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The Personal Protective Technology Program at NIOSH: Reviews of Research Programs of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Comfort. He has been engaged in research and standards development for protective clothing for more than 20 years and is internationally recognized for his work in the field of protective clothing systems. Dr. Barker has published many technical papers on the protective properties of textile materials and clothing and on testing methods used for evaluation. He is active in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), ASTM International, and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) committees involved in the development of standards for measurement for personal protective equipment. Dr. Barker holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics from the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. in textile and polymer science from Clemson University.
HOWARD J. COHEN, Ph.D., is a professor and chair of the occupational safety and health department at the University of New Haven. He formerly was the manager of industrial hygiene at the Olin Corporation and editor-in-chief of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Journal. He is a graduate of Boston University where he received a B.A. degree in biology. Dr. Cohen received his master of public health and doctorate of philosophy degrees in industrial health from the University of Michigan. He is certified in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene (CIH) by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. Dr. Cohen is the former chair of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z88.2 committee on respiratory protection and a current member of the editorial board of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. He is the past chair of the AIHA’s respiratory protection committee, a past president of the Connecticut River Valley Chapter of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, and a past officer and treasurer of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.
JANICE COMER-BRADLEY, M.A., is technical director of the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), where she directs the voluntary standards-setting activities of 13 product groups representing suppliers of safety and health equipment. She works closely with federal regulatory agencies and outside standards bodies to influence activities that affect the manufacture, use, and distribution of safety equipment, and she represents ISEA on numerous standards committee and government panels. Ms. Bradley earned a B.S. degree from the University of Dayton and a master’s degree in environmental studies from Brown University. Ms. Bradley has spent her entire career in the safety and health field. Prior to her work at ISEA she was the director of environmental health and safety for the Rockefeller University in New York City, the university health and safety officer for Brown University, and the safety specialist for the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. Ms. Bradley is a certified safety professional by the American Society of Safety Engineers and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University where