Exposure Factors Handbook 2011 Edition (Final)
Notice EPA is announcing the release of the final document, Exposure Factors Handbook: 2011 Edition, in an October 3, 2011 Federal Register Notice. This updated edition of the handbook provides the most up-to-date data on the various human factors used in assessing exposure.
This handbook was first published in 1989 and later updated in 1997 to provide statistical data on the various human factors used in assessing exposure. This revised edition of the handbook provides the most up-to-date data on these exposure factors. The recommended values are based solely on our interpretations of the available data. In many situations different values may be appropriate to use in consideration of policy, precedent or other factors.
The Exposure Factors Handbook provides a summary of the available statistical data on various factors used in assessing human exposure. This Handbook is addressed to exposure assessors inside the Agency as well as outside, who need to obtain data on standard factors to calculate human exposure to environmental agents. These factors include: drinking water consumption, soil ingestion, inhalation rates, dermal factors including skin area and soil adherence factors, consumption of fruits and vegetables, fish, meats, dairy products, homegrown foods, human milk intake, human activity factors, consumer product use, and building characteristics. Recommended values are for the general population and also for various segments of the population who may have characteristics different from the general population. NCEA has strived to include full discussions of the issues that assessors should consider in deciding how to use these data and recommendations.
|May 1989||EPA released the Exposure Factors Handbook (Final Report) 1989. EPA/600/8-89/043.|
|Aug 1996||EPA released the draft Exposure Factors Handbook (1996) for public review and comment.|
|Aug 1997||EPA released the final report, Exposure Factors Handbook (1997).|
|Oct 2009||EPA released the draft report, Exposure Factors Handbook 2009 Update for public review and comment. [Federal Register Notice Oct 7, 2009]|
|Mar 2010||EPA announced an independent external peer review workshop to discuss the draft report on March 3-4, 2010 in Arlington, VA. [Federal Register Notice Feb 2, 2010]|
|Sep 2011||EPA released the final report, Exposure Factors Handbook: 2011 Edition. [Federal Register Notice Oct 3, 2011]|
|Jul 2012||EPA released the comments from the peer review workshop.|
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