Crystal D. Turner MS IH
Ms. Turner established CDT EHS Consulting LLC in order to bring the experience, skills, knowledge and expertise of outstanding environmental health and safety professionals, to companies and instititions in need.Â Health and Safety is a "passion" for Ms. TurnerÂ her mission is to practice her profession with ethics and service in mind in order to protect the worker and the environment..
Ms. Turner has professional experience in the fields of Environmental Health and Safety, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Toxicology, Environmental Toxicology, Industrial Hygiene, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Bioterrorism Preparedness, Public Health and Community Outreach.
has always had an interest in the sciences from her
first look at the microcosm of pond water as a Junior High School Senior, to frog dissections at Stuyvesant High School
had designs on medical school at an early age and took part in programs such as Columbia/Barnardâ€™s Pre-Medical Education Program throughout the school year and summers in while in High School.
Upon graduation she went on to study Psychology and Basic Sciences at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. In order to further prepare for her studies she attended summer programs at The University of Medicine and Dentistry (UMDNJ) SMDP Program and Tulane Universityâ€™s Med-Rep Program for minority students.
As an undergraduate psychology major she
learned to perform sterotaxic neurosurgery and microsurgery on animals.
This skill and experience served her
well with regard to her
was propelled into research in the field of Neuroscience as a post-baccalaureate researcher in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Tulane University
and as a Research Assistant at Mt. Sinai Medical Center
was amazed and intrigued by the possibilities a career in the sciences would offer.
embarked on a research career and over a twelve year period landed research jobs in the Neurosciences at research institutions such as Mt. Sinai Medical Center
in NYC, Rutgers University
(Newark) and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital NYC
She discovered an interest in pharmacology while taking graduate courses in Neuroscience and enrolled in a post baccalaureate certificate program in Toxicology at UMDNJ School of Health Related Professions (SHRP).
This experience was immeasurable as it introduced her
In the fall of 1990 she
attended a local MASOT chapter meeting and symposium on Immunotoxicology she
saw the student presentations and the possibilities that an education and career in Toxicology
could use her
multifaceted talents, interests and scientific skills and focus them in one field of study.
Armed with education in Toxicology she
landed a job with American Cyanamid/Lederle Labs
as a Research Assistant in the in Medical Research Division and performed Pharmacokinetic/Toxicokinetic R & D with the Discovery Support/ADME Group.
experience at MASOT in 1990 sparked an interest to attend the national SOT meeting so she
went to Baltimore in 1995 and networked.
Everyone at the conference was warm and receptive to her
as a â€œnew comerâ€.
Dr. Marion Ehrich was one of those sponsors who has been extremely involved with CDI initiatives and has served to be a long time role model, mentor, and supporter for Crystal
Ms. Turner had been working for the NYC Department of Health in Environmental Health Services since 1993 and after witnessing a student at work reading Cassarett and Doull, a text she used at UMDNJ-SHRP; she inquired where the student was attending school.
discovered they were attending evenings at Hunter
(CUNY) so after participating in the summer program Ms. Turner
applied and was accepted to The Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS) program of The Hunter School of Health Sciences
and attended part-time.
matriculated at Hunter College
School of Health Sciences MS Program in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.
After the passing of her
cousin and aunt she
took time off to help her
mom raise her
five cousins (her now adopted and foster children).
After returning she
completed the program in June 2002.
While at Hunter
was able to study Environmental Toxicology discovering that many of the toxicants and neurotoxicants that she
was interested in had environmental links, causes and etiologies.
began to study Environmental and Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene and continued her
research conducted during the summer turning it into a Masters level Thesis.
While at Hunter she
worked in conjunction with the Neurotoxicology Laboratory.Â Ms. Turner researched the effect of neurotoxins, particularly as they related to the blood-brain barrier (BBB).
Toxicology, Environmental, Public Health and Industrial Hygiene experience included multifaceted research work.
worked with Dr. Claudio on other projects and did research on the Neurotoxicology
of heavy metals, research on genetic susceptibility and lead toxicity.
For the 1996 35th SOT Annual meeting in Anaheim, CA she
authored an abstract and received a Graduate Student Travel Award presenting her
abstract and poster, The Olfactory System and the Blood Brain Barrier: Comparison of Oral and Nasal Routes of Exposure to Lead (Pb) in the Rat.
Many SOT members were encouraging and showed interest in her
In addition, as a NIOSH Fellow at Hunter she presented a lecture on her thesis research entitled: Comparison of Oral and Nasal Routes of Exposures to Lead at The NYU School of Medicine, at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Universities Occupational Safety and Health Educational Resource Center (UOSHERC) Research Trainee Day, April 8th, 1996.
thesis analyzed the olfactory pathway as a possible mechanism of entry for lead (Pb) to access the brain.
The Hunter EOHS website still includes pictures of her
thesis poster presentation at in Anaheim, CA for student recruitment and public relations to show what is possible for students to achieve as a Hunter EOHS Graduate Student http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/schoolhp/eohs/photos.htm.
chose to make a professional career change from research after graduation and ceased doing animal research.
After graduate study she
began to work in the fields of Industrial Hygiene and Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety.
has an interest in the study of human toxicological risk assessment and exposure.
Ms Turner went on to work in an EHS capacity in the pharmaceutical industry (Bayer Diagnostics, Inc. and Regeneron Inc), for private industry, consulting independently for her own company and for companies such as Omega Environmental Inc.
She has worked for regulatory agencies such as NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), NYC Department of Health (DOH) and academic institutions such as SUNY Stony Brook, NY.
Due to the aftermath of the events of 9/11, in June of 2004 she furthered her education and graduated from The Hunter School of Continuing Education with a Certificate in Bioterrorism Preparedness for Laboratory and Safety Professionals.
studied Microbiology, Procedures in Safety Management, Procedures in Safety Management Laboratory, The Biology of Microbial Weapons
and Government and Public Health Policy and Regulations.
To stay abreast of new knowledge, regulations, trends and techniques in the toxicological and environmental field she has been a member of professional organizations such as The Society of Toxicology (SOT), The Mid Atlantic Chapter of the Society of Toxicology, The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), and The NY Metro Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) for over ten years.
In addition, she
served as one of the founding members and the first Vice President of the Hunter EOHS Club
which evolved into The Student Chapter
of the Metro NY AIHA.
The chapter is still in existence.
She is a new member of The American Society of Safety Engineers and After attending The AIHCE in 2007 was elected to the Board of the Consultants Special Interest Group.Â In order to advance her career in the Safety and Health and Industrial Hygiene field, she is currently pursuing the distinctions of Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST), Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and eventually Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH).
has attended several professional conferences in the fields of Toxicology, Immunotoxicology, Industrial Hygiene and Worker Safety (post 9/11).
She is currently a member of The SOT Chemical/Biological Terrorism Resource Registry and SOT specialty sections such as Neurotoxicology, Metals, Occupational and Public Health, Women in Toxicology, The ASTS (African Society of Toxicologists).
She is working with other