This edited contribution discusses the basic principles of risk assessment in a user-friendly way, showing how scientific and anticipatory methodologies are used to assess risk for the environment and for people in the environment. It addresses a broad range of questions: What is environmental risk assessment? How is it used in the development of environmental and human health protection policy and legislation? How show the benefits derived from controlling risks be balanced against the costs of achieving them? How is risk assessment used in business, and in environmental management? Effective management of risk depends on good and objective assessment of those risks, relying on scientific criteria as well as socio-political views and judgements. Part I of the book addresses the scientific principles of risk assessment, ranging from industrial chemicals to genetically modified organisms. Part 2 is concerned with the way risk assessment is used in policy and legislation as a prelude to decisions about risk management. These risks are then balanced against economics and their perception by society, a necessary part of risk management strategies. The final part of the book considers the practical management of risk in a number of topical scenarios.
|Original language||English (US)|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1998|