Faculty Profile

Richard (Rick)  Neitzel, PhD, MS, CIH, FAIHA

Richard (Rick) Neitzel, PhD, MS, CIH, FAIHA

  • Professor, Environmental Health Sciences

  • Associate Director, Global Public Health

  • Professor, Global Public Health
  • 6611D SPH Tower
  • 1415 Washington Heights
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Rick Neitzel is an exposure scientist whose research focuses on the characterization of exposures to noise, heavy metals and other ototoxins, psychosocial stressors, and injury risk factors, as well as a range of adverse health effects associated with these exposures. His work, and the work of his team in the UM Exposure Research lab, takes place in occupational and community settings both domestically and abroad. He is particularly interested in incorporating new methodologies and exposure sensing technologies into research, and also has a strong interest in translating his research findings into occupational and public health practice.  He directs the UM Risk Science and Human Health Certificate program, and is also Director of the Pilot Project Research Grant Program of the UM Center for Occupational Heath and Safety Engineering.

Prior to his appointment to the faculty of the UM Department of Environmental Health Sciences, he worked as a Research Scientist in the University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences from 1998-2011.  He has been a Certified Industrial Hygienist since 2003.  

  • Watch Rick talk about ideas of public health practice concerning noise exposure.
  • Hear Rick talk about how noise exposure affects our health
  • Learn more about noise exposures associated with various jobs and industries via our Noise Job Exposure Matrix.

  • B.S., Safety (Psychology minor), University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1996
  • PhD, Environmental and Occupational Hygiene, University of Washington, 2009
  • M.S., Environmental Health, University of Washingtion, 1998

Neitzel Exposure Research Laboratory

There is currently a great deal of focus in occupational and environmental health on emerging technologies and their potential impacts on human health. However, as important and intriguing as these emerging issues are, there are many existing hazards that we have known about for years, decades, and even longer, and yet continue to grapple with.

To help address these important human health issues, the research of the Exposure Research Lab focuses on the application of novel exposure- and health-related sensing technologies to evaluate exposures to noise and other physical hazards; on assessment of auditory and non-auditory health effects associated with noise exposure and exposure to ototoxic agents; and on characterization of injury risk associated with noise exposure and transportation-related activities, with a particular focus on bicycling.

Research to practice

  • Watch Rick talk about ideas of public health practice concerning noise exposure.
  • Hear Rick talk about how noise exposure affects our health
  • Learn more about noise exposures associated with various jobs and industries via our Noise Job Exposure Matrix.

  • Arain A. and R.L. Neitzel (2019). A systematized review of biomarkers used for assessing human exposure to metals from e-waste. Int J Environ Res Pub Health 2019; 16: 1802.1.
  • Sayler S.K, B. Roberts B, M. Manning M, K. Sun and R.L. Neitzel (2019). Patterns and Trends in OSHA Occupational Noise Exposure Measurements from 1979 to 2013. Occup Environ Med. 2019;76:118–124.
  • Carlson K. and R.L. Neitzel (2019). Hearing Loss, Lead (Pb) Exposure, and Noise: A Sound Approach to Ototoxicity Exploration. J Toxicol Environ Health Pt B 2019 Jan 29:1-21.
  • Sayler S.K., P.M. Rabinowitz, D.H. Galusha, K. Sun and R.L. Neitzel (2018). Hearing Protector Attenuation and Noise Exposure Among Metal Manufacturing Workers. Ear Hear 2018 Aug 28.
  • Roberts B, N.S. Seixas, B. Mukherjee and R.L. Neitzel (2018). Evaluating the Risk of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Using Different Noise Measurement Criteria. Ann Work Expo Health. 62(3):295-306.
  • Sayler S.K., P.M. Rabinowitz, L.F. Cantley, D. Galusha and R.L. Neitzel (2017). Costs and Effectiveness of Hearing Conservation Programs at 14 US metal manufacturing facilities. Int J Audiol. 2017 Dec 7:1-9. PMC6188788.
  • Neitzel R.L., T.K. Swinburn and M. Hammer (2017). Economic impact of hearing loss and reduction of noise-induced hearing loss in the United States. J Speech Lang Hearing Res. 60(1):182-189.
  • Roberts B, C. Kardous and R.L. Neitzel (2016). Improving the Accuracy of Smart Devices to Measure Noise Exposure. J Occup Environ Hyg. 13(11):840-6. PMC5017896.
  • Neitzel R.L., S.K. Sayler, R. Long R, K. Sun K and T. von Thaden (2016). Injury risk and noise exposure in firefighter training operations. Annals Occup Hyg. 60(4):405-20. PMC4829339.
  • Cantley L.F., D. Galusha, M.R.Cullen, C. Dixon-Ernst C, P.M. Rabinowitz and R.L. Neitzel (2015). Association between ambient noise exposure, hearing acuity, and risk of acute occupational injury. Scan J Work Environ Health. 41(1):75-83.

Rick Neitzel in the News