• Welcome to OH2019
  • OH2019 takes place from 1- 4 April 2019 in Brighton, UK
  • PDC's will be running on Monday 1 April 2019

Asbestos Risk Assessment for Occupational and Environmental Health Applications

09:00 - 17:00

Led by: Andrey Korchevskiy, PhD, CIH, DABT
Andrew is a Director of Research and Development in C&IH (Wheat Ridge, Colorado). He is one of the leading specialists in risk assessment modeling for industrial hygiene and environmental health applications. He arranged and taught risk assessment classes in the US, UK, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, and Ukraine. He has over 150 scientific publications in the fields of industrial hygiene, epidemiology, toxicology, and biostatistics. He is a full member of the Society of Toxicology (SOT). He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the AIHA, a recipient of AIHA Outstanding Project Team Award, AIHA Volunteer Group Service Award -2016, and SOT International ToxScholar grant.

Andrew Darnton, MSc, is one of the leading internationally renown epidemiologists, famous for his landmarks publications on asbestos health risk assessment. He is a statistician at the HSE, UK.

Bruce Case is a pathologist and epidemiologist at McGill University, Canada, one of the most advanced experts in the area of asbestos pathology. He has been a member of BOHS since 1985. From 1988-1991, he served as Director of the United States Environmental Protection Agency Center for Environmental Epidemiology (University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health). He provided peer reviews, professional development courses, lectures, workshops, and advice for national and international agencies and professional societies regarding exposure assessment for health effects of mineral fibres and particles, including NIOSH, USEPA, ATSDR, IARC, ICOH, BOHS, ATS, GSA, Collegium Ramazzini, and others.

Jim Rasmuson, PhD, CIH, DABT, FAIHA (USA), is a CEO and senior scientist at Chemistry & Industrial Hygiene, Inc. He developed numerous published works, presentations and classes in exposure and risk assessment, industrial hygiene, retrospective exposure assessment, simulation testing, analytical chemistry, laboratory methods development, regulatory compliance, and quality assurance.

PDC Description:
Asbestos remained a serious occupational and environmental hazard worldwide for decades. However, currently this problem seems to attract wide-spread attention again. First of all, new “asbestos-like” fibers like erionite or asbestiform amphiboles became a serious emerging problem in many industries and for the communities. Second, asbestos lessons are very important for other toxic substances, like nanoparticles. This PDC, which was earlier delivered with great interest at the AIHA conferences in Montreal, San Antonio, Salt Lake City and Orlando, as well as at the BOHS conference in 2016, will review knowledge, approaches and methods needed for the effective risk assessment of fibrous minerals in occupational and environmental settings. An international group of lecturers from the U.K., US and Canada will present material covering the history of asbestos risk assessment, new findings in exposure estimations and dose-response studies, as well as implications for non-regulated amphiboles and other fibrous minerals, e.g. erionite. Approaches for the risk assessment of nanoparticles will be outlined. The course will be interesting for environmental, occupational health and safety professionals in different industries, toxicologists, epidemiologists, and representatives of regulatory agencies.

Intermediate level of occupational hygiene and environmental health approaches and methodologies would be preferable. Laptop with Excel spreadsheet are required.

Demonstrate and discuss the role of asbestos and other fibrous minerals among priorities of current occupational and environmental health practice
Perform exposure assessment and reconstruction in typical exposure scenarios
Use Excel spreadsheets for asbestos risk assessment calculations
Distinguish between advantages and disadvantages of different asbestos risk assessment models
Understand and apply asbestos fiber type/dimensionality specific methods/protocols
Apply risk assessment methods to different fibrous minerals besides commercial asbestos
Identify uncertainties associated with the exposure assessment and epidemiological processes including underlying exposure data quality, cohort size, observation time, and others
Consider various lessons from asbestos experience for other emerging hazards.


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