Risk assessment is of increasing importance as health and safety regulations grow and become more complicated. Focusing on environmental risk assessment, this book looks at various factors relating to exposure and toxicity, human health, and risk. The book is aimed at risk assessors and students who need to know more about developing, conducting, and interpreting risk assessments. It delivers a view of the field, complete with background to enable readers to probe for themselves the science underlying the key issues in environmental risk.
- Introduces the science of risk assessment - past, present, and future
- Covers problem formation and the development of exposure factors
- Explains how human epidemiology and animal testing data are used to determine toxicity criteria
- Provides environmental sampling data for conducting practice risk assessments
- Examines the use of in vitro methods for toxicity testing
- Describes the political and social aspects of science-based decisions in the twenty-first century
- Includes examples, case studies, discussion questions, and links to legislative hearings.