Environmental Health Hazards Resource Booklet

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

1600 Clifton Road, NE (E-28)
Atlanta GA 30333
1-888-42-ATSDR (422-8737) or 404-498-0255
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov

Local Office:
ATSDR Region I
1 Congress Street
Suite 1100 (HBT)
Boston, MA 02114-2023
617-918-1495

The ATSDR was created by Congress with the mission of preventing exposure to hazardous substances from waste sites, unplanned releases, and other sources of pollution in the environment. ATSDR's activities include conducting public health assessments of hazardous waste sites, summarizing and disseminating data on the health effects of hazardous substances, initiating research in toxicology and health effects, and developing health education programs and materials about hazardous substances in the environment. Materials including Case Studies, Medical Management Guidelines, and a Public Health Newsletter are available through the Division of Health Education and promotion.

United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)

Region 1, New England
1 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02114-2023
617-918-1111
http://www.epa.gov/region1/

The New England office of the USEPA is one of ten regional offices that cooperates closely with state and local governments in implementing federal environmental laws. Questions regarding environmental issues can be answered by a variety of offices including Public Affairs, Hazardous Waste, Asbestos and Air Issues, and Right-to-Know.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

New England Field Office
PO Box 87040
South Dartmouth, MA 02748-0701
508-997-6126
1-800-356-4674
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/homepage.html

NIOSH publishes materials on health and safety and can perform health hazard evaluations. Information is available on occupational disease and injuries, chemical hazards, physical hazards, and other environmental health effects.

United States Department of Labor

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
JFK Federal Building, Room RE340
Boston, MA 0220
617-565-9860
http://www.osha.gov

OSHA was created to encourage employers and employees to reduce workplace hazards and implement new or improved safety and health programs. Materials are available on occupational health, occupational safety, asbestos, back injuries, hazard communications, federal regulations, accidents, statistical data, and carcinogens.

Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC)

1010 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 513
Washington, DC 20005
202-347-4976
http://www.aoec.org

The AOEC is a network of clinics and individuals who provide patient care and research on occupational and environmental health hazards. See page 14 for a listing of Massachusetts clinics affiliated with this organization.

Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (Mass COSH)

12 Southern Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02124
617-825-7233
http://www.masscosh.org

Western Mass COSH
640 Page Blvd.
Springfield, MA 01104
413-731-0760

Mass COSH is a statewide coalition of workers, unions, and occupational health and legal professionals dedicated to workplace health and safety. It provides technical assistance and advice to community residents, workers, unions, and environmental groups on hazardous waste sites, toxic use reduction, and related issues. Health and safety training is available for remedial workers.

National Cancer Institute

Cancer Information Service
1-800-4-CANCER
http://www.nci.nih.gov

This agency provides information about treatment guidelines and medical consultation, and produces related publications geared to health professionals and patients.

Massachusetts Chapter of the American Cancer Society Administration Division

Office of New England
30 Speen Street
Framingham, MA 01701-1800
508-270-4600
1-800-ACS-2345
(227)
http://www.cancer.org

The Chapter provides physicians with information regarding causal influences of the environment on cancer. Resources include lists of carcinogenic industrial processes, occupational exposures, and chemicals.

American Lung Association

One Abbey Lane
Middleboro, MA 02346-3230
508-947-7204
http://www.lungusa.org/massachusetts

The Association can answer questions regarding environmental effects on the thoracic region, and provides a referral service to physicians. Fact sheets and other general medical literature are available upon request.

New York Foundation for the Arts

155 Avenue of the Americas, 14th floor
New York, NY 10013-1507
212-366-6900
http://www.nyfa.org

This office responds to questions relating to hazards in the arts (e.g. arts and crafts, the visual arts, and the performing arts), distributes newsletters and publications, makes referrals to doctors specializing in toxin-related illnesses, and provides qualified speakers to address hazards in the arts. It serves as a national clearinghouse for information on hazards in the arts, offers courses nationwide, and provides on-site consultation and inspection.

RSI Action

617-247-6827
www.rsiaction.org

A Massachusetts support organization for people with repetitive strain injuries such as tendonitis, thoracic outlet syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome.


This information is provided by the Environmental Health Outreach and Education Program within the Department of Public Health.