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OEH Seminar: Exposures from home and office: the complicated world of flame retardants
Friday, October 16, 2015 12:30 pm to 01:30 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave, Suite 300 Toronto, ON M5G 1V2 Boardroom 350
Environmental and Occupational Health
City: Toronto
Format: In Person; Webinar

​Note: This is an open invitation, and may be forwarded to interested parties.

Flame retardants are added to a wide variety of consumer materials (e.g., electronics, furnishings, and textiles) as a risk management measure and population exposure to these substances is currently widespread in Canada and elsewhere.  Evidence of adverse health effects resulting from exposure to flame retardants comes from numerous epidemiological and toxicological studies.  Exposures can arise from indoor sources, such as direct contact with flame retardant-containing products and household dust, or through diet, such as consumption of fish which are exposed to flame retardants through environmental contamination. The seminar will explore the product-exposure connection leading to a discussion on mitigation and interventions to minimize exposure.  In turn, this leads to a discussion of flammability standards and the standard setting process in Canada versus chemical management measures taken by public agencies.

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.

Presenter: Dr.  Miriam Diamond

Miriam Diamond is a Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Toronto with cross appointments in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, School of the Environment, and Departments of Chemical Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Physical and Environmental Sciences. The goal of Prof. Diamond’s multidisciplinary research program is to advance understanding of chemical contaminants from emission, through to transport indoors and outdoors, to human and ecological exposure.  Prof. Diamond is an Associate Editor of the journal Environmental Science and Technology, a member of the Canadian Chemical Management Plan Science Committee, a Fellow of the Canadian Geographical Society and was named Canadian Environmental Scientist of the Year in 2007 by that society.  She was Co-chair of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s Toxic Reduction Scientific Expert Panel that helped to bring in the Toxic Reduction Act.
The Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar Series is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The series is also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI), and by the Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists (CRBOH) for Registration Maintenance (RM) points. For more information, please contact Elaina MacIntyre ( 


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