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Jeffrey S. Lee Award Lecture—From ACGIH® to ATSDR: Protecting Workers and the Public

Monday, May 23 | 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Topic:

Special

Presenter:  P. Breysse, PhD, CIH, Director of the National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR)

For over 30 years, Dr. Breysse worked as an occupational and environmental health professional, serving as a teacher, researcher, consultant, and member of ACGIH® leadership. He is now the director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).  ATSDR was created in 1985 as a federal public health agency under the Department of Health and Human Services  Both ACGIH® and ATSDR   play vital roles in protecting the health and safety of workers and members of the public by developing and publishing exposure guidelines that properly trained professionals use to make critical decisions about chemical exposures. ACGIH® publishes TLVs®, which are the chemical levels a worker can be exposed to day after day without adverse health effects. During his tenure on the ACGIH® Board of Directors, Dr. Breysse served as Board representative to the Threshold Limit Values for Chemical Substances (TLV®-CS) Committee during a period of time when the TLVs® were challenged in a number of lawsuits. Similarly, ATSDR publishes Minimal Risk Levels (MRLs), which are the level of daily exposure to hazardous substances likely to be without appreciable risk.

With the advent of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the TLV®-CS Committee, Dr. Breysse will draw on his experience at ACGIH® and ATSDR to explore the similar roles TLVs® and MRLs play in protecting workers and members of the public.