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 26, 2018: Art Hazards and Children's Health at OEHHA
Art and Craft Material Exposures and Impacts to Children's Health.  2018 list of Art materials that cannot be purchased for use in kindergarten through 6th grade.
Jun 25, 2018: Dog Owners Fact Sheet (HABs)
Health risk information on cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) for dog owners near lakes, ponds, and rivers.
Jun 15, 2017: Hearing on Petition Requesting Adoption of Regulations Setting a "Naturally Occurring" Lead Level in Candy Containing Chili and Tamarind
The Center for Environmental Health is requesting that OEHHA “commence the regulatory process to issue regulations pursuant to Health & Safety Code §110552 setting a ‘naturally occurring’ lead level in candy containing chili and tamarind.”  A hearing has been scheduled for July 6, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Sierra Hearing Room at the CalEPA Headquarters building at 1001 I Street in Sacramento. The hearing agenda has been posted to our website.
May 16, 2017: Blue-Green Algae: A Veterinarian Reference
Blue-green algae (also known as cyanobacteria) are non-pathogenic photosynthetic bacteria that grow in outdoor water bodies and produce toxins such as microcystins, cylindrospermopsin and anatoxin-a. This fact sheet is meant to help veterinarians with diagnosis and treatment options.