College of Business and Economics
Upham Hall

George Gruetzmacher
Honorary Adjunct Professor

ABOUT

Dr. Gruetzmacher teaches industrial hygiene and safety courses for the department.  He works full time at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (UW Madison) for the OSHA Onsite Consultation Program (WisCon) as an industrial hygienist in field practice.  In that role, he conducts exposure assessments, evaluates regulatory compliance, assists with control measures, and delivers training.  He has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. 

EDUCATION

  • BSAA - BS Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MSIE - MS Industrial Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Ph.D. - Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Wisconsin - Madison

CERTIFICATIONS/LICENSES

  • CIH Certified Industrial Hygienist
  • CSP Certified Safety Professional
  • PE Registered Professional Engineer

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

  • American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
AIHA Fellow
2011
AIHA Leadership Award
2010
US Department of Labor Onsite Consultation Recognition Award
April 2008
Henry Leeb Award for Exceptional Service
October 2007
Department of Health and Family Services Exceptional Performance Award
June 1997
AIHA Outstanding Service Award for Ergonomics and Non-Ionizing Radiation Committees
1996
Sun Prairie Civic Theatre Outstanding Service Award
1994

Ph.D.
Industrial Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1999
M.S.
Industrial Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1985
B.S.
Aeronautics and Astronautics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA
1982

Certified Industrial Hygienist CIH
1900
Certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist (COHC)
1900
Certified Safety Professional (CSP)
1900
Registered Professional Engineer (PE)
1900

Southeast Wisconsin Incident Management Team, Dane County, WI
2010 - Current

Exposure Assessment Using Whole-Air Sampling Methods
Stuber, Ed; Walsh, William; Rosner, Al; Millner, Christine
Interpretation of Industrial Hygiene Sampling
Introduction to GHS requirements
Introduction to Process Safety Management
Exposure Assessment Using Whole-Air Sampling Methods
Stuber, Ed; Walsh, William; Rosner, Al; Millner, Christine
Changes to OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard: GHS
Introduction to Combustible Dust Hazards
Introduction to Process Safety Management
Interpretation of Industrial Hygiene Sampling
Isocyanate Sampling Issues
Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis and Metal Working Fluid Exposures
John Fox, Henry Anderson, Terry Moen, John Lupo, Valerie Ingram-Stewart, and James Barry
Resources: Where to go to for Help
Silica Industrial Hygiene Monitoring: OSHA Consultation Program
Dobson, LeRoy
What is the Applicability of New Sampling Technologies to Current Ceiling Exposure Standards?
James M. Barry
Legibility of Seven Segment Numeric LED Displays: Comparisons of Two Fonts at Various Distances
Jon Gunderson and Naomi Swanson
Employee Wood Dust Exposure in the Wood Products Industry
James Barry
Analysis of Nitrous Oxide and Mercury Exposure Levels at Over 300 Dental Offices in Wisconsin
Laurie Tellier and Terry Moen
Behavioral Stereotypes and Control Design Strategies for a Six Degree-of-freedom "Walking" Vehicle
Dennis B. Beringer and Naomi Swanson

Characterization of Exposures to Airborne Nanoscale Particles During Friction Stir Welding of Aluminum
The Annals of Occupational Hygiene
Vol. 54 Iss. 5 Pg. 486-503
Metal Working Fluid-Associated Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis: An Outbreak Investigation and Case-Control Study
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Vol. 35 Iss. 1 Pg. 58-67
Surveillance for Silicosis, 1993 -- Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Vol. 46 Iss. SS-1 Pg. 13-28

WI State Laboratory of Hygiene, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI
Lead industrial hygienist, ergonomist and engineer. Providing hazard evaluations, OSHA compliance assistance, control recommendations, program assistance, technical assistance and training to employers with regards to workplace health and safety hazards in OSHA covered industries throughout Wisconsin through the OSHA onsite consultation program (WisCon). Expertise includes industrial hygiene, ergonomics (human factors), exposure assessment, engineering controls, process safety management, OSHA policy as well as health and safety management systems. Provide technical and policy interpretation of industrial hygiene and occupational health and safety for the organization as well as for clients. Currently assigned as one of the ICS safety officers for public health responses as well as for the continuity of operation plan (COOP).
Bureau of Occupational Health, Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services
Madison, WI
Field industrial hygienist, ergonomist and engineer for the health portion of the OSHA onsite consultation program in Wisconsin. Provided hazard evaluations, OSHA compliance assistance, control recommendations, program assistance, technical assistance and training to employers with regards to workplace health and safety hazards in OSHA covered industries throughout Wisconsin. Lead industrial hygienist for ergonomic, non-ionizing radiation, and exposure assessment activity. Some illness outbreak investigations included the exposure assessment of metalworking fluids for study of hypersensitivity pneumonitis in a machining operation, the exposure assessments associated with spread of pneumococcal pneumonia in an assembly plant, and the exposure assessment of microwave radiation in a food processing facility. Emergency response activities included hazardous materials participation in exercises, and the procurement and deployment of portable satellite internet connectivity for hazmat teams with the fixed facilities of the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene.
Section of Occupational Health, Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services
Madison, WI
Occupational Health Consultant, Environmental Civil Engineer, Senior; Field industrial hygienist, ergonomist and engineer for the OSHA onsite consultation program (WisCon) in Wisconsin. Provided hazard evaluations, OSHA compliance assistance, control recommendations, program assistance, technical assistance and training to employers with regards to workplace health and safety hazards in OSHA covered industries throughout Wisconsin.