Occupational / Environmental Epidemiology

Occupational and environmental epidemiology are two sub-disciplines of epidemiology that focus on studying the potential health risks of exposures to chemicals, particulates, metals, physical factors, infectious disease agents, and psychosocial factors in the workplace and general environment. Diseases of concern in occupational and environmental epidemiology can include the entire spectrum of health outcomes, such as cancer, cardiovascular, neurological, respiratory, immunological, and dermal disease as well as injuries, reproductive and mental health outcomes.

Exponent’s staff of epidemiologists, industrial hygienists, toxicologists, biostatisticians, physicians and environmental scientists bring together a well-experienced multidisciplinary team that apply the latest state of the art study designs and analytical methods to address occupational and environmental health questions. We apply our expertise to summarize and interpret scientific data and we conduct original epidemiologic studies.

Exponent scientist teams have developed and implemented innovative approaches for the design and conduct of epidemiologic studies of numerous occupational or environmental agents such as:

  • Air pollution 
  • Arsenic 
  • Asbestos 
  • Benzene 
  • Beryllium 
  • Chromium 
  • Electric and magnetic fields 
  • Ergonomic factors 
  • Ehylene oxide 
  • Lead 
  • Mercury 
  • Perchlorate 
  • Pesticides 
  • Silica 
  • Solvents 
  • Traffic safety 
  • Weather 

We have studied a wide range of health outcomes and disease biomarkers including: 

  • Cancer
  • Nonmalignant respiratory disease 
  • Injuries 
  • Neurobehavioral outcomes 
  • Reproductive outcomes 
  • Childhood diseases 

Our research work has included numerous community health assessments, disease cluster investigations, survey research, occupational cohort and case-control studies, exposure assessment studies, cancer modeling, meta-analyses, and state of the art reviews. 

Occupational and environmental epidemiology involves a wide variety of exposure assessment, analytical and statistical modeling techniques that are used to evaluate associations between workplace or community exposures and health outcomes. The assessment and evaluation study of study bias, statistical methodology, analytical and study design issues are all critical to the interpretation and implications of epidemiologic studies of environmental and workplace exposures. Exponent epidemiologists are well-trained in the complex methods used in health research and have published peer-reviewed scientific articles covering statistical analyses, disease modeling, and evaluation of study bias. 

Our ability to draw upon the expertise of other health scientists, physicians, and engineers within Exponent allows Exponent epidemiologists, biostatisticians, industrial hygienists, to provide timely and comprehensive scientific assessment of questions regarding safety and health risks in occupational and environmental settings. 



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