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Risk Communication – It’s Not Just About the Facts

Recorded On: 07/25/2017

Conversations are usually driven by a small number of facts.  However during a high stress situation or when discussing an emotionally charged subject, people tend to focus on the potential hazards or outcomes to such a degree that it minimizes their ability to process facts.  So while a scientific group may want to communicate risk by showing facts and data, the audience may only hear potential outcomes such as cancer, illness, death, etc.. This webinar will highlight some of the more common communication issues related to onshore oil and gas development, chemical exposure and disease outbreaks.   

Understanding the principles behind risk communication will enable a company to gain public trust and credibility while effectively communicating with the audience.  We will provide the tools for effective risk communication.  This webinar is geared towards professionals that may need to discuss technical matters in a highly stressful or emotionally charged situation.

Denise Hill

Toxicologist/Regulatory Affairs, Cardno

Dr. Hill is a toxicologist and regulatory affairs professional with Cardno, where her consulting practice focuses on product stewardship in the petroleum and specialty chemicals industries. She provides hazard and risk assessment, regulatory review, and guidance regarding emerging issues and market-specific public concerns for trade associations, member organizations, and individual companies. She has guided these sectors in compliance efforts concerning U.S. and international chemical control initiatives such as the reformed U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), and the European Union’s Classification, Labelling and Packaging regulation (CLP), as well as country-specific regulation.  Dr. Hill has also supported "greener" product chemistry and alternatives analysis. She has assisted clients in their responses regarding chemistry regulation initiatives and market-specific public concerns, and led the development of tools used to assess and compare oilfield chemical products, enabling informed decision-making regarding selection of preferred products. Prior to joining Cardno, Dr. Hill performed academic research at the Texas A&M Health Science Center’s Institute of Biosciences and Technology regarding the identification of  genes and environmental contaminants that cause or contribute to birth defects of the nervous system, resulting in developmental errors of the brain and spinal cord and related malformations of the face and heart.

Marisa Kreider

Toxicologist/Senior Managing Health Scientist, Cardno ChemRisk

Dr. Kreider received her Ph.D. from the Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at Duke University, where her thesis evaluated the developmental neurotoxicity of pharmacotherapies used in the treatment of preterm labor.  She currently serves as Cardno ChemRisk’s Practice Area Lead for Toxicology, and has experience in designing and managing toxicity testing, conducting exposure and risk assessments, and supporting clients in regulatory compliance and product stewardship/sustainability efforts.  Her specific research interests have included the evaluation of the toxicity and risk associated with tire and road wear particles (TRWP); occupational exposure assessment for benzene in refining; method development for exposure assessment of nanomaterials in industrial settings; dose response assessment under the European chemicals management program, REACH, and others.

Laurie Gneiding

Associate Toxicologist, Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure

Ms. Gneiding has a BA in Biology from William Paterson College in NJ and a MSc. in Environmental Toxicology from the NJ Institute of Technology.  She has over 33 years’ experience in the preparation and presentation of human health and ecological risk assessments throughout the US, Europe, Kuwait and Health Canada and supports clients in REACH compliance and ECHA and member states in the evaluation of REACH dossiers.

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07/25/2017 at 9:30 AM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
07/25/2017 at 9:30 AM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
0.15 CEU credits  |  Certificate available
0.15 CEU credits  |  Certificate available