Risk Assessment

Risk assessment is a scientific process of evaluating the adverse effects caused by a substance, activity, lifestyle, or natural phenomenon. OEHHA is responsible for developing and providing risk managers in state and local government agencies with toxicological and medical information relevant to decisions involving public health. State agency users of such information include all boards and departments within Cal/EPA, as well as the Department of Public Health, the Department of Food and Agriculture, the Office of Emergency Services, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Department of Justice.

Several laws and regulations govern OEHHA's risk assessment work.

Reports, Notices, Documents

Jan 18, 2001: Conference on Environmental Protection Indicators for California
At this conference, participants heard from experts representing organizations that develop and utilize environmental indicators. In addition, open discussions and daily breakout sessions at the conference offered an opportunity for participants to provide input into the identification and selection of issues and sub-issues for environmental indicator development.
May 8, 2000: Emerging Environmental Challenges
The Emerging Environmental Challenges Program was established in the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) in fiscal year 1996/97, and charged with developing a capability to anticipate future environmental challenges which may confront programs in the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA).