Pesticide News Story: Announcing Revised Residential SOP Release and Webinar
For Release: February 08, 2012
The EPA will release the revised 2012 Residential Standard Operating Procedures it uses for estimating exposure resulting from the most common residential pesticide uses on Wednesday, February 8, 2012.
The 2012 Standard Operating Procedures for Residential Pesticide Exposure Assessment (Residential SOPs) are instructions for estimating exposure resulting from the most common non-occupational pesticide uses including lawn and garden care, in-door applications, foggers, and pet treatments. First developed by the Health Effects Division of EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs in the 1990s, pursuant to the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) requiring consideration of non-dietary non-occupational exposures for the purposes of aggregate pesticide exposure estimates, the Residential SOPs were presented to the FIFRA Science Advisory Panel (SAP) in 1997 with additional FIFRA SAP review in 1999. They have since been used with various updates to data sources and methodologies, including a supplemental document in 2001.The 2012 Residential SOPs represent a substantial revision to those used since the 1990s. This revision:
- evaluates and incorporates interim updates and revisions since 1997,
- reflects a comprehensive search and analysis of more current and reliable exposure data for the purposes of informing standard algorithm inputs,
- updates or revises standard exposure assessment methods, and
- includes additional scenarios that were not included in 1997 SOPs (i.e., misting systems, bed bug treatments).
The Agency presented a draft version of the 2012 Residential SOPs to the FIFRA SAP in 2009. The charge to the Panel was to ensure that additional data were identified, additional exposure sources were formally incorporated and the use of updated information was accomplished in a scientifically credible manner. Following the 2009 review, the Agency incorporated comments from the SAP and other stakeholders including the California Department of Pesticide Regulation and Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Authority. Additionally, for applicable exposure factors, the Agency incorporated the recently revised Exposure Factors Handbook: 2011 Edition.The Residential SOPs are an important tool for the EPA’s Pesticide Program because they provide:
- guidance for exposure assessors who are responsible for the residential, non-dietary component of the risk assessment process,
- a description of the methods used to evaluate chemicals in a straightforward and user-friendly fashion, and
- a framework for future research directed at improvements in the residential assessment process for pesticides.
To view the revised Residential SOPs on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, visit www.epa.gov/pesticides/science/residential-exposure-sop.html. A webinar explaining the differences between the previous version and the new version of the Residential SOPs and how EPA is currently using the SOPs will be held on February 8, 2012. To participate in the webinar, contact Kaythi Han (firstname.lastname@example.org).