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Complete Indicator Report of Hazardous Substance Releases

Definition

The National Toxic Substance Incidents Program (NTSIP) defines hazardous substances emergency events as acute uncontrolled or illegal releases of hazardous substances. Events involving releases of only petroleum are only included if there are injuries or public health action (including environmental sampling, evacuations, etc). Events are included if (a) the amount of substance released needed to be removed, cleaned up, or neutralized according to federal, state, or local laws.

Numerator

Number of hazardous substance releases.

Denominator

Not applicable.

Data Interpretation Issues

The NTSIP includes events involving releases of petroleum only if there are injuries or public health action (including environmental sampling, evacuations, etc). Petroleum being used as a fuel in a vehicle at the time of the incident is not included. Data includes only acute releases, defined as lasting less than 72 hours. NTSIP is primarily focused on releases that involve an industry, so small quantity release limitations apply. The number of NTSIP events is limited by reporter's adherence to reporting requirements. NTSIP reporting is supported by state and federal environmental laws, by the Utah injury reporting rule R386-703 section (i) Chemical Poisoning, and by voluntary reporting.

For more details on the Utah injury reporting rule R386-703 section (i) Chemical Poisoning go to http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r386/r386-703.htm#T3

For more details on the State and Federal environmental laws and rules go to http://www.deq.utah.gov/Laws_Rules/

Why Is This Important?

Hazardous substance releases may not occur often, but when they do occur, they have the potential for causing harmful health effects. The National Toxic Substance Incidents Program (NTSIP) system actively collects information to describe the public health consequences of acute (less than 72 hours) releases of hazardous substances in participating states. This indicator summarizes the characteristics of events reported in Utah. Information about acute events involving hazardous substances were collected, including the substance(s) released, number of victims, and number and types of injuries. The data were computerized using an ATSDR-provided Web-based data entry system. This data provides needed information to create prevention activities, which can decrease injury and death as a result of a hazardous material release. Knowing what kind of hazardous materials commonly exist in Utah, how and where they are released, and the effects they have on employees, responders, and the general public will create opportunities for improved policies, procedures, and training for a cleaner, safer environment.

Healthy People Objective 15.7:



How Do We Compare With U.S.?

The National Toxic Substance Incidents Program (NTSIP) system is directed by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Seven state health departments currently have cooperative agreements with ATSDR to participate in NTSIP: Louisiana, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. For more information on the National NTSIP, go to http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov//ntsip/.

Available Services

Utah Poison Control Center: Poison Emergencies, Questions and Prevention Information Call 1-800-222-1222

Utah Division of Environmental Response and Remediation: 24 Hour Emergency Phone Number for Incident Spills
(801)536-4123



Related Indicators

Related Relevant Population Characteristics Indicators:




Graphical Data Views

10-Year Summary of Hazardous Substance Releases by County, Utah, 2000-2009

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County Number of Hazardous Substance Releases
Record Count: 29
Beaver 7
Box Elder 24
Cache 28
Carbon 24
Daggett 2
Davis 417
Duchesne 20
Emery 12
Garfield 3
Grand 11
Iron 22
Juab 6
Kane 3
Millard 45
Morgan 4
Piute 0
Rich 0
Salt Lake 1,402
San Juan 1,536
Sanpete 8
Sevier 8
Summit 24
Tooele 178
Uintah 38
Utah 133
Wasatch 6
Washington 14
Wayne 1
Weber 84
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Data Notes

The National Toxic Substance Incidents Program (NTSIP) is supported with funds from the CERCLA trust fund, and the Office of Terrorism Planning and Emergency Response of the CDC, and provided by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under Cooperative Agreement Number U61TS874146.   This map was made using an interval break method called "natural breaks" where classes are based on natural groupings inherent in the data.

Data Sources

National Toxic Substance Incidents Program (NTSIP).



Hazardous Substance Releases by Year, Utah, 2000-2009

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Year Number of Releases
Record Count: 10
2000 305
2001 534
2002 446
2003 474
2004 504
2005 517
2006 431
2007 392
2008 209
2009 252

Data Notes

The National Toxic Substance Incidents Program (NTSIP) is supported with funds from the CERCLA trust fund, and the Office of Terrorism Planning and Emergency Response of the CDC, and provided by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under Cooperative Agreement Number U61TS874146.   Reporting requirements for releases can impact yearly number of releases reported here

Data Sources

National Toxic Substance Incidents Program (NTSIP).



Number of Victims of Hazardous Substance Releases by Substance Category,

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Hazardous Substance Number of Victims per Substance Category
Record Count: 16
Acids 73
Ammonia 26
Bases 11
Chlorine 39
Other Inorganic Substances 95
Paints and Dyes 3
Agricultural Chemicals and Pesticides 24
PCBs 0
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) 47
Other 102
Mixture 46
Formulations 0
Hetero-organics 10
Hydrocarbons 40
Oxy-organics 100
Polymers 31

Data Notes

The National Toxic Substance Incidents Program (NTSIP) is supported with funds from the CERCLA trust fund, and the Office of Terrorism Planning and Emergency Response of the CDC, and provided by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under Cooperative Agreement Number U61TS874146.

Data Sources

National Toxic Substance Incidents Program (NTSIP).


References and Community Resources

Utah Department of Health National Toxic Substance Incidents Program Surveillance Program website: http://www.health.utah.gov/enviroepi/activities/NTSIP/NTSIP.htm

Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry website:
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov//ntsip

Utah Poison Control Center website: http://uuhsc.utah.edu/poison/

Utah Division of Environmental Response and Remediation website: http://www.environmentalresponse.utah.gov/

For more details on the Utah injury reporting rule R386-703 section (i) Chemical Poisoning go to http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r386/r386-703.htm#T3

For more details on the State and Federal environmental laws and rules go to http://www.deq.utah.gov/Laws_Rules/

More Resources and Links

Evidence-based community health improvement ideas and interventions may be found at the following sites:

Additional indicator data by state and county may be found on these Websites:

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

For an on-line medical dictionary, click on this Dictionary link.

Page Content Updated On 01/24/2011, Published on 07/14/2011
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