Feb 22, 2011

NSF International to Present at 50th Annual Society of Toxicology Meeting

Symposium will highlight new developments in toxicology and setting safe levels

Scientists from NSF International will highlight emerging global public health issues at the 50th Anniversary Meeting of the Society of Toxicology, which will be attended by more than 7,000 scientists in Washington, D.C., March 6 to 10. NSF International publishes toxicological risk assessments for chemicals that may be found in drinking water and has presented at the annual Society of Toxicology meeting for more than a decade. This year NSF will chair a symposium session on human health risk assessment and will present three scientific posters.

The symposium, “When Is Exposure Not Exposure? Defining the Dose-Response Region Between ‘Effect’ and ‘Adverse Effect’ Implications for Human Health Risk Assessment,” will be held on March 8 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 147 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Scientists from NSF International will present three posters on March 8 from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. in the main convention hall highlighting projects that helped determine acceptable levels of certain chemicals in drinking water, including:

• Abstract #1531 (Poster Board 539) on a drinking water risk assessment for ethyl tertiary-butyl ether (ETBE), which can leach into drinking water from certain types of pipe. ETBE can be found in drinking water that comes in contact with certain kinds of plastic pipe;
• Abstract #1532 (Poster Board 540) on hydrogen peroxide, a chemical that can be used to disinfect drinking water. Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical that has been used as an antiseptic for skin, but can also be used to help disinfect drinking water; and
• Abstract #1536 (Poster Board 544) on accidental or intentional adulteration of municipal drinking water. This project was done for the state of Pennsylvania, which is concerned with how and when to warn the public of drinking water contamination.

For more information about these presentations or NSF International’s toxicology services, stop by ToxExpo Booth #263.