What counts as a toxic substance? The resources below link to definitions as well as information about the chemicals-- their effect on health as well as the environment.
But, do you know which facilities in your area create or import toxic substances as defined by the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)?
Use the site on the right to enter your location to find out.
ITER contains data in support of human health risk assessments. It is compiled by Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA) and contains data from CDC/ATSDR, Health Canada, RIVM, U.S. EPA, IARC, NSF International and independent parties offering peer-reviewed risk values.
The next few items are all found on the Toxic Substances Portal but tend to be more appropriate for environmental health specialists or those with a more robust chemical knowledge set.
The following items can also be found on the Toxic Substances Portal but these have been developed for the lay person. They tend to not be as dense as the above items.
The following report is Congressionally mandated and is regularly updated.
The Immediately dangerous to life or health air concentration values (IDLH values) developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) characterize high-risk exposure concentrations and conditions, and are used as a component of respirator selection criteria.
The US Environmental Protection Agency provides health and environmental information on specific chemicals found as a result of base closures, during Superfund clean-ups, and/or related to Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
New Jersey is the home of many petrochemical plants. The Right to Know Hazardous Substance Facts Sheets have been developed for the consumer.
The National Library of Medicine (part of the National Institutes of Health) has developed a strong collection of resources that focus on the effects of chemicals on our health.
Haz-Map® is an occupational health database designed for health and safety professionals and for consumers seeking information about the adverse effects of workplace exposures to chemical and biological agents. The main links in Haz-Map are between chemicals and occupational diseases. These links have been established using current scientific evidence.
Haz-Map shows the diseases linked to each agent and the agents linked to each disease. Agents are chemical such as formaldehyde, or biological such as grain dust. Haz-Map links jobs and hazardous job tasks with occupational diseases and their symptoms.
In Haz-Map, chronic occupational diseases are linked to both jobs and industries, while acute diseases and infectious diseases are linked only to jobs. Cancers are not linked to jobs, industries or findings.
The information in Haz-Map comes from textbooks, journal articles, the Documentation of the Threshold Limit Values (published by ACGIH), and electronic databases such as NLM's ChemIDplus. The author of Haz-Map is Jay A. Brown, MD, MPH, Board Certified in Occupational Medicine.
Disclosing chemical ingredients in products provides essential information throughout the supply chain from raw material supplier to consumers. Information about the ingredients of products and their health effects allow consumers to make better informed choices. The development of this database was initiated in 1994 by DeLima Associates of McLean, Virginia, USA in response to a need for a database (identified by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention), that related household product types, brand names, chemical constituents, health-related information (acute and chronic effects and target organs), and exposure minimization techniques. This database is currently supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Public Health Service, Department of Health & Human Services.
LiverTox® provides up-to-date, unbiased and easily accessed information on the diagnosis, cause, frequency, clinical patterns and management of liver injury attributable to prescription and nonprescription medications and selected herbal and dietary supplements. The LiverTox site is meant as a resource for both physicians and patients as well as for clinical academicians and researchers who specialize in idiosyncratic drug induced hepatotoxicity.