HBM4EU_overview of variables included in data extracts per research question

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Data from the aligned studies is hosted in a central database at VITO. Acces to extracts of the database are shared with HBM4EU research partners for exploring specific research questions as defined in D10.10 SAP (statistical analysis plan). This document includes overviews of all variables included per data extract that will be made available for specific research protocols. By providing acces to extracts of the database instead of the full database we adhere to the data minimization principle described in the GDPR.

Availability of new HBM data from the aligned studies + timeline

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The tables in this document provide a detailed overview of the data that will become available from the aligned studies. The first section includes tables summarizing the metabolites measured by each cohort. It includes tables with an overview per study which metabolites are measured. Timeline of when the data are expected to become available. The second section contains timelines indicating the expected date when the data will become available for each cohort.

Concept for a Study Protocol focussing on Recruitment, Fieldwork

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This concept for a Study Protocol introduces a phases-concept to facilitate the evolution of environmental studies. It provides a template or model for the conduct of human biomonitoring (HBM) studies while focussing on recruitment, fieldwork, and sampling. It can be used for both the setup of new studies as well as to check protocols of already ongoing studies. This concept aims to address all steps that are worth considering when preparing a HBM study and provides a model to help identifying and filling such a study’s different phases. This document is also included as an annex in HBM4EU Deliverable D7.3.

HBM4EU_harmonized_codebook_adults.v11_data users

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Codebook for data users. Working with harmonized individual data from the aligned studies in adults. Harmonized codebook developed in HBM4EU for the aligned studies in adults. The coding in this codebook was followed to post-harmonize the individual data from the aligned studies in adults (20-39 years). It covers basic variables and variables related to exposure to cadmium, bisphenols and polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

HBM4EU_harmonized_codebook_adults.v11

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Harmonized codebook developed in HBM4EU for the aligned studies in adults. The coding in this codebook was followed to post-harmonize the individual data from the aligned studies in adults (20-39 years). It covers basic variables and variables related to exposure to cadmium, bisphenols and polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and has been updated with variables related to second set exposure and effect biomarkers/health outcome information.

Template to a self-administered questionnaire on public’s risk perception of man-made chemicals in the human body; perception, acceptability, knowledge, beliefs, perceived control, information use, needs and understanding

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This report presents the template to a self-administered questionnaire on public’s risk perception of man-made chemicals in the human body. It is theory-based and founded on earlier work on risk perception, mainly within the Strategic Programme RIVM. From the literature, we observe that topics such as personal traits, beliefs about health impacts, trust in authorities, attitudes toward the chemicals themselves and toward dealing with uncertainty, are all relevant topics in the context of risk perceptions, information needs and need for further policy development. The template includes sections on risk perception, acceptability, knowledge, beliefs, perceived control, information use, needs and understanding.
The report outlines the background to the topic, the (lack of) literature specific to the study of perception targeted to man-made chemical in the human body, as measured through HBM. The report and questionnaire material is structured in four sections: A Demographics and perceived health; B Perception of risk of chemicals and chemical substances in body; C Explanatory factors for risk perception (general and personal); and D Information use, needs and understanding. The report provides origin, background and references to the questions and outlines possible approaches to the statistical analysis of collected materials. Proposed questions are listed in the annexes.

HBM4EU occupational biomonitoring study on diisocyanates: Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

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In the HBM4EU diisocyanate occupational exposure study (Santonen et al., 2020) exposed workers and controls from companies using diisocyanate-based products in the manufacturing and repair of large vehicles (non-booth spraying), in construction sector in e.g. insulation and flooring activities and in various sectors in the use of diisocyanate based hot-melt glues will be recruited from five countries, namely: Belgium, Finland, France, The Netherlands and United Kingdom (UK). In order to achieve comparable data in a harmonised way, the enclosed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) have been prepared. Every participating country is obliged to, as far as is reasonable possible, follow these procedures. The SOPs for the selection of participants and recruitment, information to the participants, informed consent (annex 1), completion of questionnaires (annex 2) and instructions for blood, urine, dermal, air, exhaled nitric oxide and buccal cells sampling (annexes 3-8), procedure for comparing occupational hygiene measurements with exposure estimates generated using REACH models (annex 9), and communication plan (annex 10), are annexed.

HBM4EU occupational e-waste study: Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

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In the HBM4EU e-waste occupational exposure study (Santonen et al., 2020) exposed workers and controls from companies participating in the chain of e-waste processing will be recruited from nine countries, namely: Belgium, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, The Netherlands and United Kingdom (UK). In order to achieve comparable data in a harmonised way, the enclosed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) have been prepared. Every participating country is obliged to, as far as is reasonable possible, follow these procedures. The SOPs for the selection of participants and recruitment, information to the participants, informed consent (annex 1), completion of questionnaires (annex 2) and instructions for blood, urine, settled dust, air, hair, dermal and buccal cells sampling (annexes 3-9), procedure for comparing occupational hygiene measurements with exposure estimates generated using REACH models (annex 10), and communication plan (annex 11), are annexed.
The overarching goal is to increase the share of processing e-waste that EU member states are producing, using EU’s own processing capability, instead of exporting e-waste. In a partnership with the recycling sector in Europe (EEA, 2019), HBM4EU can help to ensure the sustainable processing of e-waste. For this study our focus will be on the occupational health and safety aspects. By conducting a HBM study we hope to contribute to awareness of potential hazards and stimulate good work practices that will lead to further improve protection of the worker’s health from the risk of exposure to toxic components, including that of combined exposures.