Korean Ministry of Environment’s web-based visual consumer product exposure and risk assessment system (COPER)

Hunjoo Lee, Kiyoung Lee, Ji Young Park, Sung Gi Min

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With support from the Korean Ministry of the Environment (ME), our interdisciplinary research staff developed the COnsumer Product Exposure and Risk assessment system (COPER). This system includes various databases and features that enable the calculation of exposure and determination of risk caused by consumer products use. COPER is divided into three tiers: the integrated database layer (IDL), the domain specific service layer (DSSL), and the exposure and risk assessment layer (ERAL). IDL is organized by the form of the raw data (mostly non-aggregated data) and includes four sub-databases: a toxicity profile, an inventory of Korean consumer products, the weight fractions of chemical substances in the consumer products determined by chemical analysis and national representative exposure factors. DSSL provides web-based information services corresponding to each database within IDL. Finally, ERAL enables risk assessors to perform various exposure and risk assessments, including exposure scenario design via either inhalation or dermal contact by using or organizing each database in an intuitive manner. This paper outlines the overall architecture of the system and highlights some of the unique features of COPER based on visual and dynamic rendering engine for exposure assessment model on web.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13142-13148
Number of pages7
JournalEnvironmental Science and Pollution Research
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2017 May 1


  • Database
  • Exposure estimation
  • Exposure factor
  • Toxicity
  • Visual rendering engine
  • Weight fraction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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