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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

Environmental health

Health and the environment are closely related. ANSES assesses the impact of the environment on human health, so as to better identify health risks related to pollution in the living environment (air, water, soil) and to physical agents (electromagnetic fields and waves). ANSES also evaluates applications for the marketing of plant protections products, fertilisers, growing media and their adjuvants, and biocides, as well as chemicals within the framework of the European REACh regulations.

In application of the French law on the future of agriculture, food and forestry of 13 October 2014, ANSES is now in charge of marketing authorisations for plant protection products, fertilisers and growing media, and their adjuvants. Marketing authorisations for biocides are issued by the Ministry of Ecology.

The Agency covers a number of major issues (cancer and the environment, exposure to biological, chemical and physical agents, electromagnetic fields, etc.) in order to constantly provide society and the public authorities with the most recent scientific knowledge.

Exposure to lead in outdoor areas

Lead is an element that is toxic to health, especially for young children. As an environmental pollutant, it can contaminate various media including food and airborne dust. In its expert appraisal published today, ANSES concludes that lead-contaminated dust in outdoor public areas (pavements, roads, street furniture, playgrounds, etc.) should be considered as a source of exposure for the general population. The Agency points out that children and certain professionals are ...

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