What we aim to study and understand



Our team at Paustenbach and Associates has published more than 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts on asbestos regarding exposure science, toxicology, take-home exposures, bystander exposures, and exposure to residents. 

Dr. Paustenbach, in particular, has given more than 400 depositions on asbestos toxicology, conducted more than 1,000 exposure assessments, and is a known expert on “state of the art” matters, i.e., understanding of hazards of asbestos over time. 


Paustenbach and Associates has studied benzene extensively since 1988 and has published over 20 papers on this chemical. We regularly provide support to our clients with matters related to benzene exposures.

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Cosmetic Talc

Since 2015, billions of dollars of awards have been distributed by the American court system due to claims of elevated levels of asbestos exposure from talc.  Our staff at Paustenbach and Associates has written more than 30 published papers on asbestos, and has been advising clients on how to incorporate more science into the asbestos litigation.  We believe that we are well positioned to assist our clients that will be impacted by the litigation that is unfolding in a significant manner.


We have been involved in chromium research since the early 1990s, e.g., in the Hudson County, New Jersey superfund sites, litigation regarding occupational exposures within the chrome plating industry, and claims of exposures by communities living near facilities that emitted chromium. We have evaluated Cr(VI) in air, water, soil, and sediments.  We have also been named as experts in numerous lawsuits involving both occupational and environmental exposures to chromium.

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Dioxins and Furans

Our staff at Paustenbach and Associates has extensive experience studying the health effects of various dioxins, such as TCDD, and furans in the environment and in occupationally exposed workers.  Our work with respect to determining acceptable concentrations in soil has been cited worldwide for almost 30 years.


We, at Paustenbach and Associates, have conducted numerous studies to understand the capacity of formaldehyde to cause irritation at low does and its alleged potential to cause respiratory cancer in workers exposed to chronic high doses, e.g., hair stylists in salons.  We have also evaluated exposures to formaldehyde from laminate flooring and published papers on this and other topics related to formaldehyde exposures. 

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We have been involved with PFOA/PFOS since the early 2000s. We have evaluated occupational exposures to these chemicals and the effects of their release to groundwater.  We were among the first to recognize that water from factories that treated fabrics and carpets was a source of contamination of groundwater due to the distribution of sludges from the local water treatment facility have been applied on to farmlands.