWOPER Refresher. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

October 2021. Toxicology – The Health Effects of Breathing Wood Dust. Hastings Air Energy Control, Inc. Seminar Day: Wood Dust Safety Isn’t Expensive, It’s Priceless. New Berlin, WI

April 2021. Protecting Workers’ Reproductive and Developmental Health. Wisconsin Safety Council. (Virtual)

May 2021. Protecting Workers’ Reproductive and Developmental Health. AIHce 2021. Co-Sponsored by AIHA and ACGIH. (Virtual)

April 29, 2020. Fundamentals of Toxicology. Wisconsin Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, 2022 Professional Development Conference. Waukesha, WI.

April 27, 2020. Principles of Chemical Exposure and Occupational Toxins. The Federation of Environmental Technologists, Inc., Wisconsin CHMM Chapter. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

October 2019. Occupational Toxicology and Industrial Hygiene:  Synergistic Disciplines for Improving Worker Health.  Application of Toxicology Research in Human Health Protection. Midwest Regional Chapter, Society of Toxicology.  Madison, Wisconsin.

April 2019.  Welding Fumes and Health:  Tools for the Safety Professional. Wisconsin Safety Council Annual Meeting, Wisconsin Dells, WI.

January 2019.  Decoding the Data: Moving Beyond IH Sampling. Johnson Controls Power Division, EHS Corporate Training Meeting.

October 2018. Silica and Worker Health, Manganese and Worker Health, Hastings Air Energy Annual Seminar. New Berlin, Wisconsin

October 2017. Federation of Environmental Technologists, Workplace Health and Safety Professional Development Conference. “Preparing and Delivering Hazard Communication Training for Safety Managers.” Pewaukee, Wisconsin.

October 2017. Wisconsin Lakeshore Safety Council, Safety by the Lakeshore Meeting, Lakeshore Technical College.  “OSHA’s New Silica Regulations: What You Need to Know.”  Cleveland, Wisconsin.

July 2017. Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association (PIOGA) Technical Session, “OSHA’s New Silica Regulations:  What You Need to Know.”  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

July 2017. Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association (PIOGA) Technical Session, “Sampling and Analysis for Respirable Crystalline Silica.”  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

July 2017.  Michigan Aggregate Association (MAA), “OSHA’s New Silica Rule: What You Need to Know.”  Crystal Mountain Resort, Michigan.

April 2017. FET, Annual HAZWOPER Refresher, “Ergonomic and Physical Hazards.” West Allis, Wisconsin.

May 2016. AIHce 2016. “Evaluation of Personal Breathing Zone and Area Airborne Diacetyl at a Commercial Coffee Roasting Facility via Real- Time Fourier Transformed Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR).” Co-Sponsored by AIHA and ACGIH. Baltimore, Maryland.

April 2016. 2016 OSHA Trends Present Peril for Unprepared Employers. “HAZCOM, Air Quality and Respirator Issues.” Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., Waukesha, Wisconsin.

March 2016. Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers’ Aggregate Miner Safety Conference, “Noise Dosimetry and GIS/GPS in Evaluating Employee Noise Exposures.”  Springfield, Illinois.

March 2016. Industrial Minerals Association of North America, “Noise Dosimetry and GIS/GPS in Evaluating Noise Exposure.” San Diego, California.

October 2013. FET, Annual Conference, “Safety and Monitoring Equipment for Atmospheric Hazard Detection.”  Waukesha, Wisconsin.

July 2013 and 2014. FET, Essentials of Hazardous Materials Management Course. “Basic Industrial Hygiene” and “Industrial Toxicology.” Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

October 2012. FET, Professional Development Course on OSHA Compliance, “Managing Combustible Dust Risks.” Waukesha, Wisconsin.

October 2012. FET, Annual Conference, “Managing Combustible Dust Risks.” Waukesha, Wisconsin.

October 2012. FET, Professional Development Course on OSHA Compliance, “Managing Combustible Dust Risks.” Waukesha, Wisconsin.

October 2012. FET, Annual Conference, “Managing Combustible Dust Risks.” Waukesha, Wisconsin.

September 2012. FET, Wisconsin CHMM Chapter, Essentials of Hazardous Materials Management, “Industrial Hygiene and Workplace Sampling” and “HAZWOPER.” Waukesha, Wisconsin.

March 2012. Wisconsin Section of the American Foundry Society. “Combustible Dust Overview.” Waukesha, Wisconsin.

March 2012, 2013 and 2015. Federation of Environmental Technologists (FET), Wisconsin CHMM Chapter, 8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher, “Physical and Ergonomic Hazards on HAZWOPER Sites.”  Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

August 2011. AHMP National Conference. “Mysterious Odors: Semi-volatile Organic Compounds Impacting Indoor Air Quality and Human Health.”  Austin, Texas.

June 2011. Milwaukee Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Safety Day 2011, “Applications of Industrial Toxicology to Safety Management.” Waukesha County Technical College, Waukesha, Wisconsin.

October 2010.  Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Compliance Update Meeting, “EPA Compliance Update.”  Alverno College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

June 2010. Wisconsin Chapter of the Alliance of Hazardous Material Professionals, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “Living Hazardous Materials, Case Studies of Residential and Occupational Microbial Contamination.

Prior Experience

Senior Industrial Hygienist and Toxicologist, Stantec Consulting Services Inc., 2018-2020

Safety and Industrial Hygiene Manger, Alcami Corporation, 2018

Owner, McCoy Industrial Hygiene, LLC, 2018-2019

Senior Project Manager, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., 2007-2017

Academic Appointments

Part-time Instructor, Environmental Health and Water Quality, Milwaukee Area Technical College

Co-Instructor for Introduction to Industrial Hygiene, UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education

Adjunct Instructor, PH 743, Environmental Risk Assessment (Graduate); PH142, Exploring Global Environmental Health (Undergraduate). Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Professional Affiliations

American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)

American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)

Past-President, Wisconsin Section, AIHA

Chairperson, Toxicology Committee, AIHA

Society of Toxicology (SOT) - Full Member, 2020

Project Experience

Exposure Reconstruction:

Evaluated potential worker exposure to asbestos in a hospital during a construction project.  Provided dose reconstruction and public relations support to hospital management, evaluated worker exposure to airborne and surface asbestos on numerous projects, and published in this area. 

Retained to evaluate occupational exposure and dose reconstruction of current and historical worker exposure to diacetyl vapors in microwave popcorn packaging facilities and coffee roasting and grinding facilities.  Evaluated potential worker toxicity associated with diacetyl and other alpha diketone exposures and continues to perform research and study in this area. 

Evaluated and measured worker exposure and determined worker health effects and potential toxicity associated with occupational exposure to beryllium at several US Department of Energy (DOE) sites; and assisted the client with compliance activities associated with the Chronic Beryllium Disease Prevention Program (CBDPP).  Also served as a consultant to a large national DOE contractor.  Additionally, performed several exposure assessments for inhalational and dermal beryllium exposure at beryllium-alloy manufacturers.

Evaluated historical occupational exposure to benzene and provided dose reconstruction of these compounds during use of consumer products and work with and around petroleum chemicals.

Complex Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology:

Retained to develop a global asbestos and respirable crystalline silica management and industrial hygiene program for a multinational electronics corporation.  

Investigated worker exposure to dust containing unknown heavy metal contaminants in a utility plant, which caused worker contact dermatitis and respiratory irritation.  Managed numerous heavy metal exposure and toxicity evaluations.

Evaluated potential worker exposure to surfaces contaminated with asbestos in a water system testing facility.

Retained to evaluate the proposed local exhaust ventilation (LEV) system at a major university.  Also reviewed Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) and hazards associated with the work processes and recommended industrial hygiene monitoring after commissioning of the LEV system. 

Developed a global industrial management program for a global electronic component manufacturer and executed the sampling and data evaluation program.  Retained to assess and control employee exposures to volatile organics, mineral acids, and heavy metals, including lead and hexavalent chromium.

Evaluated the potential for inhalational exposure and subsequent toxicity due to residual herbicides in a former distribution facility as part of a real estate transaction for a confidential client.  Evaluated worker exposures and toxicity associated with insecticides.  Mr. McCoy has evaluated several worker and community exposures to various pesticides and insecticides.

Retained by numerous building owners and tenants whose properties’ inhabitants were concerned about building-related illnesses (BRI).  Led multiple complex projects evaluating indoor air for volatile organic compounds, semi-volatile organic compounds, formaldehyde and airborne biological agents, including Legionella, Mycobacterium species, fungi, and allergenic proteins. 

Managed a complex mercury spill throughout multiple levels of a residential property.  Evaluated the environmental impact of the mercury spill and potential impacts to the occupants of the residence.  Worked with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and its subcontractors to clean the property and ensure proper closure prior to the property’s demolition.  Participated in health and safety oversight at numerous mercury release events.

Reviewed, updated, and authored numerous Safety Data Sheets for various products, including active pharmaceutical ingredients, food ingredients and additives, and other industrial chemicals.

Performed a risk assessment associated with 2,3,7,8-TCDD (dioxin) in soil collected in a highway right of way construction project and determined that HAZWOPER regulations would not apply to the construction work.

Evaluated toxicity associated with aromatic and aliphatic isocyanates on worker and community health through numerous industrial hygiene assessments and toxicological evaluations.  Mr. McCoy has also published in this area. 

Evaluated the potential for occupational exposure to nickel compounds and epoxy resins in a worker sensitive to these compounds.  Provided the client with an overview of Type IV allergic hypersensitivity, an overview of work practices utilizing these chemicals, and identified specific industries that utilize these chemicals to help develop an avoidance strategy.

Performed several pharmaceutical surrogate studies (containment verification) for the pharmaceutical industry and has experience with highly potent pharmaceutical ingredients.  Developed the client’s industrial hygiene and designed occupational health and medical surveillance programs in cooperation with an occupational medicine physician.

Performed numerous evaluations and reconstructions of blood alcohol and delta-9-THC (marijuana active ingredient) concentrations following traffic accidents and evaluated the impacts of illicit drugs (amphetamines, marijuana, and opioids) and pharmaceuticals on human health and driving, reaction time, ambulation, and other activities.

Additional Information

Additional Education Training

Epidemiology and Public Health Graduate Coursework, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, 2011

Part-time Student, Online Masters in Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University, Philadelphia

Peer Reviewer

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health

Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health

American Chemical Society (ACS) Chemical Health and Safety

Patty’s Toxicology, Willey Publishing


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  • M.S., Pharmacology and Toxicology, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2001
  • B.S., Medical Laboratory Technology, Marquette University, 1995


Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology (DABT)

Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), #9915 CP

Certified Safety Professional (CSP), #23172