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What is Biomonitoring?
  • A method of assessing human exposure to chemicals
  • Can be used to determine environmental exposure directly rather than relying on testing air or drinking water samples
  • Involves measuring environmental chemicals (or their metabolites or reaction products) in human tissues and fluids, such as blood and urine
  • Integrates all pathways/routes of exposure (such as ingestion or inhalation) to chemicals from all sources, including chemicals in the air, water, food, soil, dust, and consumer products
  • The purposes of biomonitoring include:
  • Determine which chemicals are getting into people's bodies and how much of those chemicals are in blood, urine, breast milk, or saliva
  • Monitor the number of people who have chemicals in their bodies at higher levels compared to a representative sample of residents in the US
  • Track exposure trends
  • Help assess the effectiveness of public health actions to prevent excessive exposure to chemicals

  • Such public health and health promotion actions include:
  • Environmental regulations
  • Public health policies/interventions
  • Safer consumer product development
  • The basic steps in biomonitoring are:
  • Identify community
  • Recruit participants
  • Collect samples
  • Sample analysis
  • Report-back to participants
  • Empower individuals to make decisions around controlling exposures to reduce negative impacts on health.
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    Content updated: Thu, 10 Nov 2016 16:41:39 MST