Category Archives: Heavy metals / trace elements

Environment and biological, Trace metals and heavy metals, trace elements in environmental samples, trace metals in biological materials.
Queensland focus.

Measuring arsenic in Bangladesh’s rice crops

(University of Massachusetts at Amherst 14 July 2016) University of Massachusetts Amherst analytical chemist Julian Tyson and his student Ishtiaq ‘Rafi’ Rafiyu are partnering with Chemists Without Borders (CWB) to develop a low-cost, easy-to-use test kit to measure arsenic in Bangladesh’s rice supply, offering consumers information on exposure. Naturally-occurring arsenic in Bangladesh’s groundwater has been identified as one of the world’s great humanitarian disasters.

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DFG Senate Commission submits 52nd list of maximum workplace concentrations limits

(Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft 11 July 2016) In 2016, the Senate Commission for the Investigation of Health Hazards of Chemical Compounds in the Work Area of the German Research Foundation (DFG) presented the 52nd issue of the List of Maximum Workplace Concentrations and Biological Exposure Limits. In providing this list, the DFG, the largest research funding organization and central self-governing organization of the research community in Germany, has fulfilled its statutory mandate to advise on science policy.

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Access The MAK Collection for Occupational Health and Safety

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Public and Environmental Health Forum Series 12 July 2016

Tuesday 12 July 2016;  FSS Conference Theatre; 9:30 am

A study of the prevalence of Campylobacter spp. and Salmonella spp. in retail raw fresh chicken meat in QLD – Anna Sartor and Ellena Heading

Reef monitory in Qld – Rohan Wallace

All staff are welcome – refreshments provided following the talks

MethodsNow – Webinar and free trial of SciFinder add-on

MethodsNow is a new add-on feature of SciFinder which provides easy access to search and compare the largest collection of scientific methods extracted from the CAS database.  It provides step-by-step instructions for analytical and synthetic methods in all areas of chemistry including HPLC, food analysis, and water analysis.  It has more than 200,000 fully described analysis methods, including chemical, microbiological and life sciences.  The platform allows searching via analyte, matrix, and equipment used as well as more advanced search functions.

Please note that, while primarily of interest to chemists, MethodsNow also collects microbiological methods.

The FSS Library has arranged a free 2-week trial of MethodsNow commencing 25 July.  Andrew McKay, an Australian representative of CAS, will conduct a 30 minute WebEx seminar on Thursday 21 July to introduce and demonstrate the product for FSS SciFinder account holders.  He will spend 10-15 minutes demonstrating, followed by up to 15 minutes question time during which you can ask him to search for specific methods etc.

Webinar details will be advised when confirmed.

If you do not currently have a SciFinder account please contact the FSS Library to request one

Report: A host of common chemicals endanger child brain development

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1 July 2016) In a new report, dozens of scientists, health practitioners and children’s health advocates are calling for renewed attention to the growing evidence that many common and widely available chemicals endanger neurodevelopment in fetuses and children of all ages.

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Mining voids pose threat to groundwater systems

Australian Water Association [4 July 2016]

As the mining boom winds down, work will ramp up for water professionals grappling with the potentially toxic legacy of hundreds of coal mining pits.

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Tiny algae ideal for sniffing out nutrient pollution in water

(Drexel University 24 June 2016) Tiny algae, called diatoms, living in water could be key to providing a definitive and clear measure of whether streams, rivers and lakes have damaging levels of nutrients in them.

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