Wednesday, September 7, 2011

ICTW Launches Website

The Interstate Chemical Threats Workgroup (ICTW) has been publishing a resource filled monthly newsletter for many years.  An example of that effort was previously noted on this blog - click here.  As mentioned in that post, the ICTW was working to shift its delivery to a website format.  That website is now open.  The official announcement can be found below:

“After many months of hard work, we’re pleased to announce that our website is ready!  The site has a public page for non-members and a password-protected member site  All current members will be receiving an email from with instructions for logging on.

Here are some of the features from the September 2011 newsletter:
  • View each section of the monthly newsletter by looking under “Newsletter Sections” on the left column.
  • Download the newsletter by going to “Archived Newsletters by Month & Year” on the left column.
  • Check out the upcoming Fall Webinar Series entitled “Effective Policies to Eliminate Chemical Releases and Exposures in Schools" by clicking on the “Webinars & Trainings” tab at the top of the page. 
  • Read an MMWR report about chemical incidents in schools by going to the “Feature Articles” section on the left column.
The tremendous amount of information and resources generated by ICTW members throughout the years is now available to all of you in one place.  Our new site allows you to interact with other members by providing space for comments, and the ability for you to upload documents and links to share with others.

For those of you wanting to have a virtual tour of the site, you may view and listen to a webinar recently given to staff here at CDPH:

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