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ATSDR - Agency For Toxic Substances And Disease Registry


The Agency For Toxic Substances And Disease Registry, ATSDR, is a U.S. Federal agency. Their mission is to prevent exposure and adverse human health effects and diminished quality of life associated with exposure to hazardous substances from waste sites, unplanned releases, and other sources of pollution present in the environment.

ATSDR is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Additional Info

ASTDR has the following responsibilities:

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  1. Implement health-related provisions of CERCLA (The SuperFund Act). Specifically,
    1. Assess the presence and nature of health hazards at specific Superfund sites.
    2. Help prevent or reduce further exposure and the illnesses that result from such exposures.
    3. Expand the knowledge base about health effects from exposure to hazardous substances.
  2. Implement 1984 amendments to RCRA:
    1. Conduct public health assessments at RCRA sites, when requested by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), states, or individuals.
    2. Assist EPA in determining which substances should be regulated and the levels at which substances may pose a threat to human health.
  3. Enforce aspects of SARA:
    1. Additional responsibilities in the areas of public health assessments, establishment and maintenance of toxicologic databases, information dissemination, and medical education.

ATSDR maintains many resources that are of importance to those who work with hazardous substances. Here are some of the most important:

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SDS Relevance

ATSDR maintains information that may clarify, supplement, or extend the information found on Safety Data Sheets and is an excellent resource for those who wish to investigate further the nature and effects of a hazardous substance. Almost all of this information is available on the web, so be sure to take advantage of this resource!

Further Reading

See also: ACGIH, carcinogen

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