Magazine article Risk Management

Ecosurfing

Magazine article Risk Management

Ecosurfing

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Whether or not responsibility for environmental exposures figures largely in your day-to-day work, familiarity with the challenges particular to your industry is important. Better methods, cleaner processes and mutually beneficial techniques are being developed all the time. We've previewed a few of the many Internet sites covering the issues to give you some jump-off points for research.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's(1) home page is a comprehensive source for information and resources in all areas of human health and the natural environment. The main page is easy to navigate and inclusive, with search capabilities and links to all sorts of laws, codes, regulations and statutes. Its Business and Industry section provides a host of information on regulations and compliance, programs and assistance, as well as "envirofacts." Links to related agencies provide a guided tour through the maze of databases, tools and libraries available online. Additionally, the EPA has specialized pages such as the Oil Spill Program(2) page.

The National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy(3) is a Canadian program for businesses and the public alike. Their Web site contains information on government policy and publications for everything from sustainable development to greenhouse gas emissions, conferences and workshops to the latest news releases and media advisories.

What is biodiversity? Take a look at the United Nations Environmental Program Biodiversity Programme(4) page to discover the intricacies of eroding genetic code, specie and ecosystem survival, and worldwide sustainable development. The site addresses strategies to maintain and increase the environmental underpinnings of human existence. As with all U.N. programs and subunits, the UNEP Biodiversity Programme information is somewhat academic. This page also may be less current than it should be. Look to the UNEP(5) home page for more up-to-date information.

The Quantitative Evaluation of Contamination Consequences(6) page is interesting primarily for its interactive nature, calling for the building of a database to measure, report on and profile contamination scenarios. It's a barebones site--a work in progress--that you might want to check in on from time to time for updates. You can, however, find some information on the underlying theme through documents and slides of talks presented over the past two years on outcome measures and the like. …

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