Performance Improvement 2000. Emergency Events Surveillance

01/01/2000

ATSDR HazDat System Evaluation Project

This evaluation consisted of a high level review of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) business processes supported by HazDat. The business process review included the identification of what management considered core business functions and processes and a survey of HazDat user functionality requirements. The HazDat current value to agency programs was assessed and the systems strengths and limitations identified. System improvement concepts were delineated and the potential future HazDat value assessed. Complementing the business assessment, a high level review of the current HazDat architecture and system development activities was completed. Interviews were conducted with ATSDR system support staff, contractors and vendors. The study culminated in a series of recommendations for future enhancements and improvements directed at providing added value to the user community.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

FEDERAL CONTACT: Perry, Mike
404-639-0720

PIC ID: 7243

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

Hazardous Substances Emergency Events Surveillance (HSEES): Annual Report 1998

The Hazardous Substances Emergency Events Surveillance (HSEES) system is an active, state-based surveillance system with the goal of reducing the public health consequences associated with the release of hazardous substances. Thirteen state health departments participated in the final year 1998-1999 of the five year cooperative agreement. The 13 states reported a total of 5987 events for 1998. The most commonly reported categories of substances were volatile organic compounds; other inorganic substances; a category designated "other," which includes substances that could be placed in one of the other 10 categories. During this reporting period, 405 events resulted in a total of 1533 victims. The most frequently reported injuries sustained by victims were respiratory irritation, eye irritation, skin irritation, gastrointestinal problems, and headache. A total of 36 persons died as a result of all events, and 537 events required evacuations. Each of the 13 states has produced a final cumulative report for the cooperative agreement period. These reports are currently undergoing review and will be available shortly. The states have taken data from their cumulative reports to develop prevention outreach plans which they will begin implementing in the 1999-2000 year.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

FEDERAL CONTACT: Orr, Maureen
404-639-6391

PIC ID: 6854.1

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