EPA Science Inventory

Update for Chapter 5 of the Exposure Factors Handbook: Soil and Dust Ingestion

Notice:

EPA is announcing an update to Chapter 5 (Soil and Dust Ingestion) of the Exposure Factors Handbook (2011 Edition). Refer to the 2011 document for the latest information on the other handbook chapters.

Citation:

U.S. EPA. Update for Chapter 5 of the Exposure Factors Handbook: Soil and Dust Ingestion. US EPA Office of Research and Development, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-17/384F, 2017.

Description:

This update includes new information on soil and dust ingestion that has become available since the Exposure Factors Handbook: 2011 Edition was released. The recommended values have also been revised, as needed, to reflect the new information. This chapter explains the concepts of soil and dust ingestion, soil pica, and geophagy; defines these terms for the purpose of this handbook’s exposure factors; and presents available data from the literature on the amount of soil and dust ingested.

Purpose/Objective:

The ingestion of soil and dust is a potential route of exposure to environmental chemicals for both adults and children. Children, in particular, may ingest significant quantities of soil and dust due to their tendency to play on the floor indoors and on the ground outdoors and their tendency to mouth objects or their hands. For example, children may ingest soil and dust through deliberate hand-to-mouth movements, or unintentionally by eating food or mouthing objects that have dropped on the floor. Adults may also ingest soil or dust particles that adhere to food, cigarettes, or their hands. Thus, understanding soil and dust ingestion patterns is an important part of estimating overall exposures to environmental chemicals.

URLs/Downloads:

ExpoBox: Tools by Approaches - Indirect Estimation (Scenario Evaluation)

Update for Chapter 5 of the Exposure Factors Handbook (Soil and Dust Ingestion)   (PDF,100 pp, 2232 KB,  about PDF)

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PUBLISHED REPORT/HANDBOOK)
Start Date: 09/06/2017
Completion Date: 09/06/2017
Record Last Revised: 10/12/2017
Record Created: 09/07/2017
Record Released: 09/30/2017
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 337521

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

WASHINGTON DC

QUANTITATIVE AND RISK METHODS GROUP