Nellie J. Brown

Director of Workplace Health and Safety Programs Cornell University,
School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Nellie Brown is the Director of Workplace Health and Safety Programs for the Worker Institute at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. A Certified Industrial Hygienist, Diplomate of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, biologist and chemist, Brown provides on-site training and technical assistance services in a wide range of occupational safety and health matters including workplace exposure to chemicals, biological agents, ergonomics, confined space entry, occupational stress, shift-work and long hours of work, crisis and violence prevention, hazard analysis techniques, training techniques, and indoor air quality for employers, labor unions, and the public. Brown is the author of numerous occupational health hazard manuals, including health and safety sections of on-farm digester start-up and process manuals. Brown serves on a Cornell Project Work Team for Managing Organic Residuals (formerly Composting and Land Application of Sewage Sludge). One of Brown’s recent projects involves process failure analysis and hazard assessment of anaerobic digesters used for processing manure and generating electricity on dairy farms. For the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), Brown served on the Technical Committee which developed ANSI/ASABE Standard S607, a standard on manure pit ventilation for farms.

Brown has experience as a licensed wastewater treatment plant operator and worked for 5 years as the chemist for a wastewater treatment plant, supervising lab technicians and conducting biological and chemical analysis of wastewater, process streams, biomass, anaerobic digesters, and the receiving stream and managing the industrial pre-treatment program.

From the New York Water Environment Association, Brown has received the Charles Agar Memorial Service Award for her conference presentation on "Understanding workplace chemical exposure" and the Milton T. Hill Award for her outstanding contributions to the education and training of wastewater utility personnel.

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