CT-RI Public Health Training Center
CT-RI PHTC: From Carpets to Cosmetics: Chemical Risks in Consumer Products
The webinar will highlight the health risks associated with chemicals found in common consumer products. The first presenter is a toxicologist who will discuss the science behind determining the harmful chemicals and assessing the risk. Three case examples will be discussed and a variety of products will be covered.
The second presenter will review an educational tool designed for health educators to raise public awareness of the potential hazards associated with home improvement products commonly found on the workbench or in the garage. Safer alternatives will be discussed and related presentation resources will be outlined.
• Articulate the science behind the assessment of chemical risks of consumer products.
• Recognize the potentially harmful chemicals found in consumer products.
• Identify safer alternative consumer products.
Gary Ginsberg, PhD,
Dr. Gary Ginsberg is a toxicologist and risk assessor at the Connecticut Department of Public Health within the Section of Environmental and Occupational Health Assessment. He also serves as adjunct faculty at the Yale School of Public Health and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University Of Connecticut School Of Community Medicine. He served on the National Academy of Science Panels on Biomonitoring (produced Human Biomonitoring, NAP Press, 2007) and Improving USEPA risk methods (produced Science and Decisions, NAP Press, 2009). He is a member of US EPA's Science Advisory Board and has served on the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC).
Joan Simpson, MSPH,
Joan Simpson has worked at the Connecticut Department of Public Health for over 20 years as a health educator and epidemiologist and works in environmental health.