Dr Sally Spankie

Exposure Scientist

Sally is a scientist involved in occupational hygiene research, specifically in the area of exposure assessment to hazardous substances. Sally has considerable experience in undertaking monitoring surveys and desk based exposure studies for research, regulatory and aggregate exposure assessment purposes. Recently she has been assisting companies with human health exposure assessments for REACH compliance. Sally has worked in the agricultural and industrial sectors, including the grain, pesticide, metals, engineered nanoparticle, petrochemical, polymer and catalyst industries. Sally has also been involved with the development and application of models to estimate exposure. Sally has worked across Europe and South Africa on EU and industry funded research and consultancy work.

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Qualifications:

  • PhD Inorganic Chemistry {Thesis title: 'Palladium and Platinum Coordination Complexes derived from Ylides'} (Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland)
  • Certificate of Secondary Education {Chemistry and General Science} (Moray House College, Edinburgh, Scotland)
  • BSc Chemistry Honours 2:1 (University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Competency in Regulation, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Registration (University of Lancaster, Lancaster, England)
  • Certificate of Operational Competence in Occupational Hygiene {British Examining Board of Occupational Hygiene (BEBOH), Derby, England}
  • Seven Preliminary BEBOH Certificates (BEBOH, Derby, England}
  • Certificate in Occupational Hygiene Legislation (Pretoria Technikon, Pretoria, South Africa)
  • Environmental Review Training Certificate, Danish Cooperation for Environment and Development’s (DANCED) training programme on Environmental Assessment (DANCED, Durban, South Africa)
  • South African Metal Finishing Certificate of Training Electroplating: Theory and Practice (passed with distinction)

Committee and Society Memberships

  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • British Occupational Hygiene Society
  • General Teaching Council of Scotland
  • Fitpro 

Research Interests:

  • Dermal and inhalation exposure monitoring to support research investigations and regulatory compliance 
  • Characterisation of exposure-significant tasks in for example the grain and engineered nanoparticles industries and determination of exposures estimates as long term averages
  • Human health exposure assessment and exposure scenario development as required under the Regulation, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulations
  • Assessing personal exposure and modelling lung deposition from particle size distribution measurement data
  • Reviewing industrial usage and personal exposure data which have been reported in REACH dossiers for registered substances
  • Developing and using a tiered aggregate exposure assessment approach to estimate realistic non-occupational exposures to hazardous substances arising from multiple sources for example pesticides.
  • Classification of (metal) substance emission potential and assessment of other aspects of the mechanistic model for its use with the Advanced Reach Tool (ART) in the metals and petrochemicals sectors

This work has involved: 

  1. identifying, recruiting and liaising with study participants in industry, 
  2. data collection (questionnaires, monitoring surveys, telephone interviews and site visits) and analyses of new and historical exposure and process data (measurement, observation and contextual), 
  3. writing Annex II and the GES (sections 1, 2.2-2.8 and 3) for over 60 ES as part of REACH compliance work
  4. inhalation exposure monitoring e.g. size selective sampling (cascade impactor), real-time monitoring (Dustrak, condensation particle counter, fast mobility particle sizer and aerodynamic particle sizer), conventional pumped filter sampling (IOM heads, cowls, cyclones, cassettes)
  5. dermal exposure monitoring {absorbent glove (interception) method}
  6. metal (Multiple-Path Particle Dosimetry model) and pesticide exposure modelling
  7. report writing for five research projects, largely in the metals, pigments/inks, paint, lubricant and agricultural sectors,
  8. management of contract work with the Nickel Institute, the Cobalt Development Institute and with individual companies
  9. management of field work with companies participating in  research projects e.g. the pigments/inks, paint and lubricants sectors
  10. responding to chemical exposure and health related queries from the  public
  11. presenting work at stakeholder meetings and conferences:
  • X2012: the 7th International Conference on Science of Exposure Assessment presentation entitled ‘A Structured Approach for Tiered Aggregate Exposure Assessment’
  • NanoSafe 2014 ‘Assessment of exposure to engineered nanomaterials as pigments and fillers for inks and paints in manufacturing and downstream use by exposure scenarios’
  • IOHA London 2015: ‘Assessing Exposure to Two Engineered Nanomaterials in the Inks and Pigments Industry’ 
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