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Risk assessment's new era - part 1: challenges for industrial hygiene.

Authors
Dotson-GS; Rossner-A; Maier-A; Boelter-FW
Source
Synergist 2012 Apr; 23(4):24-26
NIOSHTIC No.
20040873
Abstract
Risk is an inherent aspect of our lives. Whether the topic is the nation's dietary habits, community air pollution or chemical exposures in the workplace, risk analysis is an integral part of the conversation. Risk analysis is the combined activities of assessing, managing and communicating human health risks. Interest in understanding risk from chemical exposures and other stressors has led to the formalization of health risk assessment as an applied public health science. Numerous seminal reports from the National Academies of Science (NAS) have highlighted the framework for risk assessment and risk management, as well as key changes within the practice of risk analysis. The profession of industrial hygiene has evolved to reflect the changes in health risk assessment methodology and practice. Traditional industrial hygiene practice - the anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of occupational and environmental hazards and risks - parallels key aspects of health risk assessment. Thus, industrial hygienists have a strong history as leading practitioners of all aspects of risk analysis - health risk assessment, risk management and risk communication - within the occupational environment. Risk analysis methods and tools are important resources for articulating scientific knowledge to those who make decisions regarding public and occupational health. Just as we need to stay attuned to developments in the latest air sampling techniques, keeping current on risk analysis is equally essential.
Keywords
Risk-analysis; Industrial-hygiene; Industrial-hygiene-programs; Industrial-hygienists; Exposure-assessment; Health-hazards; Biological-effects; Public-health
Contact
G. Scoll Dotson, PhD, CIH, CDC/NIOSH, Cincinnati, OH
Publication Date
20120401
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
fya8@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2012
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
B06202012
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
1066-7660
NIOSH Division
EID
Source Name
The Synergist
State
OH; NY; IL
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