Title: Industrial Hygiene Manager
Duties: To ensure a healthy and safe working environment
for scientists and support staff by providing lab or office
evaluations, exposure assessments, and selection of useful
control measures. Also, to monitor the institute's compliance
with government health and safety regulations.
Education: B.S. in Biology, University of California,
Los Angeles. M.S. in Industrial Hygiene, University of Texas
Health Science Center School of Public Health.
Work Experience: Four years working at the bench
as a research chemist. Twenty years industry and consulting
positions in industrial hygiene, including one in which she
wrote the health and safety plan for clean-up operations at
the World Trade Center site after 9/11. "I'm proud that I
insisted on respiratory protection for the workers."
How She Got into the Safety Field: "When I was working
as a research chemist, I developed cyanide poisoning after
I picked up a bottle contaminated with residue from a spill.
After recovery, I chaired the firm's safety committee and
found I really enjoyed the field. My personal experience gives
me insight into the demands of bench work as well as the potential
consequences of worker exposure. I enjoy solving problems
to help people."
Started at Scripps Research: November 2003. "I've
felt very welcome. My coworkers have been friendly, thoughtful,
Extracurriculars: Food and wine. Also, breeding,
raising, and showing dogs, especially hounds such as Whippets
Industrial Hygiene Manager Denise Daggett
says, "I enjoy solving problems to help people."
Photo by Kevin Fung.