On September 13, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will give almost $11 million in grants to eight universities through its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program. The funds will be used to develop quick, accurate methods to assess how toxic a chemical is to the public and the environment.
These new test methods are being developed to determine the possibility of a chemical causing reproductive and developmental problems and if these toxic chemicals could affect the endocrine system.
"These projects highlight EPA’s commitment to protecting people’s health and the environment by developing innovative methods that are on the cutting edge of chemical toxicity research," said Lek Kadeli, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development.
STAR grants are awarded for research on a variety of health effect topics, including particulate matter, drinking water, global change, pollution prevention, and others. The EPA stated, "There are currently thousands of chemicals in use and hundreds more introduced every year." The STAR research helps advance the EPA's research programs and programs of their partners in other U.S. agencies.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published standards to ensure worker safety when exposed to hazardous chemicals in a laboratory setting. Equip your employees with appropriate safety products, such as gloves, safety glasses, respiratory protection, and protective clothing.