'All substances are poisonous … the right dose differentiates
a poison from a remedy': Paracelsus 1493–1551

1.0 Fire Fighting Foam ("PFAS") Contamination ~Army Aviation Centre Oakey, Queensland: What is an Acceptable Risk for Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals?

How Should it be Determined?

TAGS: Chemical hazards; human health; fire-fighting foam; PFAS; Oakey; health risk assessment; concern assessment; IRGC; risk governance; acceptable level of risk; factual risk; socio-cultural risk; trans-science; participation (Posted 14 September 2016)

Decisions by science about what is an acceptable level of risk to public health from exposure to hazardous chemicals, may be quite different from public opinion and subjective community perceptions of risk.

READ MORE on a pathway forward to overcome this “log in the road” for the risk assessment process.

It is based on the cornerstones of “concern assessment” - an International Risk Governance Council concept that broadens the risk assessment process; and by meaningful involvement of community concerns in “risk governance”.

2.0 Hazardous Chemicals and Public Health

Click on the following LINK for an outline of the framework of a book chapter by the author on this topic published in his book, "Finding Solutions for Environmental Conflicts: Power and Negotiation".

It provides a problem-solving approach that integrates law, science and ADR/negotiation to resolve public health-chemical exposure conflicts. (Posted 14 September 2016)

Dr Ted Christie was a Commissioner in the Federal Government’s Commission of Inquiry into the ongoing and future uses and activities of the  Department of Defence's 454,500 hectare Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area, Queensland.

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