Paul Scheepers has been invited as contributing author to the flagship Report “Science for Disaster Risk Management 2020 - Acting today, Protecting Tomorrow”.Report “Science for Disaster Risk Management 2020 - Acting today, Protecting Tomorrow”.
This EU report is prepared by the Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre (DRMKC) at the Joint Research Centre, the scientific service of the European Commission. His contribution will address the hazards and related vulnerability that mostly threat human lives in the EU, either by death, injury or other health damage.
Paul Scheepers was invited based on several publications on the use of human biological monitoring in response to chemical incidents. His publications supported the decision of the federal government in Belgium to initiate a human biomonitoring study in the aftermath of the train crash in Wetteren. The use of biomarkers in the disaster risk management setting is considered an important innovative methodology that will support human health risk assessment during the aftermath of a disaster.
This authorship will complement his involvement as rapid risk assessment expert on chemical threats for the Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) of DG Health and Food Safety that is mandated by the European Commission to provide within a short time-frame (36 hours) public health risk assessment in case of cross-border chemical threats in the European Union.
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