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Environment and health: 9. The science of risk assessment.

Authors
Bailar-JC III; Bailer-AJ
Source
CMAJ 2001 Feb; 164(4):503-506
NIOSHTIC No.
20032178
Abstract
Potential hazards surround us at home, in the workplace, in our cars and even in health care facilities. Given exposure to these hazards, we may want to evaluate the risk that an adverse event will occur or that it will occur at some level of severity. In this article we introduce some concepts about risk and how it can be assessed, comment on the nature of hazards and the uncertainties inherent in the risk assessment process, and show how risk assessment affects the management of these hazards. Most of our discussion is in terms of chemical carcinogenesis, but the principles apply to the full range of threats to human health and survival.
Keywords
Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Models; Occupational-hazards; Environmental-hazards; Safety-monitoring; Safety-research
Publication Date
20010220
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2001
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
0820-3946
NIOSH Division
EID
Source Name
Canadian Medical Association Journal
State
IL; OH
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