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Dances with Hazards: How Real Experts Pull Human Health into Design

John and Catherine prove that designers can work successfully with HPDs, especially if they have a toxicology consultant to support their multi-faceted selection process.

Editor’s Note: We all know product selection is complicated. Some people compare it to juggling, while others talk about “balancing tradeoffs.”

The first time I heard architect John Amatruda and industrial hygienist Catherine Bobenhausen talking together about how they incorporate HPD information into their vetting process, the metaphor that came to mind for me was a contra dance. As you’ll see in their dialogue below, they perform the complex steps beautifully and make it look easy! I hope you enjoy witnessing their dialogue as much as I did. This conversation uses paint as an example. –PJM

Published November 2, 2015