Role of exposure databases in risk management

Thomas Burke, Henry Anderson, Nancy Beach, Thomas O. Miller, Steven Colome, Robert T. Drew, Michael Firestone, Fred S. Hauchman, Diane K. Wagener, Lauren Zeise, Nga Tran

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Despite the development of numerous national exposure-related databases, exposure assessment remains a weak link in the chain of risk assessment and risk-management activities. Most databases include measures of environmental releases or concentrations of pollutants in specific media, but do not include actual measures of exposure. If accurate estimates of exposure experienced by populations or individuals are absent, it is impossible to judge the effectiveness of risk-management strategies. The Risk Management Work Group evaluation identified the following needs: refinement of measurements of total exposure experienced by individuals, improved characterization of the distribution of exposures in the population, longitudinal monitoring of exposure trends, and improved information about the public health implications of exposure. Recommendations are presented with the hope that the utility of existing databases will be improved and that future initiatives will be developed that meet the needs of risk management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)421-429
Number of pages9
JournalArchives of Environmental Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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