New science: A risk assessor’s perspective

March 15, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Posted in Video | Leave a comment

Risk assessors are typically challenged by four questions: What adverse effects result from exposure to a chemical? At what level do these effects occur? Are there populations at special risk? And how sure are we of the answers to the other three questions?

This presentation examines how risk assessment functions when new science presents fresh evidence of potential harm, with case studies of low-dose exposure to arsenic and the health effects of obesogens. It should be useful to anyone looking for an overview of what risk assessment does and tries to achieve, presenting an insider’s view of how risk assessment can incorporate new science.

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This presentation by Dr Ila Cote, a senior science advisor at the US Environmental Protection Agency, was part of a workshop titled Use of In Utero and Post-Natal Indicators to Predict Health Outcomes Later in Life, organised by the US Standing Committee on Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions. For more information visit their website; for updates on new workshops and other information, sign up for their newsletter.

The next Standing Committee workshop (27-28 April 2011, Washington DC) will review the significance of the microbiome for human health and how environmental conditions can alter its balance, potentially increasing risk of asthma, autism, obesity and other health problems. Click here for more information about the workshop.

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