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Dr Simon Griffiths

Assistant Professor

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

Simon GriffithsAfter completing an accredited BSc degree in Environmental Health in 1995 I was awarded the Environmental Health Officers’ Registration Board certificate and began to practice as an Environmental Health Officer in UK local government. I have practiced in all areas of environmental health (food safety, health and safety, housing, and environmental protection) but most of post qualification experience was in the field of environmental protection where I also spent a number of years as the team manager for.

In 2008 I joined the Health Protection Agency as an Environmental Public Health Scientist in the then Chemical Hazards and Poisons Division. I moved to the HPA’s Health Emergency Planning Service in 2009 taking a lead role in risk management, chemical hazards, radiation, flooding, etc. in the resilience function.

I joined Northumbria University in 2011 and currently lead the accredited MSc Environmental Health programme.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Characterising the organic/inorganic species in plumes from open uncontrolled industrial fires using incident contemporaneous FTIR monitoring: Supporting Public Health Risk Assessment, Griffiths, S., Deary, M. 13 Jun 2023, Goldschmidt 2023
  • Characterising the ground level concentrations of harmful organic and inorganic substances released during major industrial fires, and implications for human health, Griffiths, S., Entwistle, J., Kelly, F., Deary, M. 1 Apr 2022, In: Environmental International
  • Air pollution specialist advice to “One EHP can....” campaign for President, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Griffiths, S. 12 May 2021
  • A novel approach to the development of 1-hour threshold concentrations for exposure to particulate matter during episodic air pollution events, Deary, M., Griffiths, S. 15 Sep 2021, In: Journal of Hazardous Materials
  • Institutional experiential learning in incident response, Griffiths, S., Deary, M. 1 Sep 2021, 5th Global Summit of GADRI
  • Reflecting on the pedagogic benefits of an assessed class-room based professional complex emergency simulation: Responding to fire and other hazards in an industrial urban setting under pressure, Griffiths, S., Kotter, R. 22 Sep 2021, NEEDS 2021: Imagining Futures: Interstices and the Immateriality of Disasters
  • Major air pollution incidents and a model for estimating the risk from acute particulate exposure on public health, Griffiths, S., Deary, M. 19 Jul 2019, Combined Dealing with Disasters, UK Alliance for Disaster Research, Disasters Research Group and UK Collaborative for Development Research, International Conference 2019
  • A study of particulate emissions during 23 major industrial fires: implications for human health, Griffiths, S., Chappell, P., Entwistle, J., Kelly, F., Deary, M. 16 Mar 2018, In: Environment international
  • Particulate emissions to air from major incident fires, Griffiths, S., Deary, M., Entwistle, J. 20 May 2015, Northumbria Research Conference
  • A review of the CIEH Positional Policy Statement on hydraulic fracturing, Griffiths, S. Aug 2013

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Membership of committee: Faculty of Public Health (External organisation) 2023
  • Other: Study: Impact of Waste Disposal on Air Pollution in the Republic of Serbia 2022
  • Membership of committee: Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (External organisation) 2012
  • Membership of committee: Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (External organisation) 2011
  • Membership of committee: Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (External organisation) 2010

  • Education PGCHE April 01 2014
  • Engineering MSc September 01 2008
  • Accoustics and Noise Control PGDip July 01 1997
  • Environmental Science and other Physical Science BSc (Hons) July 04 1995
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2014
  • Member (MCIWM) Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM) 2014
  • Chartered Env Health Practitioner Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) 2007
  • Chartered Voting Member (CMCIEH) Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) 2007


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