Environmental Exposures and Cancer Risk

Between September 2008 and January 2009, an advisory panel set up within the National Cancer Institute look at the potential effects of environmental exposures on cancer in our community. The Panel consists of three members appointed by the US President, who by virtue of their training, experience, and background are exceptionally qualified to appraise the National Cancer Program. At least two members of the Panel are distinguished scientists or physicians.

This is the 240 pages report submitted in April 2010 by President’s Cancer Panel warning that “the true burden of environmentally induced cancers has been grossly underestimated” and urging steps be taken to reduce people’s broad exposure to carcinogens. It is worth the read for anyone who is interested in preventing cancer and in preserving the continuation of the human race. This report recommends several practices to reduce environmental exposure in our everyday lives. We highlight some of the points and issues raised in this report as we have already previously emphasised these in our book “Is Your Food Killing You?”

Research on environmental causes of cancer has been limited by low priority and inadequate funding and there is a lack of emphasis on environmental research as a route to primary cancer prevention, particularly compared with research emphases on genetic and molecular mechanisms in cancer. This report states that “Efforts to identify, quantify, and control environmental exposures that raise cancer risk, including both single agents and combinations of exposures, have been complicated by the use of different measures, exposure limits, assessment processes, and classification structures across agencies in the U.S. and among nations. In addition, efforts have been compromised by a lack of effective measurement methods and tools.” Current toxicity testing relies heavily on animal studies that utilize doses substantially higher than those likely to be encountered by humans and fails to take into account harmful effects that may occur only at very low doses especially to developing foetuses and during childhood. This category is more vulnerable than adults to increased cancer risk and other adverse effects from virtually all harmful environmental exposures. In addition, a potential agent is tested singly rather than in combination with other potential environmental agents making the results weak, flawed, or uncorroborated. Environmental carcinogens are everywhere; in our soil, air, water, and numerous consumer products. Continue reading “Environmental Exposures and Cancer Risk”

Ways To Succeed With Safety Health And Environmental Management

Environmental and health management should be emphasized most especially if it is related to work. There are lots of ways to keep a company productive as ever. Organizations should know that there are different methods that can promote safety in a workplace. They just need to know the ways to succeed in terms of safety health and environmental management. Companies and the environment should coexist with one another in order to have the best results. Having a peaceful environment will greatly assist employees to become more efficient in their line of work.

These days, it is no surprise that companies with effective environmental and health management always attain success. They have rules and guidelines about environmental safety. Those guidelines should be flowed in order to get great outcome. Also, it will lessen any threats to human particularly towards their health. One of the most effective ways to have an efficient company is by dealing with the environment in the best way. There are different issues regarding the environment that must be addressed to help companies and organizations get the best results.

There are many factors that could affect the environment. Also, those factors will impose grave threat not only to the environment but to the health of the employees. Choosing the best way to help companies take care of their environment and workforce have to be considered. The use of products that may pose a potential danger to the environment should be avoided. Moreover, hazardous chemicals to both the environment and humans must not be used. There are natural ways that can be utilized as a substitute to chemical products that has a harmful effect. Continue reading “Ways To Succeed With Safety Health And Environmental Management”

Health Inspector Training Opens Door for Job Opportunities

Have you been considering pursuing a career in the health inspection industry? There are so many different job options in this field, including a health and safety specialist, an environmental health specialist, and so many more. The starting pay in this line of work is close to or slightly over $40,000, depending on the location and exact nature of the job. Perhaps the best thing about working in this field is job security. The job typically entails ensuring various organizations are up to par with compliance regulations on a local, state, or federal level, so as long as there are regulations, there is a need for inspectors. Before you can begin your career in this field, though, you will need to pursue health inspector training. Here is what you need to know:

Education
Not all jobs in the field require a specialized degree in hygiene, health physics or related fields like chemistry, engineering, and so forth. Some employers will certainly require degrees such as this, but if you are scanning the job opportunities online and come across this requirement for some jobs, do not be alarmed if you don’t have a degree in the right field. There are many job opportunities that will accept health inspector training and certifications in the field in lieu of a full degree.

Certification
Whether you have a degree in a related field or not, many jobs will want you to take specialized health inspector training and have a certification in hand. Many of these certification can be earned by taking online courses from various institutions and organizations, and a quick Internet search can yield some great course options. Some of the topics covered in such courses may include management of hazardous materials, risk communication, and more. Keep in mind that while it is not required to be certified in an area, most companies look favorably on candidates who have a full certification in this area. Certifications in this industry are most commonly obtained through the American Board of Hygiene, the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, and the American Board of Health Physicists. Continue reading “Health Inspector Training Opens Door for Job Opportunities”