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California Industrial Hygiene Council December 4, 2006. Patti Krebs, Executive Director Industrial Environmental Association. Science and Public Policy Decisionmaking. In the News. “IBM Workers Fear Cancer Risk” -- USA Today
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Patti Krebs, Executive Director
Industrial Environmental Association
The Precautionary Principle is about scientific uncertainty and taking appropriate actions to reduce uncertainty to protect health.
“Do No Harm”
*Measured the internal pollution level in blood, urine, bodily fluids and tissues of 11 California residents.
*Examined how exposures resulted in higher levels of chemicals and the connection to diseases including:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Learning disabilities
- Birth defects
“We monitor what’s in our air, our water, and even what’s in our fish.
It’s time to start looking at what’s inour bodies.”
“A chemical compound or chemical element present in air, water, food, soil, dust or other environmental media, such as consumer products.”
*Improving the design of biomonitoring studies
*Interpreting what biomonitoring data means
*Understanding ethical and communication issues associated with data dissemination.
“Just because people have an environmental chemical in their blood or urine does not mean that the chemical causes disease.”
-Detection of a chemical does not mean harm to human health.
*Scientifically based framework and protocols used by the CDC
*Representative sample of statewide population
*Program authority to rest with Department of Health Services
*Limits advisory panel to scientific expertise
*Review board to develop guidelines for dissemination of responsible and ethical information
A Framework for leadership in Chemicals, Policy and Innovation
…the design of chemical products and processes to reduce and/or eliminate substances hazardous to human health and the environment.
Hexane-induced peripheral neuropathy in the California vehicle repair industry
*Legislative proposal likely in early 2007 from Senate Environmental Quality Committee
*Model for crafting legislation to be based on AB32 (greenhouse gas legislation)
*Legislature will set stage to help businesses understand long-term policy direction and level the playing field.