The 20th International Conference on Occupational Health and Safety was held March 11 – 14, in Miami, and brought together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars from different countries of the world to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of occupational health and safety. An e-poster presentation from the research team of Dr. Atin Adhikari, assistant professor of environmental health sciences at the Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH), received the best presentation award in this international conference (title: “Nanoparticle exposure levels in indoor and outdoor demolition sites”; authored by: Mitra A, Rashidi A, Lewis S, Doehling J, Pawlak A, Schwartz J, Ekpo I, Adhikari A). The preliminary data collected by the authors indicated that concentrations of nanoparticles have wider dispersion in indoor demolition sites in comparison to outdoor demolition sites. In all the cases a bell shaped trend was observed in dispersed nanoparticles and ultrafine particles with highest airborne concentrations at 60 to 150 nm size range. This work has been supported by the CPWR (The Center for Construction Research and Training) through CDC/NIOSH cooperative agreement OH009762 (PI: Dr. Atin Adhikari). Dr. Adhikari’s travel was supported by the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health Professional Travel Grant Award.
[Photo: Dr. Atin Adhikari]