E-nvironmental Research

For the month of May, Environmental Protection conducted an Online survey and asked our Online readers "What top three Web sites would you recommend to your professional colleagues?"

The results were compiled in a list of the most mentioned Web sites. We even critiqued the top three Web sites to help you find the most state-of-the-art and up-to-date information. Environmental Protection magazine hopes that these links might be useful to you and your business.

1. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

EPA has given the user direct access to what is happening right now within the agency. The site is designed in a news format and has incorporated search engine technology to find compliance information. The links to regional branch Web sites are right on the home page of their site in a clear map instead of text.

Their attempt to launch Web-based electronic reporting is lined with good intentions, but hollows out when trying to make the process secure and process friendly. When EPA gets the EC/EDI initiative up and running properly, they have the potential to surpass major environmental-based portals on the Internet.

2. Occupational Health & Safety Administration

OSHA's web site has always been a favorite for our magazine readers. So it isn't surprising that it is a favorite among our Internet readers as well. It's the first source to look at for compliance information. The layout of the site provides the user ease in finding the proper compliance information at anytime through categories. OSHA does a good job of marking old, outdated legislation with links to new, revised documents. For a comprehensive complete catagorical listing of compliance topics go to: http://www.osha-slc.gov/SLTC/index.html.

In addition, the OSHA Expert Advisors provide an interactive way to find all the compliance issues at a facility in downloadable software. It has taken compliance into the 21st Century.

3. State Environmental Agencies

Following are links to the State Environmental Departments.

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California
Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia
Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa
Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland
Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri
Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey
New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio
Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina
South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont
Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming

4. Yahoo Search Engine

5. The Access Board

6. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

7. Water Environment Federation

Tie 8. Air and Waste Management Association

Tie 8. American Chemical Society

Tie 9. U.S. Geological Survey

Tie 9. Chemsyn.com

Other recommended Web sites:

American Industrial Hygiene Association — www.aiha.orgE*TRADE — www.etrade.com
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers — www.ashrae.orgFederal Emergency Management Agency — www.fema.gov
American Society of Safety Engineers — www.asse.org Fisher Scientific — www.fishersci.com
ChemAlliance — www.chemalliance.org Local Government Environmental Network — www.lgean.org
Chemical Engineering — www.che.com LLRX.com — www.llrx.com
American Chemistry Council — www.cmahq.com Mamma — www.mamma.com
COGENTRegs® Environmental Compliance — www.cogentregs.com Mcmaster-Carr Supply — www.mcmaster-carr.com
Defense Environmental Network & Information Exchange — www.denix.osd.mil National Registry of Environmental Professionals — www.nrep.org
U.S. Department of Transportation — www.dot.govNational Safety Council — www.nsc.org
Environmental Careers Organization — www.eco.orgEnvironmental Organization Web Directory — www.webdirectory.com
Environmental Health & Safety Online — www.ehso.comEH&S RegSmart — www.regsmart.com
EnviroLink Network — www.envirolink.org SafetyInfo.Com — www.safetyinfo.com
Environmental Resource Center — www.ercweb.comThe Safety Portal — www.safety.com

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This article originally appeared in the 09/01/2000 issue of Environmental Protection.