Built and Synthetic Environment

Chemical Exposures: State Ideas for Safeguarding Health

Summary

  • Chemical Exposures: State Ideas for Safeguarding Health summarizes the results from a state needs assessment and main discussion points from the ASTHO state forum illustrating the perspectives from state health and environmental staff on the National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures.

    This report also outlines the highest priorities identified by the state health and environmental agencies for improving their ability to protect the public from harmful chemical exposures, as well as recommendations to the federal government for an improved chemical safety system.

    The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the Center for Disease Control's National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) launched the National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures in Washington D.C. on June 26, 2009. The project brings together federal, state, and local government agencies, professional organizations, tribal groups, community and nonprofit organizations, health professionals, business and industry, and members of the public to create a national action agenda. The vision of this initiative is to ensure that the U.S. use and manage chemicals in ways that are safe and healthy for all people.