Karen Hagelstein has twenty-five years of consulting experience in industrial hygiene, environmental science and engineering, has about ten years of college teaching experience, and is currently a partner of TIMES LIMITED, a woman-owned firm since 1992. She received her B.S. in biology from the University of South Dakota, a M.S. in physiology and biophysics, and a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from University of Iowa, Iowa City in 1982. Dr. Hagelstein's projects have included human health assessments and air quality monitoring at numerous schools, office buildings, homes, hazardous waste sites, print shops, power plants, hospital, airport, welding shops, recycling facility, and manufacturing plants for guitars, recreational equipment, and particle-boards. Expert witness reports and testimonies have been provided concerning occupational health regulations, air dispersion modeling applications, the health impacts of sewage-contaminated homes, and the toxicological implications of thermo-fogging agents, fire/combustion products, organic wastes, heavy metals, and welding exposures.
Several projects and publications have focused on the environmental significance of cyanide and its derivatives. The ecological and toxicological properties of cyanide with respect to terrestrial, aquatic, and wildfowl exposures was assimilated, published, and presented for a mining conference in Perth, Western Australia. Dr. Hagelstein provided information to a New Zealand mining company and a government-mandated Turkish contingency regarding community relations and environmental implications of cyanide use at a gold mine. Standard operating procedures and occupational health guidelines for the onsite storage, handling, and transport of cyanide were produced for an article in the Mining Journal Publication and for a booklet of the International Council on Metals and the Environment (ICME). In 2000, she participated in a multi-stakeholder conference in Paris, France to develop a code for the environmental management of cyanide in the mining industry that was sponsored by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).