N. Irving Sax and Richard J. Lewis Sr.
Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., New York,
1987.1,096 pp. $69.95.

Hazardous materials reference works generally fall into two categories—limited or intricately detailed, say the authors of the new Hazardous Chemicals Desk Reference. They claim to have alleviated the problem by producing a moderately sized resource that is ideal for ready use by those working with or evaluating the hazards of chemicals. After close examination, it appears that they have done just that.

The book is divided into two main sections. The first consists of five highly concise chapters written by authorities on safe storage and handling of chemicals, respirators, protective clothing, fire protection and first aid in the work- place. Each chapter ends with a list of resources that contains more detailed information.

The authors note that these chapters are intended to provide guidelines for persons responsible for maintaining...

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