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The risk assessment of air pollutants-including biological agents-must involve the assessment of the existence of a hazard, the sources, exposures and dose/responses. Risk management needs to be based on risk assessment, developing and assessment of the policy options to reduce the risk to an acceptable level, select the preferred policy option and finally evaluate its success.

By biological agents I mean here debris, dander and excreta from animals (including insects) and dead and live microbiological organisms, like bacteria, yeasts and fungi. My presentation will, however, focus on the latter. I will not cover allergies-hey fever etc- from plant pollen.

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Authors: JANTUNEN M, JRC, Air Quality Unit
Bibliographic Reference: Oral Report: Global Ad Hoc Consultation To Develop A WHO Strategy On Air Quality And Health, Geneva, 12-14 September, 2000 (CH)
Availability: 1 as paper EN 61379 ORA
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