Dealing with Assertions of Human Health Risks or Effects from Environmental Exposures: A Systematic Approach

Publication Date: 31 May 2000

Public concern about health effects which might be associated with exposure to environmental agents frequently generates enquiries to departments of public health, local authorities, environment agencies and others.

This document sets out a structure​d approach to dealing with assertions of health effects associated with environmental exposures. It is intended that this should assist public service bodies in determining an appropriate response and in subsequently defending any decisions taken.

A staged approach is recommended with the fulfilment of stated criteria being desirable before progressing to a subsequent stage.

Resource information

Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health
Publication type:
Guideline and Guidance