Course Description

Environmental risk management involves developing and implementing control measures for environmental hazards, given prevailing scientific, social, economic and regulatory influences. Gain an overview of the theory of risk analysis by exploring hazards and risks—perceived or actual—in relation to emergency preparedness, cost-benefit analysis, stakeholder influence and risk communication. Also, discuss management options for incurred or potential impacts to air, water, and oils.

Course Details

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Differentiate between environmental risks and hazards
  • Define types of environmental risk to water, air and soils with respect to both global and local impact
  • Describe the regulatory setting for environmental decision-making in Canada, including laws governing the environment, policy and interpretation
  • Develop a risk management system, addressing key elements of risk identification, assessment, mitigation and communication
  • Compare risk evaluation techniques, addressing principles of success, risk tolerance, critical decision-making criteria and cost benefit analysis
  • Recognize the uncertainty associated with environmental models and assessments
  • Demonstrate the principles of good risk communication, understanding the importance of who to communicate with and what, when and how to communicate

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