Haz-Map Tutorial

Open https://hazmap.nlm.nih.gov/

in another browser window to work through this tutorial side by side.


Welcome to the Haz-Map tutorial. This tour allows you to follow along in the live Haz-Map website in the right-side frame, while following directions in this left-side panel.

This module earns 0.5 hour MLA CE credit.

Haz-Map can be accessed from main TOXNET page, or directly at this URL: https://hazmap.nlm.nih.gov/

Use the arrows below to navigate through the tour. You can also navigate from the "Contents" button above, or print the tour content using the print button.

If you'd like to go to a previous section of the tutorial, use the arrows below. Using your browser's back button may cause you to exit the tutorial.

Click the Next arrow below to continue.

What is Haz-Map?

Click on About Us at the top of the Haz-Map window to learn what you can find in Haz-Map and where the information comes from.

True or False: Haz-Map shows connections between jobs or industries and cancers.

True or False: Haz-Map shows information linked to workplace exposures of both chemical and biological agents. 

How do you use Haz-Map? General Search

1 of 3

Suppose your friend has a job that includes welding metals, and you would like to find a bit more information on the occupational hazards your friend might be exposed to. 

Haz-Map has a single search box that you can use to search for text words in all fields. 

You might search for a job, an industry, a process, a chemical or a biological agent.

Type welding in the search box and click search.

Your results are organized by category, such as Agents and Industries.

Explore the types of results available by clicking on each of the results categories

How do you use Haz-Map? General Search

2 of 3

Under Job Tasks Results, locate Arc weld aluminum. That is primarily what your friend is doing. Click on it for more information. 

The Comments field includes notes on the exposure of concern in this job task. 

The comments field also includes PMIDs (PubMed Identifiers) to references. 

You can also find the diseases, jobs, and industries related to this task. 

Click on the Haz-Map logo to return to the home page. 

How do you use Haz-Map? General Search

3 of 3

A few months ago, a noxious odor began wafting through my building. It was coming from the Fabrication Lab, where they were working with plastics. 

Later, we learned the agent was methacrylate. 

Use the search box to search for methacrylate

Click ethyl methacrylate (on the 3rd page of results).  

Scan the record. 

Notice that the record links to other NLM databases, such as ChemIDplus and the Hazardous Substances Databank.

Under Adverse Effects, notice that it indicates that it is a Lacrimator. 

What is a lacrimator? In the next section we will use the glossary to find out. 

How do you use Haz-Map? Glossary

At the very top of the page, click Glossary to find the definition of lacrimator. 

A lacrimator is a substance that induces

Return to the Haz-Map home page. 

How do you use Haz-Map? Hazardous Agents Search

You can also find hazardous agents by their adverse effects. 

Suppose you'd like to know all of the agents known to cause chronic bronchitis. 

Click Hazardous Agents

Click By Processes and Adverse Effects

Click Step 2: Adverse Effects

Click the plus sign next to Lung Toxin to further open the category.

Select the check box next to Chronic Bronchitis and click submit.

You will have a list of agents associated with chronic bronchitis.

Click Grain Dust.

What other disease is associated with exposure to grain dust?

How do you use Haz-Map? Industries Search

What are the high-risk job tasks associated with dental offices?

To find out, click Industries from the main Haz-Map page. Then, click By Types of Industries.

Next, click Services.

Finally, click Offices of Dentists.

Explore the record and notice the high risk job tasks at the bottom of the record. You can select any of these to learn more about the risks of each of the listed job tasks. 

How do you use Haz-Map? Non-Occupational Activities

Haz-Map also contains information on hazards associated with non-occupational activities. Non-occupational activities are things like environments, food and drugs, or hobbies.

From the main Haz-Map page, click Non-Occupational Activities.

Click By Types of Activities.

Note the 3 types of activity categories. 

Continue to explore and answer the question below.

Which of the following is NOT a hazardous agent associated with leather crafting?

Hazmap Conclusion

Haz-Map is an occupational health database designed for health and safety professionals and for consumers seeking information about the health effects of exposure to chemicals and biological agents. The database is a "map" of workplace hazards to help you prevent occupational diseases. Haz-Map links jobs, hazardous tasks with occupational diseases and their symptoms, and other non-occupational diseases such as hobbies.

In addition to the ways shown here, there are several other ways to find connections between workplace exposures and disease, including job tasks, occupational diseases and symptoms or medical findings. Explore Haz-Map on your own to discover more connections.

You've reached the end of this tutorial. Now you can complete the Discovery Exercises.

Click here to return to the Discovering ToxNet class. Page opens in a new window. You may need to log in again.

Powered by Guide on the Side from the University of Arizona Libraries
Developed resources reported in this site are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012344 with the University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of NIH..