Hazardous Substances Emergency Events Surveillance (HSEES) four-year cumulative report 1998-2001
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Hazardous Substances Emergency Events Surveillance (HSEES) four-year cumulative report 1998-2001

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      This document is provided by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) ONLY as an historical reference for the public health community. It is no longer being maintained and the data it contains may no longer be current and/or accurate.

      Since 1990, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has maintained an active, state-based Hazardous Substances Emergency Events Surveillance (HSEES) system. The purpose of HSEES is to describe the public health consequences associated with the release of hazardous substances and develop strategies to reduce and prevent releases and their associated adverse health effects. Five state health departments participated in the pilot phase of the surveillance system and began data collection on January 1, 1990. Thirteen states participated in HSEES for the entire 4-year period of 1998–2001: Alabama, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. Three states participated during portions of the period: Louisiana (2001), New Jersey (2000–2001), and Utah (2000–2001). Currently, 15 states participate in HSEES. All states who participated in HSEES at any time during 1998–2001 are shown in Figure 1.

      The HSEES system is a computerized database used to monitor the acute public health consequences of hazardous substances releases into the environment. The system does not study chronic human health effects or the impact on the environment from these releases. The system documents all reportable acute hazardous substances releases except for those involving only petroleum (for example, natural gas, propane, jet fuel, and gasoline). HSEES events can occur at fixed facilities or during transportation.

      The HSEES system has four objectives:

      • To describe the distribution of hazardous substances emergency events within

      participating states

      • To describe morbidity and mortality among employees, responders, and the general

      public that result from acute releases of hazardous substances

      • To analyze and describe risk factors associated with morbidity and mortality

      • To develop strategies to reduce morbidity and mortality

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