Risk communication is an essential component of the hazardous waste site assessment and cleanup process that is often underestimated or sometimes even overlooked. Miscalculating the importance of risk communication can lead to derailment of the project, even if everything is being done correctly from a regulatory and technical perspective. Where there is the potential for humans to be exposed to contamination, it is not only important to understand the level of possible health risk, but to also convey these potential risks to stakeholders in a meaningful and transparent fashion. However, when there is often a general lack of understanding among the public about the meaning of “risk”, and in keeping, the presumption that any level of risk is “bad”, communicating risk can be challenging at best and can significantly disrupt the cleanup process, or lead to legal battles, at worst.
The goal of this EBC program is to provide an overview of the risk communication process and best practices, and to present various case studies highlighting which practices have worked to gain successful results and stakeholder support at contaminated sites.
Massachusetts LSP Continuing Education Credits are approved for 2.25 continuing education credits from the Massachusetts LSP Board under Course Number 1568.
General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (2.25 training contact hours).
Please select one or both of these options during registration if you wish to receive a certificate(s).
- Denise Kmetzo, Principal, Collaborative Risk Solutions LLC
- Ned Abelson, Director, Goulston & Storrs
- Lisa Campe, LSP, MPH, Senior Vice President, Woodard & Curran
- Lisa McIntosh, Senior Environmental Scientist, Woodard & Curran
- Diana Pisciotta, Executive Vice President, Denterlein