Environmental Health Resources for Nurses

Agency for Toxic Substance Disease Registry (ATSDR)

For fact sheets and information on pesticides call the Information Center toll-free at 1-888-422-8737 or Emergency Response Hotline: 404-639-4270.

The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE)
A network of professional nurses helping to integrate environmental health into nursing education and professional practice. They are divided into 4 main Work Groups: Education, Practice, Research, and Policy/Advocacy. The Nurses Work Group partners with the ANHE Practice for our monthly conference calls. All nurses are welcome to join this call. Please contact The Nurses Work Group co-chairs Kelli Barber, RN, MN or Mary Margaret Thomas, RN, MSN for more information or to join our listserve.

Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics
A good source of references and resources on the web on occupational and environmental health. 

California Integrated Waste Management Board-Waste Management
They have developed medical waste signage for facilities to use in implementing an aggressive red bag waste minimization program, as well as technical fact sheets on gluteraldehyde, ethylene oxide and other toxic substance in the health care sector.

Center for Health, Environment and Justice
After winning the federal relocation of residents victimized by toxic waste at Love Canal, Lois Gibbs and other local activists were inundated with calls from people around the country who were facing similar threats and wanted help. CHEJ was founded in 1981 to address this need.

ANA's Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
This site provides occupational and environmental health expertise on issues related to the nursing profession and healthcare industry.

Children's Environmental Health Network
This national multi-disciplinary organization whose mission is to protect the developing child from environmental health hazards has wonderful online resources.

Clean Water Fund

A national nonprofit that brings diverse communities together to work for changes that improve our lives, promoting sensible solutions for people and the environment.

Commonweal's The Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE)
Environmental Health Networks and Organizations including the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE), Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), the International POPS Elimination Network, and the Commonweal Biomonitoring Resource Center.

The Ecology Center
The Ecology Center is a membership-based, nonprofit environmental organization based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Founded by community activists after the country's first Earth Day in 1970, the Ecology Center is now a regional leader that works for a safe and healthy environment where people live, work, and play.

Education and Research Centers for Occupational Safety and Health
Supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.  To meet the needs of national and regional safety and health professionals (including Occupational and Environmental Health Nurses), National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) developed the Educational Resource Centers in 1977.  NIOSH currently funds 17 university-based Education and Research Centers (ERC).

Environmental Education in Action (EE in Action)
A new initiative at EPA that will showcase environmental education programs and resources, including grant projects funded by OEE

Environmental Health Legislation Tracking Database on energy and the environment.

Haz-Map: Information on Hazardous Chemicals and Occupational Diseases by Jay A. Brown, M.D., M.P.H.
An occupational health database designed for health and safety professionals and for consumers seeking information about the health effects of exposure to chemicals at work. Haz-Map links jobs and hazardous tasks with occupational diseases and their symptoms. It is one of the products and services made available by the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program.

The Pump Handle
A place for people interested in public health and the environment to discuss the issues that interest us, particularly when they’re not getting the treatment we think they deserve in the mainstream media.

Practice Greenhealth
A nonprofit membership organization focused on sustainable health care that’s good for patients and staff and good for the environment.

Physicians for Social Responsibility
The largest physician-led organization in the U.S. working to prevent nuclear war and proliferation and to slow, stop and reverse global warming and toxic degradation of the environment.

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

National nonprofit organization representing local public health agencies (including city, county, metro, district, and Tribal agencies.

Sustainable Hospitals Program (SHP)
A team-based program that provides technical support to the healthcare industry for selecting products and work practices that eliminate or reduce occupational and environmental hazards, maintain quality patient care and contain costs.