Material Safety Data Sheets are designed for workers and emergency personnel to provide guidance on proper procedures for handling and working with toxic substances. The sheets include physical data, toxicity, health effects, first aid, storage and disposal procedures, and more. Many sites on the Internet include MSDS.
Minnesota Department of Health has created a web site to improve access to information about children's environmental health. The site describes MDH programs and activities related to a variety of children's environmental health issues, including cancer surveillance, school indoor air quality, chemical exposures, health professional education and asthma. The site also provides information about practical steps to prevent and reduce children's exposures to common chemicals.
National Center for Environmental Health is part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), provides leadership to promote health and quality of life by preventing or controlling those diseases, birth defects, or disabilities resulting from interaction between people and the environment. Their site has information and education resources on a broad range of topics, including asthma, birth defects, radiation, sanitation, and lead in blood.
National Drinking Water Technical Assistance Unit, West Virginia University
(800) 624-8301, Option 3
Collects, develops, and provides information about drinking water issues.
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is one of the National Institutes of Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The mission of the NIEHS is to reduce the burden of human illness and disability by understanding how the environment influences the development and progression of human disease. To have the greatest impact on preventing disease and improving human health, the NIEHS focuses on basic science, disease-oriented research, global environmental health, and multidisciplinary training for researchers.
National Library of Medicine (NLM) hosts the Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program (TEHIP) which provides a wealth of health, toxicological, chemical, and chemical release information. TEHIP databases are available on the Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET), a free web-based search system. It is also a gateway to MEDLINE. Among the many databases available from Toxnet are:
- CCRIS (Chemical Carcinogenesis Research Information System) contains evaluated data and information, derived from bioassays on nearly 8,000 chemicals. Studies relate to carcinogens, mutagens, tumor promoters, cocarcinogens, metabolites and inhibitors of carcinogens.
- DART/ETIC (Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology/Environmental Teratology Information Center) is a bibliographic database covering teratology and developmental toxicology literature published since 1950.
- EMIC (Environmental Mutagen Information Center) are bibliographic databases covering agents tested for genotoxic activity in literature from 1965 to the present.
- GENE-TOX a data bank created by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with genetic toxicology test results on over 3,000 chemicals.
- TOXLINE a bibliographic database covering the biochemical, pharmacological, physiological, and toxicological effects of drugs and other chemicals. It contains over 2.5 million citations, almost all with abstracts and/or index terms and CAS Registry Numbers.
National Pesticide Information Center
National Safety Council's National Lead Information Center
Information, publications, referrals, and technical assistance in English or Spanish on lead-related issues.
National Technical Information Service (NTIS)
5285 Port Royal Road
Springfield, VA 22161
Title Identification Service / Document Ordering Service
To research a title or to order documents from government agencies.