Adam M. Safruk
Senior Environmental Health Scientist
Phone: +1 905-364-7800 Ext. 208
Adam Safruk is a Senior Scientist and Project Manager at Intrinsik Corp. He has been at Intrinsik Corp. since 2003 and has significant experience in the areas of toxicology and human health and ecological risk assessment. Adam manages and is the technical lead on human health and ecological risk assessments involving exposure and toxicity assessments, risk characterization, and the determination of site specific risk management criteria. He is a qualified person for risk assessment (QPRA) under Ontario Regulation 153/04 and has successfully completed numerous risk assessments accepted under the Regulation for the purpose of obtaining a Record of Site Condition. Adam regularly conducts peer reviews of risk assessments on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. In addition to his experience conducting risk assessments in compliance with O. Reg. 153/04, Adam has completed numerous risk assessments for Federal sites following the Detailed and Preliminary Quantitative Risk Assessment protocols on behalf of Natural Resources Canada and the Department of National Defence. He has also provided expert advice to Federal agencies such as Health Canada and the CCME on human exposure assessment and toxicology.
Adam has been involved in several community-based risk assessments in Canada and abroad. He was the senior human health risk assessor for the multi-year community-based risk assessment in Flin Flon, Manitoba. He has also managed human biomonitoring studies, which included the collection of blood and urine samples to measure exposure to arsenic, mercury, and lead in young children, and the collection of soil, dust, drinking water, and paint to assess relationships with biomonitoring results. He also focuses on the use of detailed participant questionnaires to help identify personal factors associated with measured internal exposures of children. A is interested in the use of biomonitoring results to refine and validate theoretical exposure modeling, and the use of in vitro bioaccessibility testing in risk assessment to estimate contaminant bioavailability. He is responsible for communicating with communities and stakeholders at public meetings, and working with Medical Officers of Health in the interpretation of biomonitoring results.
Adam is responsible for the development of computer models used to predict the fate and transport of contaminants in the environment. Additional areas of experience include the fate and toxicity of chemicals in aquatic food chains as they impact human health, occupational exposure to pesticides, and vapour intrusion assessments. Adam has significant experience in theoretical vapour intrusion modeling following both Provincial and Federal guidance and has designed and conducted indoor air sampling investigations. Adam has also used the Integrated Exposure, Uptake and Biokinetic (IEUBK) model to predict childhood blood lead levels for numerous mining and smelting sites in Canada and abroad including Flin Flon (MB), Port Colborne (ON), Sudbury (ON), Belledune (NB), Giza (Egypt) and La Oroya (Peru).
- Conducted numerous contaminated site risk assessments accepted under Ontario Regulation 153/04 to facilitate the redevelopment of properties for commercial, industrial, community, parkland, and residential use.
- Senior technical human health risk assessor for a community-based risk assessment and biomonitoring studies for a northern community impacted by mining and smelting activities.
- Conducted preliminary and detailed quantitative risk assessments for sites under Federal jurisdiction.
- A Qualified Person for Risk Assessment (QPRA) in Ontario.
- Conducted probabilistic human health risk assessments for proposed landfill modifications in Ontario and brick factory clusters in Egypt.
- Predicted childhood blood lead levels for numerous sites across Canada and in Peru.
- Critical review of scientific literature for expert advice to Federal agencies on the human health toxicology of environmental contaminants.
- Numerous ecological risk assessments involving fate and transport and food chain modelling in both aquatic and terrestrial environments.
Education and Professional Qualifications
- M.E.S., Master’s of Environmental Studies – Toxicology and Risk Assessment, York University
- B.Sc. (Honours), Fish and Wildlife Biology, University of Guelph