Agency Offers Thesaurus of Terms Used in Microbial Risk Assessments
Federal and international agencies, private-sector organizations and
academic institutions use terms and definitions differently in their
microbial risk assessments.
On Oct. 9, EPA announced the availability of a thesaurus with risk
assessment terms found in frameworks, methodologies and assessments. It
provides insight into how various entities use specific microbial risk
assessment terms in their activities and helps those responsible for
such assessments both conduct and communicate about them more
Officials stated that no inference should be drawn by the inclusion
or exclusion in this document of any term or definition. The
definitions and any associated commentary are not binding and have no
legal effect as a result of their inclusion in the document; they do
not constitute an EPA statute or regulation and do not substitute for
The entire document can accessed at http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/criteria/humanhealth/microbial/#thesaurus. Users also can open a section at a time.