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Indicator Report - Hazardous Substance Releases

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.

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

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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).

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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.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of hazardous substance releases.
Denominator: Not applicable.

Page Content Updated On 01/24/2011, Published on 07/14/2011
The information provided above is from the Utah Department of Health's Center for Health Data IBIS-PH web site (http://ibis.health.utah.gov). The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: "Retrieved Thu, 20 November 2014 15:24:05 from Utah Department of Health, Center for Health Data, Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health Web site: http://ibis.health.utah.gov".

Content updated: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 23:09:23 MST