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Organizations and Agencies

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (U.S. DHHS)
ATSDR's functions include public health assessments of waste sites, health consultations concerning specific hazardous substances, health surveillance and registries, response to emergency releases of hazardous substances, applied research in support of public health assessments, information development and dissemination, and education and training concerning hazardous substances.

Ecological Risk Analysis: Guidance, Tools, and Applications (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy)
This site contains information and resources on the role of ecological risk analysis in environmental decision making. It includes information on ecological screening benchmarks, biological uptake, various guidance documents, as well as information for various types of contaminated sites.

A joint effort of the University of Maryland and the US Food and Drug Administration, the Clearinghouse aims to assist those involved with the many aspects of risk analysis as it pertains to food safety. The site provides terminology definitions, completed and ongoing food safety risk assessments, online tutorials, a list of databases, and more.

Green Mountain Institute for Environmental Democracy
GMI was orignially established to provide technical assistance — paired with federal financial assistance — to state environmental agencies in the process of completing a comparative risk assessment. GMI works "to promote effective, collaborative decision making processes by providing services to projects that use information-based tools to address the health of their environment and the people in it."

Harvard Center for Risk Analysis (Harvard School of Public Health)
HCRA conducts research in four main areas: economic evaluation of medical technology, motor vehicles and public health, environmental science, and food safety and agriculture.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: Risk-Related Research
LBL conducts research in human exposure assessment, cancer risk assessment, biologic effects of complex chemical mixtures, electromagnetic fields, integrated risk-based environmental clean-up, and more.

Microbiological Risk Assessment in Food (WHO, Department of Food Safety)
"WHO, in collaboration with other international agencies, is working to advance the role of risk assessment and improve the scientific tools available to conduct microbiological risk assessment of food." This web site includes reports of joint FAO/WHO expert committees.

RiskWorld is a comprehensive Internet resource for risk assessment and risk management information. Their web site includes: News and Press Releases, with an archive of articles, briefs, and summaries going back to 1995; a list of Risk Databases; an Abstracts Library of risk-related journals and proceedings; a Reports and Papers bibliography with links to the full-text of many documents; and an online bookstore. Conferences and calls for papers are announced here, as are job opportunities and professional training events. See their annotated catalog of risk-related websites for additional resources.

Society for Risk Analysis
SRA is an international organization that brings together professionals and organizations in order to facilitate collaboration and information sharing. Their site includes a News section.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Risk Assessment and Cost Benefit Analysis
"ORACBA's primary role is to ensure that major regulations proposed by USDA are based on sound scientific and economic analysis … a thorough analysis that makes clear the nature of the risk, alternative ways of reducing it, the reasoning that justifies the proposed rule, and a comparison of the likely costs and benefits of reducing the risk." The site offers numerous reports, links to other resoruces, and training information.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Center for Environmental Assessment
"NCEA serves as the national resource center for the overall process of human health and ecological risk assessments; the integration of hazard, dose-response, and exposure data and models to produce risk characterizations." NCEA produces Risk Assessment Guidelines (cancer, ecological, reproductive toxicity, etc.); Risk Assessments (dioxin, lead, etc.); and Risk Tools and Models.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Superfund National Risk-Based Priority Panel
This site provides "a consistent framework to evaluate and communicate the risks posed by hazardous waste sites". Provides information on the Superfund process, as well as documents on policy and planning, exposure assessment, hazard identification, risk characterization, and risk management. Subject areas include both human health and ecological risk assessment.

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Publications and Databases

To search for journal articles on this topic, use Indexes and Databases. To locate journals, use the Melvyl catalog, or the UC-eLinks Electronic Journals Search.

Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Registry (CEA)
"This Web site [from Tufts Medical Center's Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health] can be used to compare the cost-effectiveness of a broad range of interventions using standardizing cost-utility ratios, and to investigate variations in the methods used in their estimation. The CUA Registry web site includes the following sections:

Health and Environmental Research Online (HERO)
The HERO database is comprised of citations to the research that EPA scientists use to develop environmental risk assessments. The database can be searched by type of air pollutant, chemical, health and environmental effect, author, title, year of publication, and journal title among other criteria. Results can be saved in a bibliography or exported into your citation management software. You can receive periodic updates by subscribing to HERO News. Subscription is available by entering your e-mail into the HERO News box available on the HERO webpages.

Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management Databases (ProQuest)
Note: Access limited to UC faculty, staff, and students.

Health Risk Communication (National Library of Medicine Current Bibliographies in Medicine no. 2000-7)
This bibliography lists 847 citations from January 1990 to October 2000 which focus primarily on risk communication of scientific information. It is also available in a PDF version.

IRIS (Integrated Risk Information System)
The IRIS is a U.S. EPA database of human health effects that may result from exposure to substances found in the environment.


IRIS from the National Library of Medicine

IRIS from ChemKnowledge® databases (RightAnswer®)
Note: Access limited to UC faculty, staff, and students. Please LOG OFF when you are done searching.
After registering, click on Search, then click on ChemKnowledge Data. Once at that page, select IRIS to search it.

ITER: International Toxicity Estimates for Risk
The ITER database "is a compilation of human health risk values for over 600 chemicals of environmental concern from several health organizations worldwide. The database is the only on-line source of compiled risk values that provides side-by-side comparisons of values. All of the data are presented in a tabular format for ease of comparison and the reasons for differences among the organizations' values are explained." Produced by Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA).


ITER from the National Library of Medicine's TOXNET

Risk Assessment Information System (RAIS)
RAIS was designed by the Department of Energy to provide risk assessment tools and information. Among the tools available on this site are: risk-based preliminary remediation goal (PRG) calculations used by risk managers as long-term targets during the analysis and selection of remediation alternatives; databases of toxicity profiles and values; ecological benchmarks to identify chemical concentrations in environmental media that are at or below thresholds for effects to ecological receptors; and a risk assessment glossary. Additional information is available in the form of risk assessment and regulatory guidance documents, current risk management events, and links to related Internet resources. A tutorial on using RAIS is also included.

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Precautionary Principle Links from the Science and Environmental Health Network.

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