A Comparison of the Pesticide Handlers Exposure Database (PHED) and the European Predictive Operator Exposure Model (EUROPOEM) Database
Within Europe and North America there have been several independent initiatives that have established generic databases or models for predicting exposure to pesticides of workers engaged in pesticide applications. The North American Pesticides Handlers Exposure Database1 (PHED) was the first multinational and perhaps the best sponsored attempt. Less ambitious databases or models have been assembled in the UK2, Germany3 and The Netherlands4, and have been incorporated into their respective national regulatory schemes. These models have also been employed, to some extent, in other European States. The harmonisation of the regulation of plant protection pesticides within the European Community5 requires corresponding harmonisation of the various predictive models used within Europe. Work has therefore begun using the existing PHED software to combine the individual databases, supporting the current European models, and capture further data. This venture is known as the European Predictive Operator Exposure Model (EUROPOEM) project.
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