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A common thread in these articles is the need to better communicate hazards to communities and individuals. Check out the following books if you want to improve your knowledge of hazardous materials and risk communication.

Hazardous Materials Chemistry

Armando Bevelacqua (2001)

For the individual who responds to hazardous materials incidents, an understanding of the chemicals involved and the possible outcomes is critical. Hazardous Materials Chemistry covers the basic concepts of chemistry, emphasizing the decision-making process. It gives the hazmat practitioner a non-threatening way to learn basic chemistry and toxicology. This book goes beyond traditional U.S. Department of Transportation hazardous materials classes by covering the names of chemical families, the general categorical hazards they pose, and their incompatibilities. It also offers safety tips, notes, and caution bars; Review questions are included at the end of each section so that readers can work through information in an organized fashion with plenty of feedback. A glossary and index provide for easy cross-referencing.

224 pages, softcover. Member: $42.95. Nonmember: $51.95. Catalog #1042.

Guide to Hazardous Materials and Waste Management

Jon Kindschy, Marilyn Kraft, and Molly Carpenter (1997)

This handy guide, written for students and professionals, provides information on

* the chemical properties of hazardous materials and wastes;

* the legal requirements for their handling, storage, transportation, and disposal; and

* the "nuts and bolts" of managing these materials effectively for the protection of employees, facilities, and communities.

Adapted from a popular course that has trained hundreds of environmental managers over the years, Guide to Hazardous Materials and Waste Management focuses on the three Rs of hazardous materials and environmental management: risk, regulation, and responsibility. This reference is a valuable resource for corporate employees with environmental and health and safety responsibilities; practicing attorneys, engineers, and environmental health specialists who seek an overview of the subject; and students and laypeople with a general interest in hazardous materials and their management.

344 pages, softcover. Member: $50. Nonmember: $58. Catalog #629.

Risk Communication (2nd Edition)

Regina Lundgren and Andrea McMakin (1998)

Communication must be targeted, understandable, and effective without inadvertently provoking hostility and mistrust. This handbook of strategies and guidance for conveying risk information is a valuable resource for managers, scientists, engineers, health care professionals, students, communication specialists, agency representatives, and consultants.

In the second edition, readers get the latest updates on pertinent topics--including current laws, computer applications, stakeholder participation methods, and methods of evaluating effectiveness. All-new sections explain how to work with the media and represent risks pictorially.

342 pages, softcover. Member: $29.95. Nonmember: $34.50. Catalog #597.

Risk Communication and Public Health

Edited by Peter Bennett and Kenneth Calman (1999)

Controversies about risks to public health--including risks related to food safety, environmental issues, medical interventions, and lifestyle--regularly hit the news. To those trying to manage or regulate risks, public reactions can seem bizarre and may appear to be exacerbated by the media; to the public, the behavior of those supposedly "in charge" can seem secretive and confusing.

Risk Communication and Public Health brings together perspectives on risk communication from the health professions, campaigning organizations, government and its advisory committees, academia, consultancies, and think tanks. The book should be of interest not only to those involved in risk assessment and risk communication, but also to anyone interested in the role of science and the media in the political process.

272 pages, hardcover. Member: $48.50. Nonmember: $56.50. Catalog #965.

Library Corner is designed to supplement the articles in each issue by describing additional information resources pertaining to featured topics. If a particular Journal article piques your interest, check the Library Corner--more information may be available. For your convenience, the sources cited in Library Corner will be available for purchase through NEHA.
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Title Annotation:Library Corner; Risk Communication and Public Health; Risk Communication (2nd Edition); Guide to Hazardous Materials and Waste Management; Hazardous Materials Chemistry
Publication:Journal of Environmental Health
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Dec 1, 2004
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