A large number of school environmental health activities have been established by the following departments of the federal government: the US Department of Agriculture, US Department of Education, US Department of Energy, US Department of Health and Human Services (a substantial number), US Department of Housing and Urban Development, US Department of Labor, US Consumer Product Safety Commission, US Department of the Interior and US EPA (a substantial number).

Some of the specific programs are discussed below.

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is a federal agency which determines the effects of hazardous substances in the environment on the health of people. It assesses waste sites, carries out health consultations concerning specific hazardous substances, carries out health surveillance, and responds to emergency releases of hazardous substances. ATSDR provides a series of educational products to communities, health educators, healthcare providers, environmental health professionals, and others on community environmental health topics such as exposures to hazardous substances, roots and pathways of exposure, health effects, treatment options, and techniques to minimize exposure to hazardous substances.

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