Green Chemistry & Chemicals Policy

Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Presented By: Megan Schwarzman, MD, MPH

When occupational and environmental health principles inform chemical design and material selection, everyone benefits. This presentation will explore the rationale for green chemistry – the science of making chemicals “benign by design”. We will also investigate the changes in policy and practice that could catalyze the development and adoption of safer chemistries.

 Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify root causes of exposure to hazardous chemicals in the workplace, in the environment, and via consumer products

  • Describe consequences the current system of chemical production and use has on human health and environment

  • Explain how changes in decision-making in companies and at multiple levels of government could reduce hazardous chemical exposures and catalyze the development and adoption of safer chemistries

Biographies

Meg Schwarzman is Associate Director of Health and Environment for the interdisciplinary Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry—a joint center of the School of Public Health, the Colleges of Chemistry, Engineering, and Natural Resources, and the Haas School of Business. She is an Environmental Health Scientist in UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health where her research and teaching focuses on endocrine disrupting chemicals –including environmental contributors to breast cancer—U.S. and European chemicals policy, and strategies for applying environmental health knowledge to the design and selection of safer chemicals and materials. Dr. Schwarzman has served since 2009 on California EPA’s Green Ribbon Science Panel for implementation of the State’s Safer Consumer Products program, and in 2014 she was appointed by Speaker of the Assembly as a member of the Scientific Guidance Panel for California’s biomonitoring program. Dr. Schwarzman earned her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts. She completed specialty training in Family Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where she earned the Julius R. Krevans Award for Clinical Excellence. She earned a Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007.

Accreditation

Industrial Hygienists: ABIH® Diplomats may be eligible to earn up to 1.0 contact hours. Visit http://www.abih.org/maintain-certification/cm-credit-education-events for more information.

Safety Professionals: Certified Safety Professionals may be eligible to earn up to 1.0 contact hours by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Visit http://www.bcsp.org/Certifications/Recertification for more information.

Nurses: COEH Continuing Education Program (BRN Provider # 12983) has approved this webinar for 1.0 contact hours.

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