The paper identifies commonly available measurements which scale with risk, are (to a large extent) mutually orthogonal with respect to risk, are generalisable across reasonably clear hazard groupings, remain valid when combined into a risk value and can be calibrated against research findings and commercial feedback. The limited set of these will not serve the highly sophisticated precautionary regulatory purpose. Quantitative nano-specific injury risk evaluation for regulatory purposes is still a long way off. In the mean time, risk generators and liability insurers may benefit from a shared approach to nano risks. Such an approach would support the development of expertise.
The paper can be read free of charge until 28th May 2017.
Included is a link to a free, confidential risk evaluation tool which takes account of opportunity to cause provable harm and adopts a ‘threshold of concern’ approach. The concepts of proof are those adopted in common law and liability insurance. The new publication also identifies resources for the assessment of materials/processes which are above the ‘threshold of concern’.
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