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Moving beyond risk in order to better protect our health

Posted by on November 19, 2013

How can we protect our most vulnerable from toxic chemicals? This month’s contributors to the Environmental Health Policy Institute advocate for strengthening prevention by improving the way we assess health hazards from chemicals:

  • - Moving beyond traditional methods to newer assessment processes that take into account cumulative chemical exposures, timing of exposures, and individual vulnerabilities.
  • - Expanding chemical assessments to include non-chemical stressors such as socioeconomic factors when appraising health threats or hazards.
  • - Increasing the flow of information about chemicals that are known “bad actors” as a means to enhance innovation of safer alternatives.
  • - Incentivizing industry to design hazards out of products and practices in the first place.

Please read on to learn more about why it’s so important for the U.S. to utilize the best available science in reforming our toxics law.


I Want to Love the Chemical Safety Improvement Act -- But It's a Dinosaur
Amy Kyle

Risk Assessment: An Inadequate Tool to Assess Health Threats to Nail Salon Workers from Chemicals in the Workplace
Catherine A. Porter, JD

Thousands of Chemicals on the Market But No Rules to Test for Safety
Gretchen Lee Salter

Use of Best Available Science Is the Best Way to Protect Health
Jennifer Sass, PhD

The views expressed in these essays are those of their respective authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Physicians for Social Responsibility.


Phyllis Bala said ..

I appreciate this website for the great information it provides in a practical sense and political. In my business I often include teaching my clients about specific non-toxic products to use for personal hygiene, disinfecting wounds, skin, surfaces, indoor environments and degreasing appliances--all safely done without poisons in a fraction of the time & effort. People love to use this information.

February 4, 2014
margie said ..

I also areeg that there should be a safer way than puting toxix chemicals in everythnig that anyone dose use. no mather what it is. so to sell and make money.

December 18, 2013
Karen S Glaub said ..

I think manufacturers shouldn't be allowed to put out any chemicals without clear means and instructions of how to neutralize them and dispose of them

November 23, 2013
Daphne Penttinen said ..

Thank you for your invaluable work to protect our population from chemicao hazards . . . wish everyone could read about your research and conclusions re those hazards.

November 21, 2013
Don Hoernschemeyer, PhD said ..

Pediatricians and obstetricians need to educate their patients, especially mothers, about the risk to infants from ubiquitous toxic chemicals. My mission in life is to persuade physicians to coach their patients about health risks to their children.

November 20, 2013

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