Performance Improvement 1999. Emergency Events Surveillance


TITLE: Hazardous Substances Emergency Events Surveillance (HSEES)

ABSTRACT: This report, generated annually, discusses the evaluations conducted for the ATSDR's Hazardous Substances Emergency Events Surveillance (HSEES) program, and is based on the ability to measure the sensitivity and reliability of the system. Sensitivity is measured by the ability of the system to receive notification of events involving hazardous substances meeting the HSEES case definition, evaluated by comparison to other national data collection systems (i.e., DOT, EPA). Reliability is measured by the ability of the system to receive uniformly recorded data from the 13 State health department partners. To address the reliability of HSEES, each quarter the ATSDR mails a report describing a case study involving the release or threatened release of a hazardous substance or substances to participating State health departments. State health department partners review the case study and complete a hard copy data collection form which is returned to the ATSDR. The ATSDR then compares the responses on these forms to each other and to the ATSDR's preferred responses.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Division of Health Studies

FEDERAL CONTACT: Wendy E. Kaye, Ph..D.

PHONE NUMBER: 404-639-6203

PIC ID: 6854

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Atlanta, GA