[The Hwankyung Ilbo] National Institute of Environmental Research to conduct the '4th Korean National Environmental Health Survey’
The National Institute of Environmental Research, which is part of the Ministry of Environment, plans to conduct the ‘4th Korean National Environmental Health Survey’, which examines the concentration of environmental pollutants such as heavy metals in a total of 5,700 people for three years from 2018 to 2020.
The ‘4th Survey’ expanded the number of investigational substances from 26 to 33 and the number of clinical tests from 16 to 21 compared to the ‘3rd Survey’.
A total of 5,700 people, including 500 infants, 1,500 children and teenagers, and 3,700 adults, were selected for the survey so that they could represent in terms of area and age.
The survey method is to collect the blood and urine of the subject, analyze the concentration of the substance, perform basic clinical tests, conduct lifestyle surveys, and conduct surveys to identify the cause of exposure to contaminants.
In addition, a thorough investigation will be carried out to clarify the cause of the group or region concerned with the exposure of pollutants based on the basic survey results.
“Advanced countries such as the United States and Germany are using national-level human observation data to establish environmental health policies,” said an official from the National Institute of Environmental Research. “It is an important research for advancement, and it is necessary for the people to take active interest and participation.
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