Risk


Basics of Dose-Response

Introduction: You have just moved into your dream house and discover a secret room which you hadn’t noticed before and which escaped the notice of your home inspection. Once you gain access, you discover numerous amber colored bottles with the traditional skull and crossbones logo emblazoned upon the bottles. You’re rightfully concerned.  Is your house now contaminated and are you at risk to live there?  This Tox Topic was developed to help you understand how to think about potential exposure to chemicals.  By understanding these key concepts, you’ll be better ...

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Hazard vs Risk

Many people find it confusing when toxicologists and others talk about hazard versus risk.  To many, they seem to mean the same thing.  They don’t, and assuming they do can lead people to unnecessarily fear ingredients and other chemicals.  This tox topic is intended to help you understand the differences between hazard and risk and why knowing the difference is important to your health and your effort to keep yourself and your family safe from harmful exposures. Let’s start with definitions. Hazard:  A potential source of danger/harm.  A hazard evaluation ...

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Human Health Risk Assessment

The woman in this photo may not know she risks harming her unborn baby's health by smoking while pregnant. Or she understands that, but she is taking that risk because she is addicted to smoking cigarettes.  Risk assessments are applied to many things we encounter in our daily lives including life-saving drugs, food additives, cosmetics, household cleaning products, pesticide residues in foods, and countless other environmental agents.   This Tox Topic briefly explains some basics of human health risk assessment.   TEF’s “Is It Safe? Evaluating Chemical Risk” ...

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Exposures During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding

The Toxicology Education Foundation is pleased to be partnering with MotherToBaby/California to expand access to information about medications and other exposures during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.  MotherToBaby (https://mothertobaby.org/) is a service of the non-profit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS) dedicated to providing evidence-based information to mothers, health care professionals, and the general public.  OTIS experts create well-referenced Fact Sheets offered in English and Spanish that focus on frequently asked questions ...

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Watch Our Newest Featured Video “Toxicity Today”

In “Toxicity Today” viewers will enjoy a comic taste of the “sometimes not poisonous and sometimes very poisonous” Botox® and the not always as safe as you think overconsumption of water – brought to you by the Toxicology Education Foundation (toxedfoundation.org), a resource for information about chemicals in our world and tips for how we can evaluate health risks while reaping the benefits of medicines and other chemicals. To learn more about Botulinum Toxin and Botox®, Water Intoxication (dilutional hyponatremia), Basics of Dose and Exposure, and Hazard ...

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Toxicology in the Classroom

This program has evolved with the changing times.   Currently TEF identifies our own Tox Topics aimed primarily at a general public audience that teachers may also find useful (see the Suitable for Classroom tab within Educational Resources).   Initially this program was able to provide professional development opportunities and disseminate quality curricula developed by others to teachers throughout the United States to support science education reform and increase toxicology literacy.    TEF is pleased to have contributed in the past to the following organizations ...

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“Is it Safe?” Written Primer

TEF has produced a written primer to stand alone or work in conjunction with "Is It Safe?"to educate the public on the safe use of chemicals. We aim to distribute these materials to groups who will benefit from the knowledge we can provide. The materials will also help toxicologists give presentations to the general public.      

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is it safe?

“Is It Safe?” is a free educational video created by TEF with a video production company.   “Is It Safe?”  has been widely distributed to scientists and lay people educating society about public health.   It is also currently available on this website in Spanish and in English with Japanese subtitles. With additional funding, extension of the "Is It Safe?" messages to all major languages to make it accessible to audiences worldwide is one of TEF's goals.   This initiative, co-funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences ...

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