Common themes at the workshop on uncertainty in the risk assessment of environmental and occupational hazards.
Ann NY Acad Sci 1999 Dec; 895(1):373-376
The workshop entitled "Uncertainty in the Risk Assessment of Environmental and Occupational Hazards", which was held during September 21-26, 1998 in Bologna, Italy in the historic council chamber of the Bologna Town Hall, was a collaborative effort of the European Ramazzini Foundation and the International Statistical Institute. The workshop had three objectives: (1) to improve understanding of the sources and magnitude of uncertainty in the risk assessment process; (2) to discuss and disseminate means for reducing such uncertainty; and (3) to describe, characterize, and express uncertainty in risk assessment, with a particular view towards its implications on policy. The workshop sessions revolved around the themes of uncertainty and variability in the four components of a common model of the risk assessment process. The presentations were grouped into sessions that considered uncertainty in hazard identification, exposure assessment, exposure-response modeling, and risk characterization. The workshop was designed to be highly practical. The uncertainties associated with the assessment of health risks of electromagnetic fields and of dioxin were the focus of more than one presentation. The perspectives of participants from academia, industry, and government enriched discussions about the evaluation and communication of uncertainty and variability throughout the risk assessment process.
Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Statistical-analysis; Analytical-processes; Analytical-methods; Exposure-assessment; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Education and Information Division, Risk Evaluation Branch, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226, USA
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