Adjunct Assistant Professor
Martin D. Barrie, JD, PhD is an occupational/environmental epidemiologist, occupational hygienist, and lawyer with over 30 years of diverse and progressive experience. He holds a doctorate in community health sciences, with specialization in occupational and environmental epidemiology and exposure and risk assessment, a master’s degree in the environmental sciences, with specialized in genetic toxicology and occupational hygiene, and a jurisprudence degree. His areas of interest include occupational/environmental epidemiology, pharmaco-epidemiology, exposure assessment, and occupational hygiene.
He has worked for international oil and gas, chemical, and support services companies and has been responsible for developing, implementing, and managing health, safety, and environmental (HSE), health toxicology, occupational hygiene, and risk management services. These activities included developing, implementing, and managing area and personnel occupational and environmental monitoring, sampling, and exposure assessments in refining, chemical, offshore drilling, and support operations to identify, evaluate, and control potential exposures and impacts to various chemicals, products and physical agents, including radiation, noise, solvents, and various particulates, metals, and toxicants. He has also conducted retrospective exposure assessments and qualitative and quantitative risk assessments, environmental contamination evaluations, environmental impact assessments, hazardous waste handling evaluations, policy and procedure manual development, training, and assessments of community exposures. His research activities have included formaldehyde exposures in mobile homes, the application of the Ames assay, and medical personnel exposures to chemotherapeutic agents.
He has successfully established and managed his own consulting companies, providing corporate and litigation support in the areas of epidemiology, historical exposure and risk assessments, occupational hygiene, and health toxicology. He has designed and conducted environmental and occupational epidemiologic investigations, and is often called upon to evaluate and assess the putative association between various toxicant exposures and various adverse health outcomes. Throughout his career, he has been active in, and responsible for, business development, project budgeting and financials, and project management.
As an attorney, he has worked for several prominent law firms in the environmental, toxic tort and products liability litigation areas. He has experience in both state and federal courts and has been retained by national and international corporations and attorneys to assist in various areas, including litigation management, dispute resolution, contract evaluations and negotiations, research and evaluation of historical data and literature to assess exposure and health risks, the determination of industry state of the art practices, products liability, epidemiology, health toxicology, exposure and risk assessments, and occupational hygiene. In 1993, he established and managed his own successful law firm for 13 years. His legal experience includes complex toxic tort and products liability litigation involving a variety of toxicants, historical document research and evaluation, written discovery, depositions, contract reviews, case management, negotiations and dispute resolution, liability and damage assessments, regulatory compliance, conflicts of law determinations, motion practices, claims management, mediations, and trial. He also has international experience in regulatory compliance, REACH, WHO, World Bank, and Saudi Arabian business practices and environmental regulations, including Royal Commission regulations.