Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Risk Assessment Gains Adherents

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Risk Assessment Gains Adherents

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RISK ASSESSMENT GAINS

ADHERENTS The outlook for risk assessment is improving, according to Allan Bromley, assistant to the president for science and technology at the White House. "One of the most striking [reasons for optimism] is the development of risk assessment - in our nation's universities, businesses, and government agencies - into what can be thought of as a true scientific discipline," said Bromley, speaking at the annual meeting of the American Industrial Health Council. Bromley also noted that "federal agencies have demonstrated a much more receptive attitude toward new risk assessment methodologies." While he acknowledged that much of the new methodology has been developed through the efforts of EPA, "a number of other federal agencies have also indicated their willingness to take a fresh look at the scientific basis underlying their approach to risk." Bromley lauded the work of the Federal Coordinating Council for Science, Engineering, and Technology (FCCSET, pronounced "Fixit"), which he chairs. …

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