The Azimuth team has proven experience in risk assessment, for example:
- Designing, negotiating and implementing risk assessments at small to large sites, across all land uses and for a variety of future conditions.
- Leading ecological risk assessments at large, complex industrial sites with multiple contaminant sources. This work tends to cover multiple exposure routes and various ecosystems, including terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments.
- Specialized expertise in risk assessment tools such as bioavailability assessments, food chain modeling and uncertainty analysis.
- Advising clients on strategies for risk assessment – when and when not to approach a situation using risk assessment, particularly in view of current regulatory regimes.
- Conducting third-party reviews of risk assessments for complex sites
Azimuth staff have been involved in the development of various risk assessment guidance documents, in particular:
- Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan – Ecological Risk Assessment Guidance 2012 (through Environment Canada)
- National Contaminated Sites Remediation Control Programmme ecological risk guidance for Canada, published as CCME guidance
- Detailed Ecological Risk Assessment Guidance for Contaminated Sites in BC (through chairing the Science Advisory Board Task Group)
- Risk ranking schemes for site portfolios (e.g., small craft harbours, lightstations in Pacific Region, and abandoned mines for the Province of BC)
Risk assessment is a core service of Azimuth and we stay on the edge of technical and regulatory developments. For example, Patrick Allard, Gary Mann and Cheryl Mackintosh of Azimuth have been involved in an expert group developing best practices for ecological Toxicity Reference Values. Patrick Allard and Beth Power are both appointed to the “Roster of Approved Professionals” (as Risk Assessment Approved Professionals) by the Contaminated Sites Approved Professionals Society. Norm Healey is a certified toxicologist (Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology (DABT)). In summary, we are active members in relevant professional organizations and have an internal research and development workstream.