Dale T. Hitchings, President
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Mr. Hitchings is President of SAFELAB Corporation of Indianapolis, Indiana, a consulting firm specializing in laboratory planning, safety and design consulting, laboratory fume hood testing and training, indoor air quality and industrial ventilation consulting. He served as the first chairman of the ASHRAE Laboratory Systems Technical Committee. Hitch received his BSME from Northwestern University and is a registered Professional Engineer and a Certified Industrial Hygienist. He is also the principal author of the Laboratory Ventilation section of Prudent Practices in the Laboratory - Handling and Disposal of Chemicals published by the National Research Council, is a member of the ANSI/AIHA Z9.5 Laboratory Ventilation Standard committee and has published many newsletter and technical journal articles on the subject of laboratory planning, safety and design.

Specialization

Laboratory facility planning, design & safety consulting for industrial and commercial laboratories, colleges and universities. Laboratory fume hood performance testing and commissioning. Industrial ventilation consulting for industry. Indoor Air Quality consulting for commercial, industrial and health-care facilities. Design of specialized HVAC systems for research, industrial and health-care facilities.


Consulting/Engineering Experience

SAFELAB Corporation, Indianapolis, IN - President, 2001-Present.Clients include: Eli Lilly & Co., Harvard University, Duke University, Northwestern University, University of Akron, Purdue University, Indiana University, Eastern Michigan University, Western Michigan University, Central Michigan University, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Montana State University, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Glaxo Smith Kline Pharmaceuticals,Lawrence Berkely National Laboaratory, EPA, Brown University, Pfizer, Saudi Aramco, Titan Methanex (Trinidad), Forensic SCiences Centre (Barbados).

Hitchings Associates, P.C.: Midland, MI - President, 1989-2001.Clients include: Eli Lilly & Co., Dow Corning Corp., Dow Chemical Co., Occidental Chemical Corp., General Motors, University of Michigan, Essex Specialty Products, HEMCO Products, Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dendritech, Inc., Honeywell, Inc., Sphinx Pharmaceuticals.

Androtech Corporation: Midland, MI - Principal, 1984-1985.Projects included indoor environmental control and energy management projects for commercial and institutional clients.

Conservation Controls Corporation: Northbrook, IL - Senior Engineer, 1980-1981.Projects included high-efficiency and alternative energy heating and cooling system design, and energy conservation and management consulting for commercial, institutional and industrial clients.


Industrial Experience

Dow Chemical Company: Midland, MI, 1989-1993. Research Engineer. Responsible for conceptual and detailed design of new laboratories, lab additions, lab renovations, and industrial ventilation projects.

Dow Corning Corporation: Midland, MI, 1985-1989. Facilities Engineer. Projects included environmental controls for research and quality control laboratories, industrial ventilation, process refrigeration and cryogenic systems, compressed air drying facility and engineering support for plant steam and electrical cogeneration facility including steam distribution, wood chip fuel handling, and central plant cooling towers.

Bendix Corporation: South Bend, IN, 1981-1984. Energy Coordinator and Facilities Engineer. Projects included environmental controls for laboratories, processing areas, aircraft component testing facilities, industrial ventilation, and process refrigeration.


Education

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering: Northwestern University, 1981.


Professional Registration & Certifications
  • Licensed Professional Engineer in the states of Michigan and Indiana.

  • Certified Industrial Hygienist - American Board of Industrial Hygiene, 1991.

Honors & Awards Received
  • ASHRAE 1994 Crosby Field Award for the most outstanding ASHRAE technical publication of 1993 for Measuring and Calculating Laboratory Exhaust Diversity-Three Case Studies.


Professional Activities and Offices Held
  • American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers; member since 1988.

    • Laboratory Systems Technical Committee (TC9.10); Chairman, 1993 to 1994.

    • Laboratory Systems Technical Committee (TC9.10); member/corresponding member, 1991 to Present.

    • Industrial Ventilation Technical Committee (TC5.8); handbook subcommittee chairman,1992.

    • Industrial Ventilation Technical Committee (TC5.8); member/corresponding member, 1991 to Present.

    • Industrial Air-Conditioning Technical Committee (TC9.2); member/corresponding member, 1991-1994.

    • Clean Space Technical Committee (TG9.CS); member, 1991-1992.

    • Energy and Technical Affairs Committee, Eastern MI chapter; chairman, 1988.

    • Industrial Ventilation Seminar; chairman, 1991.

    • Laboratory Fume Hood Exhaust Stack Design Symposium; chairman, 1992.

  • American Society of Professional Engineers; member since 1987.

  • American Industrial Hygiene Association; Member since 1993.

  • City of South Bend, Indiana Energy Commission; commissioner, 1983-1984.

  • South Bend Chamber of Commerce Energy and Environmental Committee; advisor, 1983-1984.

  • National Research Council - Committee on Prudent Practices for Handling Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories, 1993-1995. Principal author of chapter 8, "Laboratory Facilities."


Publications
  • Measuring and Calculating Laboratory Exhaust Diversity-Three Case Studies; ASHRAE Transactions American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc.: Atlanta, GA, 1993,Vol. 99, Part 2, pp. 1059-1071.

  • Laboratory Fume Hood Scrubbers - Part I: To Scrub or Not to Scrub?; Laboratory Building Update, Source II Corp.: San Diego, CA, Sept./Oct. 1993.

  • Laboratory Fume Hood Scrubbers - Part II: What Are Scrubbers and How Do They Work?; Laboratory Building Update, Source II Corp.: San Diego, CA, Nov. 1993.

  • Laboratory Fume Hood Scrubbers - Part III: Gas-Phase and Particulate Filtration Systems; Laboratory Building Update, Source II Corp.: San Diego, CA, Jan. 1994.

  • Laboratory Space Pressurization Systems; ASHRAE Journal, American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc.: Atlanta, GA, Feb. 1994,Vol. 36, No. 2, pp. 36-40.

  • An Improved Fume Hood Performance Test Method; Laboratory Safety & Environmental Management, The Target Group, Inc.: Burbank, CA, Nov/Dec 1994, Vol. 2, No. 6, p.4.

  • Preventing Transmission of Tuberculosis in Health Care Facilities: An Engineering Approach ASHRAE Hospital Design and Operations Conference Proceedings American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. - Triangle Chapter: Durham, NC. 1995.

  • ASHRAE/ANSI 110 Fume Hood Performance Testing; Laboratory Safety & Environmental Management, The Target Group, Inc.: Burbank, CA, Nov/Dec 1995, Vol. 3, No. 6, p.4.

  • Reducing Employee Exposure Potential Using the ANSI/ASHRAE 110 Method of Testing Performance of Laboratory Fume Hoods as a Diagnostic Tool; American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal.Volume 59, Issue 2, February 1998, pages 133-138

  • Prudent Practices in the Laboratory - Handling and Disposal of Chemicals, CH 8 Laboratory Facilities; National Research Council. National Academy Press 1995, pp 173-195.


Speaking Engagements
  • Applying VAV Controls To Existing Labs and Fume Hoods, presented at the Advanced Level Laboratory Ventilation Seminar, Orlando Florida; Feb. 20-21, 1992; sponsors International Conference Productions Corp.

  • How To Reduce The Cost of Installing VAV Laboratory Controls In A New Facility, presented at the Advanced Level Laboratory Ventilation Seminar; Orlando Florida, Feb. 20-21, 1992; sponsors International Conference Productions Corp.

  • Writing Design Standards and Operating Guidelines For Laboratory Facilities, presented at the Advanced Level Laboratory Ventilation Seminar; Orlando Florida, Feb. 20-21, 1992; sponsors International Conference Productions Corp.

  • Managing Laboratory Expansions and Remodeling, presented at Laboratory Remodeling and New Laboratory Buildings Seminar; Detroit Michigan, Sept. 16, 1992; sponsors International Conference Productions Corp.

  • Laboratory Facility Design and Renovation, presented at ASHRAE four Chapter Seminar; March, 1992, Lansing, Michigan; sponsors ASHRAE Detroit/Eastern Michigan/Western Michigan/Toledo Chapters.

  • Laboratory Facility Design and Renovation, presented at Eastern Michigan ASHRAE Chapter Meeting; Nov., 1993, Flushing, Michigan; sponsors ASHRAE Eastern Michigan Chapter.

  • Laboratory Fume Hood Testing & Safety, presented to Eli Lilly & Company, June, 1993, Lafayette, Indiana.

  • Laboratory Fume Hood Testing & Safety, presented to Proctor & Gamble, December, 1993, Cincinnati, Ohio.

  • Laboratory Fume Hood and Mixer Safety, presented to Essex Specialty Products, February, 1994, Detroit, Michigan.

  • An Improved Laboratory Fume Hood Performance Testing Method: Beyond Instantaneous Face Velocity; presented at Laboratory Safety & Environmental Management - The Conference, June 22, 1994.

  • Development of the Design Process, Design Standards, and Operating Guidelines For Laboratory Facilities; presented at Laboratory Safety & Environmental Management Conference, June 22, 1994.

  • Laboratory Mechanical Systems, presented at the Premier Laboratory Ventilation Seminar; Kansas City, Missouri, Sept. 26, 1994; St. Louis, Missouri, Sept. 28, 1994; Dayton, Ohio, Sept. 30, 1994; sponsors Source II Corporation.

  • Preventing Transmission of Tuberculosis in Health Care Facilities-An Engineering Approach, presented at the Premier Hospital Ventilation Seminar; Kansas City, Missouri, Sept. 26, 1994; St. Louis, Missouri, Sept. 28, 1994; Dayton, Ohio, Sept. 30, 1994; sponsors Source II Corporation.

  • A New Specialty Chemical Research Laboratory; A Case Study; presented at ASHRAE Laboratory Design Case Study seminar, Chicago, IL, January 30, 1995.

  • Laboratory Facility Design and Renovation, presented at LabTech Conference series; Indianapolis, IN, March 20,1995; Cleveland, OH, March 22, 1995.

  • Preventing Transmission of Tuberculosis in Health Care Facilities: An Engineering Approach , presented at ASHRAE Hospital Design and Operations Conference, Durham, NC. April 13-14, 1995.

  • Designing Laboratories for Enhanced Health and Safety, presented at LabTech Laboratory Ventilation Conference series; Chicago, IL, April 27-28, 1995; Washington, DC, May 4-5, 1995; Raleigh, NC, May 11-12, 1995; Austin, Texas, September 19,1995; Abuquerque, NM, September 21, 1995; Atlanta, GA, October 23-24, 1995; Philadelphia, PA, November 2-3, 1995.

  • Laboratory Renovation Case Studies; presented at LabTech Laboratory Ventilation Conference series; Chicago, IL, April 27-28, 1995; Washington, DC, May 4-5, 1995; Raleigh, NC, May 11-12, 1995; Austin, Texas, September 19,1995; Albuquerque, NM, September 21, 1995; Atlanta, GA, October 23-24, 1995; Philadelphia, PA, November 2-3, 1995.

  • Designing Laboratories for Enhanced Health and Safety, presented at Northwestern University; Evanston, IL, August 7, 1995.

  • Measuring and Improving Laboratory Fume Hood Performance : A Case Study, presented at Northwestern University; Evanston, IL, August 7, 1995.

  • Laboratory Planning, Architecture and Mechanical System Design; The Laboratory Environment, presented for the Honeywell Technical Centers for Excellence; Phoenix AZ, March 11, 1996; Dallas TX, March 14, 1996; Arlington Heights IL, April 1, 1996; Westfield NJ, April 8, 1996.

  • Measuring and Calculating Laboratory Fume Hood Performance: A Case Study, presented to the Hoosier Health Physics Society; Indianapolis, IN, September 19, 1996.

  • Laboratory Facility Commissioning Workshop, presented at the Labs for the 21st Century Conference 2010, Pacific Gas & Electric Conference - May 2011, NSTAR Gas & Electric Seminar - June 2011


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