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September 16 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM - BRK 2001
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Prevention through Design (PtD) is a major initiative of the National
Institute of Safety and Health (NIOSH). Defined as “Addressing
occupational safety and health needs in the design process to prevent or
minimize the work-related hazards and risks associated with the
construction, manufacture, use, maintenance, and disposal of facilities,
materials, and equipment,” it can be applied to facilities, processes,
products, equipment and materials. When safety is addressed in the
design stages, it becomes more effective and more cost efficient. This
seminar will introduce the PtD initiative and provide real-world
examples of PtD implementation.
John Weaver is a member of the steering committee for the NIOSH
Prevention through Design national initiative. He has given seminars,
papers, and workshops on the application of PtD to various groups,
including the American Society of Safety Engineers at their annual
meeting, Safety 2009. His efforts in designing engineering controls into
the Birck Nanotechnology Center at Purdue University are considered
prime examples of the implementation of PtD, some of which are featured
on the NIOSH web site.
John serves as the Facility Manager for the Birck Nanotechnology Center
at Purdue University. He is responsible for the clean room and
laboratory operations, facility infrastructure, training activities, and
safety. John led the design, construction, equipment installation, and
startup of the BNC, and is heavily involved in the development of best
practices in nanotechnology facility design, construction, and operation.
John received his BS from Adrian College and spent 35 years in the
semiconductor industry with RCA, Hughes Aircraft Company and Delphi
Corporation (formerly Delco Electronics). John has been involved in a
variety of roles in semiconductor process design and development,
support, and facilities development. John has published numerous papers
in both process development and contamination control, has two patents
in process development, and authored a book and two book chapters in
contamination control technology and nanotechnology facility safety. He
has taught a wide variety of industry short-courses, and is the
recipient of the Willis J. Whitfield Award for contributions to the
field of contamination control.
John is a Fellow of the Institute for Environmental Sciences and
Technology, a Technical Editor for the Journal of the IEST, Vice-Chair
of SPC-7: Nanotechnology, chair of WG205: Nanotechnology Safety, and is
a Principal Member of the NFPA 318 committee, which writes fire
standards for cleanrooms.
September 2 @ 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Imagination Station- 600 N. 4th Street Lafayette
September 7 @ 2:00 PM - September 9 @ 12:30 PM DLRC
September 11 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Birck Nanotechnology Building (BRCK), room 2001.
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