Biomonitoring California Scientific Guidance Panel Meeting, July 2016


Biomonitoring California
Scientific Guidance Panel Meeting

California Department of Public Health Richmond Campus Auditorium
850 Marina Bay Parkway, Richmond, CA

  July 28, 2016: 10:00 am –  4:45 pm

Important information for people attending the meeting in person

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     Lauren Zeise, Ph.D., Acting Director, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)

Overview of the Meeting
     Asa Bradman, Ph.D., Chair, Scientific Guidance Panel (SGP)

Program News and Updates
     Presentation:  Robin Christensen, M.S., Biomonitoring California Grant Coordinator, Sequoia Foundation
     Panel Questions
     Public Comment
     Panel Discussion

 Updates from CDC’s National Biomonitoring Program
     Presentation:  Benjamin Blount, Ph.D., Chief, Tobacco and Volatiles Branch, Division of Laboratory
                              Sciences, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control
                              and Prevention (CDC)
     Panel Questions
     Public Comment
     Panel Discussion


Introduction to Afternoon Session
     Dr. Bradman, SGP Chair

Agricultural Pesticide Mapping and Proximity to Public Schools
     Presentation:  Paul English, Ph.D., M.P.H., Branch Science Advisor, Environmental Health Investigations
                              Branch, California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
     Panel Questions

 Considerations in Biomonitoring Pesticides
     Presentation:  Dr. Bradman
     Panel Questions

Possible Pesticide Classes for Future Consideration as Potential Designated Chemicals
     Presentation:  Shoba Iyer, Ph.D., Staff Toxicologist, OEHHA
     Document: Preliminary screening information on possible pesticide classes for future consideration
     Background: List of pesticides that are already designated chemicals
     Panel Questions

Afternoon Session Discussion
     Public Comment
     Panel Discussion and Input to Program

Open Public Comment Period

Wrap-up and Adjournment


Biomonitoring California and Its Scientific Guidance Panel

The Scientific Guidance Panel (SGP) of the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program (codified at Health and Safety Code section 105440 et seq.; also known as Biomonitoring California) was established in legislation (SB 1379, Perata and Ortiz, Chapter 599, Statutes of 2006) to provide scientific oversight to the Program.  The Program is a collaboration of three departments in California state government:  the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), and the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).  The Program measures levels of environmental contaminants in California residents.  This information will be used to identify emerging environmental hazards and to evaluate the effectiveness of existing environmental programs.  Biomonitoring data will ultimately be used by policy-makers to protect Californians from environmental contaminants through better environmental programs and laws.

Meeting Participation and Comment

Attending the meeting in person

The meeting is being held at the CDPH Richmond campus, a secure facility.  If you plan to attend in person, click here and provide the requested information by noon on Wednesday, July 27.  Your name will be given to campus security to allow you entry on the day of the meeting.  Once you have signed up, you can follow these visitor instructions for accessing the CDPH campus.

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Questions during the meeting

Please send your comments or questions on agenda items to

First-time users/Troubleshooting

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Option 1:  Download the Participant Application. This is the preferred approach for optimal viewing of the slides. Note: Save file when prompted. Once saved, double-click the file and then click “run.”
Option 2:  Web-based version.  This version has limited options for modifying the viewing screen, and may require scrolling to view an entire slide.

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General participation information

Members of the public and representatives of organizations are invited to participate in the SGP meeting in person or via webinar.  Public comments may be subject to time limits.  Comments on an agenda item can also be sent to

If you would like to submit materials relevant to an agenda topic, send a copy to or by mail to Biomonitoring California (c/o OEHHA, 1515 Clay St, 16th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612).  Relevant materials will be made available to the SGP.

Biomonitoring California complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  If you have special accommodation or language needs, contact the program at or (510) 622-3190. TTY/TDD/Speech-to-Speech users dial 7-1-1 for the California Relay Service.  If possible, contact us at least five days before the meeting so we can ensure that the necessary staff or equipment will be available for you at the meeting.


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