Environmental, health and safety databases

environmental, health and safetyEnvironmental, health and safety databases – the top 12

Whether composing a material safety data sheet, evaluating a potent compound, or performing industrial hygiene work; here are the twelve environmental, health and safety toxicology and regulatory databases that all environmental, health and safety professionals should have bookmarked:

Toxnet – this is a good place to start.  Toxnet is actually a collection of databases.  Ones that are critical to environmental, health and safety include the hazardous substance data bank, ChemIDPlus, GeneTox, IRIS, and CCRIS.

EPA Actor – pulls information in from a variety of databases for over 500,000 chemicals.

NIOSH Pocket Guide – Provides general industrial hygiene information on several hundred chemicals/substances.

National Toxicology Program – 12th Annual Report on Carcinogens – The report identifies agents, substances, mixtures, and exposure circumstances that are known or reasonably anticipated to cause cancer in humans.

IARC List of Carcinogens – The IARC Monographs identify environmental factors that can increase the risk of human cancer. These include chemicals, complex mixtures, occupational exposures, physical agents, biological agents, and lifestyle factors. National health agencies can use this information as scientific support for their actions to prevent exposure to potential carcinogens.

EPA List of Lists – provides a laundry list of chemicals and what environmental laws that they are regulated under.  Laws include TRI 313, CERCLA RQ, CAA 112(r), and several others.

OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit List – contains a listing of 29 CFR 1910.1000 Table Z-1 permissible exposure limits.

Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs) – This is the list of workplace exposure limits that have been approved by the Health and Safety Commission in the United Kingdom.

TSCA Inventory – provides a search of the toxic substance control database.

European Chemical Substance Information System – similar to TSCA, but for the European Union.

Canadian Domestic Substance List – similar to TSCA, but for Canada.

California Proposition 65 List – Chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer or reproductive harm.

Being able to quickly navigate through the above databases is a key skill for any environmental, health and safety professional.


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