Role of human exposure assessment in air quality management
European air quality policy has so far focused on ambient (outdoor) air pollution. Accordingly, European countries have put major efforts into formulating and implementing abatement strategies for outdoor sources, while indoor sources may not have been adequately taken into account. Consequently, the present approaches may not be effective in reducing the health risks linked to pollution. This workshop evaluated how appropriate the current exposure assessment methods are when designing and implementing comprehensive policies and air quality management approaches to address the health risks of air pollutants from both outdoor and indoor sources. After reviewing the presently available methods of exposure assessment, the workshop participants agreed that, for certain air pollutants, well designed outdoor air quality assessment and management approaches may be appropriate tools to reduce the health risks of pollution. However, for the strong indoor pollutants, additional information is needed to increase the efficiency of present air quality management practice and to address exposure in all microenvironments. This should include models of exposure, which can be applicable in various countries, provided that the local data on emission from indoor sources are available along with, pollution concentration in various microenvironments and population activities.
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21052 EN (2004), 144 pp. Free of charge
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ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-4997-7
Record Number: 200417470 / Last updated on: 2004-04-05
Original language: en
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