In the case of defense, if the regular drinking water supply fails, a temporary emergency supply with hygienic non-hazardous emergency (drinking) water needs to be ensured. However, the requirements for the quality of this water do not comply with the regulation of the Drinking Water Ordinance due to the limited duration of this emergency supply. On behalf of the BBK (Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance), FoBiG has revised the intervention values for emergency water. The results have now been published in the database “Trinkwasser aktuell”.

For further questions please contact Ulrike Schuhmacher-Wolz.

Congratulations to our colleague Ulrike Schuhmacher-Wolz who has again been appointed an honorary member of the German Drinking Water Committee (TWK) for the period 2018 to 2022. The TWK is a national expert committee of the Federal Ministry of Health which is associated to the German Environment Agency. The TWK deliberates upon actual questions and problems of drinking water hygiene. TWK recommendations, which are especially bound to precautionary health protection, serve as a basis for the activities of health authorities and water suppliers. The recommendations supplement and illustrate the specifications of the drinking water regulation. Major activities of Ulrike Schuhmacher-Wolz are in the field of toxicological problems associated with drinking water protection.

Klaus Schneider was an invited speaker at „Umwelt 2018“ (10. bis 12. September 2018) in Münster. He presented results from two research projects on behalf of the German Enironmental Agency on the toxicological evaluation of PAHs and on semipolar heterocyclic hydrocarbons in complex UVCB substances. The presentation in german can be found here.

For further questions please contact Klaus Schneider.

As part of the training as toxicologist GT and the qualification for Eurotox European Registered Toxicologist (ERT) FoBiG is accepted according to the decision of the Training Commission at the last meeting, as a training center for a share of 3 years of 5 years of training.

Responsible for the training is Ulrike Schuhmacher-Wolz.

Meet FoBiG employee Karin Heine at the ESTIV Congress 2018 from 15.-18. October in Berlin. She presents the in vitro test strategy and results from a project, which assessed the sensitizing potency of epoxy resin ingredients (P 142). The project was funded by the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) and the final report is available (DGUV FP-0384).

For further Information, please contact Karin Heine.