August 19, 2010

Tuesday, September 28th, 6:30-9:30pm, light supper provided in San Francisco

Americans face widespread exposure to industrial chemicals. Indeed, human exposure to industrial chemicals including flame retardants, BPA, and Teflon-like chemicals, is ubiquitous. We come into contact with these chemicals in a wide range of ways, among them: handling consumer products such as toys and furniture; drinking and eating food with traces of pesticides and other contaminants; and working in a workplace involving routine chemical exposure. Along with widespread chemical exposure come uncertain health consequences. Many industrial chemicals are suspected contributors to a wide range of serious health problems. These potential health effects include such chronic diseases and disorders as cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, asthma, infertility, reproductive disorders, developmental disabilities, and behavioral disorders. Industrial chemicals and toxic substances are managed in the US by a complex network of statutes and government agencies, reflecting the disparate routes of exposure. Several agencies regulate chemicals at the federal level, primarily the EPA, the FDA, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Different statutes regulate chemicals in commerce, chemicals in consumer products, chemicals in cosmetics, and pesticides, pharmaceuticals, and food additives.

This training will be presented by Dr. Sarah Janssen, a physician and SF PSR Steering Committee member, who will explain the science behind the health effects of exposure to industrial chemicals, the management of these chemicals in the US, and the role clinicians can play in helping to bring about chemicals policy reform.

There is no charge for this event, but donations to SF PSR are always welcome. Registration is required  and space is limited. To register or if you have any questions, please contact Lucia Sayre, Co-Director of SF PSR at luciasayre@sbcglobal.net or 510 845 1819.