Assessing the Extent of Human Exposure to Organics

  • Curtis C. Travis
  • Holly A. Hattemer-Frey
Part of the Contemporary Issues in Risk Analysis book series (CIRA, volume 3)


Risk analysis consists of two basic components, exposure assessment and health effects assessment. Exposure assessment involves determining the pathways and extent of human exposure to toxic chemicals. Because of the complex processes involved, exposure as sessment is often the most resource demanding part of evaluating the risks of human exposure to environmental pollutants (Office of Science and Technology Policy, 1985). This chapter provides an overview of some of the important aspects of exposure assessment.


Environmental Protection Agency Volatile Organic Compound Human Exposure Exposure Assessment Bioconcentration Factor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Curtis C. Travis
    • 1
  • Holly A. Hattemer-Frey
    • 1
  1. 1.Office of Risk Analysis, Health and Safety Research DivisionOak Ridge National LaboratoryOak RidgeUSA

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