Chemicals listed for the factory are only suggestions of what MIGHT be found in that location. They are listed to alert you to chemicals of concern and to encourage you to consider what might be in your workplace. These chemicals will usually be found in your industrial workplace only if you produce or use them at your site. It is important to know what chemicals you are exposed to at your workplace. Your employer, union and occupational health office can assist you in learning about workplace chemicals.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires employers to inform workers of the hazards and the identities of workplace chemicals to which they are exposed. The publication Chemical Hazard Communication gives an overview of employer's responsibilities.
Most industrial locations would have very few of the chemicals listed. It's not very likely that any real workplace would have every chemical.
The web sites listed for each chemical can help you understand where and how you might be exposed to a chemical, how to avoid exposure, and how dangerous a chemical might be.
To find out about environmental hazards in YOUR region, search these web sites by city, state or zip code.
Air, Land & Water
MyEnvironment (Environmental Protection Agency). Create maps showing local geography and demographics. Find out about the quality of your local environment.
TOXMAP (National Library of Medicine). Search by chemical name or by city, state, or zip code to find out about toxic chemicals in your location.
Toxics Release Inventory Reporting Facilities. TOXMAP (National Library of Medicine). Map of US industries that must report routine releases of toxic chemicals.
National Priorities List (Superfund) Sites. TOXMAP (National Library of Medicine). Map of Superfund sites contaminated with hazardous waste and eligible for clean up by the US government.
Surf Your Watershed (Environmental Protection Agency). From your backyard to local streams and rivers, follow the flow of your local rain and check the health of your watershed.
Last updated: April 27, 2011