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Chemical Safety is achieved by undertaking all activities involving chemicals in such a way as to ensure the safety of human health and the environment. It covers all chemicals, natural and manufactured, and the full range of exposure situations from the natural presence of chemicals in the environment to their extraction or synthesis, industrial production, transport use and disposal.

Chemical safety has many scientific and technical components. Among these are toxicology, ecotoxicology and the process of chemical risk assessment which requires a detailed knowledge of exposure and of biological effects.

Reference: WHO http://www.who.int/topics/chemical_safety/en/

Press Releases: Chemical Safety

Agencies Join Forces to Inform and Educate on Avian Flu and Human Pandemic Risks in the Americas. PAHO HQ. July 24, 2006. Opening Remarks by Dr. Mirta Roses, Director of PAHO at the Interagency Avian and Pandemic Influenza Communication Meeting. PAHO HQ. Washington DC. (31/Jul/2006)

Almost a quarter of all disease caused by environmental exposure. As much as 24% of global disease is caused by environmental exposures which can be averted. Well-targeted interventions can prevent much of this environmental risk, the World Health Organization (WHO) demonstrates in a report issued today.

Woman feeding babyMother Support Maximizes Life-saving Benefits of Breastfeeding Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a child's life is the best and most cost-effective intervention to provide newborns with the nutrients they need, and to improve infant and children survival rates.

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