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Information sources

INFORMATION SOURCES


Section 2 : Databases


Category 1 - Chemical / Toxicological / Ecotoxicological


Name of Database:

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry HazDat

Description:

Hazardous substance release / health effects database based on US data and exposure scenarios. Excellent Toxicological Profiles including exposure and effects.

Media and Availability:

Internet: http://atsdr1.atsdr.cdc.gov:8080/hazdat.html#A3.1

Source:

ATSDR, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service.


Name of Database:

Aquatic Information Retrieval (AQUIRE)

Description:

Data on 5,600 substances extracted from aquatic toxicity studies.

Media and Availability:

Network on-line and diskette

Source:

Developed by US Environmental Protection Agency, available from Chemical Information Systems Inc., 810 Gleneagles Street, Suite 300, Towson, MD 21286, USA. Tel: (+1 410) 321 8440


Name of Database:

BEILSTEIN

Description:

Beilstein Informationssysteme produces comprehensive information on all organic compounds including toxicity and environmental effects. The information is presented as several products - online, CD-ROM and handbook. Information at http://www .beilstein.com/

Media and Availability:

Network on-line via STN and Dialog, CD-ROM and handbook

Source:

Beilstein Informationssysteme GmbH, Varrentrappstr. 40-42, D-60486 Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Tel. (+49 69) 791 7410


Name of Database:

BIG (Data Bank Brandweerinformatiecentrum Gevaarlijke Stoffen)

Description:

Around 100,000 entries on chemicals - names, physical properties, handling and response, health effects.

Media and Availability:

Accessible via telecommunications to host computer in Geel, Belgium or tape transfer

Source:

BIG, Technische Schoolstraat 43A, B-2440 Geel, Belgium. Tel: (+32 14) 584 547


Name of Database:

Carcinogenic Potency Database

Description:

"The Carcinogenic Potency Database (CPDB) is a widely used resource on the results of chronic, long-term animal cancer tests. It provides a single, standardised and easily accessible database that includes sufficient information on each experiment to permit investigations into many research areas of carcinogenesis. Both qualitative and quantitative information on positive and negative experiments are given, including all bioassays from the National Cancer Institute / National Toxicology Program (NCI/NTP) and results from the general literature that meet a set of inclusion criteria. Analyses of 5,000 experiments on 1,230 chemicals are presented." (CPBB Homepage)

Media and Availability:

Internet: http://potency .berkeley.edu/cpdb.html

Source:

University of California Berkeley Laboratory and NIEHS, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Name of Database:

CHEMBANK

Description:

Consists of five databases - HSDB, OHMTADS, CHRIS, RTECS and IRIS.

Media and Availability:

CD-ROM

Source:

Silver Platter Information Ltd. UK Office: 10 Barley Mow Passage, Chiswick, London, W4 4PH. Tel: (+44 181) 995 8242


Name of Database:

CHEMBASE Physical Properties Database

Description:

Chemical names, physico-chemical properties and structures of 7,000 substances.

Media and Availability:

CD-ROM

Source:

Syracuse Research Corporation, Merrill Lane, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA. Tel: (+1 315) 426 3200


Name of Database:

CHEMDATA

Description:

Over 70,000 entries - physical properties, names and codes, handling information, health effects.

Media and Availability:

Available as software for all computers with a C language compiler

Source:

Environmental Safety Centre, National Chemical Emergency Centre, UK


Name of Database:

CHEMEST

Description:

Physico-chemical properties of substances for use in environmental risk assessment.

Media and Availability:

Network

Source:

Technical Database Service Inc., 135 W. 50th St, New York, NY 10020-1201, USA. Tel: (+1 212) 245 0044


Name of Database:

CHEMICAL ABSTRACTS

Description:

Abstracts from world literature on all areas of chemistry, including environmental fate/behaviour and ecotoxicology. Over 12 million records.

Media and Availability:

CD-ROM

Source:

Chemical Abstracts Service, 2540 Olentangy River Road, PO Box 3012, Columbus, OH 43210-0012, USA


Name of Database:

Chemical Hazards Response Information System (CHRIS)

Description:

Physico-chemical properties and biological/fire hazard potential of over 1,000 substances for use in spill situations.

Media and Availability:

Network and CD-ROM (as CHEMBANK)

Source:

US Government Printing Office, Office of Electronic Information Dissemination Services, Washington DC, 20401. Tel: (+1 202) 512 1530


Name of Database:

Chemical Information System (CIS)

Description:

Chemical information databank - chemical and physical properties, handling and response, health effects, environmental effects.

Media and Availability:

Accessible via telecommunications to host computer in Rosslyn, Virginia, USA

Source:

Chemical Information Systems Inc., 810 Gleneagles Street, Suite 300, Towson, MD 21286, USA. Tel: (+1 410) 321 8440


Name of Database:

Chemical Safety Newsbase

Description:

Database containing bibliographic information, abstracts, etc. from all types of media on hazards of chemicals including spillages, disposal and accidental releases of chemicals. >37,000 records.

Media and Availability:

Network - KR DIALOG, Data-Star, STN International, Questel-Orbit

Source:

Royal Society of Chemistry, Information Services, Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, Cambs. CB4 4WF, UK. Tel: (+44 1223) 432 360


Name of Database:

CHEMTOX

Description:

Contains information on over 10 000 hazardous chemicals - physico-chemical properties, toxicity, effects, spill data.

Media and Availability:

CD-ROM, Network on-line

Source:

Resource Consultants Inc., 7121 Crossroads Blvd, Brentwood, TN 37027, USA. Tel: (+1 615) 373 5040


Name of Database:

Dictionary of Substances and their Effects (DOSE)

Description:

Referenced data on over 4,000 chemical substances. Occupational exposure limits, mammalian and avian toxicity, ecotoxicity and environmental fate, and physical properties.

Media and Availability:

Hard copy, CD-ROM

Source:

Royal Society of Chemistry, Information Services, Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, Cambs. CB4 4WF, UK. Tel: (+44 1223) 432 360 and Silver Platter Information, UK.


Name of Database:

ECETOC Aquatic Toxicity (EAT)

Description:

Original published information on the toxicity of substances to aquatic species in fresh and saline waters.

Media and Availability:

Hard copy and floppy disc

Source:

ECETOC, Avenue E. Van Nieuwenuye 4 (Bte.6), B-1160, Brussels, Belgium. Tel: (+32 2) 675 3600


Name of Database:

EINECS Plus-CD

Description:

Details of chemicals on European Inventory of Existing Chemicals (EINECS) and European List of Notified Chemical Substances (ELINCS) - names, CAS numbers and formulae.

Media and Availability:

CD-ROM

Source:

Silver Platter Information Ltd. UK Office: 10 Barley Mow Passage, Chiswick, London W4 4PH, UK. Tel: (+44 181) 995 8242


Name of Database:

Environmental Chemicals Data and Information Network (ECDIN)

Description:

European databank on chemicals containing over 700,000 entries - names, chemical and physical properties, toxicity, health and environmental effects, environmental fate and transport, etc. Excellent searchable database on the internet - comprehensive information.

Media and Availability:

Internet: http://ulisse .ei.jrc.it/Ecdin/Ecdin.html and Network on-line.

Source:

Environmental Research Programme of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the Commission of European Communities, Institute for Advanced Materials, Petten Establishment, PO Box 2, NL-1755 ZG Petten, Netherlands. Tel: (+31) 2246 5256


Name of Database:

Environmental Chemistry, Health and Safety

Description:

Contains information on chemicals deemed to cause actual or potential problems to humans or the environment. Over 140,000 records from 1980 - journal articles, books, technical reports and other publications.

Media and Availability:

CD-ROM

Source:

Royal Society of Chemistry through KR Information OnDisc from Knight-Ridder Information Inc. Haymarket House, 1 Oxendon Street, London SW1Y 4EE, UK. Tel: (+44 171) 930 7646


Name of Database:

Environmental Fate (ENVIROFATE)

Description:

Physico-chemical properties and environmental transformation rates extracted from published literature on 800 substances.

Media and Availability:

Network

Source:

Developed by US EPA. Available from Chemical Information Systems Inc., 810 Gleneagles Street, Suite 300, Towson, MD 21286, USA. Tel: (+1 410) 321 8440


Name of Database:

Environmental Fate Databases

Description:

Physico-chemical properties and environmental transformation rates on 14,000 substances.

Media and Availability:

Network and diskette

Source:

Syracuse Research Corporation, Merrill Lane, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA. Tel: (+1 315) 426 3200


Name of Database:

Environmental Fate/Exposure Databases (EFEDB)

Description:

Four inter-related files providing physico-chemical properties and environmental transformation rates.

Media and Availability:

Diskette

Source:

Syracuse Research Corporation, Merrill Lane, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA. Tel: (+1 315) 426 3200


Name of Database:

EXICHEM

Description:

Gives details of areas of research conducted by OECD member countries on existing chemicals.

Media and Availability:

Diskette, WWW: http://oracle .bangor.ac.uk/exichem/

Source:

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2 rue Andre Pascal, 75775 Paris Cedex 16, France. Tel: (+33 1) 45 24 82 00


Name of Database:

Extension TOXicology NETwork

Description:

Pesticide Information Profiles - searchable / browsable database providing information on physico-chemical properties, toxicological properties, environmental fate, etc. Other useful information on pesticides provided by internet site.

Media and Availability:

Internet: http://ace.ace.orst.edu/info/extoxnet/ghindex.html

Source:

University of California-Davis, Oregon State University, Michigan State University, and Cornell University


Name of Database:

Hazardous Chemical Database

Description:

Searchable database providing information on over 2,000 chemical substances.

Media and Availability:

Internet: http://odin .chemistry.uakron.edu/erd/

Source:

The University of Akron (Data from The Merck Index, Hazardous Chemicals Data - NFPA, and North American Emergency Response Guidebook)


Name of Database:

Hazardous Substances Databank (HSDB)

Description:

Physico-chemical properties, ecotoxicity, environmental fate and behaviour, safety and handling, legislation and analytical methods on over 4,000 substances.

Media and Availability:

Network on-line (DataStar, DIMDI, STN International MEDLARS) or CD-ROM (as CHEMBANK)

Source:

US National Library of Medicine, Specialised Information Services Division, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20894, USA. Tel: (+1 301) 496 1131


Name of Database:

HAZDATA

Description:

Risk assessment database for chemicals.

Media and Availability:

CD-ROM

Source:

NCEC


Name of Database:

IARC and NTP Carcinogen List

Description:

List of substances and processes regarded as having some degree of carcinogenicity divided into three categories.

Media and Availability:

Internet: http://www .ozemail.com.au/~paulr/cancer.html

Source:

IARC/NTP


Name of Database:

INFOTOX

Description:

Around 120,000 entries on chemicals - chemical and physical properties, handling and response, health effects.

Media and Availability:

Accessible via telecommunications to host computer in Montreal, Canada

Source:

Commision de la Sante et de la Securite du Travail, Quebec, Canada


Name of Database:

Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)

Description:

US EPA database containing summary risk information on over 400 chemicals.

Media and Availability:

Accessible via telecommunications to host computer and on diskette in ASCII format and CD-ROM

Source:

Developed by US Environmental Protection Agency, available from Chemical Information Systems Inc., 810 Gleneagles Street, Suite 300, Towson, MD 21286, USA. Tel: (+1 410) 321 8440


Name of Database:

International Register of Potentially Toxic Chemicals (IRPTC)

Description:

82,000 records of information on chemicals - chemical and physical properties, health and environmental effects, etc. + the Legal File - a file of information on regulations and legislation for 13 countries on 8,000 chemicals.

Media and Availability:

Accessible via the internet http://www .unep.ch/irptc/databank.html , a PC platform version is also available and the Legal File is available via ECDIN

Source:

IRPTC/UNEP


Name of Database:

IUCLID (International Uniform ChemicaL Information Database)

Description:

Used as a basic tool for priority setting and risk assessment within the EU-Risk Assessment Programme. The data describe the effects of substances on human health and the environment. The database is installed at the competent Authorities in the Member States.

Media and Availability:

Non-confidential CD-ROM versions are available.

Source:

Environment Institute, European Chemicals Bureau T.P. 280, J.R.C. - Ispra, 21020 Ispra (VA), Italy. Tel. +39 332 789983


Name of Database:

Material Safety and Data Sheets

Description:

A-Z of data sheets of chemical compounds providing information on physico-chemical properties, toxicity and effects, medical treatment, procedures for handling and spill control. These archives are accessible through a number of web sites. Over 70,000 data sheets are also held on CD-ROM compiled by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Safety and Health.

Media and Availability:

Internet: 1) gopher://gopher.chem.utah.edu:70/11/MSDS 2) http://hazard.com/ 3) http://www.ps.uga.edu/rtk/msds.htm , 4) gopher://gopher.mq.edu.au:70/77/UsefulInfo/MSDS/.index/msds , 5) gopher://gaia.ucs.orst.edu:70/11/osu-i+s/osu-d+o/ehs/msds/Product , A full list can be found at http://www.chem.uky.edu/Resources/MSDS.HTML

Source:

University of Utah, Vermont Safety Information Resources on the Internet, University System of Georgia MSDS Database, Macquarie University MSDS, Oregon State University MSDS


Name of Database:

Oceanic Abstracts (OA)

Description:

Abstracts from world literature on oceanography. Includes marine pollution and saltwater ecotoxicity data. 200,000 records.

Media and Availability:

Network on-line (DIALOGUE, ESA-IRS, STN International)

Source:

Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, 7200 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 601, Bathesda, MD 20814, USA. Tel: (+1 301) 961 6750


Name of Database:

OECD SIDS Profiles

Description:

Several Screening Information Data Set profiles of chemicals from the OECD High Production Volume Investigation.

Media and Availability:

WWW: http://www .unep.ch/irptc/tcontent.html

Source:

OECD


Name of Database:

OHS MSDS Database

Description:

Hazardous substance database - over 170,000 entries - names, physical and chemical properties, health and environmental effects, legislative and regulatory requirements.

Media and Availability:

Network on-line (HRIN, STN International and CD-ROM)

Source:

MDL Information Systems Inc., 14600 Catalina St, San Leandro, CA 94577, USA. Tel: (+1 510) 895 1313


Name of Database:

Oil and Hazardous Materials Technical Assistance Data System (OHM-TADS)

Description:

Physico-chemical and toxicological properties of 1,400 substances for use in hazard assessment.

Media and Availability:

Network and CD-ROM (as CHEMBANK)

Source:

US Environmental Protection Agency - Office of Pollution Prevention, and Toxics, 401 M St, SW 7407, Washington DC 20460, USA. Tel: (+1 202) 260 4659


Name of Database:

PEST-BANK

Description:

Comprehensive information on registered pesticides in the US.

Media and Availability:

CD-ROM

Source:

Developed by Purdue University, Entomology Hall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA. Tel: (+1 317) 494 6616. Available from Silver Platter Information Inc., UK.


Name of Database:

PESTIS

Description: The Pesticide Information Service (PESTIS) is an online database that contains pesticide reform-related material generated by NGOs, including articles, newsletters, reports and action alerts, all of which can be full-text searched.
Media and Availability: Internet: gopher://gopher .igc.apc.org:70/11/orgs/panna/pestis
Source: PANNA

Name of Database:

POLTOX I

Description:

Over 800,000 citations to the world's pollution and toxicology literature from seven databases including TOXLINE, Toxicology Abstracts and Ecology Abstracts.

Media and Availability:

CD-ROM

Source:

Available from Silver Platter Information Ltd. UK Office: 10 Barley Mow Passage, Chiswick, London W4 4PH, UK. Tel: (+44 181) 995 8242


Name of Database:

Portfolio - Chemical Safety

Description:

Stamford University searchable database of hazard information on chemicals - data sheets.

Media and Availability:

WWW - http://www -portfolio.stanford.edu/no-form/100369/5

Source:

Stamford University - Portfolio on the Web


Name of Database:

Registery of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances (RTECS)

Description:

Toxicological information on 109,000 chemicals.

Media and Availability:

CD-ROM and Network on-line (DIALOG, CIS, DIMDI, DataStar, MEDLARS, STN International)

Source:

US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Standards Development and Technology Transfer, Technical Information Branch, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226, USA. Tel: (+1 513) 533 8326


Name of Database:

RISKLINE

Description:

Bibliographic databank containing information on the toxic effects of chemical substances - peer reviewed documents.

Media and Availability:

Network on-line and CD-ROM

Source:

Swedish National Chemicals Inspectorate Library, PO Box 1384, S-171 27 Solna, Sweden. Tel: (+1 468) 730 6751


Name of Database:

SOLVE-DB

Description:

Common name/synonyms, physico-chemical properties, environmental fate of 321 solvents.

Media and Availability:

Diskette

Source:

Syracuse Research Corporation, Merrill Lane, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA. Tel: (+1 315) 426 3200


Name of Database:

The CHEMTOX Database

Description:

Chemical names, CAS numbers, synonyms, physico-chemical properties, toxicological data and transport hazard/emergency response data for 7,100 substances.

Media and Availability:

Diskette

Source:

Resource Consultants Inc., 7121 CrossRoads Blvd, Brentwood, TN 37027, USA. Tel: (+1 615) 373 5040


Name of Database:

Toxfaqs

Description:

Database freely accessible on the internet providing information on the toxicity and human health effects of several chemicals in fact sheet format.

Media and Availability:

WWW - http://atsdr 1.atsdr.cdc.gov:8080/toxfaqf.html

Source:

Internet: US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry


Name of Database:

TOXLINE

Description:

Covers adverse effects of chemicals, drugs, and physical agents on humans and animals.

Media and Availability:

Network on-line (Data-Star, KR Dialog, Medlars, STN International, DIMDI, CCP) and CD-ROM

Source:

US National Library of Medicine, Specialised Information Services Division, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20894, USA. Tel: (+1 301) 496 1131


Name of Database:

US EPA Chemicals Substance Factsheets and Material Safety Data Sheets

Description:

Chemical safety data sheets providing information such as toxicological and ecotoxicological information, effects end-points, exposure limits.

Media and Availability:

Internet: http://www.tis.eh.doe.gov:80/others/chem.html

Source:

US EPA

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