Deborah E Dickerson PhD CIH CSP CHMM

Dr. Deborah E Dickerson PhD CIH CSP CHMM

Dickerson Consulting LLC
103 Cherokee Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Office: 540-449-2068

I am an associate professor of safety engineering and human factors engineering and the Director of the Healthy Work Design Laboratory in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. I hold MS and PhD degrees in safety engineering and the certified safety professional (CSP), certified industrial hygienist (CIH), and certified hazardous materials manager (CHMM) credentials. I have over 25 years of experience in the fields of industrial hygiene and safety engineering: conducting investigations and designing safe work systems. I led a compliance organization responsible for conducting investigations and ensuring compliance with safety and health standards (OSHA and EPA). I have 21 years of university teaching experience and have taught courses on occupational safety, industrial hygiene, risk control, and human factors engineering. My expertise is in the control of occupational health hazards and Prevention through Design. Prevention through Design (PtD) emphasizes the elimination of hazards associated with the design of equipment, tools, materials, and systems. I have been involved in Prevention through Design efforts at the national level. I have served on an advisory committee of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) concerning the development of PtD initiatives. I am the author of a textbook chapter on the subject in the Handbook of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Areas of Expertise
  • Chemicals
  • Equipment & Machinery
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Human Factors
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Industrial Hygiene & Mold
  • Labels & Warnings
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Safety Engineering


Available Upon Request