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Suspected pesticide poisoning: A back-of-the-envelope health risk assessment Volume 14 Issue 8

Geoffrey Richards

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 14(8) 168 - 170 Published: 01 August 2003

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Geoffrey Richards


Not all health risk assessment is of a formal and extensive nature. At times a ‘back-of-the-envelope’, or quick screening assessment, based on few or limited data may be appropriate. It may consist solely of discussion with a member of the public over the phone concerning a soil, water, food or air sample and its comparison with some national or internationally accepted standard or guideline; or it may deserve slightly deeper consideration.