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Nellie J. Brown, M.S., C.I.H
Director, Workplace Health and Safety Programs

Nellie Brown, M.S., C.I.H. is the Director of Workplace Health and Safety Programs for Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She received her bachelor's degree in biology from SUNY at Buffalo and her master's degree in multidisciplinary studies in natural sciences and applied science from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is also a Certified Industrial Hygienist. Nellie is the Lead Training Manager for Cornell's USEPA-certified Lead Programs and an instructor in the industrial hygiene and health effects section of the courses. She is the author of numerous occupational health hazard manuals and MSDS companion sheets, available through Cornell University and the New York State Department of Health.

Nellie is currently collaborating with BCERF staff to create a report titled, "Chemicals, the Workplace, and Cancer Risk." In 2003, BCERF launched the EnviroChemicals and Cancer Database (EECD), listing chemical uses, cancer classification, and information on exposures of concern for forty-two chemicals identified by the National Toxicology program as causing mammary breast tumors in laboratory animals. Building on this database effort, the Chemicals, the Workplace, and Cancer Risk report will develop in-depth information on the chemicals in occupational situations. The report, targeted to industrial hygienists and occupational health nurses, will include routes of entry to the worker and recommendations to reduce or eliminate exposures. Future educational programming efforts through BCERF will be based on this report.