David Watts, MSPH, CIH
Senior Industrial Hygienist
Mr. Watts has 25 years of experience in the fields of industrial hygiene health and safety. Serving as Senior Industrial Hygienist, Mr. Watts routinely provides consultation services to a variety of clients in the insurance, hospitality, healthcare, chemical, refining and manufacturing sectors. He brings real-world experience to the consulting industry as a practicing scientist in the areas of indoor air quality and microbial contamination, biological, chemical and physical hazard exposures. He has the ability to support clients with problem recognition and development of science-based solutions. Mr. Watts also has litigation support experience to serve clients in the event of claims arising from alleged human exposure, construction defects, remediation effectiveness, or implementation of exposure controls.
Mr. Watts has served as senior technical lead for CTEH’s infectious disease services. During this time, he has served in technical consultative roles for projects involving SARS, MERS, Hanta virus, Ebola outbreaks and Ricin decontamination. More recently, Mr. Watts was instrumental in coordination and collaboration with the Japanese Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC) related to SARS-CoV-2 outbreaks on the Diamond and Grand Princess cruise ships, as well as in the essential transportation, utility, hospitality, and construction industries. He was instrumental in the development of cleaning and disinfection protocols, certification of disinfection, return to work verifications, and liaison to the insurance industry where business interruption claims were investigated and validated.
He has also served as a Senior Project Manager and Consultant for several national accounts and supported the needs of clients in both the public and private sectors. He has helped clients address comprehensive industrial health and safety issues related to indoor air quality, OSHA compliance, and process safety. His duties have also included serving as a liaison to regulatory bodies, such as US EPA, federal and state OSHA and state Department of Public Health and Labor; as well as a public relations spokesperson. In response to a diverse number of hurricane-related losses, Mr. Watts served as a Senior Project Manager for Disaster Response Teams throughout the southeastern United States and Caribbean. During the 2010 BP oil spill, Mr. Watts served as a key member of CTEH’s Industrial Hygiene Strike Team and serviced all four affected states providing technical consultation regarding onshore and offshore worker exposures during all response activities. Mr. Watts also has served as a state lead for Occupational Hygiene services in Alabama and Florida for the Gulf Coast Restoration Organization (GCRO) during all of BP’s patrolling and maintenance responsibilities as a result of the oil spill.
M.S.P.H, Public Health & Industrial Hygiene, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
B.S., Business Administration/Operation Management, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Past or Current Professional Affiliations
- American Industrial Hygiene Association
- American IAQ Council
- Indoor Air Quality Association
- Mobile Claims Association
- American Society of Safety Engineers
- American Board of Industrial Hygiene