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Risk assessment

Definition:

A scientifically based process consisting of four steps:

  • hazard identification,
  • hazard characterization,
  • exposure assessment and
  • risk characterization

Source:   Official Journal of the European Communities 2002 L 31

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A hazard is a source of potential harm from past, current, or future exposures.

Exposure assessment is the process of finding out how people come into contact with a hazardous substance [or agent], how often and for how long they are in contact with the substance, and how much of the substance they are in contact with.

Risk is the probability that something will cause injury or harm.

Source: ATSDR Glossary of Terms 

Translation(s):

Deutsch: Risikobewertung
Español: Determinación del riesgo
Français: Evaluation des risques

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