A large number of chemical compunds are constantly being introduced and produced, both to assist and ease modern human life. Among these chemicals, industrial compounds represent a particular fraction of chemicals which are not intended for use in biological systems, but to which humans may be accidently exposed, whether in the workplace, by product application, or via the environment. Industrial chemicals, as opposed to pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals, are in many cases subjected only to a very basic examination of handling safety, and may lack further toxicity testing. This implies that essentially nothing is known about their bioavailability, metabolism, excretion and toxicological properties, unless problems arise.; Covering the investigation of industrial chemicals, this book focuses on their individual structure, biological fate, potential toxicity to mammals and the molecular mechanisms possibly underlying their adverse effects by highlighting the use and significance of experimental toxicology. Special emphasis is placed on mechanistic aspects in the safety assessment of industrial compounds, in addition to current regulatory and legal considerations.

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