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Why is it important to collect Biomonitoring samples?

Biomonitoring helps us:

  • Biomonitoring KitDetermine which chemicals are getting into people,
  • Find out how much of those chemicals are getting into people, and
  • Whether certain groups of people are more likely to have certain chemicals in them.


Having this information means:

  • Public MeetingWe can educate people on how to reduce their exposure to those chemicals in order to protect their health.
  • We can better evaluate and make changes to public policy.
    • One example, reducing the amount of lead in gasoline in the 1970s. Testing of specimens after the Clean Air Act passed showed a significant decrease in the amount of lead in humans. This is important because lead can cause neurological disease, especially in small children.

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