Vernez David

  • Directeur
  • Professeur associé
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David Vernez is born in Lausanne (Switzerland) in 1969. He gets involved in risk assessment early, as he completed his studies in Chemical enginnering with a master degree thesis in exposure assessment. He joined the institute of occupational health sciences (IST, Lausanne) and completed, in parallel, a PhD in technical sciences, in the field of risk analysis methodology (Swiss Institute of Technology, 1999). He is since working at IST as occupational hygienist and safety engineer, and has been appointed as Director in January 2015. His research work and teaching activity is focused on the exposure assessment of occupational physical and chemical agents. His foreign experience involves a short postdoctoral work in the Safety Science Group (TUDelft, The Netherlands) and a 3 years experience as deputy head of the occupational health department in the French Agency for Occupational and Environmental Health Safety (Afsset, Paris).

Comités d’experts, commissions

  • membre de la Commission for the Investigation of Health Hazards of Chemical Compounds in the Work Area (MAK),
  • membre du Comité de la Société Suisse d’Hygiène du Travail (SSHT),
  • membre du Conseil Scientifique de Institut national de recherche et de sécurité pour la prévention des accidents du travail et des maladies professionnelles (INRS),
  • membre du Groupe de suivi et d’évaluation du département métrologie des polluants de l’INRS,
  • membre du Comité Scientifique du Programme de Recherche de l’Agence nationale de sécurité (ANSES),
  • membre du Comité d’experts spécialisés : expertise en vue de la fixation de valeurs limites à des agents chimiques en milieu professionnel, Agence nationale de sécurité (ANSES),
  • membre du Focal point national de l’European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA).



Need-driven applied research in occupational hygiene
Development of methods and tools in exposure sciences (deterministic and statistic models)
Exposure assessment of pollutants of interest (VOCs, solar UV, phtalates…)
Characterization of dermal exposure and entry route
Pregraduate and postgraduate teaching in OH&S