Toxicology podcast episode

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Each day, we are exposed to a variety of environmental exposures. Have you ever thought about all the elements that can impact your health when you walk outside on your way to work? But what about elements you can’t easily observe? In the air? In your water? In your food? Do you know what risks you can be exposed to when you go to work each day and also what unhealthy exposures or toxic substances you could back home with you? Some exposures can be prevented altogether and for others, we can reduce the risks that come with them.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences defines toxicology as “the field of science that helps us understand the harmful effects that chemicals, substances, or situations, can have on people, animals, and the environment.” Described simply, toxicology uses the power of science to help predict what, and how chemicals may cause harm and then shares that information to protect public health.

Our toxicology podcast episode features, Dr. Fred Berman, DVM, PhD. For the past 18 years, Dr. Berman served as the Director for the Toxicology and Occupational Health Information Center here at the institute. He currently serves as a consultant to the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Analytical and Response Center (PARC), which addresses pesticide-related incidents that could have health or environmental effects. Also, he is a co-investigator with the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC), a United States Environmental Protection Agency-sponsored project in collaboration with Oregon State University. On this episode, you will learn more about the impact of working with toxic substances on the job, and how reducing risks can help workers live safer and healthier lives at work and at home.

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