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"It is a book to read straight through or savor a section at a time, and belongs on the bookshelf of anyone interested in making a difference in the way we and future generations will live our lives in a world in which our health, and the environments, will no longer be endangered by potentially hazardous chemicals at any stage of their life cycle."
―Maurice Strong, From the Foreword

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Philip Wexler is a Technical Information Specialist at the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program. He is the federal liaison for the Toxicology Education Foundation and the World Library of Toxicology. He coordinates and manages NLM’s risk assessment information databases and online tools on the TOXNET system, and is project manager of the LactMed file on drugs and lactation. He is team leader for the development of the ToxLearn online tutorials, a joint activity with the U.S. Society of Toxicology (SOT). Formerly chair, for two years, of US Society of Toxicology’s (SOT) World Wide Web Advisory Team, he is President of the Society’s Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues Specialty Section. Mr. Wexler has co-organized the Toxicology History Room for a variety of professional meetings. He was a member of the Education and Communications Work Group of the CDC/ATSDR’s National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposure project. Mr. Wexler has published numerous papers on toxicology information and has lectured and taught widely on the subject in the U.S. and abroad. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Toxicology, Second edition, 2005, with a third edition in progress, and Information Resources in Toxicology, 4th edition, 2009), both published by Elsevier Science. He is currently working on a major review article on toxicology informatics, for Critical Reviews in Toxicology. He is the recipient of the SOT’s 2010 Public Communications Award.

Jan van der Kolk (The Netherlands, 1945) has a background in chemistry and microbiology. He served as deputy director of Environmental Health in the Ministry of Environment of The Netherlands until 2005. Since, he has been working as an independent expert, under the company name Eco Conseil, mainly in the field of implementing International Environmental Agreements, mostly in countries in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. He has worked extensively with the European Union and most international organizations that have programmes for the sound management of chemicals and pesticides. He was one of the founding fathers of UNEP Chemicals. He has been chair of the Codex Committee on Pesticides Residues, under the Alimentarius Commission and of the Working Group on Pesticides of the OECD. He was an initiator of the review of the European Chemicals Management rules, which ultimately resulted in the REACH regulation. Learn more about Jan van der Kolk at his website.

Asish Mohapatra is a regional health risk assessment and toxicology specialist for the Contaminated Sites, Environmental Health Program, Health Canada (Alberta/Northern Region). He has 15 years experience in public and private sector in the areas of life sciences, environmental public health sciences, chemical and computational toxicology, health risk assessment and management, and environmental management. He has post graduate and pre-doctoral degrees in Life Sciences (toxicology) and Environmental Sciences (industrial toxicology and hemato-toxicology) respectively. He has extensively reviewed and analyzed projects on chemical risk assessment and management, and numerous human health risk assessments and management projects. He has also reviewed several environmental impact assessment projects related to air, soil, and groundwater, biotic effects and community health assessment issues around residential, commercial, and industrial contaminated sites. Additionally, he has conducted critical reviews of air, water and soil toxicology, indoor and outdoor air quality health effects assessment and dynamics, and exposure analysis and health risks from everyday exposure to emerging physical, chemical, biological, and psychosocial stressors. He has conducted uncertainty analysis, quantitative risk assessment modelling, and toxicological evaluations of petroleum, chlorinated, and poly aromatic hydrocarbons. He has been evaluating existing and emerging tools and computational technologies to effectively use them to analyze, interpret, disseminate, and share toxicological and health risk assessment data from disparate sources under public health toxicology and risk assessment frameworks.

Ravi Agarwal is founder-director of Toxics Link, a key environmental NGO located in New Delhi and working on issues of chemical safety and waste for over 15 years. A Communications Engineer by training, he pioneered public advocacy based work in this area, after over 15 years of professional experience as an entrepreneur and engineer. He has been part of several policy and legislative processes in India as member of Standards Expert Groups on Biomedical Waste, Hazardous Waste technologies, Plastics Waste management, amongst others. He has lectured extensively on chemical safety issues besides helping in on the ground initiatives as well as the formulation of new policy. He has written widely on these issues, both in journals as well as in the popular media. Internationally he has worked closely with agencies like WHO and UNEP for initiatives on hazardous waste trade, mercury, technological options for biomedical waste treatment, and lead in paints. He has participated as an NGO representative in the formulation of several iternational multilateral treaty processes, including the Stockholm Convention on POPs, the Basel Convention, the SAICM process, as well as the ongoing intergovernmental negotiations for a Mercury Treaty. He is an Executive Board member of the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN), a global network with over 600 members mostly from the global south as its Treasurer, besides being a Steering Committee member, and has been a member of the Zero Mercury Working Group, Health Care Without Harm, and the Basel Action Network since their inception. He was the first India chair of the Global Greengrants Foundation, and initiated the Environmental Equity and Justice Partnership fund in India to support grassroots work on chemical safety. He was awarded the IFCS–WHO Special Recognition Award for Chemical Safety in 2008 and the Ashoka Fellowship in 1998.

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