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ChemSTEER-Chemical Screening Tool for Exposures and Environmental Releases

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What is ChemSTEER

The Chemical Screening Tool for Exposures and Environmental Releases (ChemSTEER) is a computer-based software program that can be used to estimate workplace exposures and environmental releases for chemicals manufactured and used in industrial/commercial settings.

Key characteristics

  • Modernized in 2013 to be more compatible with current operating systems and re-released for public use.
  • Designed so users can “build” assessments by providing key inputs or use pre-loaded industry-specific generic scenarios, which contain industry-specific process descriptions, mass balance data, pre-defined release and/or exposure models, and default input parameters.
  • Contains pre-defined scenarios which minimize effort required to prepare an assessment.

Hardware and software requirements

  • Operating system - Windows XP or above.
  • Monitor resolution - 1024 x 768 or higher.
  • Processor - minimum recommended for your version of Windows
  • Memory - minimum recommended for your version of Windows
  • Hard disk space - minimum recommended for your version of Windows

Download and install instructions

ChemSTEER is available free as a downloadable software program. The ChemSTEER installation program has been compressed into a single, self-extracting executable file. To install ChemSTEER on your system:

  • Download the ChemSTEER Install File (EXE)(1 pg, 168 MB)  to any directory of your choice. 
  • Before beginning the installation, shut down all other programs/ applications running on your computer.
  • Run the installation file named "Install_ChemSTEERv3.exe" located in the directory that you chose and follow the user prompts throughout the setup process.  Exit the installation.
  • Run ChemSTEER by clicking the Windows Start button and choosing Programs, ChemSTEER v3.0, and clicking the ChemSTEER icon.

Additional information is provided in the ChemSTEER Quick Start Guide and User Guide.

Terms and conditions of use

  • Permission is granted for individuals to download and use the software on their personal and business computers.
  • Users may not alter, modify, merge, adapt, or prepare derivative works from the software.
  • Professional judgment is needed to determine adequacy and applicability of the models and methods provided in ChemSTEER.

EPA Technical Contacts

Franklyn Hall, U.S. EPA
Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics
Risk Assessment Division
E-mail:Hall.Franklyn@epa.gov

Jay Jon, U.S. EPA
Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics
Risk Assessment Division
E-mail:jon.jay@epa.gov