CHEMICAL PROFILES|Web Sites
Other web sites that offer searchable chemical databases, recommended by Scorecard.
If you want more detailed information about a chemical than Scorecard provides, there are several on-line and library resources Scorecard recommends for further research.
ON-LINE CHEMICAL DATABASES
- CambridgeSoft Chemfinder
Chemfinder gives basic physico-chemical data and molecular structures for chemicals, and provides links to international data sources addressing specific chemicals.
- Hazardous Substances Data Bank
HSDB focuses on the toxicology of potentially hazardous chemicals, and includes peer-reviewed information on human exposure, industrial hygiene, emergency handling procedures, environmental fate, and regulatory requirements.
Search the National Library of Medicine's cluster of databases
on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and related areas.
- University of Akron Hazardous Chemicals Database
The Hazardous Chemicals Database provides physical data on chemicals and links to Department of Transportation safety guides that are valuable for emergency response.
- Vermont Safety Information Resources - Material Safety Data Sheet Index
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) are published by chemical
product manufacturers to inform workers and emergency personnel
about toxic substances. MSDSs include information about
toxicity, health effects, first aid, proper storage and
disposal, protective equipment, and spill/leak procedures.
MSDSs reflects the hazards of working with a substance in
an occupational setting, and are not directed at consumers
or the general public. Vermont SIRI searches typically retrieve
MSDSs for the specified chemical.
- Cornell University Material Safety Data Sheet Repository
Cornell Repository searches typically retrieve MSDSs for
products containing the specified chemical.
BIBLIOGRAPHIC RESOURCES ON CHEMICAL TOXICITY
Scorecard provides qualitative summaries of the health hazards posed by a chemical (e.g., it is a suspected neurotoxicant), but not direct access to supporting toxicological data. These scientific studies are abstracted in several toxicity databases, which are available in libraries, from commercial vendors, and sometimes on-line. The major toxicity databases include:
- The Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemicals Substances (RTECS)
RTECS is a database of toxicological information compiled by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. It contains summary information about the types of health effects chemicals can cause and the concentrations at which toxicity is known to occur. It is available from several commercial vendors at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/rtecs.html, and can often be found at major public or university libraries.
MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine's premier bibliographic
database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry,
veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical
sciences. MEDLINE contains bibliographic citations and author
abstracts from more than 4,600 biomedical journals published
in the United States and 70 other countries. Search MEDLINE
using NLM's PubMed system at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi;.