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Documentation of the virtual Workshop on "Theoretical Background of Occupational Exposure Models"

ISES Europe identified exposure modelling as one of the major issues for the strategic development of exposure science in Europe for the next years. The aim of this workshop was to discuss the main challenges in developing, validating and using occupational exposure assessment models for regulatory purposes. Exposure modelling approaches were introduced and the theoretical background, application and limitations have been presented and discussed.

Workshop participants discussed the applicability of the currently available models with the aim to reach a common understanding of the benefits and limitations of the different ways of exposure modelling and to draw a roadmap towards future exposure modelling initiatives. Some more information about the issues for discussion are presented in the background document (Background Document).

The presentations are available here:

  1. Opening, logistics, agenda, aim of the workshop, Natalie von Goetz (BAG)
  2. Concept of STOFFENMANAGER® and ART Source receptor modelling approach, John Cherrie (HWU)
  3. Mass balance modelling approach, Susan Arnold (UMN)
  4. Requirements for the validation of models, Dorothea Koppisch (IFA)
  5. Requirements for regulatory exposure modelling, Celia Tanarro (ECHA)

The recordings of the presentations will be made available as soon as we find out how to do this on our homepage. Additionally, a narrative documentation of the main discussion topics and outcomes will be made available here at a later stage.

European exposure science strategy building paper

Exposure information is a critical element in various regulatory and non-regulatory frameworks in Europe and elsewhere. Exposure science supports to ensure safe environments, reduce human health risks, and foster a sustainable future. However, increasing diversity in regulations and the lack of a professional identity as exposure scientists currently hamper developing the field and uptake into European policy. In response, we discuss trends, and identify three key needs for advancing and harmonizing exposure science and its application in Europe. We provide overarching building blocks and define six long-term activities to address the identified key needs, and to iteratively improve guidelines, tools, data, and education. More specifically, we propose creating European networks to maximize synergies with adjacent fields and identify funding opportunities, building common exposure assessment approaches across regulations, providing tiered education and training programmes, developing an aligned and integrated exposure assessment framework, offering best practices guidance, and launching an exposure information exchange platform. Dedicated working groups will further specify these activities in a consistent action plan. Together, these elements form the foundation for establishing goals and an action roadmap for successfully developing and implementing a ‘European Exposure Science Strategy’ 2020–2030, which is aligned with advances in science and technology.

Fantke, P., von Goetz, N., Schlüter, U., Bessems, J., Connolly, A., Dudzina, T., Ahrens, A., Bridges, J., Coggins, M.A., Conrad, A., Hänninen, O., Heinemeyer, G., Kephalopoulos, S., McLachlan, M., Meijster, T., Poulsen, V., Rother, D., Vermeire, T., Viegas, S., Vlaanderen, J., Zare Jeddi, M., Bruinen de Bruin, Y., 2019. Building a European exposure science strategy. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. doi:10.1038/s41370-019-0193-7

ISES Europe 2018 workshop report

Bruinen de Bruin, Y., von Goetz, N., Schlüter, U., Bessems, J., Connolly, A., Dudzina, T., Ahrens, A., Bridges, J., Coggins, M., Conrad, A., Crépet, A., Heinemeyer, G., Hänninen, O., Kephalopoulos, S., McLachlan, M., Meijster, T., Poulsen, V., Rother, D., Vermeire, T., Viegas, S., Vlaanderen, J., Zare Jeddi, M., Fantke, P., 2019. Assessment of Needs for a European Strategy on Exposure Science. ISES Europe, ISBN: 978-87-971147-0-4