Definitions for "Comparison Value"
The estimated contaminant concentration in a specific medium that is not likely to cause adverse health effects, given a standard daily ingestion rate and standard body weight. Comparison values are calculated from the scientific literature available on exposure and health effects.
Concentrations or the amount of substances in air, water, food, and soil that are unlikely to cause adverse health effects upon exposure. Comparison values are used to select which substances and environmental media (air, water, food and soil) need additional evaluation to determine if adverse effects from an exposure are possible.
A concentration of a chemical in soil, air, or water that, if exceeded, requires further evaluation as a contaminant of potential health concern. The terms comparison value and screening level are often used synonymously.