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Subject: [DCHAS-L] Environmental Risk Communication through Qualitative Risk Assessment
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:20:58 -0400
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Description : Environmental Risk Communication through Qualitative Risk Assessment by Sabre J. Coleman and David M. Zalk

Abstract: Environmental analysts are often hampered in communicating the risks of environmental contaminants due to the myriad of regulatory requirements that are applicable. The use of a qualitative, risk-based control banding strategy for assessment and control of potential environmental contaminants provides a standardized approach to improve risk communication. Presented is a model that provides an effective means for determining standardized responses and controls for common environmental issues based on the level of risk. The model is designed for integration within an occupational health and safety management system to provide a multidisciplinary environmental and occupational risk management approach. This environmental model, which utilizes multidisciplinary control banding strategies for delineating risk, complements the existing Risk Level Based Management System, a proven method in a highly regulated facility for occupational health and safety. A simplified environmental risk matrix is presented that is stratified over four risk levels. Examples of qualitative environmental control banding strategies are presented as they apply to United States regulations for construction, research activities, facility maintenance, and spill remediation that affect air, water, soil, and waste disposal. This approach offers a standardized risk communication language for multidisciplinary issues that will improve communications within and between environmental health and safety professionals, workers, and management.

Keywords: environmental risk assessment; risk communication; control banding; environmental analyst; environmental and occupational risk management; qualitative risk assessment; risk level based management system

Toxics 2014, 2(2), 346-363; doi:10.3390/toxics2020346

Ralph Stuart
Division of Chemical Health and Safety
American Chemical Society

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