March 3, 2016 by David Taylor

Risk assessment is only one of the initial stages in chemicals management. Having identified the magnitude of the risk posed by a substance the next step is to determine what degree of substance management is appropriate and part of the information needed to establish this is the relationship between the benefits that accrue from reducing the risk compared to the societal costs involved in more severe restrictions on the use of the substance. This is not just the commercial costs involved but also the cost of the societal benefits that might be foregone. This is a difficult area and one which society is only just beginning to come to terms with. The Royal Society of Chemistry is hosting a series of meetings that are attempting to explore some of these issues and the next one is to be held in London at the beginning of May this year.

The event is by invitation only, but if anyone is interested please contact Steven Lipworth:

Dr S R Lipworth
Policy Adviser
Environment Health & Safety
Royal Society of Chemistry
Burlington House
Tel +44 (0) 20 7440 3337