Product Stewardship Society Conference
November 2, 2017 - November 4, 2017
Tampa, Florida
Exponent staff will be presenting at the Product Stewardship Society Conference November 2-4, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. The Product Stewardship Society provides resources, professional development, and networking opportunities to individuals who have a role in product stewardship. Professionals representing a wide variety of product uses and throughout the value chain will convene to learn from and network with the best and brightest in product stewardship.

Exponent Scientists Ms. Alison Gauthier and Dr. Ryan Lewis will present, “Challenging Exposure Assessment Assumptions: A Volatile Cleaning Product Case Study.”

Learning objectives of their presentation will include:

  1. Identify key considerations when estimating exposure to volatile chemicals in consumer products.
  2. Understand some approaches to refine methods for both inhalation and dermal exposure assessment.
  3. Recognize the influence that assumptions have on the validity of results of a product stewardship risk assessment.

Additionally, Dr. Patrick Sheehan and Mr. Ankur Singhal will present, “Biocompatibility Assessment of Wearable Devices.”

Attendees will be asked to think about their own assumptions: What route drives exposure? Are chemicals with low odor thresholds harmful? Is active sampling, considered the “gold standard” in industrial hygiene, always the most appropriate?

Chemicals leaching from materials, e.g. adhesives, used in a wearable device may present a biocompatibility issue to the manufacturer. These chemicals may be sensitizers and with extended periods of contact with the skin can potentially cause some users to experience an allergic reaction. Because wearable products can incorporate hundreds of chemicals with different profiles, the challenge is to accurately estimate the exposure and associated risks. 

For more information, please see the event website.