Industrial Hygiene Particulate Sampling








October 21st, 2019


8:00 am - 4:00 pm 


Nevada 8


CompanyJerritt Canyon Gold LLC

TitleSafety Coordinator

Sara Nichols has been in Safety and Health for the mining industry for 15 years.  Sara worked at Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc. for 8 ½ years in many Safety and Health roles including Compliance, Contractor Management, and Industrial Hygiene.  She then worked at Newmont Mining Corp. for 6 1/2  years as the HSS Specialist for the Mine Division. She currently is a safety coordinator at Jerritt Canyon Gold. Sara held the Chair position for the Nevada Mining Association Safety and Health Committee from 2012 to 2014 as well as the IH Subcommittee Chair for four years.

Company: Nevada Gold Mines

Title: Industrial Hygiene 

Shane Owen has been working in the mining industry for 35 years; 24 of which has been in Health and Safety. Shane is the Superintendent of Industrial Hygiene at Nevada Gold Mines, and previously was the Sr. Manager of Occupational Health for Newmont’s North America Region. He has a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health, and a B.A.S in Management. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist, a Certified Safety Professional and a Certified Mine Safety Professional. 

CompanyMine Safety and Health Administration, Western District

Title: Industrial Hygienist

Jennifer VanWey is an Army veteran who served overseas as a Chemical Operations Sergeant.  She has a B.S. in Chemistry and Earth and Space Studies from Troy University and a M.S. in Geology from Georgia State University.  Jennifer started her civilian career as a Geologist for the Georgia Department of Transportation.  She has worked for the Mine Safety and Health Administration for seven years and is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH). 

CompanyCoeur Rochester

TitleSafety Coordinator

Kelly Hess has been in the mining industry over 23 years; 14 years in Safety & Health and Industrial Hygiene roles. Kelly is the current Nevada Mining Association Industrial Hygiene Subcommittee Chair Person and Vice Chair Person for the Safety and Health Committee. He is currently the Safety Coordinator at Coeur Rochester mine.

shane owen
jen vanway
kelly hess


In the mining industry employees may be exposed to airborne particulates at various levels of risk. In order to determine the exposure potential, the amount of the hazard must be measured.

This 8-hour class will review conducting industrial hygiene sampling for employee particulate exposure from beginning to end. 

Participants will take away from this class how to:

  • Use industrial hygiene equipment to measure employees’ exposure to particulates over a full shift
  • Interpret and communicate results to management through written reports
  • Use troubleshooting technics such as task sampling to identify the source(s) of exposure

IH equipment will be available in the class allowing participants to practice calibrating, assembling sample trains, etc.