Environmental Risk Communication through Qualitative Risk Assessment
AbstractEnvironmental 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. View Full-Text
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Coleman, S.J.; Zalk, D.M. Environmental Risk Communication through Qualitative Risk Assessment. Toxics 2014, 2, 346-363.
Coleman SJ, Zalk DM. Environmental Risk Communication through Qualitative Risk Assessment. Toxics. 2014; 2(2):346-363.Chicago/Turabian Style
Coleman, Sabre J.; Zalk, David M. 2014. "Environmental Risk Communication through Qualitative Risk Assessment." Toxics 2, no. 2: 346-363.