Updates to the 2020 ACGIH® TLVs®
and BEIs® Book
April 22, 2020
3:30–5:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
About the Presenters
Rachel Rubin, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.
Dr. Rachel Rubin is a Senior Medical Officer with the Cook County Department of Public Health and her areas of responsibility within the health department include oversight for the Communicable Diseases and Environmental Health Services units. She also serves as the chair of the Quality Committee, leading quality initiatives and providing oversight and guidance to improve the work of the agency. She is also a practicing internist with a focus on out-patient HIV care, and a specialist in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
She is the former chair of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Stroger Hospital and she has faculty appointments at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and at Rush University Medical College. She received her MD from Rush Medical College and her MPH from the UIC School of Public Health. She trained at Cook County Hospital and has worked for the Cook County health system for most of her career. In addition, she worked in Mozambique for two years as a public health specialist and district medical chief. For the last 12 years, she has been a member of the ACGIH® Threshold Limit Values Chemical Substances (TLV®-CS) Committee where she actively works to develop safety and health standards for chemical use in the workplace. Currently, she serves as the Chair of this internationally recognized committee. She has also sat on the NIOSH Study Section to review grant submissions for research in worker's health and safety. She maintains an interest in international health and a commitment to working with underserved populations.
Larry K. Lowry, Ph.D.
Dr. Lowry is a founding member of the ACGIH® Biological Exposure Indices (BEI®) Committee and is the current Chair of this international committee of experts. He earned a B.S. in Chemistry at San Jose State University and a Ph.D. in Comparative Biochemistry from the University of California at Davis. Following a 3-year tour in the US Army doing nutrition research, he did applied research in human exposure assessment as a commissioned officer in the US Public Health Service (USPHS) at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in Cincinnati. Following retirement from the UPSHS, he did contract research for EPA and ATSDR when at Midwest Research Institute, Kansas City, MO. In 1996, Dr Lowry came to The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler to lead a collaborative environmental science master’s degree program with Stephen F. Austin State University. He is actively involved in the training of occupational medicine residents. He retired from this institution in 2008 but continues to teach part-time in the MPH program at the new School of Community and Rural Health. In 2017, Dr. Lowry received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Texas System and the William D. Wagner Award from ACGIH® for “National and international commitment and dedication to the creation and dissemination of occupational exposure values”.