Stephen G. Whittaker

Affiliate Associate Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences (Primary department)
Public Health Researcher located within the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in Public Health—Seattle & King County. Areas of interest include evaluating and mitigating hazardous chemical exposures in underserved populations. Recent projects include conducting a needs assessment of the local dry cleaning community (primarily Korean) and devising education/outreach strategies to minimize wexposures to hazardous process chemicals.

Contact Information

Public Health Seattle and King County
Local Hazardous Waste Management Program
Seattle, WA 98104-1818
Tel: 206-263-8499
Fax: 206-296-0189


Research Interests

  • Exposure assessment and mitigation in underserved working populations
    Risk communication
    Risk assessment
    Biomonitoring in low income residential populations

Teaching interests

Risk assessment
Nexus of environmental health and occupational health


PhD, Microbiology, University College, London (UK), 1983


Evaluating the health & safety needs of the auto body industry

Developing a health & environmental profile of the dry cleaning industry

Characterizing the products used and waste generated by dry cleaners using solvent alternatives to tetrachloroethylene.

Evaluating technical capabilities and usability of tetrachloroethylene leak detectors.

Evaluating exposures to solvent alternatives to tetrachloroethylene.
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