The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

3104.0: Monday, November 17, 2003 - 10:52 AM

Abstract #69044

Haz-Map: Occupational Health Information Database

Florence Chang, MS1, Vera Hudson, MS1, George Hazard, PhD1, Gale Dutcher, MLS, MS2, and Phillip Thomas, PhD1. (1) Specialized Information Services, National Library of Medicine, 6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 510, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-496-3799,, (2) Specialized Information Services Division, Office of Outreach and Special Populations, National Library of Medicine, 6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 510, Room 518, Bethesda, MD 20892

Haz-Map ( is an occupational health database designed primarily for health and safety professionals, but also for consumers seeking information about the health effects of exposures to chemicals at work. It links jobs and hazardous tasks with occupational diseases and their symptoms. This relational database of chemicals, jobs, and diseases is part of the National Library of Medicine’s TOXNET system of databases on toxicology and environmental health ( The over 1,000 chemical and biological agents in the database are related to industrial processes and other activities, such as hobbies, that indicate the potential for exposure to the agents. The 180 occupational diseases and their symptoms are associated with hazardous job tasks that indicate an increased risk for significant exposure and subsequent disease. NLM developed the Haz-Map web interface, which is accessible to the public via the Internet. Main features of Haz-Map include: text search capability, browsing by hierarchical categories, alphabetical listing of all entries, searching hazardous agents by adverse effects, searching diseases by jobs and findings, and conducting searches of other TOXNET databases. Users can easily find definitions of technical terms by linking to the glossary. The purpose of this presentation is to introduce users to the Haz-Map content and demonstrate searching and navigation features of this occupational health resource.

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Keywords: Health Information Systems, Occupational Health

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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.

Health hazards in the environment – National Library of Medicine information resources for health professionals and the public

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA