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Exposure factors resources: contrasting EPA’s Exposure Factors Handbook with international sources(journal article)

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Citation:

PHILLIPS, L. AND J. MOYA. Exposure factors resources: contrasting EPA’s Exposure Factors Handbook with international sources(journal article). Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology . Nature Publishing Group, London, Uk.

Description:

Efforts to compile and standardize exposure human factors have resulted in the development of a variety of resources available to the scientific community. For example, the U.S. EPA developed the Exposure Factors Handbook and Child-specific Exposure Factors Handbook to promote consistency among various exposure assessment activities in which the U.S. EPA is involved. The handbooks are compilations of human exposure factor data, including physiological data (e.g., body weights, inhalation rates, skin surface areas, life expectancy), behavioral data (e.g., water, food, and non-dietary ingestion rates; activity/time use patterns and consumer product use), and other factors (e.g., building characteristics). Other countries have engaged in similar efforts to compile and standardize exposure factors for use in exposure and risk assessments. For example, the ExpoFacts database contains data for 30 European countries. Japan, Korea, Australia, Canada, and Taiwan have developed, or are developing, documents that provide exposure factors data relevant to their populations. The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of some of the available exposure factors resources and to explore some of the similarities and differences between the U.S. EPA Exposure Factors Handbook and selected other international resources.

Purpose/Objective:

journal article

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (JOURNAL/PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Start Date: 10/01/2012
Completion Date: 10/01/2012
Record Last Revised: 03/11/2014
Record Created: 11/06/2012
Record Released: 11/06/2012
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 247419

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U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

WASHINGTON DC

IMMEDIATE OFFICE