How do I find information about pollutants and the ways that people might be exposed to them?
“Learn about the health effects caused by pollutants in the environment around us and what you can do to ensure health and safety.” From Learn the Issues: Health and Safety: http://www2.epa.gov/learn-issues/health-and-safety.
In addition, here are some of the many resources available with information on exposure and pollutants:
In the EPA's Report on the Environment (http://www.epa.gov/roe/) the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presents its national picture of the U.S. environment. The report describes what EPA knows-and doesn't know-about the current state of the environment at the national level, and how the environment is changing. The report highlights the progress our nation has made in protecting its air, water, and land resources, and describes the measures that can be used to track the status of the environment and human health.
EPA's National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL) (http://www.epa.gov/nerl/) is comprised of several divisions with diversified research specialties. NERL conducts research and development that leads to improved methods, measurements and models to assess and predict exposures of humans and ecosystems to harmful pollutants and other conditions in air, water, soil, and food.
The Health and Environmental Effects Research program (http://www.epa.gov/nheerl/) serves as EPA’s focal point for scientific research on the effects of contaminants and environmental stressors for both human health and ecosystem integrity. This research helps the Agency identify and understand the processes that affect our health and environment, and helps EPA evaluate the risks that pollution poses to humans and ecosystems.
From the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (http://www.cdc.gov/), the National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals (http://www.cdc.gov/exposurereport/) provides an ongoing assessment of the U.S. population's exposure to environmental chemicals using biomonitoring. Biomonitoring is the assessment of human exposure to chemicals by measuring the chemicals or their metabolites in human specimens such as blood or urine
Haz-Map: Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Agents: http://hazmap.nlm.nih.gov/
"Haz-Map is an occupational health database designed for health and safety professionals and for consumers seeking information about the health effects of exposure to chemicals and biologicals at work. Haz-Map links jobs and hazardous tasks with occupational diseases and their symptoms."
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