What is Toxicology?
Toxicology is the study of the adverse effects of chemical, physical or biological agents on living organisms and the ecosystem, including the prevention and amelioration of such adverse effects.
We are made up of chemicals and they are a part of everything we do. Whether naturally occurring or man-made, our bodies are constantly interacting with chemicals in our food, products, and environment.
TEF provides the public with access to reliable scientific information in order to make informed decisions about chemical exposures. Everyone is exposed to chemicals. Whereas some types of exposure are beyond our control, we as a society have the power to accept or reject certain exposures. Individuals also often have choices in the type and amount of certain chemicals to which each of us may be exposed. No chemical, biological or physical agent in our environment is completely without risk, but a risk is sometimes worth taking if the benefits outweigh the risk.
Our thanks to everyone who participated in two free TEF-cosponsored public events
offered recently in San Diego, California.
We had a great time at both the OASIS program and Suds and Science and appreciated the many questions posed by our enthusiastic audiences about chemicals encountered in our daily lives. TEF will continue to add website content to address issues of concern to the public and keep our website viewers informed about advances in the science of toxicology.