Health Effects Assessment Tool (HEAT): an Innovative Guide for HIA in Resource Development Projects
09 April 2010
ERM Co-Authors HIA Guidance Tool for Resource Development Projects.
Hot off the press is the new Health Impact Assessment (HIA) guidance tool called Health Effects Assessment Tool (HEAT): an Innovative Guide for HIA in Resource Development Projects.
Co-authored by ERM's Tania Barron it reacts to the increasing demand for HIA which has consequently generated a need for proper guidance in this area.
The HEAT Tool provides an innovative process for HIA practitioners, companies and other stakeholders to anticipate in a systematic manner the full range of community health effects commonly associated with Resource Development (RD) projects, such as oil and gas, mining and dam operations. The HEAT Tool breaks down RD projects into 11 common components such as land acquisition, transportation and workforce. For each project component, the tool presents links to commonly associated health determinants and health outcomes, taking into account important contextual factors, for example pre-existing local conditions, in addition to project-specific factors such as how the project is developed and managed.
This tool was presented at the International HIA Conference in Rotterdam in 2009 and is now publicly available on the Association for Public Health Observatory’s HIA Gateway.
Learn morer about and access the HEAT Tool