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Chemical Alternatives Assessments

Chemical Alternatives Assessments

R M Harrison | R E Hester


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Chemicals are an essential part of everyday life and all too-often taken for granted, yet often portrayed negatively in the media. Concern over the deleterious effects of chemicals to the environment and human health have prompoted governments in the developed world to establish screening programmes such as REACH and HPV Challenge to identify chemicals presenting the greatest degree of risk to health and the environment.

While such programmes identify chemicals with the greatest risk, there is no ranking system for alternative chemicals, which  while being potentially less harmfull, still carry a degree of risk. This volume of the Issues in Environmental Science and Technology series investigates how the alternatives can be assessed and their risk determined.

With contributions from experts across the globe, this volume addresses some of the key concepts behind risk assessment of alternative chemicals. Some of the current protocols adopted are discussed, and several chapters explore the topic in the context of industry, making this book essential reading for industrialists as well as academics, postgraduate students and policy makers.

Professor Ronald E Hester is at the University of York, UK. Professor Roy M Harrison OBE is at the University of Birmingham, UK.