Chapter 11: Risk Assessment in Public Health Policy

General scope of practice
*risk assessment has several applications that could affect the decisions to be make in relation to environmental and public health risk management programs
*when appropriately applied, risk assessment techniques can further estimate the degree of risk reduction achievable by implementing various scientific remedies
Broad applications encountered in chemical exposure scenarios
*human health impacts from chemical residues found in food products
*determining safe exposure limits for toxic chemicals in workplaces or residences
*decisions about the use of specific chemicals in manufacturing processes
*facilitation of property transactions by assisting developers, lenders, and buyers in the safe acquisition of both residential and commercial properties
*risk assessment will provide a decision maker with…
**scientifically-defensible procedures for determining whether or not a potential chemical exposure problem could represent a significant adverse health and environmental risk
**defensible reasons for mitigation procedures
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