Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

Last Updated: April 4, 2019

Definition - What does Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) mean?

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease (ATSDR) is a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services based in Atlanta, Georgia. ATSDR uses high level science to provide good information to the public about preventing disease and exposure to toxic substances. It also takes responsive action to address public health issues. ATSDR Emergency Response Teams are available around the clock and are comprised of toxicologists, physicians, and other scientists to assist during an emergency involving hazardous substances.

Safeopedia explains Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

ATSDR is, under congressional mandate, directed to perform certain functions associated with the effect of hazardous substances in the environment on the health of the public. Health assessments of waste disposal sites, health consultations for hazardous substances, public health assessments and research supporting these health surveillance and recording and registering information, response to emergency releases of hazardous substances, information development and public and organizational education and training concerning hazardous substances.

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