A new textbook “The Practice of Consumer Exposure Assessment” by editors Gerhard Heinemeyer, Matti Jantunen, and Pertti Hakkinen has been published now in Springer, with a contribution by Klaus Schneider. This book provides a very comprehensive and detailed overview on approaches and the practice of assessing consumer exposure from food, environmental media and consumer products.

As part of a research project on behalf of BAuA (Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) FoBiG is currently analysing existing methods for deriving occupational limit values (OELs) and develops proposals for updates and harmonisation. The first project reports dealing with
• Comparison of methods for deriving OELs
• Dose-response modelling
• Probabilistic hazard assessment
• Route-to-route extrapolation
are now available at BAuA’s website.

If you have any questions, please contact Klaus Schneider.

Employees of FoBiG have published an article on the safe use of epoxy resin products  in "sicher ist sicher", a technical journal for safety engineering, health protection and humane work design (German only). The article presents the many years of joint activities by experts from various fields (e.g. manufacturers, users, health and safety authorities, accident insurance companies). As a highlight, the newly developed ‘Gemischerechner’ for comparing the sensitizing potency of two technically similar epoxy resin products is presented.

If you have any questions, please contact Karin Heine.

FoBiG and Fraunhofer ITEM have applied the procedure for the identification of emerging chemical risks in the food chain (developed in a pilot study sponsored by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)) to chemicals registered under the REACH Regulation in a second EFSA-sponsored study. After the publication of the external scientific report by EFSA, the key results of this study have now been published in the journal Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts. For all substances assessed, relevant input data and results are also available to interested stakeholders for further analyses.
Please contact Jan Oltmanns for further information.

We are at the end of 2019, but in the midst of thrilling projects – here just some highlights: on behalf of the German authority BAuA we are working on methods for deriving occupational exposure limits: what is the empirical basis for quantifying assessment factors? Many applications for authorisation under REACH keep us busy. Together with colleagues of RPA we prepared one of the first review reports, which received (as the first review report ever) a 12 years’ review period recommendation from RAC/SEAC in 2019. And we finalised the toxicological assessment of end-of-life tyre granulate used as infill material for artificial turfs – results will be published soon.

Many thanks to all our friends, partners and clients working with us in these exciting times.
We wish you a well-deserved break, a relaxing Christmas holiday and a perfect start into the New Year 2020!
And, at last, a brainteaser again. Biochemists are at an advantage, but we are sure that all of you will find out the meaning.