George Kowalczyk is an Independent Toxicology Consultant in Chemical Hazard and Human Health Risk assessment, specialising in environmental, consumer and occupational chemical risk assessment and REACH registration work. He has over 30 years’ experience in the assessment of human health risks from chemicals in a wide variety of settings, including environmental, occupational, agrochemical and pharmaceutical sectors. Prior to working in consultancy for wca as a Principal Toxicologist during 2014, he was Regional Toxicologist with Public Health England in the North West where he held a strategic role in national chemicals advice and guidance, particularly for contaminated land, asbestos in the environment, waste incineration, drinking water quality and the forthcoming revisions to the COMAH Regulations. Operationally, he was involved directly in responding to chemical incidents of both an acute and chronic nature and in providing health input to planning and permitting consultations.

Previously he had worked as an environmental toxicologist in other government agencies, namely the Department of Health (1997-2003), the former Health Protection Agency (2003-2013) and Public Health England (2013-2014), and also spent 15 years heading the Toxicology Unit within the Medical Service of British Coal (1981-1996).

He plays a prominent role in professional societies, notably as a committee member of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Toxicology Group and is a regular lecturer on toxicological issues on several postgraduate and professional development courses, for organisations as diverse as the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).

George is a EUROTOX Registered Toxicologist (ERT), a current Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology (DABT) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (CChem, FRSC).