EMB Consulting was started in 2010 by Elisabeth Black, CIH with the goal of providing high quality industrial hygiene services to a small number of clients.  Elisabeth brings more than 20 years of experience with clients in the Pacific Northwest and knowledge of local regulatory requirements.  She enjoys working with agencies, industry, and the labor force, examining the whole picture in evaluating worker health and safety issues. She balances the realities of the science, the resources of the employer, and the needs of the worker, searching for common sense solutions to achieve a healthy workplace or building environment and to ensure compliance with applicable regulations.  EMB Consulting provides the following services: industrial hygiene, hazardous waste site operations support, indoor air quality, hazardous building materials management, and health and safety training.

Elisabeth Black


Elisabeth Black has more than 25 years of experience in industrial hygiene and environmental science consulting in the Pacific Northwest.  Elisabeth has managed projects for hazardous building materials identification, plans, specifications, removal, and disposal for federal and commercial clients. She is an experienced project manager and technical specialist in manufacturing environments, focusing on hazard assessment, program development, chemical and noise exposure assessments, and training. Elisabeth also conducts assessments for indoor air quality in Port facilities, schools, and non-industrial workspaces.  She has acted as the health and safety manager on a large number of hazardous waste site operations.

  • Education
    • 1996     M.S. Environmental Health and Industrial Hygiene, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
    • 1988     B.A. Psychology, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington
  • Experience

    Certified Industrial Hygienist and Owner
    EMB Consulting LLC    October 2010 – Present
    In 2010, Elisabeth Black started her own consulting firm to provide industrial hygiene services to the Puget Sound community.  Her clients include school districts, port authorities, industrial manufacturing facilities, and environmental consulting firms.  She continues to provide services on hazardous waste cleanups, hazardous building materials, industrial hygiene exposure assessment, program development, and indoor air quality.  EMB Consulting also provides expert witness research and support in cases involving health and safety and chemical hazards.

    Certified Industrial Hygienist
    Argus Pacific, Inc.    July 2005 – October 2010
    Elisabeth acted as industrial hygiene department manager and technical lead on all industrial hygiene projects at Argus Pacific.  The position required management and mentoring a staff of junior industrial hygienists and environmental scientists.  Industrial hygiene projects included chemical and noise exposure assessment, regulated building material services, indoor air quality, spill response, program development, and expert witness support during litigation.  Major clients included the Port of Seattle, Port of Tacoma, Seattle Pacific University, Snohomish County, City of Seattle, several school districts, and numerous private industrial clients.

    Associate Industrial Hygienist/Corporate Health and Safety Manager
    Hart Crowser    October 1996 – June 2005
    As a member of the technical staff at Hart Crowser, Elisabeth acted as project manager and technical specialist on projects involving industrial hygiene, environmental site assessment, environmental history, and hazardous building material surveys.  Her clients included the military, ports, and private industry.  As Corporate Health & Safety Manager for Hart Crowser, duties included overseeing health and safety programs for up to 350 employees nationwide, developing site-specific health and safety plans for a variety of field assignments and monitoring for hazardous conditions during field activities.

    Industrial Hygiene Intern
    Honeywell    January 1995 – May 1996
    While attending graduate school, Elisabeth conducted a large noise exposure assessment at Honeywell.  The study was presented to Honeywell management and University of Minnesota faculty as Elisabeth’s graduate thesis.

    Environmental Scientist
    Pacific Testing Laboratories    1990 – 1994
    Acted as environmental scientist on a large number of Phase I and Phase II environmental property assessments for due diligence.  Worked with regulatory agencies and became familiar with sampling and analysis methods.