ACS AMA: Hi Reddit! I am Hans Plugge, a Senior Toxicologist with 3E Company, a regulatory sciences company in their Bethesda, MD office. You can ask me anything about regulatory toxicology, the science behind most environmental and occupational exposure scenarios.

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My dad has his PHD in Toxicology from Johns Hopkins.

He works on the environmental side of things. Growing up I was always hearing about his work, which eventually lead me to my job as a HazMat technician.

Do you feel that the average worker has a good understanding of the risk they might face in there workplace? I tend to notice I have coworkers who either completely go overboard on PPE, not understanding when the risks are properly contained, or are a little to lax in there usage for my taste.

With your research have you ever been placed in a situation where you felt at risk to any toxins or chemicals?

Do you have a morbid favorite toxin?

nimrod1109

PPE training is always the weak spot -- people are mostly not enthusiastic about "having" to wear stuff. Generally demonstrations of how well the equipment works and proper fitting of the right equipment helps some, but it is a struggle for IH personnel. -- HP


Hey there, I was just wondering how one gets into the field of Toxicology? What got you interested, and what's your favorite part of the job?

inspindawetrust

I got trained as a chemist - and after one masters degree wanted to apply this knowledge to something more practical than chemistry so I went for toxicology (funny: I still use my chemistry background every day). There is a wide variety of toxicology from forensic to very detailed molecular biology types of approaches. If you do commercial regulatory toxicology there is a wide variety of things that come your way which make the day less boring. -- HP


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