Risk assessment Germany
Risk assessment provides an objective, technical evaluation 
of the likelihood of unacceptable impacts to human health
and the environment. The purpose is to assess the need for
protective measures, since a specific risk assessment
is a precondition for any such protective measures.
The main principle of risk assessment and handling suspected 
contaminating sites in Germany is the graduated examination
and evaluation strategy. In general, risk assessment is
carried out case by case and decisions depend on the kind
of land use as well as on pollution extent, on the relevant
targets and exposure pathways. The initial development
of an risk assessment model so called “UMS” were developed
for a site specific risk assessment in the detail investigation
phase.
However UMS was not integrated on the legal level.
In stead of the
Promulgation of Methods and Standards for Derivation
of
Test Thresholds and Measures Thresholds pursuant
to the Federal Ordinance on Soil Protection
and Contaminated Sites - BBodSchV)


was established.


Link: http://www.bmu.de/files/ableitbilanz.pdf

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