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This guideline describes best practices for conducting a biosecurity risk assessment in an organization where human or animal pathogens, toxins, or other regulated infectious material are handled or stored. The biosecurity risks associated with the handling and storing of pathogens and toxins can be minimized through the application of appropriate mitigation measures identified through the risk assessment process.
This guidance document Federal Contaminated Site Risk Assessment in Canada Supplemental Guidance: Checklist for Peer Review of Detailed Human Health Risk Assessments (HHRA) was prepared to provide guidance for custodial departments.
This guidance document was prepared to provide guidance for federal departments. It addresses complex contaminated sites and those sites for which a preliminary quantitative risk assessment (PQRA) is considered too conservative or not adequate to support a risk management plan.
Health Canada has completed a detailed risk assessment entitled "Human Health Risk Assessment for Coarse Particulate Matter", a stand-alone piece focusing on the potential health impacts of coarse particulate matter (PM10-2.5).
In Canada, facilities where Risk Group 2, 3, and 4 human pathogens or toxins are handled and stored are regulated by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) under the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act (HPTA) and the Human Pathogens and Toxins Regulations (HPTR). The importation of animal pathogens, infected animals, animal products or by-products (e.g., tissue, serum), or other substances that may carry an animal pathogen or parts thereof (e.g., toxin) are regulated by the PHAC or the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) under the Health of Animals Act (HAA) and Health of Animals Regulations (HAR).
Learn about chemical substance risk assessments under the Chemicals Management Plan.
Aggregate exposure and risk assessments involve the analysis of exposure to a single chemical by multiple pathways and routes of exposure. The pathways of exposure considered in this general principles document include the potential for pesticide residues in food and drinking water, as well as residues from pesticide use in residential, non-occupational environments.
The following policy document is intended to provide guidance and information to PMRA personnel and decision-makers, and to the public. As a guidance document, the policy in this document describes the process used by PMRA scientists in dietary risk assessments.
This document provides generic guidance on the need for conducting a human health risk assessment (HHRA) in federal assessments of proposed major resource and infrastructure projects in Canada. It presents the principles, current practices and basic information Health Canada looks for when it reviews the impact statement or other reports submitted by project proponents as part of the assessment process.
Health Canada undertook a health risk assessment of sulphur dioxide (SO2) in order to update the available information on adverse effects of SO2 to human health, determine recent Canadian SO2 exposure levels, and to inform the revision or development of Canadian ambient air quality objectives/standards.