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Chemical Exposure & Prevention

Americans are exposed to thousands of chemicals every day through food, drinking water, air pollution and consumer products. Communities are often unaware of their exposures and the potential health effects may be unclear.

APHA is committed to supporting initiatives that enhance tracking or surveillance of exposure-related health effects, increase scientific knowledge, improve public understanding and reduce future exposures.

With support from the National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, APHA has developed materials that highlight current federal programs that protect Americans from harmful exposures:

ATSDR: Safeguarding Communities from Chemical Exposures

Protecting America’s Health: Federal Chemical Safety Systems

National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures

APHA is a partner of the National Conversation, an initiative that brought together thousands of experts, community members and public health practitioners to create an agenda for the safe and healthy use of chemicals. The Action Agenda outlines recommendations to improve health and prevent harmful exposures. Stay updated by visiting the National Conversation site.