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McDaniel Lambert, Inc
Risk Communication Training Program
Industrial facilities, Agency Representatives and others
Worldwide
Occupational physician and toxicologist developed a risk communication training program which they have conducted for industrial facilities and agency representatives worldwide. The training includes discussion of such topics as risk perception, the importance of trust and credibility, public meeting preparation, and media training. The course provides ample opportunity for hands-on practice and videotaping of participants. The consultants have conducted more than 100 training sessions at locations including Southeast Asia, Western Europe, and throughout the United States. The success of the …

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The consultant has performed comprehensive industrial hygiene sampling during normal processing, routine maintenance, and special investigation activities at numerous semiconductor manufacturing and assembly facilities. A typical project includes development of a detailed sample collection plan based on process information, predictive by-product chemistry, and potential exposures. Company then assembles a matrix of operations, equipment, and materials to prioritize monitoring activities. Hazard analyses are used to determine “worst case” scenarios to sample for each compound of concern. Sample collection and analyses are performed in accordance with the most appropriate National Institute of …

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Plunkett & Associates
Lead Exposure and Risk
Various Clients
National
Expertise on issues of lead toxicology and health effects as well as the disposition of lead in both animals and humans has been an important resource for various clients that must address issues related to lead exposures. Experience in this area includes:
Critical examination and extensive use of the bokinetic model for predictinh blood lead levels and clean-up levels for lead in soils at several CERCLA/RCRA sites. Sites have included abandoned mining sites, inactive smelter operations associated with mining sites, and both active and inactive …

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Plunkett & Associates
Petroleum Products: Toxicology & Risk
Major Oil Company
Southeastern U.S.
Provided consulting support to a major oil company involved in litigation at an old oil storage and refining site. The case involved hundreds of plaintiffs claiming a wide variety of health effects as well as fear of future effects. The characteristics of the very weathered petroleum materials present at the site provided a unique challenge due to the lack of toxicity data on such weathered materials. Tasks performed included assessing risks associated with the material, design of sampling plans for site …

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Plunkett & Associates
Pharmacokinetics and Chemical Exposure
Various Industrial Clients
National
The consultant’s expertise in pharmacokinetics has been a useful tool in re-creating chemical exposure situations or in predicting the impact of a chemical on a population. An example would include work on the dermal exposure to PCBs and predicting safe surface levels of this chemical based on the pharmacokinetics of PCBs. In this instance, exposure involved touching of metallic and cement surfaces during typical maintenance work activities. These surfaces had residual levels of PCBs, often embedded in the cement. Based on an understanding …

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Plunkett & Associates
Pesticide Exposure and Toxicology
International Food Company
Worldwide
An extensive Microsoft ACCESS database of pesticides used on a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables was developed and is currently maintained by the consultant. This database tracks pesticide toxicology, worker safety concerns, and acceptable residue levels for over 200 chemicals on a number of crops as established in the United States and other designated countries worldwide. This database is used by the environmental managers within the company on a daily basis to aid in making choices on appropriate chemical use. In addition, …

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Plunkett & Associates
Chemical Risk Assessment
Small Municipality
North Central Texas
A comprehensive assessment of lead exposure in a small city with an active battery recycling facility was performed. The study was designed to determine if there were any potential health risks that could be attributed to lead emissions from the facility. The study was prompted by concerns voiced by the citizens and was funded by the city. All phases of the study were overseen and implemented by the consultant and included installation of air monitoring stations, soil sampling, water sampling, and dust sampling …

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The Phylmar Group, Inc.
This study describes a comparison of worker exposure to total and inhalable dust, inorganic arsenic, and borates as part of a comprehensive industrial hygiene evaluation in a borate mining and processing facility. Employees were segmented into similar exposure groups (SEG) based on work location within the facility, job category and agent. At least 10 percent of the employees in each SEG for total dust (n=197), inorganic arsenic (n=140), and borates (n=194) wore two personal dust samplers simultaneously to collect total (closed face, 37-mm mixed cellulose matched-weight filters …

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The Phylmar Group, Inc.
The Phylmar Group, Inc. has developed, and assisted in the implementation of, a indoor environmental quality management plans (IEQMP) for office buildings, retail space, and public buildings. These plans are designed to help prevent indoor environmental quality (IEQ) issues and resolve such issues promptly if they do arise. The plans are intended to integrate indoor air quality related activities into the existing organization and identify the staff who will be responsible for performing those activities. The plans focus on preventing problems through maintaining good sanitation; providing adequate …

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The Phylmar Group, Inc.
An insurance carrier retained the Phylmar Group, Inc. to investigate a number of indoor air quality complaints at a southern California junior high school following the filing of 25 worker’s compensation claims and a $900,000 tort claim by a student. A series of faculty interviews were conducted along with an evaluation of the school’s heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system. The most frequently reported symptoms included fatigue, chest pain/tightness, headache, and dizziness. Several deficiencies were noted regarding HVAC system maintenance. Based on the occupant interviews and HVAC …