Anugrah Shaw, Director of ICPPE
Dr. Anugrah Shaw, Professor at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, has conducted research on protective clothing for pesticide applicators for almost three decades. Her research has included development and evaluation of PPE suitable for hot climates; standardization of laboratory methodology for evaluating pesticide penetration; and development of performance specifications. Dr. Shaw was responsible for the development of an extensive database that includes data for over 130 fabrics that were evaluated at UMES. Her current research focuses on methodology development to measure permeation of pesticides through clothing and glove materials.
Dr. Shaw has been instrumental in the development of international standards and serves as the technical contact for ASTM and ISO standards related to protective clothing for pesticide applicators. She is a U.S. delegate to the ISO/TC 94/SC 13 sub-committee on protective clothing and equipment, and for the last two years has served as Head of Delegation. Dr. Shaw is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Personal Protective Equipment for Workplace Safety and Health and also serves on the Executive Committee of ASTM F23 Committee on Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment. Through these organizations and by collaborating extensively with individuals in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America, Dr. Shaw has provided leadership for the development of international standards on protective clothing for pesticide operators. These standards are now beginning to impact regulatory processes, the garment industry, and pesticide operator/handler safety. For example, ISO 27065 is being used to certify protective clothing for pesticide operators in Brazil.
Dr. Shaw serves as coordinator for the International Consortium for PPE for Pesticide Operators and Re-entry Workers, a mechanism for providing accurate information globally so that effective decisions can be made locally to improve the health and safety of workers. Her efforts in establishing and fostering the Consortium were significant and are at the nucleus of recognizing the necessity for a virtual center.
Dr. Shaw has published in several refereed journals and written book chapters. In addition, she has been invited to present at numerous national and international conferences and was responsible for coordinating two international symposia.