Risk Assessment Guidance
In order to conduct respectable risk assessments, based on sound science, that can respond to the needs of our nation, EPA has developed guidance, handbooks, framework and general standard operating procedures.
In some cases, these resources are broad enough to be relevant across all statutes that EPA administers while in other cases, they are more applicable to specific EPA programs or regions. They are divided under human health related and ecological or environmentally related.
State (and regional) specific documents can also be found from the where you live page or by sorting from the tables below:
EPA Human Health Guidance
The following tables includes guidance documents, handbooks, framework documents, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and other related materials developed by EPA for human health risk assessments.
EPA Ecological Guidance
The following table includes guidance documents, handbooks, framework documents, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and other related materials developed by EPA for ecological risk assessments.
EPA Citizen Guidance
EPA has also produced a few handy citizen guides listed in the table below.
|1||A Citizen's Guide to Drycleaner Cleanup||EPA 542/F-11/013||2011|
|2||A Citizen's Guide to Phytoremediation||EPA 542/F-12/016||2012|
|3||A Citizen's Guide to Radon: The Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family from Radon||EPA402/K-12/002||2016|
|4||A Citizen's Guide to Reducing Toxic Risks||EPA 909/B-02/002||2002|
|5||Air Pollution and Health Risk||EPA 450/3-90/022||1991|
|6||EPA Assessment of Risk from Radon in Homes||EPA/402/R-03/003||2003|
|7||Evaluating Exposures to Toxic Air Pollutants: A Citizen's Guide||EPA 450/3-90/023||1991|
|8||RCRA: Reducing Risk from Waste||EPA 530/K-97/004||1997|
|9||Resources on Waste for Your Home and Community||EPA 530/B-98/005||1998|
|10||Risk Assessment for Toxic Air Pollutants: A Citizen's Guide||EPA 450/3-90/024||1991|
|11||A Citizen's Guide to Vertical Engineered Barriers||EPA 542/F-12/022||2012|
|12||A Citizen's Guide to Excavation of Contaminated Soil||EPA 542/F-12/007||2012|
|13||A Citizen's Guide to Vapor Intrusion Mitigation||EPA 542/F-12/021||2012|
|14||A Citizen's Guide to in Situ Chemical Oxidation||EPA 542/F-12/011||2012|
|15||Child Health Champion Resource Guide||EPA 100/B-98/004||1999|
|16||Pollinator Risk Assessment Guidance||(multiple)||2018|
|17||Procedures to Facilitate Risk Assessment||CIO 2150-P-14.2||2019|
|18||Resources for Citizen Involvement in Source Water Protection||(multiple)||2002|