Theodore J. Hogan, PhD, CIH

Associate Professor, Department of Technology
Tel: 815-753-9912


  • Ph.D. Public Health (Industrial Hygiene), University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
  • M.S. Public Health (Industrial Hygiene), University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health
  • B.A. Chemistry, Loyola University of Chicago

Research Interests

Environmental and Occupational Exposure to Nanoparticles, Chemical Skin Exposures and Controls, Environmental Risk Communication, Chemical Exposure Guidelines

Work Experience

  • Department of Technology, NIU (2011-present)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, Adjunct Assistant Professor and other appointments (1980-present)
  • Industrial Hygiene and Safety Consultant to over 400 companies: OSHA compliance, environmental disasters, safety program and training development, and consulting on litigation-related occupational/environmental exposures (1990-present)
  • Benedictine University, Instructor, Public Health (half-time 2005-2009)
  • Corporate Head of Safety and Industrial Hygiene, Commonwealth Edison (1980’s)

Professional Associations and Honors

  • Threshold Limit Values Chemical Substances Committee, American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists. Member (2012-Present)

  • Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), #2772, Comprehensive Practice, American Board of Industrial Hygiene (1984, renewed through December 1, 2017)

  • Argonne National Laboratories-Institutional Biosafety Committee, Member (2010-Present)

  • Occupational Medicine Residency Program, University of Illinois at Chicago, Advisory Committee (1988-present)

  • American Industrial Hygiene Association - Chicago Section. Board Member (1986-1989, 1994-1995, 2015-present)

  • Industrial Hygiene Core Competency Project, Academy of Industrial Hygiene. (2009-2012)

  • American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, National Board of Directors (2008-2010)

  • National Safety Council, Industrial Division, Occupational Health Hazards Committee. Member (1983-1984), Chairman (1985-1987)

Research Grants at NIU

  • Evaluation of OSHA 1910.1200 Hazard Classifications for up to 10 Chemical Mixtures, $4395, (OSP 15-516), Midwest region company, Theodore J. Hogan (Principal Investigator) and William Mills (Co-investigator). (2015)

  • Building Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability (EHSS) in Very Small Businesses, $68,525, (G6B-7019-01A), IMEC, Theodore J. Hogan (Principal Investigator) and William Mills (Co-investigator).

  • Safety and Industrial Hygiene Assessment and Controls for Aluminum Recycling and Smelting Operations, $13,350, Midwest region company (2011-2012)

  • Practices for Preventing Skin Exposures to Isocyanates and MOCA, $4800, Polyurethane Manufacturers Association (2011), undergraduate research project

  • MOCA (4, 4’ methylene-bis-orthochloroaniline) Handling and Skin Exposure, $8,657, Texas polyurethane processing company (2011)

  • Workplace Safety and Dermal Exposure Control Program, $12,000, Suburban Chicago polyurethane processing company (2011), undergraduate research projectSafety Management and Safety Training, $6000, Joliet area cheese company (2011), undergraduate research project

Previous Research Grants

  • MBOCA Handling Practices of PMA Members (at Benedictine University), Principal Investigator, $30,000. Polyurethane Manufacturers Association (2009)

  • Personal Protection Management Program (at Commonwealth Edison), Project Manager and Principal Investigator, $278,000. Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI RP#2705-6) (1987-1988)

  • Personal Protection Used in Nuclear Power Plants (at Commonwealth Edison), Co-investigator, $175,000. Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI RP#2705-1) (1985-1986)

Selected Publications and Conference Papers

  • Hogan, T.J., Nalbone, J.T.), Threshold Limit Values, The Development Process: A TLV® Is Not Just a Number, Professional Safety. (Published in March 2016)

  • Hogan, T.J., Kelter, P., (2015). Discerning the Difference Between “Feel Good” and “Real Good”: Teaching the Complexity of Sustainable Development, The Science Educator, 24(1).

  • Hogan,T.J, Kelter, P., (2015). Put A Brick In The Toilet: Overcoming Student Perceptions of the Effectiveness of Naïve Environmental Solutions, Journal of Sustainability Education, 8.

  • TLVs® and BEIs® Based on the Documentation of the Threshold Limit Values for Chemical Agents, (2015). (As a member of the TLV Committee®). ACGIH, Cincinnati. (ISBN: 978-1-607260-77-6)

  • Hogan, T.J., (2013), Teaching Sustainability, One Rag at a Time, American Waste Management Association, Conference Proceedings Chicago

  • Hogan, T.J., (2012). Air Sampling, chapter 16 in Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene. Barbara A. Plog and Patricia J. Quinlan, editors, 6th Edition, National Safety Council, Itasca, IL (ISBN: 978-0-87912-312-3).

  • Gonser, M. Hogan, T.J. (2012). Arc Welding Health Effects, Fume Formation Mechanisms, and Characterization Methods, chapter in Arc Welding. Wladislav Sudnik, Editor, InTech Publishing, Rijeka, Croatia (ISBN 978-953-307-642-3), December 2011.

  • Hogan, T. (2011). Assessing Effectiveness of Dermal Exposure Control Work Practices in the Castable Polyurethane Industry, Dermatitis, 22(5), 302-303.

  • Klingner, T., & Hogan, T. (2011). Integration of Bio‐Monitoring and Dermal Exposure Assessment, Dermatitis, 22(5), 299-300.

  • Hogan, T.J., (2008). Ensuring Effective Risk Communication Before and During a Disaster, chapter in Emergency Management in Higher Education. Jessica Hubbard, Editor. Publisher: Public Entity Risk Institute (ISBN 978-0-9793722-1-6)

  • Hogan, T.J. (1996). Particulates, chapter in Fundamental of Industrial Hygiene, 4th Ed., Plog, B.A., Niland, J. and Quinlan, P.J. Itasca, Illinois: National Safety Council, (ISBN: 978-0879121716) pp 175-196.

  • Hogan, T. J. (1993). Case Study “Carcinogens:” the MBOCA TLV Example, The American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal, 54(8), 458-460.

  • Hogan, T.J. (1988) Foreword, and revisions to Particulates and Temperature Extremes chapters, in Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene. Plog, B.A. and Niland, J., Editors. Itasca, Illinois. National Safety Council, 3rd Ed. (ISBN: 978-0879120825).

  • Hogan, T.J., (1984) Safety Procedures in Photography, Section in The New Photography: A Guide to New Images, Processes, and Display Techniques for Photographers by Reeve, K., and Sward, Prentice Hall (ISBN: 978-0136149170)Main, D. M., & Hogan, T. J. (1983). Health Effects of Low-Level Exposure to Formaldehyde. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 25(12), 896-900.