Accession Number : ADP008722

Title :   Regulatory Decisions and Risk Management,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL HEALTH AND WELFARE (CANADA)

Personal Author(s) : Somers, Emmanuel

Report Date : JAN 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : The processes of risk assessment and risk management have been subjects of ever-increasing study in recent years. Stemming from their application to engineering and nuclear safety, these techniques have been extended, particulary in North America, to include potential health risks from chemicals. The results have been important in terms of public policy, as we wean the public from a belief in absolute safety to an understanding of the probability of risk. The concept of acceptable risk gained modern currency from the seminal paper of Chauncey Starr and Lowrance's thoughtful book. The distinction is, of course, between what is acceptable by whosoever makes the assessment and what is accepted by those who live with the risk. More appropriately, we should say 'tolerate' rather than 'acceptable,' for that is indeed what we are prepared to live with for a defined period

Descriptors :   *HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, *HEALTH, RISK, DECISION MAKING, TOLERANCES(PHYSIOLOGY).

Subject Categories : Solid Wastes Pollution and Control
      Environmental Health and Safety

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE