Exposure Assessment in Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology

Exposure Assessment in Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology

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Set against a background of growing public, media and political concern about occupational and environmental health issues, and a scientific need to better understand and explain the effects of pollutants on human health, this book is a unique resource. Contributions from an expert panel of international practitioners provide a comprehensive reference on the state of the art methods and applications in the field of occupational and environmental pollution and the
adverse health effects, particularly the exposure assessment in epidemiological studies.

Risks associated with occupational and environmental exposure are generally small, but the exposed population, and hence the population attributable risk, may be large. To detect small risk, the exposure assessment needs to be very refined. Exposure assessment is the study of the distribution and determinants of potentially hazardous agents, and includes the estimation of intensity, duration and frequency of exposure, the variation in these indices and their determinants. The aim of this book
is to develop an understanding and knowledge of exposure assessment methods and their application to substantive issues in occupational and environmental epidemiology. The emphasis is on methodological principles and good practice. It is focused on exposure assessment in both occupational and
environmental epidemiology since there are many similarities but also some interesting differences. The book outlines the basic principles of exposure assessment, and examines the current status and research questions in the exposure assessment of occupational and environmental epidemiological studies of allergens, particulate matter, chlorination disinfection by-products, agricultural pesticides and radiofrequencies.

The book will be of interest to all concerned with exposure assessment and epidemiology. It will be a valuable source for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in exposure assessment, occupational hygiene, environmental science, epidemiology, toxicology, biostatistics, occupational and environmental health, health risk assessment and related disciplines and a useful resource of reference for policy makers and regulators.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 298 pages
  • 156 x 233 x 17mm | 463g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • numerous tables and figures
  • 0198528612
  • 9780198528616
  • 951,207

Table of contents

Section I: Methods
1: Mark Nieuwenhuijsen: Introduction to exposure assessment
2: Mark Nieuwenhuijsen: Questionnaires
3: Roy Colvile, David Briggs and Mark Nieuwenhuijsen: Environmental measurement and modelling: introduction and source dispersion modelling
4: David Briggs: Environmental measurement and modelling: geographical information systems
5: Mark Nieuwenhuijsen: Personal exposure monitoring
6: Alex Burdorf: Analysis and modelling of personal exposures
7: Wolfgang Ahrens and Patricia Stewart: Retrospective exposure assessment
8: Kay Teschke: Exposure surrogates: job-exposure matrices, self reports, and expert evaluations
9: Sean Semple and John W Cherrie: Dermal exposure assessment
10: George Loizou and Martin Spendiff: Physiologically-based pharmacokinetic modelling
11: Mark Nieuwenhuijsen and Pierre Droz: Biological monitoring
12: Ben Armstrong: Exposure measurement error: consequences and design issues
Section II: Current topics
13: Dick Heederik: Allergen exposure and occupational respiratory allergy and asthma
14: Helen H. Suh: Particulate matter
15: Mark Nieuwenhuijsen: Exposure assessment in studies of chlorination disinfection by-products and birth outcomes
16: Mustafa Dosemeci: Exposure assessment of pesticides in cancer epidemiology
17: Martie van Tongeren and Philip Chadwick: Radiofrequency exposure and cancer
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Review quote

. . . a very thorough treatment of the subject, easy to read, and by authoritative authors. It is very up-to-date and accurate . . . deserves to do well. * Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 61 *
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