Government at Work

some of these listings are repeated elsewhere, but just in case...  Be forewarned that some of these sites will monitor your usage to a degree well beyond the normal noxious cookie crap of commercial sites!  But then again, in this crazy world there ARE valid reasons for their concern! 

[previous comment was written well before the tragic events of 9/11/01]

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ATSDR  Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry

has searchable databases and much more


The ToxFAQ list has valuable toxicity information on scores of chemicals in a non-MSDS format

CDC  Centers for Disease Control

US Treasury Department  Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms

news, info on firearms and explosives laws and regulations, etc. See the warning statement below copied [illegally, perhaps?] from their page:

You have entered an Official United States Government System, which may be used only for authorized purposes. The government may monitor and audit usage of this system, and all persons are hereby notified that use of this system constitutes consent to such monitoring and auditing. Unauthorized attempts to upload information and/or change information on these web sites are strictly prohibited and are subject to prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and Title 18 U.S.C. Sec.1001 and 1030.
U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board

 Investigations & reports of chemical incidents, news releases, a large searchable link list, job opportunities, and lots more. Thanks to Donald Rosenthal for this tip [and for including this page on a list of EHS sites recently posted on ConfChem].

CFR The Code of Federal Regulations

"Ignorance of the law is no excuse"

Academic chemists will be particularly concerned with portions of 29 CFR  and 40 CFR 


USC The United States Code

As long as we're on this legal kick, you might have need to consult this on occasion. You can search for sectionds of the USC by various parameters. .... and you thought the CFR was unreadable!

DEA seal
DEA  Drug Enforcement Administration

they're on the case -- make sure it's not your case!

EPA  The U.S. Environmental Protection Administration

another site loaded with info, news, laws and regulations, and more -- all of it affecting YOU!  EPA is one of the relatively few great accomplishments of the Nixon administration.  Will the Bush-leaguers "remediate" it into total impotence or death? Stay tuned!  

(I can already sense hordes of male readers thinking  "What do you mean, 'or'? -- impotence IS death!")

Cal/EPA California Environmental Protection Agency


FEMA  Federal Emergency Management Agency

It's there if you need it -- hopefully, you won't!

FirstGov  entry portal to government web sites

looks like it could come in handy at times....

HazMat Safety homepage,  US Department of Transportation

loaded with links, this site is a valuable reference as well as an outstanding example of government actually working the way it should!


National Academies  of the USA

NAS Chemistry Page

 first created by Congress in 1863, it "has grown into  the National Academy of Sciences and its sister organizations -- the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council. ...  The Academies' service to government has become so essential that Congress and the White House have issued legislation and executive orders over the years that reaffirm its [sic] unique role."

Animated NASA logo in which the orbit element circles the word NASA. On subsidiary pages, clicking on this graphic returns you to the NASA Home page,

NASA    National Aeronautics and Space Administration


NCBI    National Center for Biotechnology Information

"...creates public databases, conducts research in computational biology, develops software tools for analyzing genome data, and disseminates biomedical information - all for the better understanding of molecular processes affecting human health and disease."

NIH Logo

NIH   National Institutes of Health



NIST Chemistry Web Book

 thermochemical, thermophysical, and ion energetics data compiled by NIST under the Standard Reference Data Program.


NOAA    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


National Science Foundation logo with rotating globe

NSF    National Science Foundation


OSHA  Occupational Health and Safety Administration

lots of important information available here.  The Bush-leaguers have OSHA on their hit list too. 

"Cal/OSHA"  California Division of Occupational Safety and Health

considered by those in the know to be at least as stringent as "Fed/OSHA" -- important to us in the Golden State, especially if Dr. "W" 's radical surgery succeeds

CCOSH  Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

There is a wealth of useful information here. 

"Not a subscriber? Please be our guest."

RAIS  Risk Assessment Information System at Oak Ridge National Lab

"...sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Environmental Management, Oak Ridge Operations (ORO) Office ... through a contract with Bechtel Jacobs Company LLC"

has tutorials and tools to perform risk assessments that comply with EPA guidance

Logo of the United States Patent and Trademark Office - Eagle landing on light bulb with 4 stars below USPTO  United States Patent and Trademark Office

Searchable databases for your information -- and to help keep you from reinventing the wheel!

Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne does experimental and theoretical work in the physical (materials science, physics, chemistry, high-energy physics, and mathematics and computer science, including high-performance computing), life (biology, biotechnology and biomedicine) and environmental sciences, basic energy research, and environmental management. Has scientific and engineering research facilities available to outside researchers from academia, industry or other government laboratories.

Argonne National Laboratory West


Brookhaven National Laboratory


Fermilab:  Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

and the Fermilab Education Office home page

Once again, I haven't had occasion yet to really delve deeply here, but I will when I get the time.


Jefferson Lab

Has some good science education resources.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


Los Alamos National Laboratory


Oak Ridge National Laboratory

you might want to read their disclaimer at  before going further!

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

I really haven't checked this one out too closely, so I'll just quote part of their blurb:  At Pacific Northwest, we deliver breakthrough science and technology to meet key national needs. We also apply our capabilities to meet selected environmental, energy, health and national security objectives, strengthen the economy, and support the education of future scientists and engineers.  See also

 U.S. Postal Service ZIP+4 Code Look-up

very handy!

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Last update  12 / 16 / 02