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Two Cardno ChemRisk scientists recently passed the exam to become a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) - Jason Lotter in October 2016 and Rachel Zisook in May 2017. They join a team of 10 other CIHs in our firm. For more information, please contact Will Cyrs at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (415) 618-3217.
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The American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF) just selected Cardno ChemRisk’s own, John Henshaw, as the Member-at-Large Trustee for the 2017 term. The American Industrial Hygiene Foundation’s mission is to “advance the profession by awarding scholarships for students in industrial hygiene and related disciplines, and funding training/professional development opportunities for industrial hygienists in the first 15 years of their professional careers in industrial hygiene and related disciplines" (AIHF). Congratulations, John!

Read more about the announcement here.
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Dr. Anders Abelmann will be presenting on research related to formaldehyde emissions from laminate flooring during a roundtable session at the American Home Furnishings Alliance's (AHFA) Regulatory Summit in Hickory, NC, on September 15th. His presentation will be based on the findings recently published in Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, titled  An Assessment of Formaldehyde Emissions From Laminate Flooring Manufactured in China.  For more information, please visit either the AHFA website, or contact Dr. Anders Abelmann.
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With the release of OSHA's Final Rule for Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica on March 25, 2016, the U.S. will likely reach a new era in silica regulation. Crystalline silica is the most well-studied and one of the oldest known causes of occupational lung disease, although thus far it has only been regulated on the national level by OSHA permissible exposure limits (PELs). However, efforts to release a comprehensive rule for the mineral have been underway for some time, with efforts toward a recommended standard headed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the 1970s, and an in-earnest effort by OSHA to promulgate a standard in the early 2000s.

This new regulation will impact a broad cross-section of American industry, and, notably, construction, foundries, and fracking. The hallmark imperative of this regulation is a PEL of 50 µg/m3, which cuts the previous PEL in half. In addition, there is an action level of 25 µg/m3 that will trigger additional requirements serving to prevent employees from developing a disease. The regulation also contains requirements for exposure assessment, controls including respiratory protection, medical surveillance, hazard communication, and a written silica control plan, among others. Notably, abrasive blasting with sand is still allowed in the U.S. despite that it can result in the highest silica exposures if workers are not properly protected, and that there are alternatives to sand. Appropriately, the new regulation contains a clause with regard to controlling exposures from sand abrasive blasting.

Many in the public health community have long seen the necessity of passing a standard that comprehensively regulates crystalline silica exposure. OSHA has estimated that the expected exposure reduction resulting from the regulation will prevent silicosis in over 900 workers annuallyand save over 600 lives annually. The Agency estimates that the annual cost to industry will be $1.03 billion, but with annual benefits to industry of over $8 billion (see Table I-1 of the Final Rule). Certain industry representatives and congressional representatives have expressed an intent to block and oppose the regulation in courts. Nevertheless, this occupational health standard, which has been a top priority both for the current OSHA administration headed by David Michaels and past OSHA administrators, is an important step toward protecting the health of U.S. workers.

For more information, please contact William Cyrs, Matthew Le, or  Thomas Slavin

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We are excited to announce that our very own Dr. Shannon Gaffney was awarded the Kusnetz Award by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). This award is given to an industrial hygienist who is under 40 years of age who has demonstrated leadership and scholarship in the profession. The historical winners have made significant contributions to the field. Named for its donors, Florence and Past President Howard Kusnetz, the award is presented each year at the annual conference. Congratulations, Shannon!  
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