International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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Dr James Brydon Ideas Activities
  • Director, retired, Environmental Protection Service, Environment Canada
    Ottawa, ON K2A 2G3, Canada
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    Tel 1 613 722 9842
  • Sector:

    Research Laboratories
  • Organizations:

    Environmental Protection Service, Environment Canada
    Division of Chemical Safety, Environment Directorate, OECD, Paris
  • IYC Interests:

    Increase the public appreciation and understanding of chemistry
    Encourage interest of young people in chemistry
    Celebrate the role of women in chemistry
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Throughout my fifty-year professional career in chemistry, I have emphasized two main thrusts in my work and in the devotion of my mental energy.

One was research into the chemistry of the materials and processes and the promotion of chemistry in assessing activities that are beneficial to mankind. This was part of my 20 years involvement in agronomy, soil science and geochemistry with the Canadian Department of Agriculture, leading to over 40 research papers.

My second career was as an administrator concerned the hazards of chemicals to human health and the natural environment and their safe management and control. My first phase, with Environment Canada, involved the development of Canadian legislation for the control of chemicals which pose threats to human health and the natural environment, and management of the implementation of that legislation. My second phase, Head of the OECD Division on Chemical Safety in Paris, France, involved the development of harmonized or OECD-wide compatible chemical control policies, risk assessment methods and test methods for the various toxicity end-points.

In my third phase, after reting from OECD, I served as Environment Canada's negotiator on a UN project to develop a globally harmonized classification system for toxic chemicals. This System, based on and incorporating much of the OECD work on the toxicity end-points, has been adopted by the UN and is in use by a substantial number of UN countries globally..

JEBrydon, April 26, 2011