In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the potential health concerns associated with environmental chemical exposure. As a result, there is a rising interest in developing tools and methodologies to assist decision-makers in assessing and managing these risks. Toxicological data can be used to create “hazard indices” that can be used to compare the relative dangers caused by various compounds. The authors of this study employed this method to evaluate the relative risks caused by Oxybenzone, a chemical found in sunscreens and other personal care products. According to researchers, Oxybenzone has been linked to several health problems, including endocrine disruption, developmental damage, and cancer. Based on their research, they concluded that Oxybenzone poses a more significant risk to human health than other chemicals widely found in sunscreens and personal care products. This study shows how toxicological data may be utilized to create hazard indices that can help decision-makers understand the hazards presented by chemicals in the environment.
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