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Environmental Health for All : Risk Assessment and Risk Communication for National Environmental Health Action Plans - David J. Briggs

Environmental Health for All

Risk Assessment and Risk Communication for National Environmental Health Action Plans

By: David J. Briggs (Editor), Richard M. Stern (Editor), Tim L. Tinker (Editor)

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The development of "National environmental health action plans" (NEHAPs) has become a major initiative in Europe, with 51 countries now committed to introducing plans by the new millennium. This book is an attempt to review recent experience in formulating these plans, and to examine and assess the technical and psycho-sociological tools available to support such plans. It brings together results from four of the leading countries involved in NEHAP developments (Sweden, Czech Republic, Romania and Poland) and describes the techniques that were used to identify and prioritise key environmental issues, and to identify policy responses. The book also provides a review of the methods and tools available for risk assessment, risk communication and priority setting, which are relevant not only to NEHAPs but to environmental planning more generally, and to many other areas of public policy. The discussion of these techniques is supported by case studies, and is concluded by a series of chapters reflecting on the conceptual and research issues that still need to be addressed.

Preface
Acknowledgements
National Environmental Health Action Plans: background and processp. 3
The NEHAP experience in the Czech Republic, Romania and Polandp. 17
Setting priorities for environmental health risks in Swedenp. 35
Sources and consequences of uncertainty in risk estimatesp. 55
Outbreak of baldness in children in Sillamae, Estoniap. 63
Health effects of exposure to metals from manufacturing plantsp. 69
Is iodide a confounding or effect modifying factor of liver cirrhosis?p. 77
Structural-functional state of the bone-muscular system in people exposed to low doses of ionising radiationp. 85
Tools for risk assessment: statistical and spatial methodsp. 97
Environmental modelling in the NEHAP processp. 113
Tools for risk assessment: Geographic Information Systemsp. 133
Monte Carlo simulations in risk assessment: cancer risk in the Polish coke industryp. 147
Promoting active public participationp. 157
Putting risk communication policy into practice: a U.S. federal perspectivep. 169
Priority setting of environmental and health policy optionsp. 175
Presenting decision-makers with their choices: environment health indicators for NEHAPsp. 187
What is risk?p. 205
Quantifying the unquantifiable and comparing the non-commensuratep. 213
Reality versus perception, and values versus science in risk assessment and risk perceptionp. 223
Coping with complexity in environmental health management and policyp. 233
Referencesp. 245
App. 1: Workshop Conclusions and Recommendationsp. 261
App. 2: Workshop Participantsp. 267
Indexp. 273
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ISBN: 9780792354529
ISBN-10: 0792354524
Series: Nato Science Partnership Subseries: 2
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 278
Published: 31st December 1998
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 1.31