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Proctor and Hughes' Chemical hazards of the workplace
Proctor, Nick H.
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Chemical hazards of the workplace
Fifth edition / [edited by] Gloria J. Hathaway and Nick H. Proctor.
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Hoboken, N.J. : J. Wiley, [2004]

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xi, 785 pages ; 26 cm
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RA1229 .P76 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference

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The indispensable resource for health professionals on potentially unsafe chemicals--now fully updated
Proctor and Hughes' Chemical Hazards of the Workplace, Fifth Edition provides a comprehensive reference text for health professionals who need toxicology data on chemicals that may be encountered in various work settings. Building on the success of the Fourth Edition-already a standard text-this new edition updates and revises the more than 600 entries of that text, and also adds monographs on new compounds.
Introductory chapters cover toxicological concepts, clinical manifestations of exposure, the diagnosis of occupational disease, and industrial hygiene aspects of chemical exposures. The rest of the text consists of more than 625 alphabetically arranged entries on individual compounds, each of which includes:
* Chemical formula
* CAS number
* 2003 ACGIH (American Conference of Government Industrial Hygienists) threshold limit value
* Synonyms
* Physical properties
* Sources of exposure
* Routes of exposure
* Toxicological data
The toxicological data includes both acute and chronic effects, especially as related to any known exposure levels. The data emphasizes human studies and cases over animal data whenever sufficient information is available, and addresses any known carcinogenic, mutagenic, fetotoxic, or other reproductive effects. Clinical information is presented in a succinct narrative form to aid in understanding.
Easy to use, in-depth, and comprehensive, Proctor and Hughes' Chemical Hazards of the Workplace, Fifth Edition offers occupational health physicians, nurses, industrial hygienists, and other safety professionals an invaluable and up-to-date resource.

Author Notes

GLORIA J. HATHAWAY, PhD , is a consultant in environmental toxicology and a former contributor to ASTDR Case Studies in Environmental Medicine.

NICK H. PROCTOR, PhD , is Director of Product Safety at a major consumer products company and a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

This useful work discusses more than 625 chemicals, up from about 600 in its previous edition (4th ed., CH, Jan'97). Part 1, "Toxicological Concepts--Setting Exposure Limits" treats essentially the same material as before, defining gases, vapors, aerosols, dust, fumes, smokes, mists, and fogs. Entry of chemicals into the body, via inhalation (gases, particulates, particle clearance); fibers; and skin contact, is discussed. The section on dose and response offers details about toxicity, hazard, and exposure. Standards-setting procedures for harmful chemicals are discussed, with reference to various threshold limit value (TLV) and exposure limits. OSHA standards are also briefly treated. Part 2, the body of the book, contains entries for individual chemicals, arranged alphabetically. Each entry provides the Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number (CASRN), molecular formula, synonyms, physical form, uses, exposure, toxicology, and references. An individual entry may run two full pages if there is a great deal of pertinent information on safety. Part 3 is an index of CASRN, and part 4, a compounds and synonym index. Easier to use than Sax's Dangerous Properties of Industrial Materials (10th ed., CH, Apr'00), it discusses the most often handled chemicals, with exposure effects, most important for undergraduates. ^BSumming Up: Essential. Lower-division undergraduates through professionals; two-year technical program students. J. Douville Choice

Table of Contents

Introduction: Toxicological ConceptsN. Proctor
The Chemical HazardsG. Hathaway, et al.