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Occupational and industrial aspects of toxicology assessment 

Occupational and industrial aspects of toxicology assessment
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Occupational and industrial aspects of toxicology assessment
Author(s):

D Nicholas Bateman

, Robert D Jefferson

, Simon HL Thomas

, John P Thompson

, and J Allister Vale

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199594740.003.0016
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date: 24 August 2019

For clinicians managing patients with poisoning it is sometimes necessary to understand the workplace environment in which the patient operates and the principles which guide control of toxic materials in the workplace and the general environment. This chapter gives brief summaries of the key factors affecting toxicology in the workplace with some examples of work-associated injuries and disease that have toxic origins. In order to reduce the risk of these injuries medical surveillance systems are in operation in large companies, but may be lacking in small independent concerns. Clinicians managing patients presenting with disorders felt to be due to an industrial or workplace toxicity need to be aware of these aspects. Finally a brief outline is presented as the principles of air and water standards together with some appropriate reference sources. Those interested in taking this subject further are referred to standard texts.

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