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NATIONAL BIOMONITORING PLAN for Public Health Laboratories : FIVE–YEAR PLAN

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    Biomonitoring is a tool used to measure environmental chemicals in people’s blood, urine, and other fluids. Throughout the world, biomonitoring is the standard for assessing people’s exposure to chemicals and toxic substances, such as lead and pesticides. Biomonitoring also provides critical information for responding to public health problems involving chemicals. Federal, state and local health officials increasingly rely on biomonitoring data to make public health decisions. Advances in analytical chemistry enable scientists to measure low levels of environmental chemicals in people, but more research is needed to determine which levels cause health effects.

    For at least three decades, CDC’s Environmental Health Laboratory has used biomonitoring to provide critical data about the US population’s exposure to hundreds of environmental chemicals. These findings have been published in the peer-reviewed literature and in CDC’s National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, an ongoing assessment of the exposure of the US population to chemicals. CDC’s Exposure Report provides estimates of exposure for the civilian, noninstitutionalized US population. The current survey design does not allow calculation of exposure estimates on a state-by-state or city-by-city basis. For example, CDC cannot extract a subset of data and examine levels of blood lead that represent a state population. In order to produce such data, states need the capability and capacity to conduct biomonitoring assessments statewide or in communities or groups where chemical exposure is a concern. State biomonitoring programs can produce state- or community-specific exposure data that can be compared to results in CDC’s Exposure Report. Such comparisons will show whether a person or a group has an unusually high exposure compared to the rest of the US population.

    This publication was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number #U60/CCU303019 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC.

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    EH_2010Oct_National-Biomonitoring-Plan-PHLs-Five-Year.pdf

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