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.
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services Right to Know Program provides online access to hundreds of chemical fact sheets. Information on each fact sheet includes: identification, hazard summary, how to determine exposure, workplace exposure limits, ways of reducing exposure, acute and chronic health hazard information, workplace controls and practices, personal protective equipment, safe handling and storage, definitions of terms, information on flammability and reactivity, and recommended first aid practices.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is entrusted with overseeing worker protection and enforcement of workplace standards. Web site offers information and links on programs and services, compliance assistance, standards, and technical information.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Referral Service
Referral service concerning occupational safety and health complaints and emergencies. Call with life threatening emergencies.
Office of Environmental Justice Small Grants Program
(202) 564-2515, (800) 962-6215
Grants to fund Environmental Justice projects by community-based organizations.
Organization of Teratology and Information Services maintains pregnancy and environmental hot lines throughout the country to answer questions regarding prenatal exposures. Centers and hot lines can be found on their website.
Our Stolen Future The book Our Stolen Future brought world-wide attention to scientific discoveries about endocrine disruption and the fact that common contaminants can interfere with the natural signals controlling development of the fetus. This website tracks the most recent developments. Our Stolen Future is hosted by Environmental Health Sciences, a not-for-profit organization founded in 2002 to help increase public understanding of emerging scientific links between environmental exposures and human health. EHS publishes 2 other websites - http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ is a resource for new news, science and reports on environmental health and is an easy-to-use and powerful search engine. http://www.protectingourhealth.org/ (in partnership with the Collaborative for Health and the Environment - CHE) is an archive of science content from CHE.
Pesticide Action Network of North America (PANNA) advocates the adoption of ecologically sound practices as an alternative to pesticide use. With other groups, it promotes sustainable agriculture, food security, and social justice. In addition to action alerts, connections to other organizations, fact sheets, and reports, the PESTIS database is available to search online for information on specific pesticides and alternatives. Another feature maintained is the PANNA Pesticides and Children Web Page that offers links to information and resources regarding children's unique vulnerability to pesticides.
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) is a leading public policy organization with over 30,000 members representing the medical and public health professions and concerned citizens, working together for nuclear disarmament, a healthful environment, and an end to gun violence. PSR is the United States Affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. PSR has mobilized an Environment and Health Network that links activists and issue experts around the world to address serious environmental threats to human survival. The national PSR website has information for the public and providers on topics of medical waste, persistent toxic pollutants, health effects of global climate change, incineration and dioxin, pesticides, safe food and drinking water, clean air and water, and children's environmental health.
- Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility (GBPSR) is a regional affiliate of PSR. GBPSR has over 1000 members in Eastern Massachusetts who individually and collectively work on a variety of issues relating to human and ecosystem health, including environmental pollution and degradation, quality and access to health care, energy security, community and personal violence, and social justice and human rights. GBPSR’s Human Health and the Environment Project (HHEP) has been a leading voice nationally on public health issues relating to children’s health and the environment, including noted programs Generations at Risk: Reproductive Health and the Environment, In Harm’s Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development, and the Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit, endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Oregon Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility’s mission is to help create a peaceful world, eliminate nuclear weapons, achieve a healthy and sustainable environment, and reduce violence and its causes. Oregon PSR works with health professionals to educate colleagues through its In Harm’s Way program about linkages between environmental toxins and child development, and by coordinating with other organizations to reduce the use and release of toxic substances in Oregon. The Campaign for Safe Food project of Oregon PSR works to advance the establishment of an agricultural system and food supply in Oregon that does not use genetically engineered organisms, by focusing on limiting biopharmaceutical crops and recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST) in dairy products.
- San Francisco Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility (SF PSR) is a regional affiliate of PSR that strives to protect public health and the environment, with a focus on populations disproportionately affected by environmental hazards, particularly children. We work to reduce toxic hazards at health care facilities by supporting an end to mercury and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic use, and provide education on environmental health issues to health providers. SF PSR brings a powerful, scientifically credible, and widely respected message to the public about environmental health concerns. SF PSR also works with the health care community to assess current hospital food procurement practices and to examine alternative food purchasing strategies to bring healthier, more sustainably grown foods to the hospital setting.
- Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility (WPSR) is a regional affiliate of PSR that works to engage the community to create a healthy, peaceful and sustainable world. Our efforts to improve environmental and human health focus on eliminating persistent toxic chemicals, and on protecting children’s health and futures from toxic exposures. WPSR works with health providers to phase out PVC medical devices containing DEHP, and provides In Harm’s Way presentations to health professionals as part of its efforts to protect children from preventable sources of harm.
Preventing Harm is a project of the Clean Water Fund to increase awareness of how learning and behavioral developmental disabilities may be related to toxics in air, water or food. This site is geared towards parents and parents-to-be, physicians and health care professionals, educators, and environmentalists working together to learn more, find resources, share what we learn, and take family and community action to protect children from environmental harm during vulnerable periods of development.