Tools for health scientists

The EPHOR project has developed several methods, tools and approach that may lay the basis for an exposome approach to investigating working life health.

To enable the (re)use of these this toolbox contains various tools which can be used in future (exposome) projects.   

Interactive tools for exploring exposure and risk 

These interactive tools allows you to explore which exposures (chemical, physical, ergonomic, work organizational, and psychosocial aspects) may occur in which occupational group as well as the size of the exposed population. In addition, information is available  on chemicals for risk assessment.


Interactive tool on exposures by occupational group

European occupational exposure exploration tool

Explore potential chemical, physical, ergonomic, work organizational, and psychosocial exposures and exposed population sizes by occupational group and country.

Occupational cohorts as a resource

Existing population-, industry- or occupational cohorts are an invaluable resource for studying the working life exposome in relation to health. Combining evidence from multiple cohorts will enable to study multiple working life exposures as well as vulnerable life stages and subgroups.


Missing factors

Missing lifestyle factors and other covariates

A guidance on how to include lifestyle factors and other covariates in cohorts in which this information is not present.


Mega Cohort

Making use of multiple occupational cohorts

Overview of EPHOR results and future needs for encouragement of future research. 

Measuring the occupational exposome

External exposure measurements in occupational health sciences, are still predominantly based on time-consuming and expensive field work and laboratory analysis. Moreover, internal exposures are mostly neglected. Within EPHOR we developed a set of sophisticated research tools and methods making it possible to measure the external and internal exposome in health studies.

Assessing the impact of the working life exposome

Health impact assessment of exposome data require methods to incorporate the  life course and co-exposures to multiple risks into HIA frameworks.


Guidance on impact assessment

Decay functions

Guidance on methodology to determine whether to include a decay function in epidemiology and impact assessment: document with a flow diagram referring to the paper.


Impact assessment

Tools and guidance for exposome HIA simulation studies

Includes guidance & recommendations, R & STATA codes and illustrative case study results.


Working Life Expectancy

Tools and guidance for calculation of Working Life Expectancy (WLE)

Tool to calculate working life expectancy, guidance and illustative graphics. 

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Tools for OSH professionals

Exposome research and new technologies offer new possibilities for OSH professionals in their daily practice.  Various tools are made available which help OSH professionals in their work.

    Tools for policy makers

EPHOR will create a new and growing scientific knowledge base on the working-life exposome in relation to non-communicable diseases, providing the basis for data-driven and effective policy making.

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