Environmental Health

Our mission is to minimize people’s exposure to environmental hazards, dispose safely of all waste, and draw lessons towards a national disaster management plan

Our action goals therefore are to:

  • Identify, assess, and monitor potential environmental hazards.
  • Identify populations at the highest risk (e.g., civil defense, volunteers, relief workers).
  • Develop and implement preventive and cautionary measures.
  • Ensure safe and proper disposal of rubble and all waste (glass, wood, metal).
  • Develop the foundations for a National Disaster Management plan.

Completed milestones

  • Collected and stored air, dust, and rubble samples to be analyzed in laboratories inside and outside Lebanon (depending on local capacity) for asbestos, lead, organic chemical, and other toxic material.
  • Developed a preliminary sampling strategy for different potential toxic material.
  • Initiated contacts and consultations with environmental experts in Lebanon and with select environmental agencies outside Lebanon.
  • Developed guidelines to ensure safety and health of community members exposed to high risk with the World Health Organization.

Dr. Iman Nouweihed

Iman is a Professor and Dean in the Faculty of Health and Science (FHS) at the American university of Beirut (AUB). He strongly believes in interdisciplinary and community based research. He has a specialization in the areas of medicine, general public health, and environmental and occupational health. Nouweihed’s main focus in his research is about the ecosystem approach to human health and environmental determinates of health.

Professor Najat Saliba

Najat is a Full Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the American University of Beirut. She is also the Director of the AUB-Nature Conservation Center (AUB-NCC). Saliba developed innovative methods in her main fields of atmospheric and analytical chemistry, along with water pipe smoke and e-cigarettes. She is the recipient of the 2019 L’Oreal-UNESCO International Award for Women in Science.

Dr. Nathalie Hayek

Mr. Issam Saliba

Issam is a Lebanese-American Mechanical Engineer and the Chief Executive Officer at ULTIM Engineering. He has more than 30 years of experience in the sales, fabrication, commissioning, design, and service of refrigeration equipment for onshore and offshore projects. His work is mainly offshore in relation to the oil and gas and petrochemical industries.

Dr. Rima Habib

Rima is a Professor of environmental and occupational health at the American University of Beirut. She is also the chair of the Department of Environmental Health at the Faculty of Health Sciences. Habib served as the chair/co-chair of the Technical Committee on Gender and Work in the International Ergonomics Association for 9 years. She was also awarded the Occupational Health and Safety Section’s International Award of the American Public Health Association in November 2017.