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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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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
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Posted by on in Toxicology

As in previous years, a group of researchers from Cardno ChemRisk will attend the 2016 Society of Toxicology's Annual Meeting in New Orleans from March 13-17. At SOT, we will present recent research during posters and presentations.

Between today and the start of the conference, the Cardno ChemRisk View will feature a series of presentations, as described by staff (you can read the 2015 entries here and here). First up is Lindsey Garnick from our San Francisco office:

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Posted by on in Epidemiology

Posted on behalf of Dr. Peter Ruestow.

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On October 26, 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the World Health Organization (WHO), announced a monograph declaring processed meats, such as bacon, sausage and hot dogs, as a Group 1 (carcinogenic to humans) carcinogen, and red meat as a Group 2A (probably carcinogenic to humans) carcinogen. The committee based their classification on an evaluation of over 800 epidemiological studies that investigated the association of cancer with red meat or processed meat consumption in multiple countries.

IARC’s classification “indicates the weight of the evidence as to whether an agent is capable of causing cancer" (technically called “hazard”), but it does not measure the likelihood that cancer will occur (technically called “risk”) as a result of exposure to the agent.” Therefore, although IARC places processed meats in the same group as smoking, it does not mean they increase cancer risk equally. For perspective, IARC explained that processed meats contribute to about 34,000 cancer deaths worldwide, whereas 1 million cancer deaths due to tobacco smoking occur per year globally. Based on an analysis of data from 10 studies, IARC estimated that eating 50 grams of processed meat (this corresponds to approximately 1.8 oz or the equivalent of one hot dog) daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%. Notably, as suggested in a recent Q&A posted by NPR, the risk of colorectal cancer is already relatively low and dieticians have long recommended eating less red meat and processed foods.

Potential Regulatory Implications

California’s Proposition 65 maintains a list of chemicals known to cause cancer and requires a warning of exposure to listed chemicals to consumers. Earlier this year, OEHHA changed its Prop 65 regulations without voter’s authorization to list substances, as well as chemicals, known to cause cancer, including those classified by IARC as Group 1 and Group 2A. Thus, in response to IARC’s classification of processed and red meats, OEHHA may give notice to add processed and red meats to the Prop 65 list, requiring warnings on packaging for these products. More information on the potential regulatory implications this IARC classification may have on Prop 65 can be found here.

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