Risk Assessment 101
COMING SOON: Human health risk assessment is a tool used in contaminated land management. Regulators use it to generate guidelines. Risk assessors use it for site specific investigations. Everyone uses it when they use guidelines (HILs etc) to check if there site is suitable for use but it’s not so obvious. It is important to understand the underlying philosophy and get to grips with the concepts involved. That is what this course is about. The first part will provide an introduction to the underlying philosophy – the history of the development of risk assessment (short version), why the contaminated land industry do things this way compared to other types of chemicals management (hazard vs risk based decision making etc). The next part of the course will explain where risk assessment fits into contaminated land investigations, a general view of the legal framework, why we look at the chemicals we do, how to do a tier 1 risk assessment and how the regulators developed the guidelines we use (HILs). This course is an introduction to risk assessment – to help you understand the basics and how to use information derived in a risk assessment to make sure a site is being managed well. It will be particularly valuable to environmental consultants, regulators and anyone in the contaminated land industry who want to understand what risk assessment is and where it fits into site investigations. Further modules will be developed over time, it is hoped, which will go into the process in more detail.
Key Subject Areas:
- Why do we Care?
- Hazard versus Risk
- Risk Based Thinking
- What you should know about Human Health Risk Assessment for Contaminated Land
- Legislative Framework
- Contaminants of Concern
- What is Tier 1 Risk Assessment
- Tier 1 Risk Assessment Case Study
- What Happens Next