Statistical Tools to Manage Occupational Exposure

Sergio Caporali Filho, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Puerto Rico


Visiting Partner Sergio Caporali Filho recognized that while most Industrial Hygiene (IH) programs active today rely on statistics courses offered by departments such as Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Statistics, and Engineering, Industrial Hygienists have very specific statistical needs that are generally not covered in the courses offered by these programs. For example, the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s Exposure Assessment Model requires the understanding of statistical concepts which are generally not covered by available statistics courses. Additionally, topics such as categorical data analysis and questionnaire building techniques are also generally not covered, but are needed for the IH profession.

Sergio’s project with the Visiting Partners Program involved developing a customized Probability and Statistics Curriculum for Industrial Hygiene graduate students that is much more practitioner-focused than standard curricula.  His project developed and customized theory and applied examples for major statistical topics to the extent which they are used and needed by Industrial Hygienists in their professional practice. For use in his new curriculum, Sergio created a series of MS Power Point presentations which cover the theory for each of these topics, along with a student exercise book containing customized exercises, which use real-world industrial hygiene data, and their solutions.