The Risk Assessment Information System

Training Opportunities ~ Spring 2023

U.S EPA and RAIS Screening Level Calculator Training for Chemical and Radionuclide Risk Analysis

Location:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Meeting Dates:
March 27-30, 2023

Topics:
Human health risk assessment, U.S. EPA guidance, cancer risk, noncancer hazard index, exposure assessment, toxicity assessment, risk characterization, regional screening levels (RSLs), regional removal management levels (RMLs), vapor intrusion screening levels (VISL), radionuclide preliminary remediation goals for radionuclides (PRGSs), radionuclide dose compliance calculators (DCCs), radon vapor intrusion screening levels (RVISL), the risk assessment information system (RAIS), and more.

Registration is now open. click here to register.

Organizers:

  • Fred Dolislager, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Debra Stewart, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Leslie Galloway, The Institute for Environmental Modeling, Univ. of Tenn. and Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Karessa Manning, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Katie Noto, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Anthony Armstrong, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Caleigh Samuels, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Objectives:
The organizers of this training have been publishing online "risk" (cancer risk and noncancer hazard index) calculators since 1996; this training will primarily provide the participant with operational knowledge of key EPA and RAIS calculators. Additionally, the training and exercises will delve into the ability of the calculators to address site-specific exposures, unique toxicity assessments, and complex risk characterizations. Comprehensive instruction will demonstrate the calculator's ability to provide all the tables necessary for exposure, toxicity, characterization, and uncertainty assessment sections of a risk assessment. Instruction into the details of the equations will enlighten users on how the calculators handle the following special cases: mutagens, vinyl chloride, trichloroethylene, arsenic, dioxin-like PCBs, PAHs, skin absorption factors, volatile chemicals in soil, volatile chemicals in tap water, petroleum hydrocarbons, surrogate toxicity values, soil saturation, and soil screening levels protective of contaminant migration to groundwater. Participants will learn to adjust standard chronic land uses to subchronic exposures. Participants will learn to retrieve and analyze the physicochemical properties and evaluate the hierarchy used to assemble the database. Participants will learn to retrieve and analyze the toxicity value hierarchy used in the screening level and risk calculators. In addition to a large focus on developing risk-based screening levels, participants will derive "forward" risk results from the EPA screening calculators and use the RAIS calculators to generate chronic daily intakes and risk results. At the end of each section or day, several practice sessions will reinforce the use of calculator functions. Practice sessions will become more challenging as the course progresses, helping participants solidify their risk assessment skills.

  • Day 1: Registration at ORNL, lunch, and a half day of tours at ORNL including visiting the Spallation Neutron Source facility and the High Flux Isotope Reactor.
  • Day 2: First day of training on chemical tools and a tour of either the supercomputer (Frontier) or the Historic Graphite Reactor.
  • Day 3: Second day of training on chemical tools and a tour of either the supercomputer (Frontier) or the Historic Graphite Reactor.
  • Day 4: Optional day that covers radiation risk assessment. To attend the fourth day, participants must attend the chemical training or receive prior permission from the training instructors. Day 4 will be fast-paced, and the calculator operational topics from the chemical training days will not be repeated.

This training is intended for fresh and seasoned environmental professionals working on risk assessment projects at the Federal or State level. The risk calculators covered in this training are used by many State government agencies, Federal agencies, university staff, and researchers. Participants who are educators and project managers will also benefit from the training. A very basic knowledge of risk assessment, computer usage, web browsing, and good manners is assumed.

Continuing Education Credits: To Be Determined
Chemical risk tools = 1.7 credits (Days 1-3); Radionuclide risk tools = 0.7 credits (Day 4)

Previous Course Evaluations:
March 2019 and October 2019.

Requirements:
Bring your laptop! This is a hands-on course, and participants will be following the instructors click for click. Don't forget your charger. Instructors will be presenting all calculators using Chrome, so make sure Chrome is available on your laptop. Not required, but useful would be spreadsheet software and a PDF viewer. Wi-Fi will be provided.

Registration Deadlines*:

  • Final for Foreign Nationals - March 1, 2023
  • Final for U.S. Citizens - March 14, 2023

*Minimum number of participants must be met.

Registration Fees**:

  • 4-day Training (includes site tours on Day 1, chemical tools, and optional radiation risk on Day 4) - $ 1450
  • 3-day Training (tour day and chemical risk tools) - $ 1100
  • 1-day Training (radiation risk only) = $ 400

**All fees include light snacks and beverage service throughout the day. Lunch will be at the ORNL cafeteria with payment responsible by the attendee.

Schedule of Day 1 (Tour Day)

  • 10:30 a.m. Register at Visitor Center
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch at cafeteria
  • 1:00 p.m. Tour SNS
  • 3:00 p.m. Tour HFIR
  • 4:30 p.m. Dismiss

Schedule of Day 2 Training

  • 8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductory Remarks
  • 8:45 a.m. Regional Screening Levels Background and Supporting Material
  • 10:00 a.m. Break (Beverage Service and Snacks)
  • 10:15 a.m. Regional Screening Levels Calculator
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. Tour of Frontier or Graphite Reactor depending on weather
  • 1:45 p.m. Resume Regional Screening Levels Calculator
  • 2:30 p.m. Break (Beverage Service and Snacks)
  • 2:45 p.m. Resume Regional Screening Levels Calculator
  • 3:30 p.m. Regional Removal Management Levels
  • 3:45 p.m. Q&A with ORNL staff
  • 4:15 p.m. Practice Exercises for RSL and RML
  • 5:00 p.m. Dismiss

Outline of Day 2 Training

  1. Historical Perspective of RSLs
  2. Understanding Changes Over Time (What's New)
  3. Getting Support (FAQ, Contact Information)
  4. User Guide Special Cases
    1. Mutagens
    2. Trichloroethylene
    3. Vinyl Chloride
    4. Arsenic
    5. PFAS
  5. RSL Calculator
    1. Resident, Worker, Construction, Recreator, Migration to Groundwater
    2. Water, Soil, Air, Fish
  6. Historical Perspective of RMLs
  7. Understanding Changes Over Time (What's New)
  8. Getting Support (FAQ, Contact Information)
  9. RML Calculator
    1. Focus on Resident and Worker
    2. Water and Soil
  10. RSL and RML Practice Sessions

Schedule of Day 3 Training

  • 8:30 a.m. Vapor Intrusion Screening Levels Background and Supporting Documentation
  • 9:15 a.m. Vapor Intrusion Screening Levels Calculator
  • 10:00 a.m. Break (Beverage Service and Snacks)
  • 10:15 a.m. Practice Sessions for Vapor Intrusion Screening Levels Calculator
  • 11:15 a.m. Risk Assessment Information System Overview
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. Tour of Graphite Reactor or Frontier depending on weather
  • 1:45 p.m. Risk Assessment Information System Calculators
  • 2:30 p.m. Break (Beverage Service and Snacks)
  • 2:45 p.m. Practice Sessions for RAIS Calculators
  • 5:00 p.m. Dismiss

Outline of Day 3 Training

  1. Historical Perspective of VISL
  2. Understanding Changes Over time (What's New)
  3. Getting Support (FAQ, Contact Information)
  4. VISL User Guide Special Cases
    1. Mutagens
    2. Trichloroethylene
    3. Vinyl Chloride
    4. Arsenic
  5. VISL Calculator
    1. Resident, Worker
    2. Water, Soil, Air
  6. RAIS Calculators
    1. PRGs
    2. Risk Calculators
    3. Toxicity Search Tools
    4. Chemical Parameter Search Tools
    5. Adult Lead Model
    6. Applicable or Relevant and Appropriate Requirements (ARARs)

  • VISL and RAIS Practice Sessions
  • Schedule of Day 4 Training (Radiation Risk Calculators)

    • 8:30 a.m. Introduction to Radiation
    • 9:00 a.m. PRG Calculator
    • 10:00 a.m. Break (Beverage Service and Snacks)
    • 10:15 a.m. DCC Calculator
    • 11:00 a.m. BRG/BDCC Calculator
    • 12:00 p.m. Lunch
    • 1:00 p.m. SPRG/SDCC
    • 1:45 p.m. Risk Assessment Information System Radiation Calculators
    • 2:30 p.m. Break (Beverage Service and Snacks)
    • 2:45 p.m. RVISL
    • 3:00 p.m. Practice Sessions for RAIS Radiation Calculators
    • 5:00 p.m. Dismiss

    Outline of Day 4 Training

    1. Radiation Risk Assessment
    2. Radiation Risk Assessment Introduction Video
    3. PRG Calculator
      1. Resident, Worker, Construction, Recreator, Farmer
      2. Air, Water, Soil, Food
    4. DCC Calculator
    5. Building PRG and Building DCC Calculators
      1. Dust, Air, Indoor Building
    6. Surfaces PRG and Surfaces DCC Calculators
      1. Dust, Air, Outdoor Surfaces
    7. RVISL
    8. RAIS Radiation Tools
      1. PRG
      2. Risk
      3. Decay



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