Special Issue "Chemical Exposures and Public Health Interventions"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Toxicology and Public Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2022.
Interests: toxicology; toxicokinetics; analytical chemistry; human biomonitoring
The global development, distribution and use of chemicals continues to increase annually, with thousands, including toxic industrial chemicals, being manufactured and distributed in excess of one metric tonne annually. According to the Chemical Abstract Service (CAS, under the American Chemical Society) the number of unique inorganic and organic substances has more than doubled in the last six years to more than 126 million. Accompanying these increases in manufacture and distribution is an increasing risk of a chemical incident leading to human exposure and to injury from hazardous chemicals. A chemical incident is defined as “an unexpected, uncontrolled release of a chemical from its containment”. Chemical incidents may be caused by accidental (e.g., chemical spillages, fires) or deliberate (e.g., terrorist) factors. Globally, there are multiple chemical incidents involving the exposure, or potential exposure of tens of thousands of people every year. Recent accidents including the 2020 and 2015 port explosions in Beirut and Tianjin accompanied by an alarming rise in the criminal dumping of chemical waste and deliberate use of chemical agents including acid attacks, Sarin in Syria, VX in Malaysia and Novichok in the United Kingdom and Russia all highlight the ever-present threat from chemical incidents.
This special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) focuses on the assessment of chemical incident exposures and public health interventions. We welcome papers from scientists, practitioners and policy makers dealing with novel and emerging chemical risks, the impacts of chemical incidents, mechanisms of exposure, uptake, harm, public health interventions (operational and policy-based), emergency (prehospital) interventions (e.g. decontamination) and cost benefit/health economic analyses of interventions. Other manuscript types accepted include methodological papers (in vitro, in vivo and ex vivo), position papers, brief reports, and commentaries.
Dr. Tim Marczylo
Dr. Samuel Collins
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Novel and emerging threats
- Chemical incident
- Exposure assessment
- Mechanism of exposure
- Health impact
- Emergency management
- Health economics