Toxic Sites Identification Program (TSIP)

TOXIC SITES IDENTIFICATION PROGRAM (TSIP)

The Toxic Site Identification Program (TSIP) endeavours to identify and screen contaminated sites in low- and middle-income countries where public health is at risk. The TSIP is not intended to be a comprehensive inventory of such sites, but rather is an effort to begin to understand the scope of the problem. More than 3,100 sites have been identified so far in over 50 countries, and more than 1,800 screened on site. These sites alone represent a potential health risk to more than 80 million poor people. However, these 3,000 sites likely represent a small fraction of the overall total. By way of example, over the past twenty years, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has identified tens of thousands of sites in the US alone that require remediation, and its National Priorities List for urgent remediation currently contains more than 1,300 sites. [1] Analysis of the data and trends in the TSIP database indicates that as many as 200 million people may be affected.

In order to carry out site assessments, Pure Earth utilizes a network of national experts in each country to visit and document hazardous waste sites. These national investigators, often from the environment or health departments at a national university, are trained to identify and assess contaminated sites using a rapid assessment tool called the Initial Site Screening (ISS) protocol.  Government representatives also attend the training.  The ISS identifies major elements of a contaminated site, including estimated population at risk, key pollutant information, human exposure pathway data and sampling data. As part of the training, a field visit is made by the group to demonstrate the methodology for assessing the human health impact of toxic sites. Since 2012, GAHP has held training workshops in fourteen countries and trained over 400 investigators and 90 government representatives worldwide on how to identify and assess toxic sites.

Scroll below for a regularly updated list of TSIP projects.

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TSIP Regional Training- Donetsk, Ukraine

February 1-3, 2009
Investigators present: 4

TSIP Regional Training- Changsha, China

April 11-13, 2009
Investigators present: 9

TSIP Regional Training- New Delhi, India

April 19-21, 2009
Investigators present: 11

TSIP Regional Training- Panama City,

Panama May 24-26, 2009
Investigators present: 9

TSIP Regional Training- Jakarta,  Indonesia

June 11-13, 2009
Investigators present: 9

 TSIP Regional Training- Nairobi, Kenya

June 11-13, 2009
Investigators present: 9

TSIP Regional Training- Johannesburg, South Africa

June 18-20, 2009
Investigators present: 4

TSIP Regional Training- Buenos Aires, Argentina

June 25-26, 2009
Investigators present: 9

TSIP Training Dhaka, Bangladesh

July 14-15, 2009
Investigators present: 4

TSIP Regional Training- Lima, Peru

September 3-5, 2009
Investigators present: 10

TSIP Training Los Banos, Philippines

October 4-6, 2009
Investigators present: 9

TSIP Training Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

October 15-17, 2009
Investigators present: 10
Investigators present: 4

TSIP Regional Training- Dodowa, Ghana

March 22-24, 2010
Investigators present: 13

TSIP Regional Training- Senegal, Nigeria

August 9-11, 2010
Investigators present: 5

TSIP Training Phnom Penh, Cambodia

August 14-16, 2010
Investigators present: 4

TSIP Training Mexico City, Mexico

February 21-22, 2012
Investigators present: 12
Government personnel present: 2

TSIP Training- Buenos Aires, Argentina

February 28-29, 2012
Investigators present: 7
Government personnel present: 4

TSIP Training Baku, Azerbaijan

March 1-2, 2012
Investigators present: 8
Government personnel present: 15

TSIP Training Yerevan, Armenia

March 6-7, 2012
Investigators present: 6
Government personnel present: 13

TSIP Training Montevideo, Uruguay

March 7-9, 2012
Investigators present: 5
Government personnel present: 4

TSIP Training Lima, Peru

March 14-15, 2012
Investigators present: 10
Government personnel present: 7

TSIP Training Accra, Ghana

March 22-23, 2012
Investigators present: 18
Government personnel present: 2

TSIP Training Lagos, Nigeria

March 28-29, 2012
Investigators present: 10
Government personnel present: 14

TSIP Training Dushanbe, Tajikistan

March 30-31, 2012
Investigators present: 6
Government personnel present: 4

TSIP Training Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

April 7-8, 2012
Investigators present: 5
Government personnel present: 6

TSIP Training Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

April 26-27, 2012
Investigators present: 17
Government personnel present: 2

TSIP Training Nairobi, Kenya

May 2-3, 2012
Investigators present: 15
Government personnel present: 1

TSIP Training Astana, Kazakhstan

June 12-13, 2012
Investigators present: 6
Government personnel present: 2

TSIP Training Vladivostok, Russia

July 23, 2012
Investigators present: 4

TSIP Training Santiago, Chile

August 1-2, 2012
Investigators present: 7
Government personnel present: 16

TSIP Training Dakar, Senegal

February 19-20, 2013
Investigators present: 15
Government personnel present: 12

TSIP Training La Paz, Bolivia

June 18-20, 2013
Investigators present: 4
Government personnel present: 4

 TSIP Training Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

July 3-4, 2013
Investigators present: 8
Government personnel present: 9

TSIP Training Baku, Azerbaijan

March 1-2, 2014
Investigators present: 8
Government personnel present: 15

TSIP Training Yerevan, Armenia

March 6-7, 2014
Investigators present: 6
Government personnel present: 13

TSIP Training Antananarivo, Madagascar

March 25-27, 2014
Investigators present: 7
Government personnel present: 5

TSIP Training Dushanbe, Tajikistan

March 30-31, 2014
Investigators present: 6
Government personnel present: 4

TSIP Training Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

April 7-8, 2014
Investigators present: 5
Government personnel present: 6

TSIP Training Nairobi, Kenya

September 12-13, 2016
Investigators present: 5
Government personnel present: 11

TSIP Training Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

September 15-16, 2016
Investigators present: 4
Government personnel present: 7

TSIP Training New Delhi, India

September 21, 2016
Investigators present: 22

TSIP Training Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

October 13-14, 2016
Investigators present: 6
Government personnel present: 12

TSIP Training Dhaka, Bangladesh

October 19, 2016
Investigators present: 6
Government personnel present: 12

TSIP Training Dakar, Senegal

November 29-30, 2016
Investigators present: 4

TSIP Training Bogota, Columbia

December 5-6, 2016
Investigators present: 11
Government personnel present: 22

TSIP Training La Paz, Bolivia

January 19-20, 2017
Investigators present: 3
Government personnel present: 9

TSIP Training Guido Condarco, Bolivia

January 19-20, 2017
Investigators present: 4
Government personnel present: 11

TSIP Training Salvador, State of Bahia, Brazil

March 20-21 2017
Investigators present: 10

TSIP Training Quezon City, Philippines

March 29, 2017
Investigators present: 7
Government personnel present: 27

TSIP Training Hanoi, Vietnam

April 5, 2017
Investigators present: 8
Government personnel present: 21

TSIP Training Vadodara, India

August 17-18, 2017
Investigators present: 3

TSIP Training Iloilo, Philippines

August 30-31, 2017
Investigators present: 28
Government personnel present: 44

TSIP Training Kingston, Jamaica

October 18-19, 2017
Investigators present: 7
Government personnel present: 6

TSIP Training Bogota, Columbia

February 28- March 1, 2018
Investigators present: 5

TSIP Training Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

March 7-8 2018
Investigators present: 3
Government personnel present: 11