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Toxicology Branch works with public and medical communities, as well as other agencies to examine whether and how exposure to environmental factors (e.g., toxic materials, noise, dust, heat, mold) where people live, work, learn, and play may harm the public's health.

Toxicological support is provided to assist other agencies or organizations by providing answers to questions such as home use of various chemical products, private wells, or unintentional spills. In addition, local environmental assessments enable volunteers and local public and private entities to identify hazards and resources to protect and preserve public health.


Boaters, Anglers, Paddlers, and Swimmers

To view statewide water quality information and maps on current sewage spills, treated sewage discharge points, fish consumption advisory locations, and coastal beach monitoring, visit the Alabama Department of Environmental Management or (334) 271-7700. ADPH resources on fish consumption advisories and coastal conditions are below.


EPA Health Advisories Impact North Alabama Water Systems

The Alabama Department of Public Health is working with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) and federal agencies to determine any potential hazards related to perfluorinated compounds in drinking water in eight north Alabama water systems.

The following documents provide further information on perfluorinated compounds and recommended actions for drinking water systems. Please read these fact sheets carefully before contacting the Health Department. They will answer many frequently asked questions about these compounds and their impact.

Page last updated: May 21, 2024