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National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals


The National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals is a series of ongoing assessments of the U.S. population's exposure to environmental chemicals by measuring chemicals in a person's blood or urine. The Environmental Health Laboratory within CDC's National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) has produced four of these reports since 2001. The Fourth Report includes findings from national samples for 1999-2000, 2001-02, and 2003-04. Updated tables to the report provide data for 2005-06.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Environmental Health
Data Years Available: 
1999-2000, 2001-02, 2003-04, 2005-06
Mode of Collection: 
Selected Content: 
Findings on the presence of 212 chemicals are reported in the original report. The updated tables for 2005-06 include data for 51 of these chemicals, plus data for six new chemicals.
Population Covered: 

Blood and urine samples were collected from participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a representative sample of the U.S. civilian non-institutionalized population. Participants in NHANES are asked about their diet, exercise and other health habits, and their medical histories. They also take medical tests and provide blood and urine samples. Scientists at the NCEH laboratory measure levels of different chemicals in these samples, such as lead and pesticides.

Response Rates and Sample Size: 

Each two-year NHANES sample includes about 2,400 persons.

Interpretation Issues: