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New Publication: The Development of Environmentally Acceptable Fluorocarbons

George Rusch, PhD, DABT, ATS, ERT, FAIHA, has authored The development of environmentally acceptable fluorocarbons, a review recently published in Critical Reviews in Toxicology. Dr. Rusch, a Senior Toxicologist at Veritox®, Inc., has been internationally recognized as an expert on the toxicology of fluorinated refrigerants and the development of environmentally-friendly refrigerants for more than 30 years. He has served as a toxicologist on committees for the U.S. National Academies, chaired and served on numerous OECD committees, as well as the U. S. Army’s toxicology review panel, CHPPM.

"Toxic" is 2018's Word of the Year

The 2018 Oxford English Dictionary’s Word of the Year is "Toxic"! Does that make toxicology the profession of the year? Probably not, but if you have toxicology-related questions, our toxicology team is ready to help!

Idaho AIHA PDC 2018:Welding Exposures - Fume Characteristics and Control Strategies

On November 29, 2018, Stephanie Carter, PhD, CIH, presented Welding Exposures - Fume Characteristics and Control Strategies as part of the Idaho Section of AIHA--Boise Chapter 4th Annual Professional Development Conference in Boise, ID.

Florida Mold Assessor License

Coreen Robbins, MHS, PhD, CIH, and Michael Krause, MSPH, CIH, ROH, now hold Mold Assessor (MA) licenses in Florida, where Veritox® provides expert consulting services. The Florida Statutes (Title XXXII, Part XVI, ss. 468.84) require a Mold Assessor license for individuals performing or directly supervising mold assessment activities in Florida, including “the physical sampling and detailed evaluation of data obtained from a building history and inspection to formulate an initial hypothesis about the origin, identity, location, and extent of amplification of mold growth of greater than 10 square feet.”

Dr. Robbins has over 25 years of experience related to mold issues. She has conducted research, published peer-reviewed scientific articles, provided education and training, consulted on mold prevention and mitigation, and has provided expert testimony about a myriad of mold issues including potential adverse health effects of mold and mycotoxins, mold "contamination," remediation, and assessment.

Mr. Krause has extensive experience in all aspects of mold assessments including visual inspection, documentation, and moisture testing; all aspects of testing for mold in indoor environments; and providing follow up recommendations for cleanup when needed. He has presented at local and national professional meetings of building scientists and industrial hygienists on the topic of indoor mold. He has studied and published a peer-reviewed article about mold growth on sheetrock.  Mr. Krause has provided expert testimony in deposition, trial and mediation in matters related to indoor mold.

PANWAT Annual Meeting

Veritox attended the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Pacific Nortwest Association of Toxicologists (PANWAT) in Bothell, WA.

IAQA Seattle Chapter Workshop

Coreen Robbins, MHS, PhD, CIH, spoke at the Indoor Air Quality Association (Seattle Chapter) workshop Cannabis! Fentanyl! Methamphetamine! Oh My!” on September 20, 2018, in Seattle, WA. Her presentation focused on Vertiox’s investigations into indoor air quality issues related to cannabis production facilities.

THC, Fitness for Duty, and Other Toxicology Issues in the Northwest Workplace

Nadia Moore, PhD, DABT, ERT, was invited to speak at the "THC, Fitness for Duty, and Other Toxicology Issues in the Northwest Workplace" session on September 8, 2018, at the 2018 Annual Northwest Association of Occupational and Environmental Conference in Seattle, WA. Her presentation discussed potential impairment issues of marijuana use by workers and gave an update on the current state of knowledge on mold and mycotoxins and “aerotoxic syndrome.”

Advanced Comprehensive Toxicology

Bruce Kelman, PhD, DABT, ATS, ERT, taught Occupational Toxicology and Forensic Toxicology at the American College of Toxicology Advanced Comprehensive Toxicology 2018 Educational Course in Gaithersburg, MD.

Congratulations to UW DEOHS Grads

Bruce Kelman, PhD, DABT, ATS, ERT, was honored to give a commencement address at the June 8th celebration for students graduating in late 2017 and 2018 from the University of Washington Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences program. Congratulations to the graduates and their families.

A Successful AIHce 2018

Veritox attended and presented at AIHce 2018, May 21-23, 2018, in Philadelphia, PA. Thanks to all who attended our education sessions (Environmental Exposure Assessments for Patients with Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis, Understanding Exposure in Talc-attributed Disease, and Managing Occupational Exposures to Infectious Agents), professional development course (Managing Health Exposure in Confined Spaces), and poster session (Respirator Service Life Estimation Model for Spraying Pesticides). We look forward to seeing you next year at AIHce 2019 in Minneapolis.

American Conference Institute’s 23rd National Forum on Asbestos Claims & Litigation

Bruce Kelman, PhD, DABT, ATS, ERT, lectured at the American Conference Institute’s 23rd National Forum on Asbestos Claims & Litigation, May 21-23, 2018, in Chicago, IL. Dr. Kelman presented Lung Cancer: Risk from Smoking and Asbestos during the Connections and Correlations: Exploring Theories of Liability Based on Causal Links between Lung Cancer, Smoking, and Asbestos Exposure session.

Welding Fume Exposure Assessment and Control

Stephanie Carter, PhD, CIH, presented Welding Fume Exposure Assessment and Control as part of the Spring Technical Session for the Atlantic Provinces Local Section of AIHA in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Nadia Moore, PhD, DABT, ERT, now a Principal Toxicologist

Congratulations to Dr. Nadia Moore, PhD, DABT, ERT, for her appointment as Principal Toxicologist for Veritox®, Inc.

SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo 2018

Veritox attended the 2018 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo in San Antonio, TX. Thanks to all who visited us at our booth or stopped by our poster presentation (Risk from Mycotoxins in Mold-Infested Consumer Products (Presenter Clara Chan, MSc, DABT).

Seattle Building Envelope Council Meeting

Michael Krause, MSPH, CIH, ROH, joined a roof expert and building envelope engineer for a panel discussion on attic venting, moisture, and mold growth at the March 2018 SEABEC (Seattle Building Envelope Council) meeting. It was a lively Q&A touching on many topics: Are there any attics in the northwest without some mold growth?  Is there ever enough venting? Mike has experience inspecting attics, mold testing, and writing corrective protocols.

Texas "MAC" License

Coreen Robbins, MHS, PhD, CIH, and Michael Krause, MSPH, CIH, ROH, now hold Mold Assessment Consultant, "MAC" license in Texas, where Veritox® provides expert consulting services. The Texas Mold Assessment and Remediation Rules (TMARR), requires the MAC license for mold assessment activities in Texas, including "inspection, investigation, or survey of a dwelling or other structure to provide the owner or occupant with information regarding the presence, identification, or evaluation of mold, ... the development of a mold management plan or remediation protocol, ... collection or analysis of a mold sample."



Recent Publications

Rusch G. The development of environmentally acceptable fluorocarbons. Critical Reviews in Toxicology. Published online November 26 2018. [Link]

Robbins C and Morrel J. July 2017 (revised 2001, 2006). Mold, Housing and Wood. Western Wood Products Association, Portland, OR. [Download]

Michael K, No D, Daniell W, Seixas N, Roberts M. Assessment of Environmental Contamination with Pathogenic Bacteria at a Hospital Laundry Facility. Annals of Work Exposures and Health. 2017. 61(9):1087-1096.

Magnuson BA, Carakostas MC, Moore, NH, Poulos SP, Renwick AG. Biological fate of low-calorie sweeteners, Nutrition Reviews, 17 October 2016.



2008 Verdict

On August 26, 2008, a San Diego County Superior Court trial jury found that Sharon Kramer libeled Dr. Bruce Kelman of Veritox®, Inc., when she published a press release in March 2005. [+more]


Upcoming Events

SOT 2019 Annual Meeting

March 10-14, 2019: Veritox will attend the Society of Toxicology 58th Annual Meeting & ToxExpo in Baltimore, MD.We are excited to be presenting posters on a range of current topics, including THC/cannabis, diacetyl, and microbial contamination inside single-serve coffee makers:

See the full SOT 2019 Program to add these sessions to your schedule.

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Timely Topics

Mold on consumer products: How dangerous is it?

Clara Chan, MSc, DABT | May 18, 2018

A major home furnishing store recently recalled about 175,000 comforters “due to risk of mold exposure.” The recall was reportedly made “after a few mold spores were detected on a minimal number of units.” In the US, there have been other consumer products recalled “due to risk of mold exposure.” [ more]

Something Fishy is in the Air

Stephanie Carter, MSPH, PhD, CIH | May 3, 2018

Seafood handling, processing, and packaging workers may be exposed to airborne particles, including bits of seafood, additives, soot, and salt water mist. Industrial hygienists can measure the types and amount of particulate matter these workers may breathe to assess their exposure, and if needed, recommend controls to prevent adverse health effects related to the inhaled particles. [ more]

Do you know a YOPI?

Karen Michael, MPH, PhD | March 2, 2018

YOPI’s are people who fall into the category of the very Young, very Old, Pregnant or Immune-compromised. This is a handy acronym for referring to a group of people that are generally at a higher risk of acquiring infectious diseases and developing complications from them. [ more]

Norovirus: a Common Virus with Olympic Proportions

Karen Michael, MPH, PhD | February 16, 2018

Norovirus has been in the news recently due to an outbreak among security guards and athletes at the South Korean Olympic Village. Norovirus is commonly associated with illness aboard cruise ships but has recently been found to be responsible for widespread illness in other venues, including a recent outbreak affecting hundreds of diners at two Seattle-area restaurants. [ more]