Title: Senior Industrial Hygienist
Company: Cornell University
Location: Cortland, New York, United States
Jennifer Whittaker, Senior Industrial Hygienist at Cornell University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Health Care Professionals for dedication, achievements, and leadership in monitoring industrial and environmental workplace conditions.
After serving as an intern with the Walt Disney World College Program at Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida from 2003 to 2004, Ms. Whittaker obtained a Bachelor of Science in environmental science with a concentration in biology and a minor in geography in 2006 from the Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. She subsequently earned a Master of Public Health from West Chester University, Pennsylvania in 2004. Ms. Whittaker is licensed as a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene; as an AHERA Asbestos Inspector by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); and as an asbestos consultant, inspector, management planner and project designer by the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health.
For over a decade, Ms. Whittaker has provided superior service as an industrial hygienist, a professional dedicated to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, communication, and control of environmental stressors in the workplace that may result in injury, illness, impairment, or otherwise affect the well-being of workers and community members. She excelled as safety and health expert at 1Source Safety and Health, Inc. in Lionville-Marchwood, Pennsylvania from 2008 to 2013 and as a regional industrial hygiene delivery specialist of electronic materials from 2014 to 2020 with the Dow Chemical Company. Since the latter year, Ms. Whittaker has prospered as a senior industrial hygienist with Cornell University.
When beginning her career, Ms. Whittaker worked in hygiene sampling and noise monitoring with Dow Chemical, which she found really interesting. As she got through it, there was an opportunity that opened within Dow so she could get more into management and influential parts of industrial hygiene. As a career highlight, she was able to overhaul Dow Chemical’s conservation program within a year to a year and a half in one of the sites where she worked. It was a huge group effort in which there were six or seven environmental health and safety technologists who assisted with the project. While her team was executing close to 500 samples, she got the results, interpreted them and made recommendations. In addition, when Ms. Whittaker joined Cornell University, it was the height of the pandemic and she became responsible for COVID-19 training. Within the first six months, she ended up training about 8,000 to 10,000 people.
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