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Indicators of environmental health risks 2014-2015

Signalen van milieugezondheidsrisico's 2014-2015


Since 2008, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) consults scientific experts to identify indicators of risks affecting the human environment and human health, so-called 'environmental health risks'. These risks may be related to soil and air quality or the quality of (drinking) water, as well as nanotechnology, noise nuisance, the indoor environment, and electromagnetic fields. Examples of environmental health risks identified in the 2014-2015 survey include leisure noise and blue light sources.

The survey of indicators of environmental health risks is performed at the request of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. The Ministry wants to identify any such risks in a systematic manner and as early as possible, so that appropriate measures can be taken in good time.

This year's survey was the first in which the experts consulted estimated the size and severity of each risk identified, as well as the impact that exposure may have on human health. These estimates allow the risks to be compared more effectively. The survey does not assign priority levels to the various risks identified.

An environmental health risk is designated as an indicator if it satisfies at least one of the following five criteria: new or increased exposure, increased health impact, public concern, new insights into existing exposure or effects, or new technological or societal developments that may be associated with health risks.

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