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Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances (RTECS)

Definition

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Additional Info

RTECS was mandated by the same act that created the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). It was originally called the Toxic Substances List. RTECS data is obtained from the open scientific literature and maintained by NIOSH.

Unlike many other government databases, RTECS is only available from vendors (if you dislike this, which you should, consult your congressional representatives). NIOSH has additional info and a vendor list if you would like access to the database. That page is a bit out of date, with several of the vendors having undergone consolidation. We were unable to find any firm that publicly posts its current pricing.

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RTECS data can be used to help you construct a Safety Data Sheet. Six types of toxicity data are included in the file:

  1. primary irritation
  2. mutagenic effects
  3. reproductive effects
  4. tumorgenic effects
  5. acute toxicity
  6. other multiple dose toxicity, including LD50 and LC50 values.

Further Reading

See also: EPCRA and the hyperlinks above.

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