KATY MCNAMARA, is the the Industrial Hygienist for UCLA-LOSH. She acts as a technical consultant on a variety of projects and educational campaigns, including heat illness, green chemistry, hazardous waste, and injury reduction. Ms. McNamara is responsible for responding to technical assistance requests, and advises project staff on regulatory compliance issues. She also researches emerging hazards and regulatory changes, and assists in the development of new programs areas for outreach and training. Ms. McNamara provides technical instruction on occupational health issues to LOSH interns, staff, clients, and partner organizations.
Prior to joining LOSH, Ms. McNamara spent 12 years as an occupational health consultant, specializing in evaluating worker exposures in research laboratories, manufacturing facilities, refineries, and environmental remediation sites. She also had a six year tenure with the City of San Francisco implementing worker health and safety programs, during which time she spent two years assisting with FEMA funded emergency preparedness planning and hazardous materials emergency response. Ms. McNamara has additional experience in environmental regulatory compliance, particularly in auditing and managing RCRA compliance programs for hazardous waste sites and facilities, and in providing litigation support for both toxic tort and natural resource damage cases. She has been a member of the California Nanomaterials Safety Working Group, a statewide collaboration of universities and government agencies, and has been involved in the implementation of the State's green chemistry legislative initiatives. She has been an invited guest lecturer on occupational health and hazardous waste topics at the University of San Francisco and at UCLA in the Environmental Health Sciences department. Ms. McNamara has a B.S. in Environmental Policy and Planning (Environmental Science emphasis) from UC Davis, and is currently a doctoral student at UCLA in Environmental Health Science. She is board certified in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene by the ABIH.