Patty's industrial hygiene, 6th ed.; 4v.
Ed. by Vernon E. Rose and Barbara Cohrssen.

Chemists, engineers, toxicologists, and occupational safety personnel have been using Patty's since it was first published in 1948, each edition updated as the field rapidly expanded. This sixth edition continues the tradition, bringing material up to date since the fifth was published a decade ago. The four volumes are sold as a set or individually. The first, on hazard recognition, begins with two chapters offering a history and a rationale for the field. Following are 12 chapters on chemical agents, including coverage of absorption, distribution, and elimination of toxic materials; the problem of multiple chemical sensitivities; basic aerosol science; odors; biological monitoring of exposure; and sampling and analysis of gases and vapors; among other topics. The second volume covers evaluation and control and includes new chapters on recognition and evaluation of physical agents and biohazards such as bioaerosols, bloodborne pathogens, and mycobacteria communicable diseases. Volume 3 focuses on biohazards (control, occupational disease, airborne infectious diseases) and on physical agents (e.g. ionizing radiation, lasers, altered barometric pressure, vibration, cold and heat stress, and the past, present, and future of occupational ergonomics). The fourth volume is devoted to program management (occupational safety and health laws, international management, and product stewardship) and specialty areas of practice such as emergencies and disasters, hazardous wastes, indoor air quality, agricultural hygiene, fire safety, and litigation, among other topics. Each volume is indexed separately, and a cumulative index is included in volume 4. (2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR)

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