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Exposure Assessment

  • By: Lawrence K. Duffy
  • In: Green Business: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Nevin Cohen & Paul Robbins
  • Subject:Sustainability, Environmental Policy & Law (general)

Because thousands of industrial and commercial chemicals are in use today and distributed globally, many of which pose a potential health risk to organisms and the environment, exposure assessment is a critically important process. Exposure assessment is a method of measuring or estimating an organism's level of exposure to a toxic compound or group of compounds. Exposure is usually defined as the amount of a chemical in the environment that may affect an organism. In the recent past, exposure assessment has become an integral part of green enterprises because of their interest in environmental sustainability. Additionally, exposure assessment is a major component of the risk assessment process to prevent liability for the use (and, perhaps, misuse) of toxic chemicals. Exposure assessment also integrates information about ...

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