WEBINAR Perspectives on Total Worker Exposure, its Applications, and its Implications

Earn 1.0 Contact Hour

Webinar – 
Part of the Summer Series Inaugural Event

Perspectives on Total Worker Exposure, its Applications, and its Implications
August 26, 2020
2:00–3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time



It is increasingly important for industrial hygienists to consider a worker's entire exposome when attempting to characterize, assess, and control exposures. Worker exposure to harmful exposures does not start and stop at the door to the workplace, and the rapidly evolving nature of the "work environment" makes this doubly true. Moreover, aspects of a worker's life such as employment type, psychosocial exposures, and outside environmental exposures are intertwined with workplace exposures in such a way that the outcomes of these various exposures cannot be separated. This expansion of the traditional industrial hygiene scope necessitates a new understanding of and new approach to the exposome, the compilation of all a person's non-genetically-influenced exposures from conception through death. This session will present three different perspectives on the total worker exposure framework, its implications, and its applications in worker health. We will present a detailed breakdown of the TWE framework and its components and a discussion of how "top-down" and "bottom-up" exposomics must be combined to not just assess and characterize a worker's exposures, but also design and implement effective interventions. We will examine a case study illustrating the interconnection of precarious work situations and psychosocial exposures with traditional exposures and health outcomes, and another which explores the ethics of collecting biospecimens in marginalized populations.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this webinar, attendees will:

  • Understand the components of a Total Worker Exposure (TWE) framework for exposure assessment, and how the components function interdependently to determine individuals' health outcomes.
  • Understand the ways in which a worker's internal exposome and external environment (both work-related and otherwise) impact traditionally work-related health outcomes.
  • Understand the complexity of ethical questions surrounding the implementation of a TWE framework and potential ramifications for the populations whose exposures are being assessed.
  • Understand the safeguards and facilitators for the collection, storage, analysis, and dissemination of biologic and genetic data from underserved populations.


This webinar contains 1.0 contact hours and may be eligible for Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) CM credit. See the ABIH website (abih.org) for CM credit criteria. This webinar may also qualify for CSP recertification points. See the BCSP website (bcsp.org) for details. Participants seeking confirmation of attendance for the webinar from ACGIH® must attend the live webinar or view the archive and submit a final exam and evaluation. Certificates of Completion will be issued in a timely manner after receipt and completion of these items.

What is an ACGIH® Webinar?

ACGIH® is dedicated to providing quality, scientific, educational events. One method of doing this is to offer distance-learning webinars. A webinar, short for Web-based seminar, is a presentation, lecture, or seminar that is transmitted over the Internet. A key feature of a webinar is its interactive elements — the ability to give, receive and discuss information. Webinars are as effective as on-site presentations without the travel expense. This ACGIH® webinar is 1.0 hours in duration and consists of a live presentation given via the Internet with no option for call in audio.