Encyclopedia of Public Health

2008 Edition
| Editors: Wilhelm Kirch

Risk Characterization

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5614-7_3035


A risk characterization combines information on exposure and toxicity to estimate the risk of a particular substance in a particular situation. The risk characterization step combines the information on toxicity and exposure to describe what is likely to happen to people. It is the estimation of the incidence and severity of the adverse effects due to actual or predicted exposure including risk estimation or calculation, i. e. the quantification of that likelihood.

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