Toxicology is a scientific area of study concerned with the effects of chemicals and toxins on the environment and living organisms.
Toxicology experts may have a certain area of focus, such as but not limited to:
- The health issues related to toxic exposure in the workplace
- Chemical effects on humans
- The use of chemicals in pharmaceuticals
- Chemicals in drugs and alcohol
Toxicology is especially relevant in the industrial field, as the employees often handle hazardous materials and industrial chemicals.
In order to provide preventive measures for these employees, a toxicologist must assess the impact of these materials and determine how such measures should be implemented, such as:
- Using HAZMAT suits
- Proper ventilation to avoid air toxins
- Preventing contamination of the workplace to promote environmental health and safety
Determining the risk assessment in terms of chemical and toxic substances is an integral aspect of the industrial field and crucial to the safety of its employees.
Forensic toxicology is a specialty within the field that investigates toxic-related drug and substance abuse, poisoning, and death, while often utilizing the study of pharmacology.
This form of study can be especially relevant to litigation, as a poison-related death may be the subject of a legal investigation and litigation.
A toxicology expert witness should be well-versed in all of these subjects.
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