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Volatile Organic Compound Total Exposure Assessment Methodology Study (VOC TEAM)
Entry ID: EPA0145


Summary
Abstract: The Total Exposure Assessment Methodology (TEAM) was designed by the EPA to
develop and demonstrate methods to measure human exposure to toxic substances
in air and drinking water. The goals of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) TEAM
were to develop methods to measure individual total exposure (from air, food,
and water) and the resulting body burden of toxic and carcinogenic chemicals,
and to apply these methods within a probability-based sampling framework to
estimate exposures and body burdens of urban populations in several U.S.
cities. To achieve these goals, air sampling was conducted to measure personal
exposure to airborne toxic chemicals and a specially-designed spirometer was
developed and used to measure the same chemicals in exhaled breath. The survey
design consisted of a three stage stratified probability selection approach to
ensure inclusion of potentially highly exposed groups. Related objectives of
the VOC TEAM studies were to: determine the relationships between personal,
indoor, outdoor, and blood, urine, and exhaled breath concentrations; determine
the variability of VOC concentrations within a home; and determine seasonal and
multi-year variability. The Study was conducted in three phases.

A field test of the methodology (Phase I) was carried out between July and
December 1980 in Bayonne, and Elizabeth, New Jersey and Research Triangle Park,
NC. The objective of Phase II, carried out between September 1981 and February
1983, was to estimate the distribution of exposures to target substances for a
target population in an industrial/chemical manufacturing area (Bayonne, and
Elizabeth, New Jersey) and to compare these estimated exposures to those
estimated for populations in nonchemical manufacturing areas (Greensboro, NC
and Devils Lake, ND). In Phase III, carried out between February and June 1984,
the methodology refined during Phase II was applied to target populations in
California. After completion of these three phases, a separate VOC TEAM study
was carried out in Baltimore, MD during 1987 because Baltimore lacks the
petroleum and chemical manufacturing plants present in most of the previous
TEAM study sites and may therefore be more representative of many U.S. cities.
Focused studies were also conducted in New Jersey and Los Angeles during 1987
to further explore the sources and factors contributing to personal VOC
exposures identified in the earlier TEAM studies.
LANGUAGE:

English
ACCESS/AVAILABILITY:

Data Center: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)
Dissemination Media: Hard copy (agency reports, journal
publications), tape, diskette
File Format: SAS
Access Instructions: Contact the data center.
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Availability Status: On Request
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Related URL
Link: VIEW RELATED INFORMATION
Description: Additional information on VOC studies at EPA


Geographic Coverage
 N: 50.0 S: 23.0  E: -65.0  W: -125.0

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1980-01-01
Stop Date: 1987-12-31


Location Keywords
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Science Keywords
ATMOSPHERE >AIR QUALITY >VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY >TRACE ELEMENTS/TRACE METALS    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS >CONTAMINANT LEVELS/SPILLS    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >PUBLIC HEALTH >ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH FACTORS    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >GROUND WATER >GROUNDWATER CHEMISTRY    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY >CARCINOGENS    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY >CONTAMINANTS    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY >TOXIC CHEMICALS    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY >TRACE METALS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY >CARBON AND HYDROCARBON COMPOUNDS >NON-METHANE HYDROCARBONS/VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
CLIMATOLOGY/METEOROLOGY/ATMOSPHERE
ENVIRONMENT


Project
ESIP >Earth Science Information Partners Program    [Information]


Keywords
AIR
CARCINOGENIC CHEMICALS
DRINKING WATER
EARTH SCIENCE
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
EXPOSURE
FOOD
FOOD CONTAMINATION
FRESHWATER
HAZARDOUS EXPOSURES
HUMAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
IDN_NODE GSFC/USEPA
LAND AND FRESHWATER RESOURCES
LIFE SCIENCES
MEDICAL SCIENCES
NUTRITION
PHYSICAL SCIENCES
POLLUTANTS
PUBLIC HEALTH
SAMPLING
SURVEY
TOXIC MATERIALS
TOXICOLOGY
WATER
WATER CHARACTERISTICS
WATER QUALITY


Originating Center
USEPA


Data Center
Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.epa.gov/ORD/
Dataset ID: VOC TEAM

Data Center Personnel
Name: LANCE A. WALLACE
Phone: 703-341-7509
Email: Wallace.Lance at epa.gov
Contact Address:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)
EPIC Building
166 Bicher Road
Vint Hill Farms Station
City: Warrenton
Province or State: VA
Postal Code: 22186-5129
Country: USA


Personnel
LANCE A. WALLACE
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 703-341-7509
Email: Wallace.Lance at epa.gov
Contact Address:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)
EPIC Building
166 Bicher Road
Vint Hill Farms Station
City: Warrenton
Province or State: VA
Postal Code: 22186-5129
Country: USA


Publications/References
SOURCE REFERENCES:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). May 1992.
Inventory of Exposure-related Data Systems Sponsored by Federal
Agencies. Washington, DC : USEPA.

Creation and Review Dates
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-01-27



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