Risk Assessment

Risk assessment is a scientific process of evaluating the adverse effects caused by a substance, activity, lifestyle, or natural phenomenon. OEHHA is responsible for developing and providing risk managers in state and local government agencies with toxicological and medical information relevant to decisions involving public health. State agency users of such information include all boards and departments within Cal/EPA, as well as the Department of Public Health, the Department of Food and Agriculture, the Office of Emergency Services, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Department of Justice.

Several laws and regulations govern OEHHA's risk assessment work.

Reports, Notices, Documents

Jun 21, 2019: 2019 Symposium on Synthetic Food Dyes
OEHHA is sponsoring a scientific symposium to discuss the potential neurobehavioral effects in children of synthetic food dyes, to take place September 19 and 20, 2019 at the CalEPA Headquarters Building, 1001 I Street, Sacramento CA.
May 21, 2019: OEHHA Synthetic Turf Scientific Advisory Panel Meeting
The fourth meeting of the Synthetic Turf Scientific Advisory Panel will be held on Friday, May 31, 2019 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm in the Byron Sher Auditorium in the CalEPA Headquarters Building at 1001 I Street in Sacramento.
Jan 14, 2019: California Human Health Screening Levels (CHHSLs)
General overview of California Human Health Screening Levels (CHHSLs), with links to relevant program reports, notices and articles.  For chemical-specific screening levels for use in assessing contaminated sites, please refer to HHRA Note 3 (DTSC HERO).