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January 3rd, 2011

EPA Gives Access to Chemical Health and Safety Databases

By Douglas Clark | Comments (1)
The EPA is now granting access to its new Chemical Data Access Tool, which will allow anyone to search health and safety data held by the Agency.

What's Now Available to Search

eDoc - The eDoc database includes a broad range of health and safety information reported by industry under TSCA Sections 4,5, 8(d), and 8(e). TSCATS - The TSCA Test Submissions (TSCATS) database is an online index to unpublished, nonconfidential studies covering chemical testing results and adverse effects of chemicals on health and ecological systems. HPVIS - The High Production Volume Information System (HPVIS) is a database that provides access to health and environmental effects information obtained through the High Production Volume (HPV) Challenge.
The databases have been made public as a commitment to increase access to and transparency in TSCA-related chemical information held by EPA and companies.  According to the EPA site, in some instances the search tool makes certain information accessible for the first time. The new tool will provide results for data currently in a searchable format. The amount of searchable data will increase over time as additional information is reported to the EPA electronically or is scanned from previously submitted documents. The EPA site also notes that if  results are not available through the new tool for a particular chemical, the results simply may not yet be in the repository. If you have questions or comments on the new search tool, you can contact Diane Sheridan.

How will access to these databases help you?

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One Response to “EPA Gives Access to Chemical Health and Safety Databases”

  1. ehorahan says:

    Its great that they made this available!

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