Strong Systems for the Future


The Department of Toxic Substances Control's mission is to protect California's people and environment from harmful effects of toxic substances by restoring contaminated resources, enforcing hazardous waste laws, reducing hazardous waste generation, and encouraging the manufacture of chemically safer products.

DTSC has one of the most far-reaching mandates of any state agency. We are charged with restoring communities whose environment has been degraded by past activities. We safeguard communities against possible hazards associated with businesses that generate or manage hazardous waste, and help businesses to minimize their generation of hazardous waste. We protect future generations by encouraging and helping businesses to reduce the use of toxic chemicals in products.

DTSC requires strong organizational systems to efficiently execute its mandates. These systems must constantly evaluate past performance, carry on today's work of protecting Californians from environmental harm, while correcting for a changing landscape of challenges. The information presented here reflects DTSC's commitment to continuous improvement and strong systems.