COST Action IS1408 ICSHNet’s Abstract – ISEE, 2016

COST Action IS1408 ICSHNet’s Abstract – ISEE, 2016

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, ivano.iavarone@iss.it
Carla ANCONA, Dipartimento di Epidemiologia del Servizio Sanitario Regionale – Regione Lazio (ex ASL Roma E), Rome Italy, c.ancona@deplazio.it
Pietro COMBA, Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Italian Institute of Health), Rome Italy, pietro.comba@iss.it
Kees DE HOOGH, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), Basel Switzerland, c.dehoogh@unibas.ch
Tony FLETCHER, Public Health England, Environmental Epidemiology Group, Environmental Change Department – Centre for Radiation, Chemical, and Environmental Hazards, Chilton United Kingdom, Tony.fletcher@phe.gov.uk
Otto HANNINEN, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Kuopio Finland, otto.hanninen@thl.fi
Gerard HOEK, Utrecht University, Utrecht Netherlands, g.hoek@uu.nl
Giovanni LEONARDI, Public Health England, Environmental Epidemiology Group, Environmental Change Department Centre for Radiation, Chemical, andEnvironmental Hazards, Chilton United Kingdom, Giovanni.leonardi@phe.gov.uk
Ilse LOOTS, Universiteit Antwerpen, Antwerpen Belgium, ilse.loots@uantwerpen.be
Piedad MARTIN-OLMEDO, Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pùblica, Granada Spain, piedad.martin.easp@juntadeandalucia.e
Marco MARTUZZI, WHO European Centre for Environment and Health, Bonn Germany, martuzzim@ecehbonn.euro.who.int
Roberto PASETTO, Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Italian Institute of Health), Rome Italy, roberto.pasetto@iss.it
Roberta PIRASTU, Sapienza Rome University, Rome Italy, roberta.pirastu@uniroma1.it
Dimosthenis SARIGIANNIS, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Department of Chemical Engineering, Thessaloniki Greece, denis@eng.auth.gr
Jean-François VIEL, University of Rennes, Faculty of Medicine, Rennes France, jean-francois.viel@univ-rennes1.fr

Introduction
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.

Methods
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.

Results
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.

Discussion
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.


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