Latest blog entries All blog entries from Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:20:15 +0000 en-gb Does Lead from Mugs Leach into Coffee and Tea? - A Cardno ChemRisk Publication

Posted on behalf of author Lindsey Garnick


Anderson et al. published “A pilot study to assess lead exposure from routine consumption of coffee and tea from ceramic mugs: comparison to California Safe Harbor Levels” in the International Journal of Food Contamination. The authors investigated potential lead exposure from coffee and tea consumed from ceramic mugs. The concentration of lead in coffee and tea brewed in the mugs was measured at two different time points, and results were compared to California’s Safe Harbor Levels under Proposition 65 as well as other benchmarks. Additionally, the estimated changes in adult and fetal blood lead levels were modeled using EPA’s Adult Lead Methodology model.

The general findings were as follows:

·         The results suggested that lead in ceramic mugs can leach into coffee and tea.

·         No statistical differences were found between the measured concentrations of lead in coffee, tea, or water within each cup, or in the measured concentrations of lead between retention times within each cup.

·         Statistically significant differences were observed in the lead concentrations measured between cups, indicating that the lead concentrations were dependent on the cup used, rather than beverage or retention time.

·         The estimated daily dose of lead consumed from the coffee or tea brewed in the cups exceeded the California Maximum Allowable Dose Level of 0.5 µg/day for one of the five mugs tested.

This study should be considered a pilot study that provides data on potential lead exposures from daily beverage consumption among typical coffee and tea consumers.

The article is available for full-text access here. If you have any questions regarding the paper, please contact Lindsey Garnick or Shannon Gaffney.

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Topics Announced for TSCA 30/30 Webinar: Wednesday, February 8th Keller and Heckman LLP and Cardno ChemRisk present a webinar series on the changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) resulting from the June 22, 2016 passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg Act).

Next Week’s Topic: The Chemical Prioritization Rule and Its Implications

This month we will discuss the Chemical Prioritization Rule proposed on January 17, 2017 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Section 6(b)(1)(A) of TSCA now requires EPA to promulgate procedures for prioritizing chemicals for risk evaluations, which must include the criteria for high-priority and low-priority chemical designations. The proposal indicates that EPA is setting a low bar for high-priority designations and that EPA anticipates designating a large number of chemical substances as high-priority. During this webinar we will discuss:

      EPA’s use of evaluation criteria from the Work Plan Chemicals Program;

      A Work Plan Chemical case study;

      The prioritization process and timeline;

      Uses subject to review;

      Preemption implications;

      Predicting future chemicals for prioritization; and

      What manufacturers should do.

Registration for this program is complimentary, but required. Click here to register today.

Webinar Details:

Date:February 8, 2017
Time:1:00 PM ET
Duration:30 Minutes
Hosts:Keller and Heckman with Cardno ChemRisk

For more information please email

Presented by: Adrienne Timmel (Keller and Heckman LLP) and Rachel Novick (Cardno ChemRisk)

Save the date for upcoming TSCA 30/30's:

March 8, 2017
April 12, 2017
May 10, 2017
June 14, 2017
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Round 2 – 3D Printing Technical Symposium Hosted by Cardno ChemRisk and Reed Smith on December 8, 2016

Cardno ChemRisk and Reed Smith have teamed up again to provide another 3D Printing Technical Symposium entitled Answers to Address Environment, Health, Safety, and Risk questions. The symposium will be held on December 8, 2016 as a webcast only. You can register for this free webcast presentation here. The stellar panel of consultants, and academic, industry, and attorney speakers is back to present on different aspects of 3D printing, specifically: potential hazard consideration, designing targeted exposure and risk assessment strategies, managing environmental risk and liabilities, relevant global and local environmental safety regulations, and results of environmental testing for nanoparticles, VOCs and inorganic gas emissions. This is another exciting opportunity for EHS professionals, 3D printing industry stakeholders and users, and legal professionals.

For more information please contact William Cyrs.

]]> (Melanie Nembhard) Centers of Excellence Fri, 18 Nov 2016 22:20:46 +0000
John Henshaw Elected AIHF Member-at-Large Trustee 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.]]> (Melanie Nembhard) Occupational Health/IH Sat, 12 Nov 2016 19:09:30 +0000
Save the Date for the Strategic Implications of TSCA Modernization Seminar Keller and Heckman and Cardno ChemRisk are pleased to announce a seminar addressing Strategic Implications of TSCA Modernization on January 24, 2017 in Houston TX. Join Keller and Heckman's attorneys and scientists and Cardno ChemRisk's scientists for a comprehensive program on how business strategies will be affected by the new TSCA Modernization Act. This seminar have been especially designed for senior managers and in-house counsel to understand the changed landscape and the seminar will provide attendees with essential, insights into EPA's direction and challenges in implementing the new legislation.

Program highlights include:

1. Changes in Statutory Requirements

2. Changes in New Chemical Review

3. Wherefore Existing Chemicals

4. New Requirements for Confidential Business Information (CBI)

5. How to Strategically Prepare For the Risk Evaluation Process

6. Supply Chain Challenges

Following the first day, we will be offering an additional two-day seminar on January 25-26, 2017 for regulatory staff and scientists, titled Compliance Requirements for TSCA Modernization Seminar. The comprehensive program will focus on how changes in EPA's authority and responsibilities are changing the landscape for new chemicals and how EPA will regulate existing chemicals under the new TSCA Modernization Act. This two-day seminar is especially designed for technical staff and managers who are responsible for regulatory compliance. The program highlights include:

1. Changes in EPA's Statutory mandates

2. Changes in New Chemical Review

3. Wherefore Existing Chemicals

4. Confidential Business Information (CBI) Challenges

5. What's Going To Happen in Risk Evaluation?

6. PMN and Exemptions: New Data Requirements?

7. Inventory Changes and Updates

8. New Recordkeeping Requirements

9. Hazard Assessment

10. New Exposure Assessment Challenges

11. Risk Prioritization

12. Risk Assessments - Novel Approaches

A detailed program agenda will be released soon! Please fill out our form to join the notification list, or contact , or  for more information]]> (Luda Kopelovich) Centers of Excellence Wed, 09 Nov 2016 22:35:15 +0000