Frequent Questions

How do I find information about pollutants and the ways that people might be exposed to them?

“EPA provides information on the environmental hazards that can threaten our health in our everyday lives. Keep yourself informed about how you can keep yourself and your family healthy and safe.”

Additional EPA resources with information on exposure and pollutants:

  • EPA's Report on the Environment
    The report describes what EPA knows-and doesn't know-about the current state of the environment at the national level, and how the environment is changing. The report highlights the progress our nation has made in protecting its air, water, and land resources, and describes the measures that can be used to track the status of the environment and human health.

  • EPA's National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL)
    Comprised of several divisions with diversified research specialties. NERL conducts research and development that leads to improved methods, measurements and models to assess and predict exposures of humans and ecosystems to harmful pollutants and other conditions in air, water, soil, and food.

  • EPA's Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL)
    Serves as EPA’s focal point for scientific research on the effects of contaminants and environmental stressors for both human health and ecosystem integrity. This research helps the Agency identify and understand the processes that affect our health and environment, and helps EPA evaluate the risks that pollution poses to humans and ecosystems.

Non-EPA Government Resources:

  • National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals
    From the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this report provides an ongoing assessment of the U.S. population's exposure to environmental chemicals using biomonitoring. 

  • Haz-Map: Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Agents
    From the National Institutes of Health (NIH): "Haz-Map is an occupational health database designed for health and safety professionals and for consumers seeking information about the health effects of exposure to chemicals and biologicals at work. Haz-Map links jobs and hazardous tasks with occupational diseases and their symptoms."

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