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AcuTech's AcuSafe website is a free collection of useful technical papers, regulatory information, process safety and risk management tools, and links to related websites. Free registration with AcuSafe allows complete access to this information as well as a monthly email newsletter. (Posted September 2000.)
American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS)
AAPS is a professional, scientific society of more than 10,000 members employed in academia, industry, government and other research institutes worldwide. AAPS aims to advance science through the open exchange of scientific knowledge, serve as an information resource, and contribute to human health through pharmaceutical research and development. (Posted September 2000.)
American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)
AIHA is the essential source for information on occupational and environmental health and safety issues. (Posted September 2000.)
Books on Risk Communication
Browse RiskWorld's listing of risk communication books that can be ordered on-line.  An overview of each book is provided for most titles.
Center for Environmental Communication (CEC)
CEC brings together university investigators to provide a social science perspective to environmental problem-solving. Formerly the Environmental Communication Research Program, CEC has gained international recognition for responding to environmental communication dilemmas with research, training, and public service. Established in 1986, CEC, located on the Cook College campus,  is now jointly sponsored by the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. (Posted September 2000.)
Center for Environmental and Regulatory Information Systems (CERIS) 
CERIS is a center within the Entomology Department at Purdue University. It is home to a collection of databases of information on pesticides, plant export/import, and exotic pest tracking. Data are received or derived principally from the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Agriculture, and USA state agencies. (Posted September 2000.)
Clary Meuser Research Network
Clary Meuser Research Network is dedicated to providing the data, tools, and expertise that will help tribes, governments, community groups, and businesses communicate the various facets of environmental, health and social problems, solutions, and achievements in such a way that they educate, raise community awareness, and facilitate networking, ultimately resulting in: (1) increased awareness of the negative impacts on human and ecosystem health of resource exhaustion, pollution, radiation, biodiversity loss, and poorly planned development; (2) healthy local and bioregional economies that use local renewable resources in new and innovative ways for the production of goods in such a way that they satisfy local needs and restore, rather than degrade the environment; and (3) sustainable vibrant communities that provide decent, affordable shelter, cultural respect, safety and health, and meaningful work for all. (Posted August 2000.)
Climate Change and Human Health Integrated Assessment Web: Risk Communication and Characterization
The Climate Change and Human Health Integrated Assessment Web provides recent and relevant information about the potential impacts of climate change through integrated assessment. This web site aims to appropriately characterize and communicate current scientific research to support policy development and analysis. (Posted August 2000.)

The Coalition for Transfusion Safety

This coalition has launched a resource Web site for both the general public and the medical community in response to the need for information and education about the U.S. blood supply. The site provides news, scientific abstracts, and events related to increasing the volume of the blood supply and to the safety of receiving a blood transfusion. (Posted July 2000.)
The Communication Initiative
The Communication Initiative's goals are to advance the extent and quality of communication and change information; improve strategic communication thinking on development issues; expand dialogue, debate and review key communication issues and programmes; and effectively advocate the importance of communication for sustainable development. (Posted August 2000.)
Crisisnavigator (Krisennavigator)
This international Internet guide to crisis management, crisis communications, issues management, risk management and disaster management is an open platform for researchers, executives, journalists, and other people searching for information about these topics. A German version (Deutsch) of this web site is also available. (Posted September 2000.)
http://www.crisisnavigator.org/ (http://www.krisennavigator.de/)
The Cygnus Group
The Cygnus Group web site is designed to provide individuals and organizations with information regarding the most efficient and effective ways to reduce waste and conserve resources. Thus, the focus is on source reduction and reuse, rather than just recycling. (Posted August 2000.)
CSI - Radiation Safety
CSI - Radiation Safety is a subsidiary of Communication Sciences Institute, Inc., established to provide consulting and training in radiation risk assessment, risk communication, and communication skills. CSI currently has the contract for radiation safety inspections of over 2,500 laboratories at the National Institutes of Health. (Posted August 2000.)
Ecology Communications
This web site features ecology news from all over the world. It contains feature stories, garden tips, and an ecology club. (Posted September 2000.)
ENVIROCOMM focuses on environmental communication to offer unique public relations services for business, commercial and government organizations. Environmental communication is multifaceted, encompassing among other issues: corporate and government environmental technology; energy production and uses; and personal health, agriculture and food safety. (Posted September 2000.)


A source for right-to-know resources, news, discount books, green products, free GIS, data and maps, environmental and sociological data and research, provided by Clary-Meuser Research Associates, which specializes in environmental communication, environmental and sociodemographic data, research, and analysis. (Posted January 2000.)
Providing a virtual community for research, procurement and frictionless e-commerce, EnviroGlobe.com helps its users meet their objectives quickly and intelligently, saving time and money. EnviroGlobe.com was developed by RTN to broaden the scope of material available to users of RIMS2000, and to establish a single Internet tool for locating environmental information. The site offers a wide range of value-added resources for environmental professionals and those outside the core field who discover environmental aspects in most business transactions. (Posted September 2000.)
Environmental Education on the Internet
Provides links for activities and materials dealing with: toxic materials--industrial wastes, environmental toxins, and pesticides--and risk communication. (Posted August 2000.)
Environmental Working Group (EWG)
EWG is a leading content provider for public interest groups and concerned citizens who are campaigning to protect the environment. EWG provides information and policy analysis to the general public, environmental organizations and other public interest groups, journalists and policy makers. (Posted September 2000.)


Enterprise Risk Solutions (ERS), a subsidiary of the financial services consulting firm Oliver, Wyman & Company, has launched eRisks.com, the first integrated online resource for risk management professionals. The web site provides an array of information and analytical services, such as education, case studies, trends, tools, news, benchmarks and best practices. Many of the web's features eventually will be available by subscription only. (Posted February 2000.)
Fire & Emergency Television Network (FETN)
FETN produces training programs for fire, rescue, medical, and industrial emergency response teams and delivers the information via satellite broadcast and videotape to subscribing volunteer and municipal agencies, industrial facilities, and military installations. (Posted August 2000.)
Food and Agriculture Organization
The Food and Agriculture Organization was founded in October 1945 with a mandate to raise levels of nutrition and standards of living, to improve agricultural productivity, and to better the condition of rural populations. FAO's main functions are development assistance, information and support services, advice to governments, and a neutral forum for international cooperation. The World Agricultural Information Centre is FAO's strategic program on information management and dissemination. (Posted August 2000.)
The Hazard Reduction & Recovery Center (HRRC)
The Hazard Reduction & Recovery Center (HRRC), established at Texas A&M University, engages in research on hazard mitigation, disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. The staff of the HRRC is interdisciplinary in nature and includes the expertise of architects, engineers, geographers, psychologists, and sociologists. The HRRC is dedicated to providing access to hazards information for homeowners, professionals, business investors, and the academic community. (Posted August 2000.)
Hazardous Waste Clean-up Information (CLU-IN)
The Hazardous Waste Clean-up Information web site provides information about innovative treatment technologies to the hazardous waste remediation community. It describes programs, organizations, publications and other tools for federal and state personnel, consulting engineers, technology developers and vendors, remediation contractors, researchers, community groups, and individual citizens. The site is managed by EPA's Technology Innovation Office and is intended as a forum for all waste remediation stakeholders. (Posted August 2000.)
Health Physics Society
The Health Physics Society is an international professional scientific organization dedicated to promoting the practice of radiation safety. The Society is active in all aspects of radiation protection including
information dissemination, standards development, education,
preparation of position papers, and promotion of scientific
conferences and committees. (Posted August 2000.)

Health Risk Communicator

The Subcommittee on Risk Communication and Education of the U.S. Public Health Service's Environmental Health Policy Committee publishes the newsletter Health Risk Communicator three times each year. The newsletter focuses on health risk communication principles, practices, and standards for practitioners and researchers in that field. Its goals are to provide a forum for the exchange of news and ideas about contemporary health risk communication and education issues and to dispense practical information on emergency trends, issues, and needs related to health risk communication principles and practices. (Posted May 2000.)
Health Sciences Consortium (HSC)
The Health Sciences Consortium (HSC) is a nonprofit publishing cooperative dedicated to sharing instructional materials in the health sciences. (Posted August 2000.)
Innovative Emergency Management (IEM)
IEM is a research-based corporation helping emergency managers as well as business and industry to develop and refine their organizational processes. IEM's strength is providing creative solutions to complex problems. Some areas of expertise include information technology, software development and data services; emergency management/risk management; and public outreach and risk communication. (Posted September 2000.)
Institute for Risk Analysis and Risk Communication (IRARC)
The Institute for Risk Analysis and Risk Communication (IRARC) strives to improve risk assessment methods and the scientific foundation behind risk assessments. IRARC emphasizes science’s contribution to understanding biological processes and their perturbation by chemicals. IRARC also stresses the essential role science must play in improving risk assessment methods. For example, IRARC research combines results from molecular and cellular laboratory work to develop mechanistic models of developmental toxicity. IRARC investigators also focus on developing new methods applicable to both cancer and non cancer risk assessment. (Posted August 2000.)
Institute of Risk Research (IRR) 
The Institute of Risk Research (IRR) of the University of Vienna was founded with the aim to support interdisciplinary, independent and critical scientific discussion of societal risks create an academic institution willing to manage relevant interdisciplinary projects, for which no other single discipline feels sufficiently competent. The Institute consists of a small but international team of scientists from different fields, who form the nucleus of research projects involving scientists from all over Europe and from abroad. Networking experts, coordinating research projects, setting up a documentation system for grey literature on relevant topics, and providing risk and safety information to specialists as well as non-scientists have been the main tasks of the last few years. Originally research focused on topics concerning nuclear safety, but has lately evolved towards more fundamental questions of risk research and more general aspects of risk. (Posted September 2000.)
Institute of Scientific & Technical Communicators (ISTC)
ISTC's mission is to set and improve standards for communication of the scientific and technical information that support products, services or business. (Posted August 2000.)
Internet Documents in Economics Access Service (IDEAS)
IDEAS is a service providing information about working papers and published research to the economics profession. This service uses the complete data from the RePEc database, which includes bibliographic data contributed by over 150 archives. IDEAS now also covers over 80 journals. (Posted August 2000.)
Interpretive Consultations
Interpretive Consultations specializes in risk communication services. It serves public agencies, utilities and private industries and organizations that face increasing challenges in working with the public on issues of risks to human health and safety and public officials and scientists who lack experience in risk communication. (Posted August 2000.)
An innovative leader in scientific research, Intertox works with industries, governments, and communities to protect public health and the environment.

Through years of experience and ongoing training, they have developed an approach to toxicological evaluation and public health risk assessment services that is thorough, focused, and cost effective—and we've gained a comprehensive understanding of regulatory agency perspectives and their requirements.

Intertox's team of scientists brings their individual expertise in the fields of toxicology, epidemiology, and the environmental sciences to solve today's complex environmental issues. Our project experience encompasses risk assessments related to chemical and biological exposure, risk communication and information research services, and a wide-range of toxicological services—including litigation support. (Posted August 2000.)

ITAudit.org is designed to be the premier information technology resource for auditors. ITAudit.org is designed to enhance the auditors' knowledge of information technology (IT), and is especially relevant for IT auditors. The ITAudit Forum aims to promote a better understanding of IT among audit professionals. It provides a forum for auditors and IT auditors worldwide to share information and experience. ITAudit.org is sponsored by The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). (Posted September 2000.)
Journal of Medical Internet Research
International scientific journal for medical research, information and communication on the Internet. (Posted September 2000.)
National Health Information Center (NHIC)
NHIC is a health information referral service. NHIC puts health professionals and consumers who have health questions in touch with those organizations that are best able to provide answers. NHIC was established by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (Posted September 2000.)
National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists (NRRPT)
The objective of the Registry is to encourage and promote the education and training of radiation protection technologists and, by doing so, promote and advance the science of health physics. (Posted August 2000.)
Noonan/Russo Communications, Inc.
Noonan/Russo is an international communications firm providing strategic counsel to a select group of innovative biotechnology, pharmaceutical, device and healthcare companies. By fostering diverse perspectives within a creative team oriented framework, they help their clients achieve their business goals. (Posted August 2000.)
John Paling & Co., Inc., 
John Paling & Co., Inc., is a research and consulting firm that has many years of experience in public communications. The company has pioneered a totally new approach to the world of overcoming and communicating risks. John Paling's simple "Richter Scale for Risks" helps people and businesses view their major challenges in perspective and so make better informed decisions leading to their success. (Posted August 2000.)

Partnership for Food Safety Education

A coalition of industry, government and consumer groups have created a partnership to reduce the incidence of foodborne illness by educating Americans about safe food handling  practices. Their web site is filled with food safety facts, tips, and tools--such as a listing of food safety web links and on-line food safety updates--for educators, the media, and consumers.  (Posted August 2000.)
The Peter Sandman Risk Communication Web Site
Dr. Peter M. Sandman is a risk communication speaker and consultant in the United States, but has also worked extensively in Europe, Australia, and elsewhere. He created the “Hazard + Outrage” formula for risk communication. (Posted August 2000.)
PrivacyExchange is an online global resource for consumer privacy and data protection laws, practices, issues, trends and developments worldwide. PrivacyExchange focuses on consumer relationships with business and industry in credit, consumer reporting, financial services, insurance, telecommunications, health and medicine, pharmaceuticals, information services and direct marketing (both off and online). Employee-employer and citizen-government relationships are not covered, except for issues of trans border data flow. (Posted August 2000.)
Potomac Communications Group Inc.
The Group initially focused on public affairs issues related to energy and the environment because of their background in the electric power industry. Today the company's practice covers a wide range of subjects – from high-tech and financial services to international trade and public health. And the roles they play have evolved far beyond public policy campaigns – to strategic communications planning and counsel, positioning, marketing, corporate and financial communications, crisis management, and high quality design and production. (Posted August 2000.)
Radiological Training Services 
Radiological Training Services provides radiation safety training videotapes to help employers provide necessary training to their radiation workers. (Posted August 2000.)
RADSAFE Internet Mailing List
The Radiation Safety Distribution list is an electronic mailing list for Health Physicists, Medical Physicists, Radiological Engineers and others who have a professional interest in matters related to Radiation Protection. The list address is RADSAFE@romulus.ehs.uiuc.edu, it is serviced by a UNIX listserver based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Division of Environmental Health and Safety. (Posted August 2000.)
RCC Risk Communication Concepts
The RCC website describes a concept of risk communication within an organization that strives to get the most from valuable internal information on risk without falling into the typical traps of whistleblowing. Improved internal risk communication is seen as the crucial element for early protection from and for whistleblowers. Founded in 2004 in Berlin, Germany, by attorney and mediator Björn Rohde-Liebenau, RCC Risk Communication Concepts has since assisted a number of national and international organizations to restructure their internal risk communication processes. Since 2006, the company has operated out of Hamburg, Germany.
Homepage in English  http://www.risk-communication.de/en/
Deutsche Startseite  http://www.risk-communication.de/index.html

Reporting on Risk
A Journalist's Handbook on Environmental Risk Assessment

The purpose of this primer is to give the reporter an understanding of how risk assessment is currently practiced and publicized. It is intended to enable the journalist to sort through the numbers and scientific terminology to detect whether they are getting the whole story and to identify the strengths and weaknesses of a study. The ultimate goal is to improve public understanding and decision-making regarding environmental risks. In this handbook, risk assessment refers to the process of estimating the type and magnitude of risk to human health posed by exposure to chemical substances; however, many of the principles of risk assessment described also apply to measuring other forms of risk. The handbook also includes chapters on exposure assessment, toxicity assessment, epidemiology, and risk communication.

The independent, nonprofit institution Foundation for American Communications, which provides the knowledge and resources journalists and their sources need to effectively communicate information to the public through the news, and National Sea Grant College Program, which encourages the wise stewardship of marine resources, produced this handbook. (Posted February 2000.)

Risk Communication Bibliography
A bibliography composed by Dr. Steve Depoe of the Center for Environmental Communication Studies, University of Cincinnati on June 21, 1995. (Posted August 2000.)
The Risk Communication Network
The Risk Communication Network is a project initiated by the World Health Organization Europe (WHO Europe) and co-ordinated by the CERM, the Centre for Environmental and Risk Management. The network staff produces RISKOM, a regular newsletter outlining developments in risk communication throughout Europe and beyond. Network membership is free as is the newsletter. RISKOM is available either as hard copy, via e-mail, or on the World Wide Web. The Risk Communication Network will enable specialists from all fields of risk management to share risk communication knowledge and experience, give and take advice on risk communication problems, and establish principles and working guidelines for the practice of risk communication.
Risk Communications and Services Center
A Canadian services center with experience working with the media in emergency situations, such as floods, sour gas emissions, tornados, and toxic spills. Also provides media training courses and seminars. (Posted August 2000.)


This site is dedicated to the study of risk communication, with a special focus on newsprint  media and visual images. Maintained by researchers at the University of Gothenburg, it aims at gathering resources which may be of interest to scholars and others interested in the field of risk communication. (Posted January 4, 2000.)


RISKPERCOM is a risk perception and risk communication project oriented toward radiation risk perception and nuclear power. "The project aims at establishing a network of interacting researchers in Europe who are interested in risk perception and risk communication," stated project coordinator Lennart Sjöberg of the Stockholm School of Economics’ Center for Risk Research. "The purpose is to understand how various groups perceived risks and to put them in a wider context of many other types of hazards of current concern." Five countries are participating: France, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. (Posted December 6, 1996.)
The Sapphire Group
The Sapphire Group has demonstrated skill and experience in the following areas of risk communication: hazard communication documentation (i.e., M.S.D.S.), educational documents, public presentations, public forums, workshops and symposia, video tapes, hearings, and expert witness testimony. In addition, The Sapphire Group has access to leading theorists and authors in risk communication to assist in such highly specialized circumstances as emotionally charged issues, hostile audiences, politics, and very complex explanations. The Sapphire Group provides high quality services to industry, trade associations, and federal, state, and local governments in several areas of risk communication. (Posted August 2000.)
SENES Oak Ridge, Inc.
SENES Oak Ridge, Inc., is an environmental consulting company specializing in human health and ecological risk estimation, risk assessment, and risk communication. Within the framework of risk analysis, we have developed state-of-the-art methods for site characterization, exposure assessment, toxicity assessment, and risk characterization. SENES Oak Ridge is known nationally and internationally for cutting-edge scientific research and for customized approaches to their clients' environmental assessment problems. (Posted September 2000.)
Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC)
SCHC is a nonprofit society organized to promote the improvement of the business of hazard communication for chemicals; to educate SCHC members on hazard communication issues; to provide a forum for exchange of ideas and experiences; to enhance the awareness of members and the general public of new developments in hazard communications; and to provide guidance or technical expertise to private, nonprofit groups and to government. (Posted September 2000.)
The Transportation Resource Exchange Center
The Transportation Resource Exchange Center is a comprehensive website answering complex questions surrounding radioactive materials transportation. The Center also added to their web site a risk communication annotated bibliography of sources for stakeholders in the radioactive materials transportation process. (Posted August 2000.)
The Uranium Institute
This web site provides public information on uranium, nuclear fuel, nuclear power and related topics. (Posted September 2000.)
As a nonprofit organization, WPI works as an unbiased, independent broker helping organizations decide, communicate, and deliver better solutions to environmental and management challenges. WPI provides dynamic partnerships that help you solve real-world problems with today’s leading-edge solutions. WPI is a Virginia Tech affiliated corporation. (Posted August 2000.)

Your Cancer Risk

The Harvard Center for Cancer Prevention, a research and education center based at the Harvard School of Public Health,  developed this interactive web site to enable users to estimate their risk of cancer and to provide personalized tips for prevention and for better health. Anyone can use the site, but it's most accurate for people age 40 and over who have never had any type of cancer. (Posted July 2000.)

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