John Libbey Eurotext

Environnement, Risques & Santé


Objectives and expected outcomes of a health risk assessment Volume 11, issue 3, Mai-Juin 2012

EHESP Avenue du Professeur Léon Bernard CS 74312 35043 Rennes cedex, France, IRSET Inserm U1085 Rennes, France, URS Nanterre, France, EDF Service des études médicales Levallois, France, HPC Envirotec Noyal-Châtillon sur Seiche, France, Anses Maisons-Alfort, France, EDF - R&D Chatou, France, CEIES Grenoble, France, Centre Léon Bérard Lyon, France, SFSE
  • Key words: environment, environmental health, health risk assessment, public health
  • DOI : 10.1684/ers.2012.0541
  • Page(s) : 240-2
  • Published in: 2012

The objective of the methodology section of the “Société Française de Santé Environnement” (French Society for Environmental Health) is to improve the utility and implementation of risk assessment in France, by clarifying its aims and expected outcomes. The final goal is to apply a transparent procedure in a context of scientific uncertainty about the consequences of exposures to potentially harmful agents and thereby obtain information useful for decision makers. Risk assessment has two possible objectives: i) to compare and rank risk management options, situations, industrial techniques, or substances; ii) to assess, with more or less uncertainty, the potential health consequences of a given situation. In the first case (ranking assessment), risk estimates are less important than the ranking of options. In the second case (estimating assessment), the risk estimate is the management criteria.