EPA developed the reference guide to provide important information necessary for answering questions about exposure through drinking water, breathing, and eating foods, such as:
- How much exposure to environmental pollutants might children get if they live or play near contaminated sites?
- How much dirt from a child’s hands might s/he inadvertently eat?
- How much of a child’s exposure to various pollutants might come from skin contact?
- Which age groups (childhood life stages) may inhale or ingest the most and thus may be at higher risks?