Chemical Alert! A Community Action Handbook / Edition 1

Chemical Alert! A Community Action Handbook / Edition 1

by Marvin S. Legator
     
 

ISBN-10: 0292746768

ISBN-13: 9780292746763

Pub. Date: 01/01/1993

Publisher: University of Texas Press

In the 1978 Love Canal toxic waste crisis, concerned citizens "did a far better job of evaluating the health of the community than did the professionals of the New York Health Department," asserts Marvin Legator. In Chemical Alert! A Community Action Handbook, he and coeditor Sabrina Strawn offer a step-by-step guide that can be used by any lay person

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In the 1978 Love Canal toxic waste crisis, concerned citizens "did a far better job of evaluating the health of the community than did the professionals of the New York Health Department," asserts Marvin Legator. In Chemical Alert! A Community Action Handbook, he and coeditor Sabrina Strawn offer a step-by-step guide that can be used by any lay person or citizens' group to determine whether a health risk exists in their area.

Writing for the general reader with no scientific expertise, environmental, medical, and legal professionals instruct communities on the organizational and investigative techniques that will produce a valid, scientific case study. With these tools, citizens living near petrochemical plants or waste disposal areas—or who may have simply noticed a high incidence of certain health problems in their community—can determine for themselves whether a problem really exists and seek remediation. Given the reality that government agencies often lack the resources—or the will—to detect health hazards before they affect a community, an informed citizenry should be its own best environmental watchdog.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292746763
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
01/01/1993
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1You Can Do It Too: Identification of Health Hazards by Nonprofessionals1
2Join Together: Organizing Your Community7
3Do You Suspect a Problem? Known Exposures, Known Effects27
4What Are Appropriate Tests? Enhancing Health Care58
5What You Need to Know before You Start: Introduction to Experimental Design70
6What Information Do You Need? Questionnaire Design, Administration, and Limitations89
7How to Get the Information: The Questionnaire, Question Discussion, and Tabulation100
8Lots of Information: What to Do with It, Statistics for Nonstatisticians134
9Where Do You Go from Here? Exploring Options for Further Study and Further Action158
10What Kind of Evidence Do You Need? Legal Implications of Acute and Chronic Effects166
11Resource Guide183
Appendix: Rates of Cancer and Birth Defects205
References Cited in the Text and Additional Suggested Reading219
Index227

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