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Risk Assessment SIG

Why we exist?

The new millennium is an exciting one for the RiskSIG. There are a number of recent policy developments which are supportive of risk assessment, namely:

  • National Air Quality Standards (Air NEPM) which were developed with the help of risk assessment
  • Variations to the Victorian State Environment Protection Policy for Air Quality Management to incorporate formalised risk assessments
  • National Environmental Health Strategy, which includes risk assessment as a basis for decision making;
  • Australian standard for Risk Management (AS4360-1999).
  • Proposal to develop a coordinated national strategy for "air toxics".  


RiskSIG has planned a half day pre-CASANZ conference workshop for the afternoon of Sunday, 20 September, 2015 on the theme of:


Managing Risk in Risk Assessment 


The workshop will bring together practitioners and jurisdictional authorities to discuss important, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of available risk assessment approaches.


Final Programme

1:00 – 1:30 pm

Coffee and registration


Ambient air pollutant – HRA - Chair Associate. Professor. Andrea Hinwood; Edith Cowan University

1:30 – 1:50 pm

John Frangos; Golder – Introduction on HRA methods

1:50 – 2:10 pm

Antti Mikonnen; Golder (Australian HRA to support revision of NEPM)

2:10 – 2:30 pm

Gerda Kuschel; Emission Impossible - The Updated Health and Air Pollution in NZ Study: Why doing health effects studies can be bad for your health

2:30 – 2:50 pm

Dr Sarah Henderson; British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and University of British Columbia – Experience and views on HRA from a public health perspective

3.10 – 3:30 pm

Discussion of Methods

3.30 – 3.50 pm

Afternoon tea


Air Emission HRA – Chair Dr Lyn Denison

3:50 – 4:10 pm

Len Turczynowicz; University of Adelaide – Inhalation Exposure Assessment – Inhalation Dosimetry

4.10 – 4:30pm

Tarah Hagen; ToxConsult – “Risk assessment of laser printer emissions measured as particles”. Are emissions particles or VOC/SVOCs? Use of the concept toxicological threshold of concern to assess trivial or unknown components.

4:30 – 4:45 pm

Jacquiline Campbell; IAQ Solutions – Case Study

4.45 - 5:00

Madeleine Thomas; Golder - Ambient Dust and Chemical Contaminants in Rain Water Tanks – Risk assessment challenges.


Call for Registrations


RiskSIG welcomes all workshop registrants to share their latest experiences with health risk assessment. You can register for this workshop in conjunction with CASANZ 2015 Conference. 


For further information, please contact the Workshop organiser, John Frangos via email.


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