Ecological Risk Assessment Guidelines
The ERA Process: Describe Risk
Characterising risk is the final formal stage of an ERA. The risk assessor is responsible for this stage. It comprises the following actions.
Assess Risk and Evaluate Hypotheses
Determine the nature, magnitude, extent and likelihood of adverse effects on assessment end points. This is done by integrating the exposure and effects data from the Analyse-stage according to the Analysis Plan.
It is essential that a technical narrative accompany the estimated risk.
Present the results of the risk assessment clearly and concisely. The approach to and format of risk reporting should be appropriate to the target audience. Include detail needed for management decisions.
The target audience is primarily the risk manager, but the report should also facilitate communication to those affected by the decision.
The risk report should give a detailed account of each of the stages. ...more
An iteration with the Analyse-stage may be required if the analysis is not sufficient to base a decision on.