All About ATSDR
This fact sheet outlines the activities that ATSDR does in a community that may be exposed to hazardous substances. Included are: how the Agency becomes involved with a site, how our role in helping communities is different from EPA's role, what the Agency cannot do to help a community, and more.
This Fact Sheet answers questions about chemical exposures.
Public Health Hazard Categories
Depending on the specific properties of the contaminant, the exposure situations, and the health status of individuals, a public health hazard may occur.
Public Health Advisories
This fact sheet answers questions about what an advisory is and what happens after.
An ATSDR Health Consultation is not the same thing as a medical exam, a community health study, or a Public Health Assessment.
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act provides for the Administrator of ATSDR to initiate a health surveillance program for populations at significant increased risk of adverse health effects as a result of exposure to hazardous substances released from a facility. This special program is called medical monitoring.
Public Health Assessment
ATSDR Public Health Assessment reviews available information about hazardous substances at a site and evaluates whether exposure to them might cause any harm to people.