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ToxFAQs: Information on Toxic Substances

Answers are provided to the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about exposure to hazardous substances found around hazardous waste sites and the effects of exposure on human health.

Review Date: January 10, 2013

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Information Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Mercury: Information for Consumers

Mercury is contained in some of the fish we eat and products we use. Learn about sources of mercury exposure, potential health effects, and ways to reduce your exposure to mercury.

Review Date: January 10, 2013

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Asbestos Exposure and Cancer Risk

A fact sheet about asbestos, asbestos-related diseases, and information on how workers can protect themselves from asbestos exposure.

Review Date: January 10, 2013

NIH National Cancer Institute

Bisphenol A (BPA)

Bisphenol A or BPA may interfere with the production or activity of hormones in the human endocrine system. You can be exposed to BPA if you use plastic food containers, canned foods, water or baby bottles, reusable cups, and other consumer products that are made with BPA.

Review Date: January 11, 2013

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

Cancer: Inside and Outside Factors

Learn about the connection between cancer and exposure to toxic substances in the environment and ways to reduce the risk of developing cancer.

Review Date: January 11, 2013

NIH National Cancer Institute

Chemical Sensitivities

Chemical and other environmental sensitivities may be the cause of adverse health effects that are difficult to identify. This document reviews four types of chemical sensitivities and the impact pollution may have on your health.

Review Date: January 11, 2013

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Dioxins and Their Effects on Human Health

Dioxins concern us because of their highly toxic potential. In the environment, dioxins tend to accumulate in the food chain. Learn how you can reduce the risk of exposure to dioxin compounds.

Review Date: January 11, 2013

World Health Organization

EnviroMapper

This interactive web site allows users to view and query several types of environmental information, including drinking water, toxic and air releases, hazardous waste, water discharge permits, and Superfund sites. EnviroMapper also links to text reports.

Review Date: January 11, 2013

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Mobile Applications

Find links to mobile apps on environmental health issues, including: air quality, Energy Star rebates, insect repellants, UV radiation levels, waste reduction, recycling, and more.

Review Date: January 11, 2013

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is found in the air at home, at work, and outdoors, especially in smog. It is also found in some foods. Learn how formaldehyde can affect your health and what you can do to reduce exposure to the compound.

Review Date: January 11, 2013

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

Formaldehyde: ToxFAQs

Everyone is exposed to small amounts of formaldehyde in air and some foods and products. Learn how formaldehyde can harm your health.

Review Date: January 11, 2013

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Information Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Health Effects of Exposure to Substances and Carcinogens

This article provides an overview of the organ systems of the human body, and a list of substances that can harm each system.

Review Date: January 11, 2013

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Information Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Safe Needle Disposal by State

Improper management of discarded needles and other sharps can pose a public health risk. Find safe disposal options in your state.

Review Date: January 11, 2013

Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal

Tampons and Asbestos, Dioxin, & Toxic Shock Syndrome

The FDA regulates the safety and effectiveness of medical devices, including tampons. Recently it has come to the agency's attention that allegations about tampons are being spread over the Internet. The available scientific evidence does not support these rumors.

Review Date: December 31, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Tox Town: Environmental Health Concerns and Toxic Chemicals Where You Live, Work, and Play

An introduction to toxic chemicals and environmental health risks you might encounter in everyday life, in everyday places.

Review Date: January 11, 2013

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

ToxFAQs™: Asbestos

This fact sheet answers the most frequently asked health questions about asbestos. For more information, you may call the ATSDR Information Center at 1-888-422-8737.

Review Date: January 11, 2013

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Information Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Toxic Chemicals in Your Home

Children are often more vulnerable than adults to the harmful effects of chemical pollutants because they are growing and developing rapidly. Childhood exposure to toxins can cause serious health damage to an individual later in life.

Review Date: January 11, 2013

Children's Environmental Health Network

Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program

TRI is a database containing data on disposal or other releases of over 650 toxic chemicals from thousands of U.S. facilities and information about how facilities manage those chemicals. For information about TRI chemical releases in your neighborhood, enter your zip code.

Review Date: October 07, 2014

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency