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Environmental Health for All

Risk Assessment and Risk Communication for National Environmental Health Action Plans

  • David J. Briggs
  • Richard Stern
  • Tim L. Tinker

Part of the NATO Science Series book series (ASEN2, volume 49)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Developing NEHAPs: Practice and Experience

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. D. Kello, M. Haralanova, R. M. Stern, D. J. Briggs
      Pages 3-15
    3. H. Cizkova, H. Kazmarová, A. Dumitrescu, R. Janikowski
      Pages 17-34
    4. K. Victorin, C. Hogstedt, T. Kyrklund, M. Eriksson
      Pages 35-51
  3. Risk Assessment: Exploring Relationships Between Environment and Health

  4. Risk Assessment: Mapping and Modelling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-96
    2. I. Vincze, E. Elek, G. Nádor
      Pages 97-111
    3. W. D. Henriques, D. J. Briggs
      Pages 113-132
    4. D. L. Dalbokova, R. S. Dimitrova, B. P. Boeva, W. D. Henriques, D. J. Briggs
      Pages 133-146
  5. Risk Communication

  6. Issues and Research Needs

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 245-278

About this book

Introduction

Accurate assessment of environmental hazards and related risks is a primary prerequisite for effective environmental health protection, at both the individual and collective level. National and regional policies on environmental health need to be guided by knowledge about the risks to the populations involved; as the Environmental Action Plan for Europe notes, 'priority setting requires the comparative assessment of risks to health of different environmental factors against the cost of controlling them.' In recent years this has assumed particular importance, for with the encouragement of the World Health Organisation (WHO), all countries in Europe are committed to producing National Environmental Health Action Plans (NEHAPs), which will define priorities and targets for environmental health and the actions needed to achieve them. Reliable information on risks is clearly fundamantal to this process. Individual risk assessment is no less important in this context. Much of the responsibility and capacity to improve public health lies ultimately in the choices (e.g. about diet, smoking, alcohol consumption, sexual activities, sporting activities, travel mode, place of residence and occupation) which we make as individuals. If we are to improve and protect our own health, therefore, and in so doing play our personal role in achieving the targets set by these Plans, we need to be guided by a clear understanding of the risks involved.

Keywords

assessment cancer development environmental health health health policy

Editors and affiliations

  • David J. Briggs
    • 1
  • Richard Stern
    • 2
  • Tim L. Tinker
    • 3
  1. 1.Nene Centre for ResearchNene University College NorthamptonNorthamptonUK
  2. 2.Risk Management SystemsCopenhagenDenmark
  3. 3.Division of Health Education and PromotionAgency for Toxic Substances and Disease RegistryAtlantaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-4740-8
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-5453-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-4740-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-1839
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