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Chemical Exposure

Each year in the United States, many thousands of workers are made sick from chemical exposures, and the long-term effects of chemical exposures in the past are believed to cause as many as 50,000 deaths annually, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Over the years, NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP) staff and awardees have explored a variety of topics related to chemical hazards and risk, with a particular focus on protecting workers from exposure to hazardous chemicals through the use of effective training approaches. This page provides safety and health resources on issues such as chemical hazard identification and assessment, chemical safety and security, and chemical incident response.

For additional resources related to chemical emergency preparedness and response, please visit our Chemical and Biological Terrorism and All-Hazards Resources pages.

Training Resources

The National Clearinghouse creates training tools to aid in the development of awareness-level courses or other awareness-level materials. These tools provide health and safety guidance to those involved in disaster response and cleanup activities.

Chemical Incident Response Training Tool

WTP Awardee Resources

Other NIEHS Resources

WTP Technical Workshops

Federal Links and Documents

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB)

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM)

U.S. National Response Team (NRT)

State/Local Links and Documents

Please refer to your state or local emergency management agency website for additional guidance on chemical incident preparedness and response.

Other Links and Documents

Hazardous Substances/Toxicology Databases

Initiatives and Reports

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