Learn the fundamental principles of risk assessment, including tools you can use to perform simplified analyses for different occupational and environmental health risks.

All OEHS professionals encounter some form of risk assessment.

This course will familiarize newcomers to the subject with historical concepts of risk, an introduction of selected risk assessment frameworks, and some simple tools for formulating problems, performing analyses, and communicating risk results.

Basic processes in risk identification, evaluation, and analysis will be introduced along with specific terminology used for these processes by various authorities, including ISO, ANSI, U.S. National Research Council (NRC), and U.S. agencies such as EPA and OSHA. We will also discuss the role of risk communication in effectively linking risk assessment with risk management outcomes.

You will be provided with tools built-in MS Excel to familiarize yourself with the processes of scoping and planning, problem formulation and scenario development, and exercises in conducting hazard and exposure assessments for selected case studies.

Case studies will include occupational and environmental exposure examples and showcase the use of select exposure assessment tools including AIHA’s IHMOD.

Course Outcomes

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Understand the evolution of risk concepts in modern society.
  • Understand the principles and terminology of international risk assessment frameworks.
  • Apply simple risk assessment tools to case study problems.
  • Understand the importance of risk communication in making risk assessment effective.
  • Be prepared to use the IH risk assessment model presented in the Intermediate Course.

Who Will Benefit

This course is ideal for OEHS professionals who are interested in the fundamental principles of risk assessment and tools for performing simplified analyses for different occupational and environmental health risks.


Instructors

Georgi Popov, PhD, CSP, QEP, SMS, ARM, CMC, FAIHA
Professor, University of Central Missouri School of Geoscience, Physics, and Safety

Georgi Popov, PhD, CSP, QEP, SMS, ARM, CMC, FAIHA

Dr. Georgi Popov is a professor in the School of Geoscience, Physics, and Safety at the University of Central Missouri. He is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) Safety Management Specialist (SMS), Associate in Risk Management (ARM), and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC). Georgi Popov received a PhD in Chemistry from the National Scientific Board and an M.S. in Engineering Physics from Defense University in Bulgaria. In 2001, Dr. Popov graduated from the Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. He also has a post-graduate certification in Environmental Air Quality. Dr. Popov is a recipient of the ASSP Global Safety Management, Executive Program in Safety Management and Risk Assessment Certificates.

John Arthur Lowe, CIH
Principal Technologist, Jacobs

John Arthur Lowe, CIH

Mr. Lowe is a Principal Technologist with Jacobs. Since 1979, he has practiced as an exposure scientist and environmental toxicologist with experience with assessing and controlling human health hazards throughout the lifecycles of chemical substances in the environment, for commercial, municipal, and Federal clients. Mr. Lowe has led numerous scientific studies for assessing environmental hazards including human health risk assessments, fate, and transport modeling, exposure modeling, and environmental monitoring studies. These have been applied to problems including hazardous waste site remediation, assessment and control of toxic air pollutant emissions, and product stewardship for pesticides and toxic substances. Mr. Lowe specializes in risk assessment and risk management for environmentally recalcitrant chemicals, including chlorinated solvents in soil and groundwater, dioxins and furans (D/Fs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), chlorinated pesticides, coal-tar residuals, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), heavy metals, and arsenic.

Tsvetan Popov, PhD, CIH, CSP
Assistant Professor, University of Central Missouri School of Geoscience, Physics, and Safety

Tsvetan Popov, PhD, CIH, CSP

Dr. Tsvetan Popov is an assistant professor in the School of Geoscience, Physics, and Safety at the University of Central Missouri. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), and a Certified Safety Professional (CSP). In 2005, Tsvetan Popov received a PhD in Chemistry from the Defense Advanced Research Institute in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2019 Tsvetan Popov graduated with a master’s degree in industrial hygiene from the University of Central Missouri.