Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS


The capability of large industrial installations to cause under certain circumstances accidents with undesired consequences to human health and the environment has been acknowledged for some time now. A large number of sophisticated tools and methods have been developed by various research organizations and are available to the analysts for risk assessment. The efforts in both the legislative and the research context are primarily focused on the assessment and management of hazards to human health. A large number of accidents during the last few decades environmental disasters which dramatically demonstrate the need for development of suitable tools for assessing and managing not only health risks, but also risks to the environment. The objective of this paper is: to review and analyse the various methodologies used up to now for the assessment of the environmental risks; to compare the environmental risk assessment with the methodologies used for assessing the risk to human health, in order to identify possible common tools and procedures; and to investigate the requirements and set the framework for developing an integrated approach for environmental risk assessment.

Additional information

Authors: CHRISTOU M, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented : ESPEL 96-PSAM III Conference, Crete (GR), June, 1996
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 39817 ORA
Follow us on: RSS Facebook Twitter YouTube Managed by the EU Publications Office Top