10 Sep EPA Web Tool Addresses Chemical Safety
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has unveiled a new Web tool that improves access to scientific and regulatory information on chemicals.
ChemView, which is available via the EPA’s website, displays key health and safety data in an online format. More specifically, the tool allows users to compare chemicals by use and by health or environmental effects. It’s intended for both decision-makers and consumers.
With the Web tool, the EPA hopes to improve access to regulatory information developed by the agency and data submitted under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The tool also is meant to “increase public dialogue and awareness, and help viewers choose safer ingredients used in everyday products,” James Jones, assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, said in a written statement.
ChemView’s search function combines available TSCA data and other information, such as EPA assessments, hazard characterizations and facts on safer chemical ingredients. Users can search by chemical name or Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) number, use, hazard effect or regulatory action. Additionally, users can export data for further analysis and obtain source documents, if needed.