APOLLO® holds firmly to the belief that in order to provide quality, responsive environmental services to our clients we must employ a staff of professional personnel that are well trained and experienced in a wide variety of areas in the environmental industry. APOLLO®'s comprehensive training program begins the first day of employment for new employees. All technical employees of APOLLO® will complete the OSHA mandated Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Training course which includes forty hours of classroom instruction as well as on the job training.
APOLLO® professionals have extensive experience in development, implementation, and presentation of various training courses.
All APOLLO® technical employees are trained in the following areas within the first year of employment with updates at least annually thereafter or as otherwise required.
Expert witness testimony for the prosecution only in Daubert, Frye, and Judicial Notice hearings at the courta€™si?? location is offered by Speed Measurement Laboratories Inc. We conduct NHTSA compliant Master Radar and Laser Instructor Courses, serve courts as an expert witness and conduct traffic safety studies, many in conjunction with major universities. Strengthening partnerships among scientific and health-based organizations to increase awareness of the impact of toxicology and related subjects on human health. EFSA has launched a call to renew membership of two of its Scientific Panels: the Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources Added to Food (ANS) and the Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF).
The Scientific Liaison Coalition (SLC) will hold its next webinar series beginning on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. Strengthening partnerships among scientific, biomedical, and other health-based organizations to increase awareness of the impact of toxicology, diseases, and related subjects on human health.
Functioning as a means to enhance cooperation among societies as equals with the goal of accomplishing tasks benefiting human health and disease prevention through joint and shared activities.
Would you like to incorporate the latest science in health disparities into your own research? Cost: There is no cost, but admission is competitive and participants are required to attend all daily sessions.
Approximately 60 participants will be accepted and preference will be given to those who demonstrate high potential to incorporate training into their own research. Program Information: The program will feature lectures, seminars, small group discussions, and sessions with scientific staff from across NIH Institutes and Centers. This is the eighth colloquium of a series presented by the SOT in conjunction with the US FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. The Brazilian Society of Toxicology (SBTOX) is offering a program of nine courses in 2016 to expand toxicological knowledge to help scientists address challenges ranging from occupational health hazards and environmental pollution to drug abuse and deforestration of the Amazon regions.
This Society of Toxicology Contemporary Concepts in Toxicology (SOT CCT) conference, Ocular Toxicology, Pharmacology, and Drug Delivery: An Eye on the Future, will provide a forum for communication and interactions between toxicologists, pathologists, clinicians, pharmacologists, basic scientists, and other professionals working in the field of ocular toxicology.
The Australasian College of Toxicology and Risk Assessment (ASTA) is holding its 9th Annual Meeting at Ayers House, Adelaide, South Australia from September 21–23, 2016. Two hundred scientists attended the Scientific Liaison Coalition (SLC) Webinar held on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
The live webinars are open only to members of the partnering societies of the SLC, which are listed on the SLC website.
With the SOT Awards application deadline of October 9, now is the time to apply for an International ToxScholar Outreach Grant and become an Iinternational ambassador for toxicology. Over the past few years, the Society of Toxicology has helped support many outstanding members for educational outreach travel outside of North America through the International ToxScholar Outreach Grant. I am pleased to report that, today, I joined NIEHS Director and SOT Past President Linda Birnbaum to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between SOT and NIEHS. Because of these close connections, it seemed only natural for SOT and NIEHS to formalize our robust, working relationship. Essentially, SOT and NIEHS will be proceeding as we always have: working together to improve environmental health.
As a feedback comment, one of the students stipulated that, although there are several webinars and online sources available about scientific writing, career development in toxicology, and other topics, hearing from one of the alumnus was remarkably provocative. After completion of all scheduled activities, students and faculty interacted with me asking simple yet important questions regarding career opportunities in the United States and research prospects. I sincerely appreciate SOT's support of the outreach programs for developing countries. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced a call for images of NIH funded research to be posted to the NIH Image Gallery on Flicker and in the Funded Research album. The Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) is initiating a Horizon Scanning effort to advance the science and application of the Adverse Outcome Pathway (AOP) framework. Workshop results will be publically disseminated in the form of publications and international presentations at professional meetings.
You also will find four Editor's Highlights, which were prepared by ToxSci Associate Editors Jeffrey M.
The mission of ToxSci, the official journal of the Society of Toxicology, is to publish the most influential research in the field of toxicology. Thirty-six outstanding undergraduates and five advisors were selected to attend this year’s program. The success of this program is due in large part to over fifty dynamic volunteers who so generously gave their time to teach and inspire the next generation of young scientists during the SOT Annual Meeting.
These dedicated mentors will continue to keep in contact with their mentor group students throughout their undergraduate studies and be a resource to them as they consider career paths and advanced degrees. CDI and these students were very fortunate to have leading toxicologists take this extensive amount of time to share their knowledge and professional development experiences with them.
Toxicological Sciences and Oxford University Press would like to thank the Associate Editors, Editorial Board members, reviewers, and authors for their outstanding contributions. The 2016 Environmental Endocrine Disruptor Gordon Research Conference (EED-GRC) will celebrate its 10th anniversary this summer by focusing on the next generation of questions, chemicals, tools, approaches, challenges, and investigative strategies related to endocrine disruption. The 56th Annual Meeting of the Teratology Society will be held June 25‒29, 2016, at the Grand Hyatt, San Antonio, Texas.
The American College of Toxicology (ACT) is offering an advanced course, Advanced Comprehensive Toxicology, to complement the Toxicology for Pharmaceutical and Regulatory Scientists course.
This webinar series will discuss the advances being made with chemical-induced asthma and the role of clinical, toxicological, and epidemiological research in regulatory and hazard characterization approaches. The upcoming Annual Meeting of the Genetic Toxicology Association (GTA) is a 2.5 day event that includes a workshop, keynote address, six symposia, and a poster reception. We invite you to submit a Symposium, Workshop, Roundtable, Continuing Education, or other scientific proposal for the Society of Toxicology 2017 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. The Women in Toxicology Special Interest Group (WIT) is pleased to host a webinar titled Career Development for Female Toxicologists.
National Capital Area: The National Capital Area Regional Chapter (NCAC-SOT) will be holding their Spring Symposium on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at the Georgetown University Conference Center in Washington, DC.
Northern California: The Northern California Regional Chapter (NorCal) meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at SRI International in Menlo Park, California. Allegheny-Erie: The Allegheny-Erie Regional Chapter (AE-SOT) will host their 30th Annual Meeting on May 18-19, 2016, at the Erikson Alumni Center on the West Virginia University Campus in Morgantown, West Virginia. The main goal of a backup is to be able to recover data that has been lost either by accidental deletion, physical disk failure, or some other corruption. The secondary reason for a backup is to create an archive copy and thereby be able to restore previous version of a file. Keep in mind this, often overlooked, fact: The backup software and tape drive you use today need to be available and functional for as long as you plan to keep your data, should you ever need to actually restore your data.
Replication – Within IT, and especially when discussing Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity, replication refers to the act to sending an exact copy of live data to another system or location. Replication can be synchronous or asynchronous – With synchronous replication, the data is sent to the other system or location in real time and the other system acknowledges the receipt of each piece of data. Replication can be used to send backup data or live system data to a secondary failover location.
Business Continuity – While Disaster Recovery aims to allow an organization to recover its IT systems and data within a specified time frame that may be hours, days or even weeks, Business Continuity encompasses much more than just IT. A Business Continuity Plan (BCP) is usually developed from a Business Impact Analysis (BIA) that, depending on the size and complexity of the business, may take weeks and months to complete.
DR is an important subset of BC, but DR is event-based and IT specific, whereas BC is a continual, ongoing process that encompasses people, buildings, supply chain, crisis communications, transportation, security, public relations, etc., etc.
After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the anthrax attacks in the fall of 2001, federal and state personnel provided response, recovery, and remediation under trying circumstances, including unprecedented demand on their capabilities to analyze environmental samples. In response, EPA formed the Homeland Security Laboratory Capacity Workgroup to identify and implement opportunities for near-term improvements and to develop recommendations for addressing longer-term laboratory issues. These certifications qualify our team to work in, around and supervise employees during clean-up operations required by a governmental body and OSHA whether Federal, state local or other entities involving hazardous substances that are conducted at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites as well as Emergency response operations for releases of, or substantial threats of releases of, hazardous substances without regard to the location of the hazard. Commercial buildings, private and public facilities, processing plants and industrial sites affected by disasters have a need to out-source the technical components of their loss. When any electrical equipment has been infiltrated by water whether by flash flood or long term flooding, or has been sprayed, splashed, hosed, extinguished or has standing water in, on or around it, or housed in high humidity conditions or is sweating and or at the dew point it must be professionally assessed. Indeed, it’s almost like getting an entirely new iOS device — not just for all the new features Apple has built into it, but because they’re all designed to hew to a single design vision and hit that intersection Cook describes above. It is true that many people tend to use these phrases in conjunction to an event, typically used in a setting where everyone asks “What happened?” In actuality the definitions of these terms don’t vary, but the parameters, scope, and process of how these words are defined for the individual customer or client changes.
This is essentially true, though I have a problem with the term “backup solutions”.  A raw backup of any files would just be an exact copy of that file. What this post neglects to point out, however, is that in every backup solution, there is a recovery solution that has to tie into the process. Flash rusting and corrosion enhanced by flooding and drying can be adverted with proper mitigation protocols. Fast action is the key to being able to restore sensitive electronics, equipment and electrical gear.
NEMA’s Evaluating Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment, first published in 2004, contains excellent reference material to evaluate electrical equipment that has been exposed to water through flooding, firefighting activities, hurricanes, and other circumstances. The document provides a table summarizing recommended actions for various types of electrical equipment to determine whether they need to be replaced or reconditioned. For the first time in the healthcare industry in the United States, business continuity planning and disaster recovery capability will become mandatory for all healthcare organizations. Currently, healthcare providers in the US are visited approximately every three years (pressure is being exerted to make this more often and even surprise) by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), which grades the entire environment of care.
Medical centers in the US, especially in California, have well documented and well practiced emergency response plans. Definition of minimum acceptable level of service and detailed actions to get to that level.
Voice communications recovery planning must be done related to the overall contingency plan as well as the specific critical business units.
In the 1980s, an inter-agency cooperative effort was formed to develop a common organizational system which fire protection agencies could use in response to a very large incident, as well as smaller, day to day operations. In 1987, the Hospital Council of Northern California completed work on an adaptation of ICS to hospital emergency response functions.
Responsibility oriented chain of command, which provides a manageable scope of supervision.
Wide acceptance through commonality of mission and language in both the public and private sectors.
Prioritization of duties with the use of Job Action Sheets, position job descriptions which have a prioritized list of emergency response tasks that promote documentation of the incident. Applicability to varying types and magnitudes of emergency events, a flexible program which can be expanded or scaled back to meet the particular needs of a specific crisis. Thorough documentation of actions taken in response to the emergency, which may improve recovery of financial expenditures.
The HEICS structure is a chain of command which incorporates four sections under the overall leadership of the Emergency Incident Commander (IC).
There should be an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and emergency management system in place that incorporates business recovery teams and the infrastructure necessary to support recovery.
The intensity and frequency of major natural disasters is increasing, from 100 per year in the 1970s to more than 500 per year today, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. From hurricanes to fires and floods, ice storms and earthquakes, natural disasters are on the rise, and in no field is it more critical to be prepared than healthcare. While major disasters are a critical risk, the majority of business interruptions are caused by unforeseen circumstances – singular events that can’t be predicted, such as fires, power outages, and server failures.
This table is provided as a reference that can be used by both the health care staffing services (HCSS) firm and the reviewer. Eleven days before Valentine’s Day 2012, one of the biggest candy and confectionery holiday seasons of the year was seriously interrupted for our client by an early morning fire event. Another Pittsburgh favorite, Disaster Restoration Services of Pittsburgh (DRS), was called upon to help Sarris Candies with the restoration process. At 7:30 AM on February 3, 2012 DRS received a call from the client and their insurance broker to help provide assistance and responded immediately. To appreciate the sensitivities and stresses of the specific project it is important that the size and scope of the loss be understood as well as the impact on the business.
The immediate and quick response by DRS and their subcontractor Electro-Mechanical Recertifiers, Inc (ER) to treat various pieces of production equipment saved the insurance carrier roughly $700,000 to $900,000 in equipment replacement. The client had a primary core goal to get into business with the shortest path to recovery.
Unforeseen Code upgrades and various changes to electrical and structural building components had to be dealt with. Joint approvals from the client and then the insurance company for selections, work approvals or extra charges can be a challenge and take valuable time to obtain.
Original drawings were not always available and nor were stamped engineered drawings therefor engineering and architectural services had to be relied upon for current designs and subsequent client approvals and then submitted to local code officials. Having multiple parties of experts show up and constantly ask questions sometime meaningful and other times seemingly redundant and how to accommodate that is a daily challenge. Finding hidden damages and items that need repaired as exposed to meet code and then having the carrier determine the validity of the upgrade or the coverage for an item can be a stressful especially when you are tempting to fast track a project. Weekly meetings were held to review the work completed and the work in progress of the project.
DRS work with reliable engineers and architects that could produce drawings in a timely fashion to ensure proper cooperation with building code officials and the State of Pennsylvania’s Labor and Industry Department.
Times Observer photo by Brian FerryElectronic recertificationDipesh Pokhrel of Electro-Mechanical Recertifiers uses compressed air and a vacuum to clean ammonium phosphate dust and other contaminants from a keyboard from Youngsville High School.
The clean-up is in response to damages allegedly resulting from vandalism by three former YHS students.
The initial estimate from the Warren County School District for this phase of the work was $238,000. The main problem in the school was the discharge of most of the fire extinguishers in the school and the resulting release of corrosive ammonium phosphate dust.
Each box is moved to the company’s mobile lab, ER-1, which is one of two trailers parked in the YHS parking lot.
Because of the nature of the problem at Youngsville, those features will not be used on many devices there.
Instead, Electro-Mechanical personnel will use compressed air to remove particles from the outside of each device, while using suction to remove those particles.
Mice and keyboards are cleaned and every fifth one is tested beyond watching for errors when the CPU and monitor are tested. If the equipment works as expected, Taveras puts a green sticker on it – every piece. The company handled several buildings in the New York area, including the JP Morgan Chase office, he said. Mobile hepa filters and carts carrying the necessary tools are moved about the school to clean mounted projectors, wood shop electronics, the server cabinet, the intercom system, every device in the boiler room, and other stationary items. ER Electrician Ed McCarty is in charge of cleaning the building’s electrical distribution system, including the mains and panels.
Although ER personnel work in places that have suffered extensive damages, they are part of the healing process.
The three students facing charges for allegedly causing the damage are scheduled for preliminary hearings Wednesday in Warren County Court. In its 2013 Atlantic hurricane season outlook issued today, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Centeris forecasting an active or extremely active season this year.


For the six-month hurricane season, which begins June 1, NOAA’s Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook says there is a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 7 to 11 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). Three climate factors that strongly control Atlantic hurricane activity are expected to come together to produce an active or extremely active 2013 hurricane season. NOAA’s seasonal hurricane outlook is not a hurricane landfall forecast; it does not predict how many storms will hit land or where a storm will strike. New for this hurricane season are improvements to forecast models, data gathering, and the National Hurricane Center communication procedure for post-tropical cyclones.
Also this year, Doppler radar data will be transmitted in real time from NOAA’s Hurricane Hunter aircraft. The National Weather Service has also made changes to allow for hurricane warnings to remain in effect, or to be newly issued, for storms like Sandy that have become post-tropical. NOAA’s outlook for the Eastern Pacific basin is for a below-normal hurricane season and the Central Pacific basin is also expected to have a below-normal season. NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources.
Multi-Purpose Dry Chemical – Typically uses a chemical agent called mono ammonium phosphate. Purple K Dry Chemical – Uses a potassium-bicarbonate-based dry chemical agent which is a nuisance and acts as a simulator to electronics causing over heating issues. Install a HEPA air scrubber to reduce, control and remove effects of airborne particulate circulating around the area of damage. Because dry chemical fire extinguishers are very corrosive especially to metal surfaces, those surfaces should be cleaned and treated first to naturalize and restore materials. Clean, rinse and dry as well as bake as needed all technical contents in batch processing method using correct chemistry for each substrate. Confirm proper operation after the commissioning of equipment and prior to handing over to the client. Warning: We always test substrates for chemical reactivity, etching, softening of substrates and colorfastness. From printed circuit boards, chocolate molds, carburetors to precision instruments of all types, Electro-Mechanical Recertifiers, Inc. Our method is safer, faster, less expensive and more effective than traditional hand cleaning, pressure washing or chemical treatments. Non-toxic ultrasonic cleaning bubbles eradicate even microscopic grime in the tiniest crevices, outperforming conventional hand scrubbing with harsh chemicals. Mobile cleaning lab and our industrial parts cleaning tanks are large enough to handle any job. Our technicians have experience with cleaning expensive alloys, metals and composite materials of all shapes and sizes. Using this method you’ll improve the quality of your products, increase production times, efficiency and decrease your impact on the environment.
Wea€™ve some three decades experience and are regularly published, nationally in police, public safety, and department of transportation magazines. This series provides pharmaceutical industry and regulatory perspectives on this topic and will conclude with a webinar presented by Sherry Morgan, AbbVie, Inc., on June 21.
The ANS Panel evaluates the safety of food additives, nutrient sources, and other substances intentionally added to food, but excluding flavourings and enzymes. The Institute aims to foster individual research projects of promising scientists and motivated research scholars with the overall goal to stimulate innovative research in the minority health and health disparities sciences.
The course was supported by an SOT International ToxScholar grant and included an up-to-date review of asbestos toxicity, health effects, and dose-response models to evaluate risks on population and individual levels. Presented in Russian, this was part of the mandatory course in industrial hygiene for senior level medical students.
The series presents scientific information that is high-quality, cutting-edge, future-oriented toxicological science to provide a well-grounded foundation to inform the work of US FDA employees and is open to the public.
Human stem cell-derived cardiomyocyte (hiPSC-CMs) are increasingly used in drug discovery, toxicity assessment, and cell-based disease treatment. The epigenome is a dynamic regulatory framework that controls the use of genomic information to govern the response of cells, tissues, organs, and individuals to their environment. The Education Committee invites SOT members, Regional Chapters, Special Interest Groups, and Specialty Sections to submit applications for partial or full travel support up to $1,250.
Almost 100 SOT members are employed within the NIEHS, and the institute has been an active participant and sponsor of sessions at the SOT Annual Meeting and other events.
The only difference is that we now have a public document acknowledging this beneficial and profound partnership. Moreover, I engaged the students to participate in an activity through which they learned some dos and don’ts of scientific writing, which was liked by everyone and greatly appreciated by those students getting ready to construct their manuscripts for future publication.
Moreover, we had to change the venue of this meeting from one auditorium to another hall in the middle to accommodate overwhelming attendance which reflected their enthusiasm. This meeting will offer a forum for sharing basic and applied research in toxicology and is aimed to convene international scientists to present their results related to the exposure to toxic agents, adverse effects, mechanisms of toxicity, preventive alternatives, normativity, and more to strengthen the science-policy interface to foster the progress towards sustainability. Miller regarding the importance of reproducibility and rigor, "As many of you may be aware, the National Institutes of Health released new guidelines a few months ago regarding rigor and reproducibility, a topic familiar to the readers of Toxicological Sciences. Gehring Diversity Student Travel Award was presented to Lisbeth Perez-Castro by Jorge Naciff, Chair of the Committee on Diversity Initiatives (CDI), during the SOT Annual Meeting at the CDI Reunion. Gehring Diversity Student Award recognizes a student who participated in the SOT Undergraduate Program, is from a group underrepresented in toxicology, and is presenting an abstract at the SOT Annual Meeting. Additionally, over fifty undergraduates joined the travel award recipients for the open Sunday activities.
The Committee on Diversity Initiatives (CDI) would like to recognize and give special thanks to these wonderful program volunteers.
Many of this year’s participants have reported back on what a wonderful and affirming experience they had during the Undergraduate Program, and how valuable the experience will be as they look ahead to plan career paths and consider pursuing advanced degrees.
Talks will describe key factors that impact the interpretation of nonclinical discovery and development studies. This international meeting will bring scientists from around the world to the University of Rochester to discuss emerging knowledge about the AHR and its many ligands. Led by numerous nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field of medical toxicology, this course provides a broad overview of the scope of medical toxicology and a detailed perspective into current clinical and public health toxicological issues. The International Union of Toxicology (IUTOX) organizes the largest and most prestigious International Congress on Toxicology (ICT) every three years, offering the opportunity to learn the latest developments in toxicological science and regulation through general scientific sessions and continuing education courses. This conference will provide a forum for communication and interactions between toxicologists, pathologists, clinicians, pharmacologists, basic scientists, and other professionals working in the field of ocular toxicology.
Career challenges faced by female trainees and professionals will be discussed including negotiating a competitive salary, climbing the career ladder, speaking up without appearing aggressive, and effective networking. To keep you informed and provide you with an opportunity to take action regarding this issue, please refer to an excerpt from the message NABR Executive Vice President Matthew R.
Below are a number of upcoming Regional Chapter events that may be of interest to you.
The topic of the meeting will be E-cigarettes and medical marijuana and the Keynote Speaker is Dr.
The title of the webinar is Current Progress in Immunotoxicology from Medical Devices through Biologics and will explore three therapeutic modalities (small molecule, large molecule, and medical devices) and will emphasize the diversity of immuno-toxicological challenges and approaches for these areas.
Edward Carney was known to many for his outgoing sense of humor, his passion for music, and love of family, but among toxicologists he was known for outstanding leadership in developmental biology and developmental toxicology. Sometimes people use jargon to be deliberately obtuse or perhaps make something simple seem complex. Virtually all computer users have lost or deleted files on their personal or work machines at some point.
The number of versions of a file or the retention time of files is set within the data retention policies configured within the backup application or process.
After a disk crash, system failure or physical disaster, all systems will need to be rebuilt and configured from scratch and only then can the data be loaded onto the systems. This is used only in very high capacity systems (credit card processing, stock market etc), has distance limitations (~60 miles) and will rarely be encountered at the customers we usually deal with. When the replication method is asynchronous, there is a delay (typically seconds to minutes) from when the data is written on the originating system until it is sent to the secondary system and no acknowledgement of receipt of the data by the secondary system is required. The key to understanding where replication fits in your DR or BC plan is that replication is a (more or less) live copy of the original data, so when the original file or folder is deleted or corrupted, that deletion or corruption is also replicated to the failover system.
The goal of Disaster Recovery is to get the IT assets of an organization up and running within a specified time parameter and with a specified limit to the amount of data lost.
The goal of Business Continuity is the continual availability of critical business functions to customers and suppliers, and this goal is met by implementing standards, programs, and policies that are implemented on a day-to-day basis to maintain service, consistency, and recoverability.
An organizations reaction to events we would not associate with DR, such as BP’s oil spill in the Gulf, the Bhopal accident in India, or a plane crash that takes the life of the CEO are covered by implementation of a proper BC plan. Each organization needs to look at its budget, how much lost data and downtime that it can realistically afford and make its decision accordingly. In reviewing these events, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identified several areas where the country could better prepare itself in the event of future terrorist incidents.
The EPA Homeland Security Laboratory Capacity Workgroup consists of representatives from the Office of Research and Development (ORD), Office of Air and Radiation (OAR), Office of Water (OW), Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER), Office of Environmental Information, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, and several EPA regional offices. Machinery, electrical equipment and computers that are adversely affected need a fast track recovery plan. Water and the accompanying contaminates carried in through the roof rain water, firefighting suppression, rising flood waters and storm surge can cause immediate fire, explosion and shorting resulting in upstream and downstream damages to other system components, cabling and wiring as well as other equipment installed or electrically attached equipment.
It’s a reconceptualization of the OS that aspires to unify Apple’s vision of hardware and software into a holistic experience, and it’s the result of the new era of collaboration at the company that began last year with the ouster of former iOS chief Scott Forstall and the elevation of Jony Ive to SVP of design.
So when we say “Recovery” or “Continuity” we have to drill down further to specify for whom this is referring to. But consider the fact that something this definition overlooks is the process and procedures involved in restoring from a backup. Without that piece of the puzzle, backed up data that can’t be legibly visible would just take up space. Some items may corrode from the secondary effects of the flooding just by being in non-climate controlled conditions and being exposed to high moisture meaning relative humidity has reached condensing levels or the dew point has beenexceeded meaning these items have been exposed much higher levels of humidity than designed and energizing them without a thorough analysis of the effects of corrosion may result in premature failure.
It is voluntary for a healthcare organization to submit to a JCAHO inspection (a high grade confers prestige), but the JCAHO does not have enforcement power and also does not consider business recovery during the inspection.
The cooperative plan, known as Firescope, produced a management system that has become standard operating procedure across the United States – Incident Command System (ICS). This work served as the cornerstone of the original version of HEICS (1991) developed by Orange County Emergency Medical Services. One facility in Virginia’s Clarion Health System, CRCH, was closed for 16 days as the result of a fire.
In some instances, documentation is required to demonstrate compliance with standards and elements of performance (EPs).
At the time of the fire no one knew the extent of the loss and this took some time to grasp the damage. First by providing initial emergency services and then working with their insurance carrier and consultants to provide a construction scope and estimate for the project. We dispatched project managers and emergency crew members to provide for immediate site containment and electrical safety concerns.
Chocolate was melted on and in equipment, bulk chocolate destroyed, as well as numerous finished goods.
During the restoration process, reporters showed up at various stages, vendors arrived to help and clients who had not heard of the loss on the news had arrived for plant tours or ice cream parlor outings.
They were very concerned about key staff leaving, extended rebuild times and the ability to phase in sections or areas of the buildings. Their experts included inventory specialists, forensic accountants, building consultants, salvage companies and engineers. The new electrical codes as well as structural loads and fire code issues had to be addressed in the scope.
We recognized our good standing with the client early on and embraced the partnership of working together to meet their goals and objectives. Leading them to address all questions through a POC for the client or a project manager who can distribute the information to all parties helps manage the process and make it more efficient. This estimating and tracking of additional requirements and costs is important to the project’s success.
At this time DRS would set goals for selections of materials and provide completion dates of certain tasks so Sarris Candies could prepare themselves moving forward. Architectual drawings and engineering services can be strenuous activity that stalls progress because the process must be fast tracked.
If necessary, the electronics can be dried in a heating cabinet or washed in the ultra-sonic acid wash.
In the case of computer CPUs, each case is opened and the same process applied to the interior. Forecasts for individual storms and their impacts will be provided throughout the season by NOAA’s National Hurricane Center. In July, NOAA plans to bring online a new supercomputer that will run an upgraded Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting (HWRF) model that provides significantly enhanced depiction of storm structure and improved storm intensity forecast guidance. This will help forecasters better analyze rapidly evolving storm conditions, and these data could further improve the HWRF model forecasts by 10 to 15 percent. This flexibility allows forecasters to provide a continuous flow of forecast and warning information for evolving or continuing threats.
NOAA will issue an updated outlook for the Atlantic hurricane season in early August, just prior to the historical peak of the season.
Carbon dioxide extinguishers leave no residue and are commonly used in computer rooms and food storage areas. Switches, contacts, circuited boards, power supplies and ports must be preserved until they can be treated. We follow all cleaning compound label directions, and we never mix products unless specified in the label directions and batch tested first.
More importantly, by using our affordable compounds of water-based soaps and enzyme solutions instead of spray solvents and toxic cleaning products, you’ll save the environment and 70% or more from harsh chemical use. What is the actual replacement cost versus restoration cost if quick uptime is not a factor? Do you have a business continuity or resumption plan for your IT recovery in the event of a disaster? Typically following well written plans will most likely result in the quickest recovery time possible. SML has appeared for many jurisdictions including the United States Department of Justice and is published in one of the nationa€™s foremost legal journals on the necessity of state adoption of state-wide judicial notice of laser use. It has conducted several local and national studies for publication and forwarding to germane state and federal agencies. However, the use of animal models, particularly for rare disease drugs, is increasing, and regulators are tasked with determining whether the data generated in these models are adequate to support drug development and approval of safe and effective therapies, with limited clinical trial data. Patricia Brown, OLAW Director, discusses why this application section is required, what reviewers look for, and more.
The CEF Panel addresses questions related to safety in the use of materials in contact with food (substances used to manufacture food contact materials and processes to recycle plastics intended for food contact), food enzymes, flavouring substances, processing aids, and processes.
This series will provide pharmaceutical industry and regulatory perspectives on this topic. The aim of this webinar is to review the use of animal models of disease in the evaluation of exaggerated pharmacology and toxicity to improve the relevance and extrapolation of the assessments to the intended disease population.
On December 3, a workshop on exposure and risk calculation was given to a smaller audience of approximately 30 students and faculty. Michael Kordi, the rector of the university, to discuss potential future collaboration with this large and important regional institution. The main focus will be two-fold: to improve our understanding of ocular toxicology, pharmacology, and safety assessment and to increase our understanding of the challenges associated with the development of the next generation of ocular drugs and devices. As a master regulator of gene expression, the epigenome is responsive to a diverse range of environmental factors including toxicant exposure, diet, stress, and socioeconomic circumstances. I cannot thank the SOT Education Committee enough for giving me this enthralling opportunity to make a strong impact on a group of students and faculty in India.


The needs, obstacles, and questions the students had regarding career and education in the field of toxicology came to light and I did my best to provide answers to those issues. Our journal has been ahead of most in addressing these issues and expanding editorial policies to improve the rigor, reliability, and reproducibility of the science that appears within.
The award recipient is selected by the CDI and may be either a graduate student or undergraduate student. The Sunday program is open to any undergraduate student who registered for the Annual Meeting, including the 2016 Pfizer SOT Undergraduate Travel Award Recipients. Featured themes include understanding inter-individual sensitivity, mechanisms of transgenerational inheritance, advances in high throughput screening, and emerging chemicals of concern. Symposia topics include early prenatal diagnosis of birth defects, testicular dysgenesis syndrome, and thrombosis during pregnancy. The content of this course will provide information that could be helpful to those seeking certification in toxicology or to those seeking more advanced training in toxicology. It's an appropriate course for physicians preparing for their board exams as well as any medical professional interested in increasing his or her understanding of the impact of toxicology on human health and local communities. The webinar series is sponsored by the American Cleaning Institute (ACI), in collaboration with the Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA) Center, University of Cincinnati and endorsed by the Society of Toxicology and Society for Risk Analysis. The goal of this meeting is to communicate recent discoveries and promote discussion of miRNA biomarker research efforts between consortia partners and independent researchers as a critical step toward the streamlined utilization of promising biomarkers for nonclinical and clinical safety assessment.
Visit the Modular Course website for course registration, course content, lodging, and other course information. Symposia topics include: case studies on current issues within the field of genetic toxicology, exploring the role of DNA damage in epigenetics, recent advances in screening technologies, and the Pig-a gene mutation assay, as well as new techniques for identifying rare genotoxic events. For additional information about the Regional Chapters, please contact SOT Staff Liaison to the Regional Chapters Ashley Pomper.
Ed was President of the Teratology Society, President of the SOT’s Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology Specialty Section, and a distinguished scientist with the Dow Chemical Company. Many organizations have regulatory requirements such as HIPAA, SOX, FDA Title 21 CFR Part 11, etc.
Distance limitations and not a concern for asynchronous replication and it can be performed over a VPN connection on the public Internet as well as MPLS and Point-to-Point connections.
A critical area identified by the workgroup was the need for a list of analytical methods to be used by all laboratories when analyzing homeland security event samples and, in particular, when analysis of many samples is required over a short period of time. EPA’s Standardized Analytical Methods for Environmental Restoration Following Homeland Security Events (SAM) provides information for analytical methods to be applied during the “Site Remediation” phase.
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In an effort to limit losses and expedite business resumption, ER has such a program in place.
Left untreated and to dry slowly causes oxidation of the contaminates present resulting in corrosion of base metals. As programs are basically just combinations of files that are packaged together and reliant upon each other. Some applications require a specific start up sequence or a process and procedure involved in order for the data or application to work. Any deviation from the original source of where the data originated could be a point of contention of stability and liability. If energized during the event the affected equipment and machinery may have sustained damage to the circuit breakers, in-line fuses, motors and main fuses which may have “blown and shorted” from the initial onslaught of water infiltration. The upgraded device is consistent with new equipment standards and technological advancements without disturbing the primary enclosure, incoming and outgoing cable connections, or operating controls.
It is not clear at this time which agency will be the enforcement arm of the federal government for HIPAA.
Business recovery is different in that it considers what happens when the emergency response triage period of 24 or 48 hours is over. They have patients to protect, keep safe and possibly move, and new ones to care for as a result of the disaster. In other situations, documentation may help the reviewer determine if requirements are met; however, the standards and EPs do not require the organization to have material available in writing. The February 3, 2012 fire had affected the main operation center of the 50 year old candy manufacturer.
Once the building was secure from the elements ,we were able to make building, equipment and inventory assessments jointly with the client to determine items affected and levels of damage.
This was a very public business that had a great reputation and wanted to be back in business.
In saving these moulds it was an estimated cost savings of $1.2 million dollars to Travelers Insurance. This need had to be first recognized and then addressed to keep this goal as a priority for our team. As is typical there were daily changes and some stumbling blocks but because we established a rapport and understood the client objectives they treated us like a true partner and team member from beginning to end of the project. There were 10 ER employees on site Tuesday; as many as 20 will be involved in the process at the height of operations. Very little residue is left however the event causes a blown down or release that moves operational dust and covers all surfaces with dust. Consideration for shipping, removal, proper disposal, conjuration, set ups and software installation costs as well as mapping, cabling and racking costs must be studied. In general, nonclinical studies to support clinical trial initiation and ongoing development of small molecules and biologics are guided by ICH M3 and ICH S6; however, review divisions may apply regulatory flexibility. The work of the two Panels mainly concerns substances evaluated by EFSA before their use can be authorized in the European Union. The basic principles of the use of animal models of disease will be reviewed as well as the advantages and disadvantages of these models.
Ternopol State Medical University has an enrollment of 4,063 students, including 1,200 foreign students from 62 countries. Farland was the US Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator, Science, from 2001–2006. Traditional toxicological paradigms have relied on factors such as age, genetic polymorphisms, and disease status to identify variability in responsiveness to environmental toxicant exposure; however, these factors are neither sufficient to faithfully identify differentially responsive individuals, nor are they modifiable factors that can be leveraged to mitigate adverse health effects of toxicant exposures.
A primary goal of this meeting is to feature new investigators, new technology, and new areas of concern, including potential effects on pollinators. There will be numerous career development events designed specifically for students and new and early stage investigators. In particular, the organizing committee has focused on the two challenges that were considered to be of the highest importance in the field.
Topics span organ systems and disease models and will include up-to-date thinking about how the AHR is relevant to the development and function of many organ systems, to numerous diseases, as well as to drug discovery and environmental health. The faculty consists of well-recognized experts in their field of study and most are Board Certified by the American Board of Toxicology (ABT). IUTOX is proud to present this meeting where toxicologists from around the world will share their recent findings with colleagues and other ICTXIV delegates.
In particular, the committee has focused on the two challenges that were considered to be of the highest importance in the field.
Having standardized methods would reduce confusion, permit sharing of sample load between laboratories, improve data comparability, and simplify the task of outsourcing analytical support to the commercial laboratory sector.
Extensive experience with equipment restoration allows us to provide unparalleled response. However specific mitigation and emergency services steps must be taken to preserve this equipment.
A solution (if it is financially feasible) would be to have an exact duplicate of the originating system on hand. I think the right way of asking these questions would be “What is an acceptable time frame for recovery?
The second onslaught of damage to electronics is “ongoing and continues” even as the water recedes. Electrical wiring, motors, computers, motor starters, contactors and control cabinets received contaminates from the flood water (ground water and salt water from flooding is very contaminated) this water contains chlorides, sulfides, heavy metals, hydrocarbons and other biological inhibitors and environmental waste chemicals that are unhealthy, toxic and corrosive. The business continuity plans that start implementation at the time of the disaster come to fruition while the triage period is happening, enabling the recovery of critical business functions and supporting information technology within the specified Recovery Time Objective (RTO). Conversely, the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that every dollar invested in disaster preparedness yields savings of $4–$11 in disaster response, relief and recovery. In those instances, the HCSS firm will demonstrate compliance with the standards and EPs by using other methods. The Sarris Candies corporate facilities are located just south of the city of Pittsburgh in the Washington County town of Canonsburg. The fire damaged the plant including portions of the main production facility, the ice cream parlor, the retail store and the general business offices. The client was very personable and carefully worded all press releases and news interviews. The company started on Monday, July 22, and Project Coordinator Dan Rafferty expects the work to take three to four weeks. SML has testified before state Senate Committees considering radar and laser use for state-wide acceptance. In addition, specific examples of the use of these models in safety assessments will be presented. Korchevskiy had the opportunity to tell the audience about the importance of toxicological professions and the priorities for the Society of Toxicology.
For more information including continuing education and abstract submission, please visit the conference website. We continue to identify ways to enhance the quality of our science and welcome feedback from our readers to guide us in this process. Rychlik, Allan Somers, and Pamella Tijerina led and inspired the students throughout the entire three-day program. An associated Gordon Research Seminar will be held in conjunction, led and organized by trainees, and featuring work in the area of genes, genetics, and genomics. For additional information and to register, please visit the Teratology Annual Meeting website.
Michael Holsapple commented “As former colleagues at Dow, Ed was a close personal friend. Standardized methods would also improve the follow-up activities of validating results, evaluating data, and making decisions. Without the proper systems, applications, operating systems, hardware, or even situational environments: data will only be valuable in the environment it is created and used. I know of various high finance high stress corporations that swap out systems on the fly that are matched pairs. Disaster Recovery and Business continuity do go hand in hand, but they can conceivably work independent of each other. As the water recedes the stainless, copper, aluminum and plain steel substrates of micro-circuitry and electrical components which have been covered in contaminated water continue to oxidize from the contaminates in the water as the oxygen hits the contaminated metallic surfaces which increases corrosion exponentially. In healthcare, business recovery planning by definition has an automated systems focus and works with the information technology dependent business functions in the planning process.
According to FEMA’s Hurricane Ike Impact Report, the facility lost $276 million in revenue after Hurricane Ike as a result of closure of the hospital’s facilities and the resulting downtime of business operations.
The cause of the fire was deemed electrical but had also affected a large section of the roof structure, the first and second floor production areas and smoke had infiltrated 60% of the building before being extinguished. Bill Sarris and management staff of Sarris Candies as well as various insurance representatives and consultants for an initial and ongoing plan. This also required large amounts of our time and expertise to help the navigate their specific questions, document the damages and understand the insurance coverage and limits.
A flash drive is used to run PC Doctor software on all CPUs that fail to boot to determine if the problem is the setup or something more serious. Hard to replace, harder to recover and even harder to re-create- data is costly work product. If resuming business operations ASAP is a priority then restoration of IT systems makes sense! Focusing on emerging ideas and transformative approaches will be a unifying basis from which participants working on every level from molecule to man can converge and discuss the past, present, and future of the Endocrine Disruptor Chemical (EDC) field. Immunogenicity of these therapeutics is a significant confounding factor and often makes nonclinical risk assessment difficult. To ensure an interactive meeting, registration is limited, so act soon to guarantee your place. Abstracts from students and new investigators received by March 4, 2016, will automatically qualify for potential travel awards.
He was always willing to reach out with a scientific insight, with a thought-provoking question, or with just a kind word. To this end, workgroup members formed an Analytical Methods Subteam to address homeland security methods issues.
We serve both union and non-union clients; working with strategic partners to bring together the most respected and experienced experts in the industry.
Electrical powered gear, components and distribution equipment can be deemed safe as of a specific point in time. But in a scenario where the application and files needed “float”, making a backup could conceivably exist in the same physical area. Do you have any leased items and anything that requires remote access or third party involvement?” Also “What amount of data can rely on to stabilize your company? Any organization not showing due diligence in starting this process will be in noncompliance. Medical care can be provided without computers or technology of any kind in triage mode, but in a matter of days when the emergency response phase is winding down, dependency on information technology increases because the goal is to return to as close to normal operations as possible. It was clear that the Sarris priorities were about retaining their employees during this time and filling their various customer obligations much more than profits. Time to replace with new computers, installations and networking can be done over time and phased in later as a planned project. Gehring had a strong interest in encouraging individuals from groups underrepresented in the sciences to enter biomedical sciences and toxicology. Building wiring can also be tested using Insulation Resistance Testing to NETA standards ensuring the building compotes and combined systems are safe. There are many aspects that are involved in recovery that happen before and after system restoration. This legislative mandate has a strategic goal of reducing costs in healthcare by standardizing data processing, as a prelude to establishing a centralized clearinghouse for claims processing, similar to the financial industry. Imagine the difficulty in scheduling appointments over a diverse and geographically dispersed healthcare system without information technology.
If this is the only place your data is located then restoration can be extremely cost effective. The development of these technologies is complicated by their complex and novel composition, the local cellular response often observed against these systems within the eye, and a lack of clear regulatory guidance in the field.
Just as Business continuity may or may not be affected by a disaster (though typically it is, it’s not a constant actuality). The financial industry is highly regulated and audited for business recovery capability by both the federal and state governments. For additional information and to register, go to the Ocular Toxicology conference website.
Maria Neira, Director, Public Health and Environment Department, World Health Organization; Dr.



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