What is Toxicology?
Toxicology combines the elements of biology and chemistry with many
other disciplines to help us understand the effects of chemicals on
- Develop new and better ways to determine the potential harmful
effects of chemical and physical agents and the amount that will
cause such effects. An essential part of this is to develop an
understanding of the basic molecular, biochemical and cellular
processes responsible for diseases caused by exposure to chemical
or physical substances.
- Design and carry out carefully controlled studies of specific
chemicals of social and economic importance to determine the
conditions under which they can be used safely (i.e.; have little
or no impact on human health or the environment).
- Assess the probability, or likelihood, that particular
chemicals, processes or situations present a significant risk to
human health and/or the environment, and assist in the
establishment of rules and regulations aimed at protecting and
preserving human health and the environment.