Using Biological Monitoring to Verify Effectiveness of IH Program








October 22nd, 2019


1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 


Nevada 6


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.

CompanyNevada Gold Mines

TitleIndustrial 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.

shane owen


This break-out session will review the use of biological indicators to verify employee exposure to lead, arsenic, mercury and other agents where a Biological Exposure Indices (BEI) exists. Using biological monitoring will assist in determining if existing controls and procedures are adequate and being used properly.