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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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We are excited to announce that one of our industrial hygienists, Mr. Thomas Slavin, received the best paper award at the 2017 American Foundry Society Metalcasting Congress, for the paper titled "Controlling Exposures to Air Contaminants in Metalcasting – a Performance-Based Approach". The paper, co-written with Mr. Robert Scholz, presents an approach to selecting controls for air contaminants in the metalcasting industry. It not only provides an evaluation of the current protocols used by the industry, but also provides foundries with additional guidelines to implement exposure control programs that are effective, reliable, and feasible. To learn more about the paper and about Cardno ChemRisk's capabilities, please contact Mr. Thomas Slavin.
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Posted on behalf of the authors, Lindsey Garnick and Kevin Towle

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Posted on behalf of the author, Christina Trusty

Cardno ChemRisk presented an abstract at the 2017 Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland titled, “Risk Assessment for the Consumption of Ochratoxin A (OTA) in Breakfast Cereals in the US”.

Ochratoxin A (OTA) is a naturally occurring mycotoxin and is a stable contaminant found in the production and storage of cereals and grains. OTA is of interest, as it has been shown to cause kidney tumors in mice and rats, and is classified as a Group 2B carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Additionally, Health Canada has derived a negligible cancer risk intake (NCRI) of 4 ng/kg bw/day, corresponding to a 1 in 100,000 risk level, based on a TD05 of 19.6 μg/kg bw/day and a safety factor of 5000. In the U.S., there is currently no health based guidance value for OTA.

In our analysis, we assessed the potential cancer risks associated with consumption of OTA in different grain-based cereals in the U.S. OTA intake was estimated using the mean and maximum estimates of U.S. cereal consumption (various age groups, as reported in the EPA 2011 Exposure Factor Handbook) and mean OTA levels in grain-based U.S. cereals (as calculated from published literature).

Our results illustrated that OTA doses associated with mean cereal consumption rates are below the NCRI “negligible cancer risk” dose. The OTA doses associated with maximum consumption rates approach the NCRI value for several cereal types and exceed the NCRI for conventional oat cereal. Therefore, we concluded that the risk of cancer in the U.S. from OTA exposure is not likely to be of concern based on mean estimates of U.S. cereal consumption and mean OTA levels in grain-based cereals. However, under conditions of high consumption of oat cereal the OTA intake exceeds the NCRI.
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Cardno ChemRisk staff across the country celebrated Pi Day (March 14, 2017) while enjoying slices of pie and conversations about mathematics. Pi Day is an annual, worldwide celebration of the mathematical constant pi and is observed on March 14th since pi is approximately equal to 3.14 (out to three significant figures).  Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, and it is commonly represented in mathematics by the greek letter π.  Pi is the same value for all circles of any size, has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point, and will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern (as it is an irrational and transcendental number).  To learn more facts about pi or Pi Day, please visit: http://www.piday.org/.

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