The ITRC Risk Communication Toolkit
The ITRC Risk Communication Toolkit is available online! This resource was developed by three current ITRC teams: Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), 1,4-Dioxane, and Harmful Cyanobacterial Blooms (HCBs). The purpose of the Toolkit is to recognize that risk communication is broader than any specific environmental issue and highlight the value of this science-based communication approach. The Risk Communication Toolkit is a resource for aiding state personnel, other lead organizations, and stakeholders in understanding and communicating risk associated with emerging environmental issues and concerns.
This Toolkit Contains:
  • An overview of risk communication concepts
  • Steps to develop a risk communication plan and stakeholder outreach activities
  • Guidance for drafting press releases and analytical result summary letters, case studies, and a risk communication plan template
  • Additional tools and case studies added and updated by ITRC teams as they are developed


What is Risk Communication?
The USEPA defines “risk communication” as the process of informing people about potential hazards to their person, property, or community. Risk communication is a science-based approach for communicating effectively in situations of high stress, high concern, or controversy. Effective risk communication provides people the best available scientific, public health, and environmental information about potential hazards so that they can make informed choices.
ITRC is a program of the Environmental Research Institute of the States (ERIS). ERIS is a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the District of Columbia and managed by the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS).