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Environmental and human health risk assessment

Project ID: 29
Funded under: FP5-JRC


In the last decades, much attention is focussed especially on perfecting the definitions of risk. The scope of the risk assessment covers emissions and consequent environmental impact and human exposures at each stage of the life cycle of a chemical, from production, through processing, formulation and use, to recycling and disposal. Protection goals for the environment include the atmosphere, aquatic organisms, sediment dwelling organisms, soil-dwelling organisms, microorganisms in wastewater treatment plants, and mammals and birds exposed via accumulation up the food chain. In this paper, a short not-too-detailed overview describing principles of the risk assessment process is presented.

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Authors: LAHANIATIS M R, Faculty Wehenstephan Scientific Centre for Nutrition, Land Use and Environment, Technical University of Munich (DE);PAKALIN S, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, European Chemicals Bureau, Ispra (IT);KETTRUP A, GSF - National Research Centre for Environment and Health, Institute of Ecological Chemistry, Neuherberg (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Fresenius Environmental Bullletin, Volume 11, Number 10a, (October 2002), pp.1-22
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