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Research interests

My research is concerned with understanding the links between human health and exposure to chemicals, pesticides, asbestos, and other risk factors.

Recent research projects include:

  • A study of UV exposure and vitamin D status amongst outdoor construction workers.
  • A health impact assessment of air pollution in Thailand - TAPHIA.
  • The Heading study of professional soccer players and their brain helath.
  • HEALS, which is a very large pan European project that is developing methods for Health and Environment-wide Associations based on Large population Surveys.
  • ConstructHealth.sg, where we are making an assessment of the amount disease associated with the construction industry in Singapore, and providing clear strategies to minimize the amount of this disease in the future.

Much of my research is related to the risk of occupational cancer, and I have recently been involved with three epidemiological studies looking at risks from inorganic lead exposure, risks from exposure to tungsten carbide with cobalt binder and from work in the British rubber industry.

I am also interested in improving occupational and environmental exposure assessment for epidemiological studies of neurodegenerative disease, modeling exposure to metals from contaminated land, and pesticide exposure for workers and people living near to land where pesticides are applied.

I work closely with scientists at the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM), where I am based part-time. 


I graduated in Physics from Edinburgh University in 1977 and went to work at the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM). Much of my early career involved measuring exposure to airborne fibres, both asbestos and man-made mineral fibres. The latter work was in support of a large European epidemiology study coordinated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).  I developed an interest in occupational hygiene, and the science behind occupational exposure to harmful agents. In 1991 I joined the University of Aberdeen to set up a Masters course in occupational hygiene. During this time I developed my interest in retrospective occupational exposure assessment for epidemiological studies, and this work formed the basis of my PhD, which I received in 1996. In 2003 I rejoined the IOM and took on the role of Research Director. During this time I broadened my research interested to encompass the “exposome”, human exposure assessment, occupational cancer, environmental and occupational epidemiology, natural and synthetic fibres, dermal exposure and air pollution. In 2015 I took up a chair in Human Health at Heriot Watt University. 

I am a Chartered Fellow of the Faculty of the British Occupational Hygiene Society (CFFOH).

I co-wrote the textbook Monitoring for Health Hazards at Work, published by Wiley-Blackwell. Translated into Chinese in 2011. We are currently updating the book to the 5th edition. 

I was President of the British Occupational Hygiene Society 2007/08.

Winner of the Bedford Medal 2014.

Jeffrey S. Lee Lecturer 2012.

Member of the Editorial Board for the Annals of Work Exposures and Health, and I am a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

I have served on the… 

The Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (current)

Health and Safety Executive - Workplace Health Expert Committee (current)

Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - Advisory Committee on Pesticides, 2002 - 2008

Health and Safety Executive - Committee on Fibre Measurement, 1992 - date

Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - Expert Panel on Air Quality Standards, 1994 – 2003   

Veterinary Medicines Directorate - Appraisal Panel For Human Suspected Adverse Reactions To Veterinary Medicines, 1998 – 2002   



  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • Occupational health
  • Exposome
  • Cancer
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Epidemiology
  • Asbestos
  • Skin exposure

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Dust Medicine & Life Sciences
Occupational Exposure Medicine & Life Sciences
Inhalation Exposure Medicine & Life Sciences
Skin Medicine & Life Sciences
Industry Medicine & Life Sciences
Workplace Medicine & Life Sciences
Lung Neoplasms Medicine & Life Sciences
Asbestos Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 1980 2020

Exposure Models for REACH and Occupational Safety and Health Regulations

Cherrie, J. W., Fransman, W., Heussen, G. A. H., Koppisch, D. & Jensen, K. A., 7 Jan 2020, In : International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 17, 2, 383.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Inhalation Exposure
Occupational Health
Hazardous Substances

Nudging construction workers towards better sun-safety behaviour: summary of the evidence for practitioners

Nioi, A., Wendelboe-Nelson, C., Cowan, S., Cherrie, M., Rashid, S., Cowie, H., Davis, A., Ritchie, P., Lansdown, T. C. & Cherrie, J. W., 8 Jan 2020, In : Policy and Practice in Health and Safety.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Solar System
Vitamin D
Skin Neoplasms

A Scoping Review Mapping Research on Green Space and Associated Mental Health Benefits

Wendelboe-Nelson, C., Kelly, S., Kennedy, M. & Cherrie, J. W., 12 Jun 2019, In : International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 16, 12, 2081.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
Insurance Benefits
Mental Health
Mental Health Associations
Qualitative Research
Open Access
Occupational Exposure
Vehicle Emissions
Hazardous Substances