Toxicology Expert Renee Hartsook Joins UL Environment, Inc.

Health Risk Expert to Assess Products, Support Development of Environmental Standards

Jan 27, 2010, 11:16 ET from UL Environment, Inc.

NORTHBROOK, Ill., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- UL Environment, Inc. (ULE), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Underwriters Laboratories (UL), announces Renee Hartsook, Ph.D., DABT as the organization's new senior toxicologist.  Hartsook will lead health hazard risk assessments for products and substances, providing technical leadership in toxicological assessment and the development of sustainability standards.

"The protection of human health is a key aspect of sustainability, and has been part of UL's core mission for more than a century," said Steve Wenc, President, UL Environment, Inc. "Adding a toxicologist with Renee's expertise to our team helps us stay at the forefront of both safety and sustainability."

Hartsook has served as a toxicology consultant to the pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer products and commodity chemical industries.  Her prior experience includes serving as a research associate for the American Lung Association of California, where she developed Reference Exposure Levels (RELs) to support the California Air Toxics "Hot Spots" Program.

Hartsook holds a doctorate degree in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of California, Davis. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology, member of the American College of Toxicology and Society of Toxicology, and recipient of the Society of Toxicology's Mary O. Amdur Award for contributions to the area of environmental health.

About UL Environment, Inc.

UL Environment (ULE) is helping support the growth and development of sustainable products and services in the global marketplace through standards development and independent third-party assessment and certification. ULE is a wholly owned subsidiary of Underwriters Laboratories, a global leader in conformity assessment that has been testing products and writing standards for more than a century. ULE currently offers Environmental Claims Validation (ECV), a service testing and verifying manufacturers' self-declared environmental claims and Sustainable Products Certification (SPC), a service testing and certifying products to accepted industry standards for environmental sustainability. ULE is developing additional environmental standards, training and advisory services to support organizations in the sustainable products and services industry. For more information please visit

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