CARPA Toolkit - Data to Message

This page last reviewed June 4, 2013

Impacts of air quality data on the public

Operational tools and guidance for analyzing data and making rapid decisions about health and safety during emergencies.

The interpretation and use of air monitoring and sampling data follows the 'Actionable' model.

Particulate Health Effects

Wildfire Smoke: A Guide for Public Health Officials (2008 version; pdf)
Also know as the Wildfire Smoke Guide, this document assists fire, public health, and air quality officials in making decisions involving public impact of smoke from wildfires. Includes descriptions of the air quality index, public health statement templates, ash cleanup guidelines, and mask guidelines.

Please note: Table 3 has been updated to reflect the revised US EPA Air Quality Index (AQI) breakpoints that were made final in December 2012.

Acute Toxics Health Effects

Acute Exposure Guideline Levels (AEGLs)
Community and Responder Action Levels (pdf)
Effects of Common Air Pollutants (courtesy of US EPA AirNow)
Emergency Response Planning Guidelines (ERPGs)
Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health (IDLH) levels
Protective Action Criteria / Temporary Emergency Exposure Limits (PAC/TEELs)
Provisional Advisory Levels for  Hazardous Agents (PALs)


AirNow (near real time data)
CAMEO Chemicals
NIOSH Pocket Guide
    An explanation of the WISER database strengths and capabilities

Join CARPA's Data to Message Subcommittee

To facilitate preparedness, training, and coordination of public health issues that arise during major air release and to gain a better understanding of the challenges of using air quality data and health‐based action levels to make rapid decisions about health and safety during emergencies. For more information, visit the Subcommittee page.