Edward Olmsted, President
Edward Olmsted has twenty-six years experience in the professional
practice of industrial hygiene and is certified in the practice
of industrial hygiene by the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene.
He is a certified industrial hygienist (CIH), as well as a certified
safety professional (CSP), has a an undergraduate biology degree
(BS) from SUNY Buffalo and a Masters degree in Environmental Science
from Hunter College. He was awarded the Hunter College Urban Public
Health Alumni achievement award for outstanding contributions to
urban health, education, research and service in 2003.
Edward Olmsted is a prolific speaker and teacher. For example,
He was course director of the Region III OSHA training Institute
in 2004 for Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene for MEHRC, and adjunct
professor at Hunter College for Fundamentals of Quantitative Industrial
Hygiene, and Industrial Ventilation, which are relevant to mold/bioaersols.
He has also taught extensively, specifically on bioaerosols/molds,
as in How to Conduct An Indoor Air Quality Survey" and Building
Air Quality for Midlantic Environmental Hygiene Resource Center
(MEHRC) approximately 30 times from 1993-1996. He was a guest lecturer
on 4 occasions for the Columbia University Program at the school
of Public Health, where he presented material on "Bioaerosol
investigations and Health Implications."
Edward Olmsted began doing mold/Bioaerosol surveys in 1991, has
continuously done such surveys since that time, and has investigated
well over 1000 different buildings for clients of many different
types. He has designed and project managed over 100 mold remediation
projects. His clients include NYS governmental agencies, federal
agencies, NYC governmental agencies, corporate clients, insurance
companies, universities, labor unions, schools, hospitals and private
Edward Olmsted has published results of scientific investigations
of bioaerosols (molds, bacteria) and airborne particulate matter.
These publications include an investigation of a sewerage treatment
plant, and assessment of exposure and potential health effects on
workers which was published in a scholarly journal, the Proceedings
from the International Conference Held at Saratoga Springs, NY,
Oct 6-7 1994 p93-98 (1995) and Eckhart Johanning, Paul Landsbergis,
Manfred Gareis, Chin S. Yang, and Ed Olmsted, "Clinical Experience
and Results of a Sentinel Health Investigation Related to Indoor
Fungal Exposure," 1999, Environmental Health Perspectives Supplement
Volume 107 Number S3, June 1999 which reviews exposure conditions
clinical presentation and morbidity of children and adults with
indoor fungal exposures such as Stachybotrys chartarum.
The practice of industrial hygiene includes the assessment and
evaluation of exposure to environmental hazards including bioaersols
(microbial) exposures and the implementation of controls to reduce
such hazards, which is also know as remediation of hazards. Both
the physician and industrial hygienist are involved in the linking
of exposure to environmental hazards and the health of the worker
or exposed person. Edward Olmsted previously worked for the Long
Island Environmental and Occupational Health Center, which is affiliated
with the State University of New York Stony Brook, as an industrial
hygienist working with the occupational and environmental health
physician in the evaluation of exposure to hazards and the health
issues with patients received at the clinic.
Edward Olmsted is a consultant with the US Public Health Service
Division of Federal Occupational Health and has worked extensively
with FOH since 1993. In that capacity he has conducted indoor environmental
quality and microbial exposure surveys and assessment for numerous
US agencies including the Social Security Administration, Federal
Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), US Department of Agriculture
(USDA), General Services Administration, Department of the Navy,
National Parks Service, Department of the Treasury, Centers for
Disease Control and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Edward Olmsted
received a national award by the Centers for Disease Control National
Center for Infectious Diseases for contributions and participation
in the health and safety and workforce wellness for agency employees.
Edward Olmsted also received certificates in 1993 and 1995 from
the United States Public Health Services(USPHS Region II) for acknowledgement
of outstanding services to the Industrial Hygiene and Environmental
Health Program. Edward Olmsted was one of only 2 industrial hygienists
representing the United States Public Health service for ten months
after the September 11 tragedy at the World Trade Center site monitoring
the air and health of federal law enforcement personnel.
Edward Olmsted has developed the teaching curriculum and taught
training programs for mold/microbial remediation for the Laborers
AGC Union and the New York Metropolitan Area Carpenters Union for
last two years. Over the past four months he has worked with the
American Federation of Teachers in the development and implementation
of mold/microbial hazards and remediation for the gulf area/Mississippi
Edward Olmsted has, of course, taken continuing education and
training courses in the Bioaerosol assessment, remediation and analysis.
For example, in 2003 he has taken the reknowned McCrone Research
Institute week long course on "Indoor Air Quality: Fungal Spore
Identification, and the 3 day conference on the Assessment, Remediation
and Prevention of Mold Growth in Buildings, put on by MEHRC, and
was a presenter there as well. He presented a talk there on the
health hazards of chemical products used in mold remediation.
The premier conference on molds and bioaerosols is the International
Conference at Saratoga Springs, New York. Since its inception, Edward
Olmsted has worked on it in various capacities, including the scientific
committee, where he has reviewed the publications and articles of
other potential authors presenting at the conference. He has been
a moderator and presenter at this conference as well.
Edward Olmsted has been certified as an expert witness in Bioaerosol
(mold) related cases in many different legal forums, including US
Federal District Court (Southern District of NY), NYS Supreme Court,
NYC Housing Court, NYC Labor Relations Arbitrations. A few (not
complete list) of the relevant cases include The Mail Handlers Union
v. US Post Office (2002), regarding request for injunctive relief
related to contamination of mail sorting facility with anthrax spores
(Southern District of New York) , Birrenbach v. 157 E 57th St LLC
regarding mold health effects and abatement in a residential apartment
(Landlord Tenant Court, New York City Housing), Mossesson v. 290
West End Ave LLC regarding mold in a residential apartment (New
York State Supreme Court), Class Action of Tenants v Phipps Houses
(NYS Supreme Court) regarding mold in residential apartments,.