Getting Familiar with the Site

This section describes the steps for gathering pertinent site information during the PHA process. It describes the types of information you will need to collect and available resources for gathering this information.

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ATSDR PHAT, Module 3
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Refer to Module 3, Site Information and Data Gathering, in ATSDR’s Public Health Assessment Training (PHAT) course. Learn about the PHA process and ATSDR’s responsibilities in this training module. The link below will take you to the module’s registration page in CDC TRAIN.


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Find detailed summaries of the types of data you need to gather during the PHA process.

Use a Site Information Checklist [PDF – 853 KB] to help you during the PHA process.

Find an example site summary table to help you record important information from your site visit.

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Find resources to help you gather information throughout the PHA process.