Cranfield launches 2-day primer course on risk management

Environmental legislation is becoming more explicit in its requirement for environmental risk assessment. So much so that risk assessments are now integral to many organisations at the strategic level for the prioritisation of environmental issues, at the programme level for asset and project management, and at the project level for environmental planning and permitting. As a result, most career paths in environmental science and engineering, whether in consultancy, regulation or the industrial sectors, now require practitioners to have a fundamental understanding of environmental risk management and its applications.

Cranfield’s new Professor of Waste Technology, Simon Pollard, is to run a two day intensive primer short course on environmental risk management. The Primer that is supported by the Faraday First Partnership will be held on 24-25 March 2003.

Professor Pollard and his colleague, Professor John Strutt, have developed this new training programme in relation to those courses that provide training in specialist computer packages and sector-specific tools and techniques, stressing the application of quantitative risk analysis. The Cranfield University – First Faraday environmental risk primer supports these courses by providing the underpinning contextual and technical training that practitioners need in order to embark on more specialist instruction.

The two day programme is designed for staff in the private, public and NGO sectors new to environmental risk management or those requiring a “refresher”. The Primer sets out the practical context of environmental risk management, introduces the key tools, techniques and processes involved, and discusses the practicalities of making and communicating decisions that involve environmental risk.

Persons interested in Environmental Risk Primer should contact the Short Course Office Tel: +44 (0) 1234 754176, e-mail: or visit the website

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