Toxics Release Inventory Display System Instructions For MS Access 2002 or 2003

This version is for MS Access 2002 or 2003 users only.

What your computer needs to run TRIDS:

If you have MS Access 97 or no MS Access on your computer, go to the TRIDS download page for Access 97 and non-Access users to download the TRIDS for MS Access 97 or Run Time version.

The TRIDS file is large. Several files are zipped together in a WinZip Self-Extracting file. You do not need special software like WinZip to install this on your computer. Although compressed (or zipped), the file size is about 3 megabytes. It may take only a couple minutes or it may take several minutes to download depending on your Internet connection.

Step 1: Download the Self-Extracting file with TRIDS

When you click on the download link below for "TRIDS 200X Access 2002_2003 versions," a message box will appear. Choose “Save” or “Save this program to disk”. You may save this file to any location on your hard drive. We recommend saving it to your C:\Temp folder. A "File Download" window will open and begin the download. Again, this step may take two minutes or several depending on your Internet connection.

Step 2: Unzip the Self-Extracting file and Open the Application

Once the TRIDS file is saved, locate the file folder on your computer and open it. Unless you have changed the location to save the file, you will find the file in the C:\TEMP folder. Click on “TRIDS 200X Access 2002_2003 versions.exe” to run the “WinZip-Self Extractor". It will create a “TRIDS” folder on the C:\ drive. You will find TRIDS in the C:\TRIDS folder.

Step 3: Installation

Find, open and read the loading instructions, file “Cheat sheet 1A” or “Users Guide” file. Both documents contain useful information on how to install TRIDS and run it. The Cheat sheet 1A contains a short version of the loading instructions for TRIDS. The Users Guide contains detailed instructions on how to load and run the program. You may want to print this information before loading TRIDS.

Step 4: Start the TRIDS Program

Follow the instructions on the Cheat Sheet to run ‘SETUP.exe’. This will load TRIDS.

Step 5: Other States' Data

TRIDS comes pre-loaded with Washington State’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data. To obtain and run any other state’s TRI data, you need to go to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website at:

You can download any state’s TRI data at no charge. Like this program, the other state data sets are compressed (zipped) and need to be unzipped after copying. TRIDS2004 only runs with 2004 TRI data. Trying to load data from prior years will result in errors. We recommend that other state data sets be saved and unzipped directly into the C:\TRIDS folder that was created when TRIDS was installed.

Step 6: Questions?

Contact us by e-mail at or by phone at 1-(800) 633-7585, choose option 2 at the greeting, then option 4. If you need to leave a message, please remember to include a contact name and day-time phone number.

We welcome your comments! We’re always glad to hear from our users.