I hope these are useful to you all.
On Mon, 22 Dec 1997, Michele Gale-Sinex/CIAS, UW-Madison wrote:
> Howdy, all--
> A number of folks have posted queries here and to me personally
> around on-line information sources on pesticides and toxic chemicals.
> I'm writing to share some strategies and sources I use.
> I use a two-fold strategy when searching for this information.
> First, I find out all I can about the substance in question,
> including synonyms, chemical structure, and mode of action from
> information sources that provide. Then, I search my favorite
> databases that focus on demonstrated and reported effects. By
> starting out learning about the chemical itself, if I don't get a
> hit on one thing, for instance, Furadan (a brand name), I can try a
> generic name, carbofuran, or a chemical formula name.
> Here are some of my first stops for getting basic information on
> hazardous chemicals or pesticides:
> CambridgeSoft ChemFinder
> This is a more industry-targeted resource...but what I find useful is
> that, for each hit, a list of links comes up to about 30 on-line
> sources of info. Most of those sources have chemical info (molecular
> structure and synonyms, boiling point, melting point, decomposition;
> solubility, sorption, and other constants, etc.). Very few are
> terribly useful for the person asking: what are the effects of
> exposure in high or low doses?
> Craig Harris shared the ExToxNet site address.
> To search the US EPA Internet site:
> The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (US Dept of
> Health and Human Services) site:
> Has links to their Hazardous Substances Database and more resources.
> You can get manufacturers' Material Safety Data Sheets on-line,
> mostly in .pdf (Acrobat) format, from Crop Data Management Systems,
> Inc.'s, site:
> I understand that this site is only free for a short time, then will
> revert to a for-pay service. This site is useful for getting MSDSs
> on particular products. For example, there can be dozens of
> different brand versions of a particular pesticide, each can be a
> little different; this is a good place to explore that, or to target
> information on a particular brand. (Or anyway what the manufacturers
> share as non-proprietary.)
> A good transition to the second stage of the search, and my
> perennial first stop for on-line hazardous chemical info for
> substances I already know a little about, is:
> NJ Department of Health Hazardous Chemical Fact Sheets
> This is under the auspices of the NJ DOH "Right to Know" program. The
> fact sheets are written in a clear, open style, and take in not only
> the chemical data (boiling point, solubility, etc.) but also acute
> (one shot) and chronic (long term) health information, where they
> have that.
> Using Regi Thomas's query about Furadan/Carbofuran, here's the NJ DOH
> fact sheet on that:
> I'll post a separate item on that.
> Here's George Ware's (U-AZ Tucson) "Introduction to Pesticides":
> It summarizes a little about different classes of pesticides and
> their modes of action.
> For information on reported exposures and effects, I go to Pesticide
> Action Network North America's PESTIS searchable Gopher site:
> Here, hits bring you PANNA updates and reports, EPA statements, and
> other kinds of information that PANNA has collected about pesticide
> exposures in people and wildlife.
> Another resource along these lines: to search Rachel's Environment
> and Health Weekly, go to:
> And click on the FIND button. The Excite search engine does the
> I have more sites, folks, but anyone can build a pretty good
> information base from these.
> My guess as a Communications History Junkie and Privatization
> Watcher is that in not very long from now, such information will
> evolve into being purely and solely proprietary; i.e., you'll have
> to pay for it. This is why I long ago downloaded the NJ DOH fact
> sheets to several different disk media.
> Hope this helps those of you who asked.
> Michele Gale-Sinex, communications manager
> Center for Integrated Ag Systems
> UW-Madison College of Ag and Life Sciences
> Voice: (608) 262-8018 FAX: (608) 265-3020
> In the towers of steel, belief goes on and on
> in this heartland, in this heartland soil. --U2
> To Unsubscribe: Email email@example.com with "unsubscribe sanet-mg".
> To Subscribe to Digest: Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the command
> "subscribe sanet-mg-digest".
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
Terry Miller - Extension Pesticide Coordinator &
Director, National Pesticide
Ag Chemistry Extension Email: email@example.com
Oregon State University Phone: 541/737-1811
333 Weniger FAX: 541/737-0761
Corvallis, OR 97331-6502
To Unsubscribe: Email firstname.lastname@example.org with "unsubscribe sanet-mg".
To Subscribe to Digest: Email email@example.com with the command