Risk assessment's new era - part 1: challenges for industrial hygiene.
Dotson-GS; Rossner-A; Maier-A; Boelter-FW
Synergist 2012 Apr; 23(4):24-26
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.
Risk-analysis; Industrial-hygiene; Industrial-hygiene-programs; Industrial-hygienists; Exposure-assessment; Health-hazards; Biological-effects; Public-health
G. Scoll Dotson, PhD, CIH, CDC/NIOSH, Cincinnati, OH