Risk communication: Uncertainties and the numbers game

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The science of risk assessment seeks to characterize the potential risk in situations that may pose hazards to human health or the environment. However, the conclusions reached by the scientists and engineers are not an end in themselves - they are passed on to the involved companies, government agencies, legislators, and the public. All interested parties must then decide what to do with the information. Risk communication is a type of technical communication that involves some unique challenges. This paper first defines the relationships between risk assessment, risk management, and risk communication and then explores two issues in risk communication: ... continued below

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Ortigara, M. August 30, 1995.

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The science of risk assessment seeks to characterize the potential risk in situations that may pose hazards to human health or the environment. However, the conclusions reached by the scientists and engineers are not an end in themselves - they are passed on to the involved companies, government agencies, legislators, and the public. All interested parties must then decide what to do with the information. Risk communication is a type of technical communication that involves some unique challenges. This paper first defines the relationships between risk assessment, risk management, and risk communication and then explores two issues in risk communication: addressing uncertainty and putting risk number into perspective.

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OSTI as DE96002708

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  • Practical conference on communication, Oak Ridge, TN (United States), 12-13 Oct 1995

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  • Other: DE96002708
  • Report No.: ANL/IPD/CP--87670
  • Report No.: CONF-9510245--1
  • Grant Number: W-31109-ENG-38
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 134995
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc626857

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Ortigara, M. Risk communication: Uncertainties and the numbers game, article, August 30, 1995; Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc626857/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.