Our scientists assess human exposures to chemicals that may occur on the job, through foods, drugs and from a wide array of consumer products, including fabrics, building materials and household products. Exposures also result from releases of chemicals into air, water and soils. Understanding exposures is required under regulatory frameworks around the world, and is a critical step in determining actions necessary to reduce or eliminate them.
Our health scientists actively engage in developing creative research and evaluation methodologies, leading technical symposia and publishing in top scientific journals. These bring added value and key insights to every client matter, no matter how straightforward or challenging.
Strategic Application of Risk Assessment
Understanding risks to human health is fundamental to the safe manufacture, distribution, use and disposal of chemicals and products. When human health threats are identified, a number of actions may follow – ingredients may have to be eliminated or substituted, contaminated environments may have to be remediated, processes re-engineered or workers may need better protection. Our scientists and engineers support clients with cost-effective options that are protective of human health and the environment.
With expertise in all disciplines essential to risk assessment, our scientists can tackle any question regarding the safety of a product or the health risks associated with environmental and occupational exposures. We work with clients to understand the problem and apply the most appropriate type and level of analysis. If the scientific data are not available, we can design and execute the studies to generate reliable data. We critically evaluate and synthesise evidence from all relevant human health sciences to provide a sound scientific basis for decision making and risk management.
Regulatory Support Services
Regulatory and public health agencies around the world use risk assessment – a complex undertaking often involving different types of scientific data, numerous assumptions and risk models – to inform regulations. Our regulatory support services provide independent and rigorous evaluations of the science and methods used to determine the risks associated with products and exposures and to derive exposure limits that are protective of health, even if these materials have not yet been regulated. Our scientists have a thorough understanding of regulatory requirements on almost every continent and can turn to Ramboll experts in related areas to gain additional understanding.
Exposure Science, Toxicology and Epidemiology
Our clients face increasing regulatory pressure and public scrutiny related to potential risks associated with exposures to chemicals or products, whether encountered in the home or workplace, or because they are present in our air, water or soil. Assessing health risks and product safety is grounded in the integration of exposure science, toxicology and epidemiology, and requires scientists who specialise in the practical application of concepts and methods of all of these disciplines. Our experts can assess risks associated with the entire lifecycle of chemicals and other substances, and use risk-based tools to assess the sustainability of both the production of existing products and of possible alternatives to those products.
Understanding the context in which a risk problem arises is critical. Our health scientists have expertise in determining which types of analyses are appropriate in the world of toxic tort and product liability litigation, and how they may differ from analyses required in regulatory contexts. They excel in explaining complex scientific and technical aspects of health and health risks in a wide range of settings, including public hearings, expert panels, symposia and the courtroom.
Advancing the Science of Risk Assessment
Clients sometimes require the most accurate assessments of risk that current science can provide. While many risk assessments may conform with methods favoured by regulatory agencies, they may not necessarily require the best available science. Our health scientists are experienced in both the complexities that can be associated with epidemiological data and in understanding the fundamental biological processes that lead to toxicity. We have published extensively in these areas and have provided leading-edge work to advance the science of risk assessment.
Successful risk communication is tailored to its target audience, which may be scientific peers, regulatory authorities, affected communities, workers or judges and juries. Ramboll’s thorough understanding of risk and the best methods for evaluating risk ideally positions us to engage in what are often difficult and sometimes controversial communication scenarios. Many of our health scientists are involved in teaching and are called upon as faculty for risk assessment and management workshops and seminars.