Toxic chemicals are similar, but not synonymous with hazardous chemicals. The toxicity of a substance refers to the potential it has to cause harm, and to what extent it might be harmful. Toxicity is the ultimate factor that determines whether or not a chemical is hazardous. The complete list of considerations for determining a chemical hazard is:
- Toxicity: how much of the chemical is required to cause harm or damage
- Means of Exposure: how it enters the body
- Dose: how much enters the body
- Duration: length of exposure
- Reaction and Interaction: with the body and other substances present in the body
- Sensitivity: your body compared to others
The number of toxic chemicals is constantly growing. In fact, the Toxic Release Inventory lists nearly 600 toxic chemicals that can have a negative effect on an individual’s health. For this reason, employers and product manufacturers are required to properly label their products and inform workers and others exposed to the chemical of the proper handling and dangers of the substance.
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