The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

4060.0: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 - Board 8

Abstract #52290

Haz-Map: Occupational health information for the public

Jay A Brown, MD, MPH, Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program, National Library of Medicine, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20894, 301-496-3999,

Haz-Map is an occupational toxicology database designed primarily for health and safety professionals, but also for consumers seeking information about the health effects of exposure to chemicals at work. It links jobs and hazardous tasks with occupational diseases and their symptoms. It is a relational database of chemicals, jobs, and diseases.

The 986 chemicals and biological agents in the database are linked to industrial processes and other activities such as hobbies. These links indicate the potential for exposure to the agents. The 180 occupational diseases in the database are linked to symptoms of the diseases and hazardous job tasks. Linkage to a hazardous job task indicates an increased risk for significant exposure and subsequent disease. Chronic occupational diseases are linked to both jobs and industries, while acute diseases and infectious diseases are linked only to jobs.

NLM developed the Haz-Map Web interface which is accessible to the public via the internet. Main features of the Haz-Map Web interface include: text search capability, browsing by hierarchical categories, alphabetical listing of entries in all tables, searching hazardous agents by adverse effects, searching diseases by jobs and findings, and launching searches to NLM's TOXNET system of databases from Haz-Map. Users can easily find definitions of technical terms by clicking hyperlinks to the glossary.

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Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA