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Workshop 5

Biomonitoring and Bioindicators- New Developments and Strategies

18 February 2019 | 08.00 – 16:00

Human Biomonitoring can be effective tool to assess human exposure to environmental pollutants. Similarly, environmental monitoring using bioindicator plants can also be an extremely useful and cost-effective strategy for assessing impacts of air releases from industrial facilities. Biomarker data, whether in humans or plants can also be extremely useful for risk assessment versus more traditional extrapolations from chemical concentrations in soil, water, air or food.

This 1-day short course will utilize a case study approach based on both human and plant biomonitoring studies. Key examples will be drawn from examples involving metals, common air pollutants, hydrocarbons and persistent organics.  Newer human biomonitoring techniques will be discussed including human hair and nail strategies. The pros and cons of these new mediums will be discussed, particularly hair. Similarly, the utility of selected plant species for real time monitoring of pollutants will also be presented. The utility of biomonitoring in both workplace and community settings will be discussed. The class will be a mixture of short lectures, small groups exercises and group discussions. Reference materials will be electronically provided for all attendees.

Key Course Objectives

  • Understand what human biomonitoring is and its benefits and limitations
  • Understand what plant environmental biomonitoring is and its benefits and limitations
  • Understand how to design a community biomonitoring program
  • Learn the toxicologic limitations of human biomonitoring and how to pick your target medium- blood, urine, hair, nails, saliva
  • Understand how to interpret biomonitoring for essential metals, persistent organics and hydrocarbons
  • Understand how to utilize biomonitoring data for risk assessment


Gary Krieger
NewFields, LLC

Dr. Krieger has been involved in multiple public health evaluations, health impact assessments, risk assessments and toxicology evaluations in both the United States and Overseas. He has co-authored, edited and published two editions of a large textbook on medical toxicology of hazardous materials. In addition, Dr. Krieger has edited both editions of the book on environmental practice for the National Safety Council. He has also co-edited two editions for the text on Occupational Health for the Safety Council.  He has been a co-editor of three additional Occupational Safety and Health books for the National Safety Council and a guest editor of the Medical Clinics of North America, Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Dr. Krieger is a recognized toxicology expert in US Federal and State courts and has been involved in many of the world’s largest environmental toxicology release events. He is certified in Toxicology, Occupational Medicine, Internal Medicine and has a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Course Fee: $500
Length: 1 Day

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