What's Involved in an Exposure Pathways Evaluation?
To gather as much information as possible for the exposure pathways evaluation, a health assessor follows these steps.
Step 1. Identifying exposure categories
Step 2. Gathering community health concerns and other site information
Step 3. Reviewing environmental data and considering its characteristics
Step 4. Reviewing and evaluating site environmental data
Step 5. Using comparison values
Step 6. Identifying exposure pathways for further evaluation
Step 7. Preparing for exposure evaluation
Why is an exposure pathways evaluation important for a community?
A completed exposure pathways evaluation provides the basic information that is needed to go to the next step in the assessment process. The next step will determine whether people could get sick from the exposure.
How can people in the community help in the pathways evaluation?
People can express their concerns verbally at public availability sessions or other meetings. They can also call, write, or e-mail the health assessor at any time to ask questions or provide information about the site. Health assessors especially need to learn how people feel they may have come into contact with chemicals.