Frequent Questions

Where can I get information about the health effects of chemicals?

Health or safety information on a variety of chemicals and/or pesticides is available from the EPA sources listed below:

Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) identifies and characterizes the health hazards of chemicals found in the environment. Each IRIS assessment can cover a chemical, a group of related chemicals, or a complex mixture.

Health Effects Notebook for Hazardous Air Pollutants Facts Sheets describe the effects on human health of substances that are defined as hazardous by the 1990 amendments of the Clean Air Act.

Aggregated Computational Toxicology Resource (ACToR) is EPA's online warehouse of all publicly available chemical toxicity data and can be used to find all publicly available data about potential chemical risks to human health and the environment.

ToxCast - EPA's Toxicity Forecaster (ToxCast) generates data and predictive models on thousands of chemicals of interest to the EPA.

Drinking Water Contaminants – Standards and Regulations - The EPA identifies contaminants to regulate in drinking water. The Agency sets regulatory limits for the amounts of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.

Here are some non-EPA government resources which can also provide assistance:

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