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Information from TN Dept of Health about the Ongoing Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

Toxic Substance Incidents

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What is a toxic substance incident?

A toxic substance is any chemical or mixture that may be harmful to the environment or to human health if inhaled, swallowed or absorbed through the skin. Products in your home may contain toxic substances. These products include cleaners, detergents, paints and pesticides.

Why is tracking toxic substance incidents important?

Toxic substance incidents can result in death, illness or injury. Such events frequently require public health protective actions such as evacuations, in-place sheltering or decontamination. Acute toxic incidents range from illicit methamphetamine lab explosions in homes to chemical suicides in automobiles and from industrial chemical releases to transportation accidents.

How are toxic substance incidents tracked?

Tennessee’s National Toxic Substance Incidents Program performs acute chemical exposure surveillance. Since 2010, data have been aggregated from the National Response Center, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Transportation, Tennessee Meth Task Force, law enforcement records and media reports. Usually within 48 hours, incident information is entered into a national database.

About our toxic substance incidents data

Our toxic substance incidents data include:

  • state and county of incident
  • year of incident
  • number of victims with injuries or death

Our toxic substance incidents data do not include:

  • incidents of gasoline or diesel without a public health action
  • incidents without a public health action occurring within 72 hours

Additional resources

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
National Toxic Substance Incidents Program

Tennessee Department of Health (TDH)
National Toxic Substance Incidents Program
Health Statistics

Tennessee Poison Center: 1-800-222-1222

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)