Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Agenda

Risk Assessment of Chemicals in the Environment

Date: 07 February 2017 - 14 February 2017
Location: UFZ Leipzig, Germany

Target audience

Doctoral researchers

Contents

Regulatory methods for environmental risk assessment of chemicals (industrial chemicals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals), European regulation REACH, human vs. ecological risk assessment

  • Exposure analysis: emission patterns, multimedia fate and transport models for quantifying environmental exposure, persistence and long-range transport, predicted and measured exposure concentration
  • Effect analysis: estimation of hazard potential, tests for ecotoxicity and human health, dose-effect relationships, extrapolation methods, classification of chemicals according to modes of toxic action, prediction methods (QSARs and integrated testing strategy)
  • Risk assessment methods (deterministic vs. probabilistic), risk assessment vs. hazard assessment PBT assessment (persistence, bioaccumulation, toxicity), uncertainty and sensitivity analyses, precautionary principle

Didactic aim

The students are familiar with regulatory approaches to environmental risk assessment of chemicals and can perform a regulatory risk assessment for an industrial chemical. They are aware of pitfalls and challenges and know about new approaches to risk assessment that are still in the research stage.

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