On December 17, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released data on 1,800 chemicals that will help researchers assess potential risks associated with using those chemicals. This information was gathered with advanced research techniques through a collaborative federal effort called Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century, or Tox21.
The Tox21 collaboration aims to improve chemical screening and consists of the EPA, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) National Toxicology Program (NTP), and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).
“EPA’s use of cost-effective advanced chemical screening techniques has transformed this country’s knowledge of the safety of almost 2,000 chemicals currently in use,” explained Lek Kadeli, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development. “Today’s release marks an important milestone in communicating and improving our understanding of the impact chemicals have on human health and the environment.”
On the same day, the EPA also announced the ToxCast Data Challenges, a competition that invites researchers to use the new data and propose ways to predict how chemicals could potentially effect health. Awards will be presented for the best concepts.
Workers in many industries regularly use chemicals to perform tasks. Help reduce illnesses and injuries among employees using chemicals by providing them with thorough information and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) like gloves, safety goggles, protective clothing, and respiratory protection.