Metals are natural components of the earth and exist in many forms - each with its own specific chemical characteristics that define its interactions with the environment and with living organisms.
Typical risk assessments and guidance materials have been designed for organic chemicals and as such fail to take into consideration of metals specificities. This guidance looks to provides detailed advice needed to perform accurate health risk assessments for metals.
- This 'Health Risk Assement Guidance for Metals' (HERAG) consolidates existing experience and recent progress made with health risk assessment methods, concepts and methodologies used in chemicals management programs for metals.
- HERAG comprises several fact sheets, looking at considerations for specific elements of health hazard assessment, namely: