The TRI is a public database containing information on toxic
chemical releases and waste management activity reported annually by federal facilities and certain industries. TRI was established in 1986 and contains information on approximately
650 chemicals and chemical groups from almost 22,000 industrial facilities in the U.S.
For further information on TRI, visit www.epa.gov/tri.
EPA Opens Chemical Information Database
EPA recently released ToxRefDB, a database that allows the
public to search, compare and download thousands of toxicity
testing results on a range of chemicals. Users can query specific
chemicals and obtain all available data on public hazards, exposures and risk assessments, as well as subsequent, unpublished toxicity information.
ToxRefDB is part of the Aggregated Computational Toxicology Resource (ACToR), an online database that gathers information on several environmentally related chemicals from
approximately 500 public sources. ToxRefDB also connects
users to ToxCast, another EPA database that helps the public
understand and evaluate chemical hazards and exposures.
To access ToxRefDB, visit http://actor.epa.gov/toxrefdb/faces/
NIOSH Revamps Lead Exposure Prevention Web Page
In May, NIOSH redesigned and updated its Web page on work-related lead exposure prevention. The redesign includes links to
sections for workers, employers, researchers and those involved
in the public health industry. Additional links lead to resources
for lead safety training and medical guidelines, publications regarding workplace lead exposure, and other relevant sites.
To view the NIOSH lead web page, visit
New Memorial Honors Workers
On April 28, the National Labor College in Silver Spring, Md.,
unveiled a memorial commemorating workers who lost their
lives while on the job. Two hundred rail workers, miners and
post office employees were among those whose names were
etched into bricks at The National Workers Memorial.
Family members, friends and colleagues of the fallen workers
gathered on the National Labor College campus to witness the
unveiling and to honor those killed at their workplaces. The
rally was attended by OSHA Assistant Secretary David Michaels
and United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) President Cecil
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