Science & technology

SEAC develops and applies the latest science and technology for risk and environmental impact assessment in partnership with leading scientists globally, and shares this expertise worldwide. For detailed information about our specific research topics and partners see our 'Safety Science in the 21st Century' website.

Our approach

SEAC’s risk assessments for consumer, occupational and environmental safety and our impact assessments for environmental sustainability are underpinned by robust science across many different scientific disciplines.

It is essential that we continue to develop the science and technology used in our work, embrace new scientific developments as they emerge globally and work with the best scientists externally. The major areas in which we are currently developing new scientific capability for the future include:

Human health


  • Ecotoxicology risk assessment

  • Environmental sustainability

Process technology

  • Safe and sustainable process technology

SEAC's scientific expertise

SEAC has a diverse range of scientific expertise covering chemistry, environmental science, mathematics, statistics, modelling, microbiology, process and occupational safety, sustainability and toxicology. Approximately half of our organisation hold postgraduate qualifications and more than a quarter have PhD degrees. Among our experts are 20 different nationalities covering more than 15 spoken languages. This expertise is deployed in multidisciplinary project teams to perform integrated assessments and to define the key scientific evidence required to make risk-based decisions.


As well as our active internal research programme, working in partnership with others is an important part of our approach to Science & Technology and sharing the output from our research is an essential component in moving complex areas of science forward.

Our scientists work with a variety of scientific organisations, other companies and trade associations, using up-to-date knowledge to promote and improve the assessment of consumer, occupational and environmental safety, and environmental impact. We also interact with policy makers, regulators and other authorities, contributing to the development of policy and regulations in safety and environmental sustainability. Interaction at this level requires internationally recognised scientific expertise.SEAC-image