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2022 August Luncheon - Silica Contamination
Thursday, August 11, 2022, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM MST
Category: Technical Meetings

Register for August Technical Luncheon Meeting

August 2022
Luncheon Meeting


Thursday, August 11, 2022

11:30 AM Check-In

12:00 to 1:00 PM Presentation





TEMPE, AZ 85281 (map) 

Silica – The New Asbestos? It’s more than just dust…

Presented by Valerie Brodeur, Senior Project Manager
Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.

Every year about two million construction workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica. About 40% of these workers are exposed at levels which exceed the “new” OSHA permissible exposure limit (PEL). Crystalline silica in one of the most common mineral components found in the earth’s crust and is found in materials such as sand, stone, rock, concrete, drywall, brick, glass, mortar, etc. The list goes on. This presentation will discuss who is exposed, the health risks associated with exposures, regulatory limits on exposure and how to mitigate exposures for employees and the general public.


Valerie is a Senior Project Manager for the Industrial Hygiene division at the Partner Engineering &
Science office in Phoenix. She is a Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant through the American
Council for Accredited Certification. Her experience is vast within the environmental industry as she has worked in and managed an indoor air quality laboratory, has worked as an Asbestos NESHAP Inspector for Maricopa County Air Quality and has been in consulting for longer than she wants to admit. Her background is in mold, asbestos, lead, indoor air quality investigations, chemical exposure monitoring, noise monitoring, etc.


Meeting Cost

$30 Members

$40 Non-Members

$15 Student Members

$0  Scholarship Recipients

$45 On-site Registration (day of luncheon)



Lunch Menu

The Market Fresh Buffet with BBQ Chicken Breast and baby mesclun and spinach salad and rice pilaf and chef’s choice dessert 

Vegetarian or gluten-free meals are available upon request during meeting registration.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: A full refund will be given if registration is cancelled 48 hours prior to the start of the event; if within 48 hours, no refund will be given.


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