Risk assessment and management of chemicals

Electronic Distance Learning Tool launched

Distance Learning Tool launched

A new electronic distance learning tool on risk assessment and risk management was today officially launched by Professor Dr Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol, President of the Chulabhorn Research Institute on the occasion of a visit to the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for South-East Asia in New Delhi.

The electronic distance learning tool (eDLT) on risk assessment and risk management of chemicals aims to make globally-relevant training materials available and to provide a self-guided web-based training tool on the general principles and concepts of risk assessment and management.

““The lack of capacity for risk assessment and management of chemicals is a particular concern among the countries in South-East Asia” said Dr Samlee Plianbangchang, Regional Director, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia. “This distance learning tool will help build and expand the pool of qualified personnel who are able to understand and apply the scientific principles of risk assessment” he added.

The electronic distance learning tool is targeted at public health, environment and medical professionals particularly in developing countries and those with economies in transition which lack a critical mass of qualified personnel. Public policy, engineering and legal professionals in these countries may also find the tool of value in understanding what is involved in this subject.

The tool has 8 modules relevant to the safety assessment of chemicals including problem formulation, hazard assessment, exposure assessment, risk characterization for human health and ecological and risk management.

The tool was developed by the Chulabhorn Research Institute together with the University of Ottawa, Canada, Utrecht University, the Netherlands and WHO’s International Programme on Chemical Safety. The Chulabhorn Research Institute is the WHO Collaborating Centre for Capacity-building and Research in Environmental Health Science and Toxicology. The tool was developed with the financial support of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management.