FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Donna Heidel, a certified industrial hygienist and American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) fellow with 25 years of occupational safety and health experience, has joined Bureau Veritas as a senior manager in its Industrial Hygiene practice group. Heidel will take a lead role in Bureau Veritas' continued expansion in the area of employee health and safety associated with emerging technologies, specifically nanotechnology, as well as actively growing the division's ability to assist clients with services related to health hazard/control banding programs. "We are delighted to add Donna Heidel to our health and safety team," said Robert Donze, chief operating officer of Bureau Veritas North America, Inc. "As a well-known leader in the health and safety field, Donna brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to strengthen our already elite team of industrial hygiene, safety, and laboratory professionals." Heidel joins Bureau Veritas after spending several years with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC/NIOSH), where she developed and worked to implement the national strategy for Prevention through Design (PtD)*. She is a recognized expert in hazard and risk assessment and exposure control related to high toxicity chemicals and emerging technologies, such as engineered nanoparticles and nano-enabled products. In 2011, Heidel received the Federal Service Excellence Award and the AIHA President's Award for accomplishments related to PtD. She frequently lectures at universities, professional conferences, and scientific workshops. Prior to her work with CDC/NIOSH, Heidel spent 15 years with a major health care company building a world-class, globally-integrated occupational toxicology, industrial hygiene, and safety program consisting of 230 operating companies in 57 countries. "Bureau Veritas' health and safety team has an excellent reputation within the industrial hygiene industry," said Heidel. "I have been a client of Bureau Veritas' consulting and analytical laboratory groups for many years. I am honored to now work with them in delivering exceptional health and safety services that not only protect workers, but also support the achievement of business goals."