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Hazardous Waste Site Health Risk Assessment Program

Hazardous Waste Site Health Risk Assessment Program

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    4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-08 

    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1710 

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April is Stress Awareness Month.

The experience of environmental contamination can cause psychological and social stress in affected communities. Feeling stressed is a normal reaction to any disruption to life.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has created a Community Stress Resource Center, where people can learn more about the science and how to take action.

Also see ATSDR’s factsheet ‘Coping with the stress that environmental contamination can cause'

Since 1987, the Florida Department of Health has had a cooperative agreement with the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) “Partnership to Promote Local Efforts to Reduce Environmental Exposure (APPLETREE)” program. The Department’s team that works on evaluating public health risks from many of the state’s hazardous waste sites is the Health Risk Assessment Team in the Division of Disease Control and Health Protection, Bureau of Environmental Health.

The Health Risk Assessment Team consists of four scientists and one community involvement/health education specialist who evaluate the environment and health data collected from other agencies such as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and/or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The team assesses the public health risk from hazardous waste sites and produces, but is not limited to, health assessment reports, health consultation reports, and community update letters regarding those sites. Health assessments look at each chemical found at, or associated with, a hazardous waste site and its known health effects, as well as the different exposure routes at which somebody can be in contact with these chemicals. Some chemicals are toxic in small amounts, and other common chemicals can be toxic in large amounts. Data collected during a health assessment are compared to the national health guidelines.

In addition to conducting public health assessments, the team seeks input from affected communities and responds to their concerns and questions, advises the public on how to protect themselves from exposure to chemicals, and advises cleanup agencies on health issues.

Hazardous Waste Site Health Risk Assessment Program – Summarized Infographic

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