Protecting the health of children from environmental risks is fundamental to the mission of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As a part of the Agency's efforts to address children's health issues, EPA's Office of Research and Development, a leader in the area of human health risk assessment, has published an important resource on assessing health risks to children entitled, A Framework for Assessing Health Risks of Environmental Exposures to Children. This peer-reviewed report provides a comprehensive Framework for considering children in risk assessments at EPA. This Framework is not an Agency guideline, but rather describes the overall structure and the components considered important for children's health risk assessment. Children at play in a sandbox

Because children may be more sensitive to environmental hazards than the rest of the population, EPA seeks continued progress in reducing their daily exposure to environmental hazards. This Framework discusses and illustrates the process, shows existing published sources for more detailed information, and includes Web links to relevant online Agency and other publications. The document emphasizes the need to account for the potential exposures to environmental agents during all stages of development, and the need to consider the relevant adverse health outcomes that may occur as a result of such exposures.

October is Children's Health Month. This year's theme is " Promoting Healthy School Environments." As part of this observance, EPA is releasing it's Annual Children's Health Report (PDF, 20 pp, 2.7 MB). This report highlights a variety of Agency-supported efforts to improve the environments where children live, learn, and play.
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