RACER methodology paper published

RAC has published a paper in Health Physics describing the RACER methodology.

ABSTRACT: This paper describes a methodology called Risk Analysis, Communication, Evaluation, and Reduction (RACER*) that converts environmental data directly to human health risk to enhance decision making and communication. The methodology was developed and implemented following the Cerro Grande fire in New Mexico that burned approximately 7,500 acres of Los Alamos National Laboratory in May 2000. The absence of a coordinated and comprehensive approach to managing and understanding environmental data was a major weakness in the responding agencies’ ability to make and communicate decisions. RACER consists of three basic elements: managing information, converting information to knowledge, and communicating knowledge to decision makers and stakeholders. Data are maintained in a web-accessible database that accepts data as they are validated and uploaded. The user can select data for evaluation and convert them to knowledge using human health risk as a benchmark for ranking radionuclides, chemicals, pathways, or other criteria needed to make decisions. Knowledge about risk is communicated using graphic and tabular formats. The process is transparent, flexible, and rapid, which enhances credibility and trust among decision makers and stakeholders. The fundamental principles used in RACER can be applied anywhere radionuclides or chemicals are present in the environment.

Till, J.E., H.A. Grogan, H.J. Mohler, J.R. Rocco, S.S. Mohler. 2012. An Integrated Approach to Data Management, Risk Assessment, and Decision Making. Health
Physics, 102 (4), April.

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RAC presents comprehensive course in environmental radiological risk assessment

RAC presented a comprehensive one week course in environmental radiological risk assessment, titled “Radiological Risk Assessment for Decision Making, Compliance, and Emergency Response” from March 5 – 9, 2012, in Washington, D.C. Course topics included: state-of-the-art environmental risk assessment methods, environmental transport modeling and pathway analysis, including principles, models and methods, and computer codes, key references; methods for predicting transport in air, surface water, and groundwater; insight and understanding of relevant regulations and guidelines; risk assessment software (where to get it and how to use it); how to build credibility and trust in the assessment process; and guidance in how to succeed in radiation risk communication.

Updated Textbook

Till_Grogan_bookRadiological Risk Assessment and Environmental Analysis co-edited by John E. Till and Helen A. Grogan has been published by Oxford Press. This textbook is an update and major revision to Radiological Assessment: A Textbook on Environmental Dose Analysis co-edited by John E. Till and H.R. Meyer that was published by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 1983. As the first comprehensive textbook about dose assessment it became a standard reference for scientists.

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