Public Health Risk Assessment for Human Exposure to Chemicals
Kluwer Academic Publishers
Risks to humans as a consequence of chemical exposures are a complex issue with
worldwide implications, especially in our modern societies. The effective management of
human exposure to a variety of chemicals present in various sectors of society has indeed
become a very important public health policy issue - and risk assessment promises a systematic
way for developing appropriate strategies to aid public health risk management decisions.
Risk assessment generally serves as a tool that can be used to organize, structure, and compile
scientific information in order to help identify existing hazardous situations or problems,
anticipate potential problems, establish priorities, and provide a basis for regulatory controls
and/or corrective actions.
Hardbound 372 pp ISBN 9781402009204
Softcover 372 pp ISBN 9781402009211
In fact, with the control and containment of most infectious conditions and diseases of the
past millennium having been achieved in most developed countries, and with the resultant
increase in life expectancies, much more attention seems to have shifted to degenerative health
problems. Many of the degenerative health conditions have been linked to thousands of
chemicals regularly encountered in human living and occupational/work environments. It is
important, therefore, that human health risk assessments are undertaken on a consistent basis
- in order to determine the potential impacts of the target chemicals on public health.
This book provides a concise, yet comprehensive overview of the many facets/aspects
relating to human health risk assessments in relation to chemical exposure problems. It presents
some very important tools and methodologies that can be used to address chemical exposure
and public health risk management problems in a consistent, efficient, and cost?effective way.
Overall the book represents a collection and synthesis of the principal elements of the risk
assessment process that pertain to human exposures to chemicals in the human living and work
environments. It offers an understanding of the scientific basis of risk assessment and its
applications to public health policy decisions.
Audience: The subject matter of this book should be of interest to many a professional
encountering risk assessment in relation to environmental contamination and public health risk
management programs - especially public and occupational health practitioners; environmental
consultants; environmental attorneys; public policy analysts; and various health, environmental,
and consumer advocacy interest groups. The book is also expected to serve as a useful
educational and training resource for both students and professionals in the health-related and
environmental fields - who have to deal with human exposures to chemicals, public health risk
assessment issues, and/or environmental health management problems.
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- 1. Introduction.
- 2. Human Exposure to Chemicals.
- 3. Principles and Concepts
in Risk Assessment.
- 4. Principal Elements of a Public Health Risk Assessment for Chemical Exposure
- 5. Chemical Hazard Determination.
- 6. Exposure Assessment: Analysis of Human Intake
- 7. Evaluation of Chemical Toxicity.
- 8. Chemical Risk Characterization and Uncertainty Analyses.
- 9. Determination of "Acceptable" and "Safe" Levels of Chemical Exposure.
- 10. Design of Public Health Risk Management Programs.
- 11. The Role of Risk Assessment in Public
Health Policy Decisions.
- List of References and Bibliography.
- Appendix A: Glossary of Selected Terms and
- Appendix B: Selected Tools, Chemical Exposure Models, and Chemical Databases
for Public Health Risk Policy Decision-Making.
- Appendix C: Toxicity Index Parameters for Selected Chemicals.
- Appendix D: Selected Units of Measurement & Noteworthy Expressions
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