The following abstract has been accepted at the ISEE, 28th Annual Conference – Rome, Italy – September 2016.
A HARMONISED APPROACH TO FACE THE ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES POSED BY INDUSTRIAL CONTAMINATION: THE COST ACTION IS1408.
Ivano IAVARONE*, Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Italian Institute of Health), Rome Italy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Carla ANCONA, Dipartimento di Epidemiologia del Servizio Sanitario Regionale – Regione Lazio (ex ASL Roma E), Rome Italy, email@example.com
Pietro COMBA, Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Italian Institute of Health), Rome Italy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kees DE HOOGH, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), Basel Switzerland, email@example.com
Tony FLETCHER, Public Health England, Environmental Epidemiology Group, Environmental Change Department – Centre for Radiation, Chemical, and Environmental Hazards, Chilton United Kingdom, Tony.firstname.lastname@example.org
Otto HANNINEN, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Kuopio Finland, email@example.com
Gerard HOEK, Utrecht University, Utrecht Netherlands, firstname.lastname@example.org
Giovanni LEONARDI, Public Health England, Environmental Epidemiology Group, Environmental Change Department Centre for Radiation, Chemical, andEnvironmental Hazards, Chilton United Kingdom, Giovanni.email@example.com
Ilse LOOTS, Universiteit Antwerpen, Antwerpen Belgium, firstname.lastname@example.org
Piedad MARTIN-OLMEDO, Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pùblica, Granada Spain, email@example.com
Marco MARTUZZI, WHO European Centre for Environment and Health, Bonn Germany, firstname.lastname@example.org
Roberto PASETTO, Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Italian Institute of Health), Rome Italy, email@example.com
Roberta PIRASTU, Sapienza Rome University, Rome Italy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dimosthenis SARIGIANNIS, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Department of Chemical Engineering, Thessaloniki Greece, email@example.com
Jean-François VIEL, University of Rennes, Faculty of Medicine, Rennes France, firstname.lastname@example.org
Past and current industrial activities have left a legacy of areas contaminated by a mix of toxic substances. Studies conducted in such areas have provided relevant pieces of evidence, however the overall health impacts remain unclear. In 2015 a COST Action on Industrially Contaminated Sites (ICS) and Health Network was launched to promote international coordination to deal with the environmental health challenges posed by ICS.
A variety of suitable methods and tools for characterizing impacts of ICS are being reviewed and organized to develop a reference framework based on best available evidence. A questionnaire-based survey is being developed to clarify knowledge gaps and research activities on a set of ICS of high concern in participating countries. A multi-scenario evaluating approach will be proposed accounting for local needs, heterogeneity in data and research tools availability.
More than 100 experts from 28 Countries, WHO and European Commission, participate in 4 Working Groups (data availability; exposure assessment; health impact assessment; risk governance and communication.). A pilot survey on ICS among participating countries shows: formal definitions rarely available; wide range of contamination types; registries available in some countries; information on polluting activities available in several countries; scarce availability of health impact assessments.
The benefits of the Action concern scientific, societal, environmental and public health aspects. The Action will result in the collection, formulation and dissemination of information and advice on ICS. This information will address: identification of harmonised strategies on how to assess environmental health risks in ICS; consideration of health and social social inequalities; provision of guidance on risk communication, including the transfer of scientific findings into the policy arena.