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Donna S. Heidel, CIH, FAIHA

Industrial Hygiene Practice Leader for Bureau Veritas North America

The Opioid Abuse Epidemic - Protecting Responders

Donna S. Heidel is the Industrial Hygiene Practice Leader for Bureau Veritas North America where she leads the development of industrial hygiene services to support the effective assessment and management of exposure risks associated with occupational health hazards.  Prior to her employment with Bureau Veritas she coordinated the Prevention through Design program at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, including the benefits of occupational exposure banding and control banding for "designing in" containment and controls for materials without authoritative OELs.  Ms. Heidel also has experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including 15 years at Johnson & Johnson, as the World Wide Director of Industrial Hygiene.  While at J&J, she supported the development and implementation of engineering containment and control systems for high-potency drugs, including fentanyl.  She is certified by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (CIH), and is an AIHA fellow.  She also serves on the AIHA Board of Directors as the Treasurer.  She is the past chair of the AIHA Control Banding Working Group and supports the AIHA Opioid Working Group.  

Thomas Licker, CBRM, CEICR

Biological Safety Risk Assessment for Bio Recovery Contractors - Initial Proposed Guidelines. 

ABRA Board President and Certified Bio Recovery Master, Thomas Licker has over 20 years of professional experience that includes managing the investigation and remediation of Industrial, Commercial and Residential properties. In addition he has been involved with the risk mitigation of biohazardous and hazardous materials in relation to the food, transportation, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. He has been responsible for overseeing the clean-up of sites under the CDC, FDA, USDA, RCRA, CERCLA, DOD, and DOE guidelines.Mr. Licker has worked for the Federal EPA Site Assessment and Technical Assistance Team as over-sight for CERCLA and RCRA Corrective Actions. Additional management responsibilities include business development strategies, sales and marketing of Insurance  Restoration  Specialists,  Inc.  and  executive  management  of  the Infection  Control Technologies division.  Mr. Licker is an active member of the New Jersey Food Processors association, New Jersey Food Council, the International Association for Food Protection, International Facility Management Association and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control. In 2011, Mr. Licker earned certification as a Certified Environmental Infection Control Remediator (CEICR) from the American Council for Accredited Certification. Tom is also working with American Industrial Hygiene Association Opioid Working Group.  

Matthew Meiners, CIH

Consulting Chemist:  Pharmaceutical and Industrial Hygiene Services

Maxxam Analytics

Sampling and Analysis of High Potent Opioid Residuals for Assessment of Contamination, Risk and Remediation Efficacy

Matt has a B.A. in Chemistry, is Board Certified in Industrial Hygiene (CIH), and has more than 30 years of experience in Industrial Hygiene and Pharmaceutical laboratory services.  His areas of expertise include industrial hygiene, occupational toxicology, API sampling/analysis, and process containment. 

Domenica Zimmerman

President Elect: American Biological Safety Association

Presentation - Biological Emergency Response

Biosafety Officer and Director of the Environmental Health and Biosafety Regulations and Requirements Core, Galveston National Laboratory, Environmental Health and Safety Biological Program for the University of Texas Medical Branch over 36 years biosafety experience at UTMB, and 6 years of experience as laboratory coordinator  and  division safety liaison with the University of Puerto Rico, Division of Marine Ecology providing laboratory and marine safety for  near shore and deep water  marine research.   Active and contributing member of the American Biological Safety Association for more than 26 years.  Member of the ABSA Curriculum and Professional Development core, Education and Training, and a member of the ABSA Trans-Federal BSL3 certification Taskforce.  Select agent oversight and program management since 1997 Member of design team for 4 BSL3, 1 BSL3 enhanced, 2 ABSL3, 2 ABSL2, 4 insectaries, and as well as the Robert E. Shope BSL4 and the GNL BSL4 representing both biosafety and research. Coordinate and manage the UTMB Institutional Biosafety Committee since 1992.  Courses taught include Management and Program Development for BSL3 Laboratories (ABSA core curriculum),  Business Model for Laboratory Inspections, and Principles and Practices in Biosafety (5 day course for biosafety professionals). Current  President Elect for ABSA International.

Leroy Mickelsen

Leroy Mickelsen



USEPA, OLEM, OEM, CBRN Consequence Management Advisory Division


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Leroy Mickelsen received a B.S. Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Iowa and M.S. Chemical Engineering degree from North Carolina State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in The State of Ohio.  Leroy worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for 25 years. Leroy joined the EPA in 2005 and is working to make chemical, biological, and radiological decontamination cheaper, faster, and better.





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