Project Details Toxicology in the Classroom II

Project No.:
2013-023-1-700
Start Date:
01 October 2013
End Date:
08 May 2018
Division Name:
Chemistry and Human Health Division
Division No.:
700

Objective

This new project is an extension of the earlier project 2004-045-1-700 ‘Training of School Children on Pesticides and Health’ which resulted in the production of training material consisting of several modules in a CD-ROM, booklet and flip charts for use in countries with differing levels of development. This material known as Toxicology in the classroom (Toxiclaro) was developed in a joint effort involving IUPAC, WHO, UNEP and the Universiti Sains Malaysia. It was pilot tested in both urban and rural schools in Argentina, Ghana and Malaysia.

The objective of this project is to produce a second version with new toxicological content that will pay particular attention to the understanding of chemical risks to human health and the environment. The project will strengthen the association of IUPAC with educational material relating to the safe use of chemicals.

Description

Project 2004-045-1-700 Training of School Children on Pesticides and Health resulted in the production of training material consisting of several modules in a CD-ROM, booklet and flip charts for use in countries with differing levels of development. This material known as Toxicology in the classroom (Toxiclaro) was developed in a joint effort involving IUPAC, WHO, UNEP and the Universiti Sains Malaysia. It was pilot tested in both urban and rural schools in Argentina, Ghana and Malaysia. Toxiclaro is currently available via the UNEP website at <https://www.unenvironment.org/explore-topics/chemicals-waste/what-we-do/emerging-issues/toxicology-classroom>.

Presentations on Toxiclaro were held during the annual congress of the Asia Pacific Association of Medical Toxicology in Chandigarh (2008) and Hong Kong (2012); Toxiclaro was also presented at the 2011 conference in Carpi/Italy of the Collegium Ramazzini. It won two awards (gold medal and special) at the Malaysia Technology Exposition in Kuala Lumpur in February 2013.

Review of the existing material will be undertaken at a task group meeting and proposed changes will be incorporated by an IT group at the Universiti Sains Malaysia. The revised version will be finalized at a second task group meeting and released in late 2014.

Progress

Sep 2014 – Project announcement published in Chem. Int. Sep-Oct 2014, p. 19; DOI: 10.1515/ci-2014-0521

Project terminated

Last update: 8 May 2018