- Manager, Research Safety and Health
- Assistant Professor, Public Health
Dr. Griffin graduated from the University of Arizona in August 2014 with a Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences and a multidisciplinary minor in health economics. She earned her Masters of Science in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Washington in 2007 where she studied occupational noise exposure. Dr. Griffin has twelve years of environmental health and industrial hygiene experience having served as an Environmental Health Specialist with the U.S. EPA from 1999-2002 and as an Environmental Health Officer with the US Public Health Service, assigned to the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Coast Guard, from 2002-2011. Dr. Griffin's research in industrial hygiene and health economics is focused on the prevention of occupational injury and the reduction of chemical exposures using targeted interventions in populations including miners, firefighters and industrial workers, and the evaluation of the economic consequences of these interventions. As a Certified Industrial Hygienist, she has conducted industrial hygiene exposure assessments in research and professional settings.
- Ph.D. Environmental Health Sciences
- University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, United States
- ECONOMIC EVALUATION OF INJURY AND INJURY PREVENTION INTERVENTIONS IN THE U.S. FIRE SERVICE
- M.S. Industrial Hygiene
- University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, United States
- Indicators of Hearing Protection Use: Self-report vs. Researcher Observation
- B.S. Environmental Health Sciences
- Salisbury State University, Salisbury, Maryland, United States
Licensure & Certification
- Certified Industrial Hygienist, American Board of Industrial Hygiene (2009)
- Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian, National Environmental Health Association (2001)
No activities entered.
Physical ExposureEHS 510 (Spring 2019)
Fund Industr+Envir HlthEHS 484 (Fall 2018)
Fund Industr+Envir HlthEHS 584 (Fall 2018)
Fund Industr+Envir HlthPCOL 584 (Fall 2018)
Master's ReportEHS 909 (Fall 2018)
ResearchEHS 900 (Fall 2018)
Master's ReportEHS 909 (Summer I 2018)
Master's ReportEHS 909 (Spring 2018)
ResearchEHS 900 (Spring 2018)
Fund Industr+Envir HlthEHS 484 (Fall 2017)
Fund Industr+Envir HlthEHS 584 (Fall 2017)
Fund Industr+Envir HlthMNE 484 (Fall 2017)
Fund Industr+Envir HlthPCOL 484 (Fall 2017)
Fund Industr+Envir HlthPCOL 584 (Fall 2017)
Master's ReportEHS 909 (Fall 2017)
ResearchEHS 900 (Fall 2017)
Master's ReportCPH 909 (Summer I 2017)
Independent StudyCPH 399 (Spring 2017)
Independent StudyCPH 599 (Spring 2017)
Master's ReportCPH 909 (Spring 2017)
Physical ExposureCPH 510 (Spring 2017)
ResearchCPH 900 (Spring 2017)
Fund Industr+Envir HlthCPH 484 (Fall 2016)
Fund Industr+Envir HlthCPH 584 (Fall 2016)
Fund Industr+Envir HlthMNE 484 (Fall 2016)
ResearchCPH 900 (Fall 2016)
Intro to Environ & Occu HealthCPH 375 (Summer I 2016)
- Bui, D. P., Hu, C., Jung, A. M., Pollack Porter, K. M., Griffin, S. C., French, D. D., Crothers, S., & Burgess, J. L. (2019). Driving behaviors associated with emergency service vehicle crashes in the U.S. fire service. Traffic injury prevention, 1-7.More infoEmergency service vehicle incidents are a leading cause of firefighter fatalities and are also hazardous to civilian road users. Modifiable driving behaviors may be associated with emergency service vehicle incidents. The goal of this study was to use telematics to identify driving behaviors associated with crashes in the fire service.
- Bui, D. P., Jung, A. M., Kramer, S. S., Griffin, S., & Burgess, J. L. (2018). Interventions and Controls to Prevent Emergency Service Vehicle Incidents: A Mixed Methods Review. Accident and Injury Prevention.
- Burgess, J. L., Zhou, J., Griffin, S., & Jacobs, E. T. (2018). MicroRNA changes in firefighters. JOEM.
- Griffin, S., Bui, D., Gowrisankaran, G., Lutz, E. A., He, C., Hu, C., & Burgess, J. L. (2016). Risk Management Best Practices to Reduce Injuries and Maximize Economic Benefits in U.S. Mining. Journal of Safety Research.
- Griffin, S., Poplin, G., Pollack, K., & Burgess, J. L. (2017). Implementing Risk Management to Reduce Injuries in the U.S. Fire Service. Journal of Safety Research.
- Jeong, K., Zhou, J., Griffin, S., Jacobs, E. T., Dearmon-Moore, D., Zhai, J., Littau, S., Gulotta, J., Moore, P., Peate, W., & Richt, C. (2018). MicroRNA Changes in Firefighters. JOEM, 60(5), 469.
- Poplin, G., Griffin, S., Pollack, K., & Burgess, J. L. (2016). Efficacy of a proactive health and safety risk management system in the fire service. JOEM.
- Bui, D. P., Pollack Porter, K., Griffin, S., French, D. D., Jung, A. M., Crothers, S., & Burgess, J. L. (2017). Correction to: Risk management of emergency service vehicle crashes in the United States fire service: process, outputs, and recommendations. BMC public health, 17(1), 923.More infoAfter publication of the article , it has been brought to our attention that the second author's name was published incorrectly. Previously included as "Keshia P. Porter", the full and correct name should be "Keshia Pollack Porter". This has now been corrected in the original version of the article.
- Bui, D. P., Pollack Porter, K., Griffin, S., French, D. D., Jung, A. M., Crothers, S., & Burgess, J. L. (2017). Risk management of emergency service vehicle crashes in the United States fire service: process, outputs, and recommendations. BMC public health, 17(1), 885.More infoEmergency service vehicle crashes (ESVCs) are a leading cause of death in the United States fire service. Risk management (RM) is a proactive process for identifying occupational risks and reducing hazards and unwanted events through an iterative process of scoping hazards, risk assessment, and implementing controls. We describe the process, outputs, and lessons learned from the application of a proactive RM process to reduce ESVCs in US fire departments.
- Griffin, S., Regan, T. L., Harber, P. I., Lutz, E. A., Hu, C., & Burgess, J. L. (2016). Evaluation of a fitness intervention for new firefighters: injury reduction and economic benefits. Inj Prev, 22(3), 181-8.
- Griffin, S. C., Regan, T. L., Harber, P., Lutz, E. A., Hu, C., Peate, W. F., & Burgess, J. L. (2015). Evaluation of a fitness intervention for new firefighters: injury reduction and economic benefits. Injury prevention : journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention.More infoFirefighting is a hazardous profession and firefighters suffer workplace injury at a higher rate than most US workers. Decreased physical fitness is associated with injury in firefighters. A physical fitness intervention was implemented among Tucson Fire Department recruit firefighters with the goals of decreasing injury and compensation claims frequency and costs during the recruit academy, and over the subsequent probationary year.
- Julia, P., Griffin, S., Gary, W., Peate, W., & Burgess, J. L. (2015). Cost analysis of injury claims in the fire service. International Fire Service Journal of Leadership and Management, 9.
- Pena, J. C., Griffin, S. C., West, G. R., Peate, W. F., & Burgess, J. L. (2015). Cost Analysis of Injury Claims in the Fire Service. International Fire Service Journal of Leadership and Management, 9.
- Poplin, G. S., Pollack, K. M., Griffin, S., Day-Nash, V., Peate, W. F., Nied, E., Gulotta, J., & Burgess, J. L. (2015). Establishing a proactive safety and health risk management system in the fire service. BMC public health, 15, 407.More infoFormalized risk management (RM) is an internationally accepted process for reducing hazards in the workplace, with defined steps including hazard scoping, risk assessment, and implementation of controls, all within an iterative process. While required for all industry in the European Union and widely used elsewhere, the United States maintains a compliance-based regulatory structure, rather than one based on systematic, risk-based methodologies. Firefighting is a hazardous profession, with high injury, illness, and fatality rates compared with other occupations, and implementation of RM programs has the potential to greatly improve firefighter safety and health; however, no descriptions of RM implementation are in the peer-reviewed literature for the North American fire service.
- Griffin, S. C., Neitzel, R., Daniell, W. E., & Seixas, N. S. (2009). Indicators of hearing protection use: self-report and researcher observation. Journal of occupational and environmental hygiene, 6(10), 639-47.More infoHearing protection devices (HPD) are commonly used to prevent occupational noise-induced hearing loss. There is a large body of research on hearing protection use in industry, and much of it relies on workers' self-reported use of hearing protection. Based on previous studies in fixed industry, worker self-report has been accepted as an adequate and reliable tool to measure this behavior among workers in many industrial sectors. However, recent research indicates self-reported hearing protection use may not accurately reflect subject behavior in industries with variable noise exposure. This study compares workers' self-reported use of hearing protection with their observed use in three workplaces with two types of noise environments: one construction site and one fixed industry facility with a variable noise environment, and one fixed industry facility with a steady noise environment. Subjects reported their use of hearing protection on self-administered surveys and activity cards, which were validated using researcher observations. The primary outcome of interest in the study was the difference between the self-reported use of hearing protection in high noise on the activity card and survey: (1) over one workday, and (2) over a 2-week period. The primary hypotheses for the study were that subjects in workplaces with variable noise environments would report their use of HPDs less accurately than subjects in the stable noise environment, and that reporting would be less accurate over 2 weeks than over 1 day. In addition to noise variability, other personal and workplace factors thought to affect the accuracy of self-reported hearing protection use were also analyzed. This study found good agreement between subjects' self-reported HPD use and researcher observations. Workers in the steady noise environment self-reported hearing protection use more accurately on the surveys than workers in variable noise environments. The findings demonstrate the potential importance of noise exposure variability as a factor influencing reporting accuracy.
- Burgess, J. L., Fent, K., Grant, C., Solle, N., Jacobs, E. T., Jahnke, S., Griffin, S., Horn, G., Fahy, R., Morrison, P., Bertke, S., Jeong, K., Zhou, J., Littau, S., Jung, A., & Caban-Martinez, A. (2018, Summer). Design of and Data Collection in a National Multi-Site Fire Fighter Cancer Cohort Study. American Public Health Association. San Diego, CA.
- Griffin, S., & Foster, C. (2018, Summer). Evaluation of Thermal Stress in Law Enforcement Personnel. AIHce. Philadelphia, PA.
- Griffin, S., Bedrick, E. J., Dylan, K., Garcia, R., Packard, S., Briggs, G., Hill, C., Collier, K., & Roach, M. (2018, Jan). Enhanced Surveillance of Heat-Related Illness in Pinal County. ISDS Annual Conference Proceedings 2018.
- Griffin, S. (2016, Spring). Risk Management Best Practices to Reduce Injuries and Maximize Economic Benefits in U.S. Mining. SME (Feb 2016) and AIHce (May 2016). Phoenix, AZ and Baltimore, MD.