Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs): The Burning Questions

2010 Summer Workshops



PAHs are prevalent in soils in many urban areas of the UK and can arise from a variety of sources, including the historical legacy of burning coal. This workshop aims to:

  • identify the key uncertainties in the assessment of risks to human health from PAH’s in soil
  • find where there is (and is not) consensus of opinion on how these uncertainties are best managed in the risk-based decision-making process; and
  • provide recommendations for possible further research to address any outstanding issues.

The event will be structured with thought-provoking presentations in the morning followed by an afternoon of break-out session discussion groups.


Programme & Links to presentations (*requires login)

9:30 am Registration, tea and coffee

9:50 am Chair’s Introduction  – Mary Harris (MRH Consultants)

10:10 am Toxicology behind the Scenes*- Sarah Bull (Health Protection Agency)

10:50 am Refreshment Break

11:10 am Assessing PAHs – Varying Toxicological Approaches*- Tayo Adedeji (Atkins)

11:40 am The Chemistry of PAHs* – Ed Stutt (WCA environment)

12:00 pm Key Exposure Parameters for PAHs* – Simon Firth (Firth Consultants)

12:30 pm Bioaccessibility of PAHs *- Chris Collins (Reading University)

1:00 pm Lunch

1:45 pm Workshops – Delegates will be divided into groups to undertake workshops.
Refreshments will be made available during the workshops. Each group will have a facilitator.

  • Group 1: Exposure Parameters
  • Group 2: Toxicology
  • Group 3: Site Analysis and Chemistry
  • Group 4: Bioaccessibilty and Plant Uptake

3:45 pm Workshop Groups report to meeting

4:30 pm Round up of the day and meeting close – Mary Harris (MRH Consultants)