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Medical Preventive Medicine

Assessment and Communication of Risk

A Pocket Text for Health and Safety Professionals

by (author) Eric Liberda & Timothy Sly

Springer Nature
Initial publish date
Jul 2023
Preventive Medicine, Occupational & Industrial Medicine, General
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    Publish Date
    Jul 2023
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This is the long-awaited pocket text on risk assessment for students and professionals in all health and safety fields.

Risk assessment and risk-based decision-making are essential skills in today's health and safety fields, but a convenient pocket or desk reference has been needed with enough theory to begin a preliminary risk assessment, together with clear explanations, applications, and worked examples. This book addresses that need.

It provides a practical resource for estimating risks in various applications, as well as assisting with the design of larger project-based assessments. It explains the two main numeric procedures: probabilistic, or "catastrophic", and quantitative, or "chronic", risk assessment, along with chapters on qualitative risk assessment and approaches to food-related risks. A final chapter examines how people perceive risk, and provides advice and assistance in the development of essential, effective risk communication with the public and with the media. Numerous case studies are analyzed.

Assessment and Communication of Risk: A Pocket Text for Health and Safety Professionalsis a one-stop resource for students in all health and safety fields, and provides a valuable guide for existing field practitioners in public health, occupational health and safety, hospitals, environmental assessment offices, and ministries of health, labour, and the environment.

About the authors

Contributor Notes

Eric Liberda, PhD is a professor in the School of Occupational and Public Health at Toronto Metropolitan University. He holds qualifications in toxicology and risk assessment from New York University (USA), RMIT (Australia), and the University of Waterloo (Canada). Dr. Liberda serves on government advising groups, conducts research related to human exposures, and has dedicated his life to helping others.


Timothy Sly, PhD is Professor Emeritus, School of Occupational and Public Health at Toronto Metropolitan University. He holds public health qualifications from UK and Canada, and graduate degrees in Epidemiology (University of Western Ontario) and Risk Studies (Teesside University, UK). He has also taught and worked in Brazil, Philippines, Taiwan, and the Caribbean Region, and served on expert committees for food and waterborne diseases.