The Toxicology and Environmental Assessment Branch is composed of physicians, nurses, epidemiologists, researchers, analysts, industrial hygienists, environmental health specialists, and community outreach specialists who identify, control and prevent unwanted health effects associated with environmental hazards in highly burdened communities. For some communities, the essential elements for a healthy life are readily available; for others, the opportunities are significantly limited. The branch has several programs that work together to respond to emergent environmental and health hazards, while advocating for risk reduction and empowering communities so they can take actions to protect their health.
- Our vision is for a Los Angeles County where people are free from toxic exposures and have equal access to resources and opportunities that improve health.
- We listen to concerns about possible toxic exposures in areas of residence, schools and places of business throughout the County and responds to these concerns through education and outreach, consultation services and collaborative efforts with local, regional and state agencies.
- In addition, we partner to support local and State policies that accelerate health equity and environmental justice in our communities.
Our Popular Services
Medical Director: Cyrus Rangan, MD, FAAP, FACMT
Director: Charlene Contreras, REHS
Protects LA County residents, especially the most at risk, from climate impacts by promoting actions that slow climate change, reduce carbon emissions, and support the design of sustainable communities.
Provides information on the health impacts associated with exposure to lead paint and offers free lead paint hazard removal from eligible homes - check your eligibility here.
Reduces exposures to toxic agents and noise through environmental monitoring, consultation and collaborative efforts to integrate public health considerations into land use and planning decisions.