The organizations listed below can provide more information about asbestos exposure which causes mesotheloma diseases.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is responsible for preventing exposure, adverse human health effects, and diminished quality of lifeassociated with exposure to hazardous substances from waste sites, unplanned releases, and other sources of pollution present in the environment. The ATSDR provides information about asbestos and where to find occupational and environmental health clinics. The ATSDR Information Center can be reached at:
|Organization:||Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Division of Toxicology|
1600 Clifton Road, NE.
Atlanta, GA 30333
|Internet Web site:||http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov|
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)regulates the general public’s exposure to asbestos in buildings, drinking water, and the environment to control mesathelioma related diseases. The EPA’s Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Assistance Information Service, or TSCA Hotline, can answer questions about toxic substances, including asbestos. Printed material is available on a number of topics, particularly on controlling asbestos exposure in schools and other buildings to prevent mesothilioma cancer diseases. The EPA’s Asbestos and Vermiculite Home Page has suggestions for homeowners who suspect asbestos in their homes, lists laws and regulations applicable to asbestos, and links to the Agency’s findings on asbestos exposure at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Questions may be directed to:
|Organization:||TSCA Assistance Information Service |
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
401 M Street, SW.
Washington, DC 20460
|Internet Web site:||http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/|
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)is responsible for the regulation of asbestos in consumer products. The CPSC maintains a toll-free information line on the potential hazards of commercial products; the telephone number is 1–800–638–2772. In addition, CPSC provides information about laboratories for asbestos testing, guidelines for repairing and removing asbestos, and general information about asbestos in the home. Publications are available from:
|Organization:||Office of Information and Public Affairs |
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
|Address:||4330 East-West Highway|
Bethesda, MD 20814–4408
|TTY (for deaf or hard of hearing callers):||1–800–638–8270|
|Internet Web site:||http://www.cpsc.gov|
Information about asbestos is also available from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Web site at http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2001pres/20010916a.htmlon the Internet. In addition, people can contact their local community or state health or environmental quality department with questions or concerns about asbestos.
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