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Dr. George Byrns

Department of Health Sciences
Office
Felmley 321
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Biography

Dr. George Byrns is the Program Director and a professor of occupational and environmental health at Illinois State University. He has been a member of the faculty since 1999. Prior to this, George worked for the US Public Health Service, Indian Health Service for 25 years. In his last assignment, he managed that agency’s occupational health and safety program. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and holds a PhD from The Johns Hopkins University in occupational and environmental health. He also has an MPH from the University of Minnesota and a BS from Colorado State University in environmental health. George is a member and past chair of the AIHA Healthcare Working Group. In 2015, he became an AIHA Fellow.

Research Interests & Areas

The assessment and control of bological, chemical, and physical hazards in healthcare.

Ph D

The John Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health
Baltimore, MD

Other Environmental Health

University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

BS Environmental Health

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO

AIHA Fellow

American Industrial Hygiene Association
2015

U.S. Professors of the Year Award

Carnegie Foundation
2013

Volunteer Group Service Award

Healthcare Working Group of the AIHA
2012

Category I Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award

Illinois State University
2011

Leadership Award

Healthcare Working Group of the AIHA
2011

Outstanding Teacher Award

CAST - ISU
2006

Teacher of the Year

Department of Health Sciences
2006

Outstanding Professors of the Year

Student Education Association
2006

Outstanding Service Award

Department of Health Sciences
2005

Researcher of the Year

Department of Health Sciences
2003

Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New

Byrns, G. Alternative Room Disinfection Modalities – Pros and Cons. Gadi Borkow (EDs), Use of Biocidal Surfaces for Reduction of Healthcare Acquired Infections. Springer (2014): 187-207.

Journal Article, Professional Journal

Lyde, A., Grieshaber, D., & Byrns, G. Faculty Teaching Performance: Perceptions of a Multi-Source Method for Evaluation. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2016)
Byrns, G., Nelson, A., & Bradbury, J. The Importance of Good Chemical Management in Health Care. JOEH 10.7 (2013): 86-93.
Byrns, G., & Fuller, T. The risks and benefits of chemical fumigation in the healthcare environment. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH) 8.2 (2011)

Presentations

Chemical fumigation and ultraviolet (UVC) irradiation as alternative room disinfection modalities - pros and cons. American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition. AIHA. (2014)
Balancing the Competing Needs of Disinfectant Efficacy and Safety. American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition. AIHA. (2013)
Disinfection for Infection Prevention: Industrial Hygiene Implications. American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition. AIHA. (2013)
Surface Disinfection for the Infection Prevention (#417). American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition. AIHA. (2012)
The Importance of Good Chemical Management in Hospitals. American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition. AIHA. (2012)
The Importance of Good Chemical Management in Hospitals. American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHCE). (2012)
Chemical Fumigation in Hospitals. American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition. (2011)
Occupational Health Ethics. Case Studies. Prairie AIHA Local Section and the ISU Student Section of the AIHA. (2011)
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