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ATSDR Releases New Dose Calculator And Site Tool


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

ATLANTA—The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) announced today the immediate availability of the ATSDR Dose Calculator and ATSDR Brownfields and Land Reuse Site Tool. The free resources offer tools for assessing the risks of chemical exposures at specific hazardous sites.

The ATSDR Dose Calculator can be used to compute the amount of a toxic substance (dose) to which an individual may be exposed. Users enter information about route of exposure—air, soil, water, fish consumption—and can customize exposure parameters, including age, quantity of soil/water/fish ingested, and duration of exposure (days).

The ATSDR Brownfield and Land Reuse Site Tool includes a “how to” guide for conducting a site visit. It also allows users to:

  • Screen for multiple chemical exposures simply and rapidly,
  • Assess sites by past/future use, institutional controls, sensitive populations, and suspected or confirmed contamination, and
  • Create a list of sites that are potentially contaminated.

The tools were developed after a survey of local, state, and tribal health departments.

“We’re pleased to respond to local health departments’ request for a system that develops a detailed site inventory, documents site characteristics and concerns, and offers the ability to calculate exposure doses from known measures of contamination,” said CAPT Gary Perlman, environmental health officer, Division of Community Health Investigations.

In addition to local, state and tribal health departments, the ATSDR Dose Calculator and Site Tool also are expected to be used by:

  • Development communities
  • Regulatory agencies
  • Planners
  • Environmental health professionals

To learn about ATSDR’s Brownfield/Land Reuse Health Initiative, visit:
www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/brownfields/

To download the ATSDR Site Tool, go to:
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/brownfields/site_inventory.html

To download the ATSDR Dose Calculator, go to:
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/brownfields/dose_calculator.html

For more information, call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) or email atsdr.landreuse@cdc.gov.

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ATSDR, a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, evaluates the potential for adverse human health effects of exposure to hazardous substances in the environment.

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