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Environmental Risk Assessments and Management

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Description

Environmental risk assessment and management (ERAM) is a tool that is increasingly being used by many organizations to identify their risk exposures as part of corporate-wide risk assessment and management programs. ERAM also supports environmental impact assessment (EIA) and environmental management programs, while it may also be used as a tool to identify aspects in line with ISO 14001 requirements.

The ERAM is a relatively new field that encompasses a widely recognized framework and various methodologies for evaluating and managing risks from environmental contaminants and technological hazards.

The curriculum of this course goes beyond the extent of most similar training programs, since both environmental risk management (ERM) and the latest thinking regarding corporate-wide risk assessment are addressed in the course. The primary focus of this course

To equip environmental practitioners and managers with the necessary skills to conduct environmental risk assessments and to generate risk management plans.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the delegates will be able to:

  • Discuss the risk assessment and management procedure
  • Identify and classify environmental hazards and risks
  • Identify risk management choices
  • Discuss the hierarchy of risk management strategies
  • Diversify the portfolio of risk management strategies
  • Understand legal risk exposures
  • Understand ecological risk exposures
  • Understand industrial product-based risk assessments
  • Discuss human safety and health risk exposures
  • Discuss radiation risk exposures
  • Understand risk communication
  • Discuss imperatives for corporate-wide risk exposures

Course Outline

### Day 1

  • Introduction
  • Course objectives and requirements
  • Outline of the subjects to be covered
  • Introduction to risk sciences

Human Health Risk Assessment

  • Basic concepts and current approaches
  • Risk assessment paradigm
  • Hazard identification, dose/response assessment
  • Human Health Risk Assessment (cont’d)
  • Exposure assessment, modeling and monitoring approaches
  • Conceptual site models
  • Risk characterization

Day 2

  • Risk Management
  • Principles of risk management
  • Principles of applying risk results
  • Science/policy interface
  • Balancing human health and ecological risks
  • Acceptable risk
  • Managing risk assessments
  • Group discussion

Day 3

  • Risk Communication and Risk Perception
  • Risk comparisons
  • Guidelines for communicating risk information
  • Public participation in the decision-making process
  • Risk = Hazard + Outrage: A formula for effective risk communication
  • Risk assessment software demonstration
  • Internet applications

Day 4

  • Regulatory Issues in Risk Assessment
  • Risk basis of selected regulatory programs
  • Risk reduction
  • Risk-based priority setting (comparative risks)
  • Current legislation
  • Risk assessment/cost-benefit studies
  • Case study and discussions

Day 5

  • Risk Assessment for Accidental Introductions
  • Pathways of accidental invasion
  • Pathways based risk assessment
  • Legislating Authority for Risk Analysis
  • SPS agreement
  • Potential strengths
  • Potential concerns
  • Convention on Biodiversity
  • Comparison of the SPS agreement and the CBD for exotic species
  • Group discussions
  • Presentation of Certificate

## Course Methodology

A variety of methodologies will be used during the course that includes:

  • (30%) Based on Case Studies
  • (30%) Techniques
  • (30%) Role Play
  • (10%) Concepts
  • Pre-test and Post-test
  • Variety of Learning Methods
  • Lectures
  • Case Studies and Self Questionaires
  • Group Work
  • Discussion
  • Presentation

Who should attend

This course is suitable for project managers environmental engineers, project coordinators project control personnel, owner consultants and contractors responsible for planning, executing and managing major projects will gain an understanding of risk assessment as an organized, multidisciplinary approach to evaluating scientific data, the techniques involved in analyzing risks, generally accepted principles and terminology used in the field, and limitations of current risk assessment methods.

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