ASHRAE Technical Committee 5.8 - Industrial Ventilation

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TC 5.8, The Industrial Ventilation Technical Committee for ASHRAE is concerned with industrial environments as they affect in-plant personnel, processes, and equipment. It embraces supply air cleaning, heating, cooling and exhaust ventilation.

Activities & Areas of Responsibility


Our Handbook Subcommittee, chaired by Kenneth R Mead, PhD, PE, is currently responsible for the maintenance of the Make-Up Air Units Section of Chapter 27 - Unit Ventilators, Unit Heaters, and Makeup Air Units in the Equipment Handbook. They are also responsible for Chapters 29 - Ventilation of the Industrial Environment and Chapter 30 - Industrial Local Exhaust Systems in the HVAC Applications Handbook.

Our Programs Subcommittee, chaired by Mr William H Lampkin, is currently planning Seminars on a Case Study of Industrial Ventilation, Strategies for Maintaining Industrial Ventilation Systems, and Ventilation of Hazardous Spaces, along with a Symposium regarding Displacement Ventilation.  In addition, we are working closely with Mr. Matt Hargen, a member of the Conferences and Expositions (CEC) Committee to gain their acceptance of a Track theme for Ventilation of Hazardous Spaces in the near future.

Our Research Subcommittee, chaired by Kenneth R Mead, PhD, PE,  is committed to supporting SPC 110 which drafts Standard 110 - Laboratory Hoods and SPC 199, which is developing Standard 199 - Method of Testing Fabric Filters. Particularly, our liaison serves as the Chairman of this Subcommittee and the Chairman of both SPCs.

Our Standards Subcommittee, chaired by Mr. Deep Ghosh shares knowledge with other groups within ASHRAE that maintain Standards SSPC 15 - Safety Code for Mechanical Refrigeration, SSPC 62.1 - Ventilation and Acceptable Industrial Air Quality, SPC 11OR - Performance Testing of Laboratory Fume Hoods and Guideline 21 - Battery Room Ventilation.

Our most recently formed Subcommittee, chaired by Mike Baucom, is currently developing an outline for a new Handbook Chapter or Standard which is intended to address Ventilation of Hazardous Spaces.


Working Relationships

TC 5.8 is most closely affiliated with the efforts of Technical Committee 9.2 - Industrial Air Conditioning.  As a testament to this relationship, many of our members also serve on TC 9.2, including our Chairman and other distinguished members of our committee.  Reciprocally, Mr. Vernon Peppers, the current Chairman of TC 9.2 serves on our Committee.  We also have strategically aligned interests with Technical Committee 5.4 as Chaired by Mr. Gerhard Knutson - Industrial Process Air Cleaning, and retain Mr. Leon Shapiro as our Liaison to SSPC 90.1.
Leadership & Participation Opportunities
John L. McKernan, Sc.D., CIH John L. McKernan, Sc.D., CIH

John McKernan, Sc.D., CIH is the Director of the Engineering Technical Support Center in the U.S. EPA’s Office of Research and Development in Cincinnati, OH.  For over 17 years, Dr. McKernan has combined engineering controls, field exposure assessment, and environmental health research into a comprehensive risk management approach for occupational and environmental hazards nationally and globally.  Dr. McKernan has worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health for 10 years, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for 7 years.  His experiences in roles including occupational and environmental response teams for Anthrax, Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike, and in response to the Deep Water Horizon Spill have given him a unique perspective on the interconnectedness of environmental health and engineering.  For his response work related to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, he received the Cummings Award from the Society of American Military Engineers.

In addition to his assigned work duties, Dr. McKernan is also involved with ASHRAE committees. He has been a member of ASHRAE since 2008, and has served on Technical Committee on Industrial Ventilation (TC 5.8) since that time.  Dr. McKernan has edited and authored 2 chapters in the highly regarded HVAC Applications handbook.  Volunteer service is important to Dr. McKernan, as he also participates on committees or subcommittees in the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, American Industrial Hygiene Association, and the PHS Environmental Health Officer’s Professional Advisory Committee. 
Dr. McKernan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics and minor in mathematics from the U. of North Carolina Wilmington, a Master of Science in Public Health degree in industrial and radiological hygiene from the U. of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and a Doctor of Science from the U. of Massachusetts at Lowell.  He is certified in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene (CIH) by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.

“It is an honor to serve as the Chair of ASHRAE’s Industrial Ventilation Committee (TC 5.8).   The services and professional products developed through ASHRAE’s many volunteer committees is an essential component in managing risk for both occupational and environmental health.  As the Chair, I bring diverse experiences in global occupational and environmental health to develop innovative ideas for services and products for today and tomorrow’s field engineers worldwide.”

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