ATSDR’s Toxic Substances Portal
Toxicological resources are arranged by:
- Health effect – substances that may cause cancer and/or have effects on organ systems (e.g., cardiovascular or respiratory systems) and
- Chemical class – metals, pesticides and volatile organic compounds.
Toxicological resources are tailored by audience:
- Community members who seek simple but accurate information about chemicals and their health effects;
- Toxicological and public health professionals who want specific information about toxicity and associated health risk levels;
- Emergency responders, emergency department physicians and other professionals who manage sudden chemical exposure incidents;
- Healthcare providers who can use free evidence-based medical education courses addressing the clinical health effects of hazardous substances.
Toxicological resources are tailored by product:
- Toxicological Profiles (TP): detailed synthesis of the peer-reviewed scientific literature on the toxicological and adverse health effects of each substance;
- Public Health Statements (PHS): plain language summary overviews of each toxic substance profile, including exposure health effects;
- ToxFAQs: fact sheets written in plain language that answer the most frequently asked questions about a toxic substance and its health effects.
- Case Studies in Environmental Medicine (CSEM): self-instructional courses designed to teach primary care providers about hazardous substances and how to evaluate patients potentially exposed to them.