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Environmental Health Resources
Adverse Effects of Chemicals on Human Health

This page contains electronic materials published by various institutions, which can be used as teaching resources. Some of the resources are general and some others specific to subjects presented in each PULSE unit.

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The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has been working hard since it was founded in 1872 to represent the companies that make the products that make modern life possible, while working to protect the environment, public health, and the security of our nation. Since Responsible Care® in 1988, ACC reduced emissions 75% and achieved a safety record more than 4.5 times better than the average for manufacturing. Read More Read more about ACC

Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) has artciles on adverse effects of chemicals on human health:
  • Understanding the Human Health Effects of Chemical Mixtures HTML / PDF
  • Chemical Mixtures: Considering the Evolution of Toxicology and Chemical Assessment HTML / PDF
  • Human Health and Chemical Mixtures: An Overview
  • Lessons Learned? Chemical Plant Safety Since Bhopal HTML / PDF
  • Biomonitoring of Chemical Exposure among New York City Firefighters Responding to the World Trade Center Fire and Collapse HTML / PDF
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    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission <http://www.nrc.gov/> (NRC) is an independent agency established by the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974 | Full-text Version PDF File of the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974 to regulate Nation's civilian use of byproduct, source, and special nuclear materials to ensure adequate protection of public health and safety, to promote the common defense and security, and to protect the environment. The NRC's regulatory mission covers three main areas: reactors, materials, and waste.

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    At the junction of two scientific disciplines, environmental toxicology and molecular biology, Dr. Ornella Selmin, PhD is investigating exactly why certain toxins damage organisms and what we might be able to do about it. Ornella’s focus is a chemical called Trichloroethylene or TCE, which is found everywhere. In her laboratory in the Department of Veterinary Science and Microbiology, Ornella is using a technique called micro-array analysis to get a series of snapshots showing how much each gene is working in the developing heart.

    Chemical Education Foundation
    Created by the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD), Chemical Education Foundation <http://www.chemed.org/> strives to provide communities with programs and publications that educate on the benefits of chemicals and chemistry education. These programs include a fun chemistry kit for grades K-8, an exciting academic chemistry competition and informative consumer and industry driven bulletins and the latest newsletter PDF File on You be the Chemist Newsletter - August 2006 that cover topics from chemicals in your home and proper paint use to classroom lab safety and industrial re-packaging. More resources for educators. phone 703-527-6223
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    Chemistry Teaching Resources <http://www.anachem.umu.se/eks/pointers.htm> is an attempt to present a comprehensive list of chemistry teaching resources on the Internet. You are invited to submit pages for indexing, as well as to correct errors you may find in the links.Learn more about: Courses and Tutorials Texts on the Web | Curriculum Material | Presentations, Journals, & Conferences On-Line | Safety and Environment | Textbooks and Publishers | Demonstrations and Experiments | Graphics and Visualizations

    Click to go to CSB Home Page The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the agency's board members are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The CSB conducts root cause investigations of chemical accidents at fixed industrial facilities. Root causes are usually deficiencies in safety management systems, but can be any factor that would have prevented the accident if that factor had not occurred.

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    In 1974, Congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act. This law requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to determine safe levels of chemicals in drinking water which do or may cause health problems. These non-enforceable levels, based solely on possible health risks and exposure, are called Maximum Contaminant Level Goals (MCLG). The MCLG for trichloroethylene has been set at zero because EPA believes this level of protection would not cause any of the potential health problems noted within this site.

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    Trichloroethylene <http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/tfacts19.html> is a colorless liquid which is used as a solvent for cleaning metal parts. Drinking or breathing high levels of trichloroethylene may cause nervous system effects, liver and lung damage, abnormal heartbeat, coma, and possibly death. Case Studies in Environmental Medicine (TCE) PDF File on Case Studies in Environmental Medicine (Trichloroethylene) | Fact Sheet PDF File on ATSDR Fact Sheet on trichloroethylene and the harmful health effects it may cause. | En Español

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    Contents on this webpage were developed by Stephanie Nardei Outreach Information Specialist, Center of Toxicology, Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center, University of Arizona.

    PULSE is a project of the Community Outreach and Education Program of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center and is funded by:

    NIH/NCRR award #16260-01A1
    The Community Outreach and Education Program is part of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center: an NIEHS Award


    Supported by NIEHS grant # ES06694

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