Risk Analysis, Assessment, Communication, Evaluation, and Management
The cancer policy framework was developed based on an assessment of current practice across programs within ATSDR and as such is multifaceted encompassing aspects of exposure as well as carcinogenicity. Collectively, the elements of the ATSDR Cancer Policy Framework are intended to guide ATSDR’s pursuit of its mandate to assess the relationship between exposure to hazardous substances and the effects of those substances on human health.
The primer provides a framework of principles and approaches for the communications of health risk information to diverse audiences. It is intended for ATSDR staff and personnel from other government agencies and private organizations who must respond to public concerns about exposure to hazardous substances in the environment.
The primer presents key principles and techniques to assist federal decisionmakers and health risk communicators to improve their overall effectiveness in evaluating health risk messages and materials.
The purpose of the expert panel was to assist ATSDR, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and state and local health departments in addressing key issues of science, public health practice, and risk management related to this indoor use of methyl parathion.
Participants were asked to discuss an integrated approach to addressing the neurobiological, psychological, and social health effects found in communities near hazardous waste sites or following a chemical spill.