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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."

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.

Distinguished Industrial Hygienist Award

Congratulations to Veritox Senior Industrial Hygienist Stephanie Carter, MSH, PhD, CIH, who was presented with the Distinguished Industrial Hygienist award during the Northwest Occupational Hygiene Conference by the Pacific Northwest AIHA local section (PNS-AIHA). The awarded is presented annually to a PNS-AIHA member in recognition of their contribution to the profession, years of service, and local or national leadership. Amongst previous esteemed recipients is Veritox Senior Industrial Hygienist Michael Krause, MSPH, CIH, ROH, who won the award in 1998.

PANWAT Annual Meeting

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

WSCAI Community Action Day 2017

Veritox and GT Engineering attended and exhibited at the Washington State Chapter of Community Associations Institute (WSCAI) Community Action Day on September 23, 2017, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Thanks to everyone who stopped by out booth.

The Nuances of Interpreting Environmental Microbiological Data

Karen Michael, MPH, PhD, attended and presented a poster about the nuances of interpreting environmental microbiological data at the NWHELP General Comittee Meeting at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle on August 9, 2017.

Summer Intern: Diacetyl Exposure Studies

Veritox welcomes Surakshya Dhakal, MS, a summer intern with our exposure sciences group. Ms. Dhakal is a full-time PhD student in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington, Seattle, where she is specializing in exposure sciences and pursuing her interest in new sampling and analytical methods, biomarkers of exposure, and data analysis.

While at Veritox, Ms. Dhakal will be working on a review of exposure studies on diacetyl with Coreen Robbins, MHS, PhD, CIH.

Talc and Ovarian Cancer

Nadia Moore, PhD, DABT, ERT, attended and presented at the 6th Annual Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation organized by the ACI (American Conference Institute) on June 21-23, 2017 in Chicago.

Dr. Moore was invited to present as part of the session entitled Talc – the Next Asbestos? Analyzing the Recent Explosion of Talc Related Claims. Her presentation reviewed the scientific dataset for talc toxicity, the epidemiological dataset for association with ovarian cancer, and conducted a step-by-step analysis of the dataset with the Bradford Hill Criteria to demonstrate the current scientific dataset fails to establish perineal application of talc as a cause of ovarian cancer.

 


 

Recent Publications

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

AIHA Atlantic Provinces Local Section:
Welding Fume Exposure Assessment and Control

April 19, 2018: Stephanie Carter, PhD, CIH, will present 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.

AIHce 2018

May 19-25, 2018: Veritox will attend and present at AIHce 2018 in Philadelphia, PA.

Professional Development Course:

Education Sessions:

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Additions to our team

Kristine Tucker, MD, MS, FACEP

Kristine Tucker, MD, MS, FACEP

Consulting Physician and Toxicologist

Karen Michael, MPH, PhD

Karen Michael, MPH, PhD

Industrial Hygienist and Bacteriologist

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