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Table 3 Priority areas for decaBDE (a) and HBCD (b)

From: Policy relevant Results from an Expert Elicitation on the Human Health Risks of Decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE) and Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD)

(a)
Causal box Source Envir. matrix Exposure Human body Social
Frequency 5 7 12 13 3
  Frequency-item Frequency-group Ranking-item Ranking-total
Envir.matrix   7   
Transport/transformation 4   1-1-2-2 1
Exposure 3 12 2-3-4  
Ingestional 4   2-3-3-4 2
Human Body   13   
Toxicokinetics 3   1-1-2 2
(b)
Causal box Source Envir. matrix Exposure Human body Social
Frequency 5 4 11 17 3
  Frequency-item Frequency-group Ranking-item Ranking-total
Exposure 4 11 2-2-2-4 2
Human body   17   
Concentration target organ 3   1-3-3 2
Toxicology 3   1-1-2 1
  1. The table shows the frequency of the different causal boxes (elements) of the causal chain diagram in the priority listings according to their influence on the extent of the health risk the causal diagram leads to (Upper table). The three highest ranked elements (combination of most frequently mentioned and ranking positions), their frequency (how often the element was chosen by the experts; 5 = five experts chose it) and rank (level of priority of an element chosen by the experts; 1 = highest) and their ranking in total (Lower table) is shown.