, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 461-463

Evolving with the Times, the New National Toxic Substance Incidents Program

Abstract

ATSDR’s surveillance and registries branch has a new three-part program to gather data on toxic substance incidents, the National Toxic Substance Incidents Program (NTSIP). NTSIP includes state-based surveillance of releases, a national database of chemical incidents, and incident investigations after large releases. NTSIP replaces the Hazardous Substances Emergency Events Surveillance program. Through this more comprehensive program, ATSDR is collecting data that may be used to decrease the number and severity of chemical releases and enhance preparedness, so that the health effects of future incidents are minimized.