Last changed: 13.10.2006
The core focus is on the protection of human health from adverse impacts of various environmental media.
Providing knowledge and advice for the people and the government is the legal task of the German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt - UBA). For this purpose UBA conducts intramural research and provides grants to external scientists. UBA follows an interdisciplinary approach, which integrates the fields of hygiene, medicine, natural sciences and epidemiology. Human biomonitoring of the quality and quantity of chemical body burdens and the concentrations of pollutants in water, soil and air gives a picture of human exposure.
Data from the area of human biomonitoring, epidemiology, environmental medicine, toxicology and microbiology are combined for the assessment of the risks of environment-related health problems. One outstanding example for this integrative approach is the interdisciplinary cooperation on issues concerning indoor air quality leading to a precautionary concept of indoor air hygiene. Another main field of expertise is the assessment of the health impact of noise on humans which becomes more and more important.
To protect human health the Federal Environment Agency puts its focus on the following issues:
This work contributes to good environmental hygiene practices throughout the country and continuously provides background information in standardisation and regulation processes on a national and international level.